Haw­era ap­pren­tice scores na­tional ti­tle

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EDUCATION -

An in­no­va­tive young en­gi­neer with a pas­sion for stain­less pipe field work was to­day an­nounced as the winner of the cel­e­brated Stuart Tol­hurst Me­mo­rial Award at the an­nual Na­tional Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence (NMEC) in Hamil­ton.

Jamie Noakes won the award that re­mem­bers Stuart Tol­hurst, a highly- re­garded ap­pli­ca­tion en­gi­neer, ac­knowl­edged as a bear­ing au­thor­ity through­out New Zealand who was em­ployed by SKF NZ for over 30 years. He was widely ac­knowl­edged as the New Zealand ex­pert and ‘go-to man’ in rolling el­e­ment bear­ing de­sign and ap­pli­ca­tion.

Noakes beat out five other fi­nal­ists for his work at Haw­er­abased Croucher & Crow­der Engi­neer­ing Ser­vices.

“This i s prob­a­bly my great­est ever achieve­ment, and I am a bit over­whelmed”, said Noakes in ac­cept­ing the pres­ti­gious tro­phy.

Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion was Bill Sole, In­dus­try En­gage­ment Man­ager of Com­pe­tenz, who said “Jamie, de­spite being near the end of his ap­pren­tice­ship in me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, i s en­thu­si­as­tic and mo­ti­vated about his ca­reer. Jamie recog­nises that there i s still a lot to learn and he i s al­ready plan­ning on do­ing his level 5 and level 6 qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and hopes to con­tinue to move up the ranks.”

Allen Good who i s Noakes’ su­per­vi­sor at Croucher and Crow­der, said that Noakes i s the “best ap­pren­tice he has ever had. He can run jobs on his own and takes own­er­ship whilst still being a great team player. He is in­no­va­tive, al­ways l ook­ing to cre­ate and build new things out­side of work”.

“This year we had five very wor­thy fi­nal­ists who made the se­lec­tion process very dif­fi­cult for our j udges,” said Sole.

The run­ner- up was Mitchell Vickery of Methanex New Zealand Ltd. Other fi­nal­ists were: Slone Ling­man of ATNZ – NZ Steel Ta­haroa.

Cle­land Coet­zee of Taranakip­ine Sawmills. Nathan Clar­idge of Tawse Foods.

The an­nual Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing So­ci­ety of NZ schol­ar­ship was awarded to Ewen Baker f rom Otago Polytech­nic.

BILL SOLE AND JAMIE NOAKES .

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