Celebrating service engineers

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Published: 04 November 2019


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Joseph Birch of SJJ System Services
The contribution of service, maintenance and installation engineers will again be recognised at the Institute of Refrigeration Annual Dinner in February.

At its annual dinner on February 27, 2020, the IOR will present the 17th award to an individual who is making a unique contribution through their dedication and consistent good service. The award recognises the  contribution that front life staff makes to the whole industry.
This year’s winner, Joseph Birch, has been working in the specialist area of environmental test chambers for over 30 years, most recently for SJJ System Services. He stood out amongst the candidates nominated due to his strong personal commitment to developing his knowledge in all aspects of this work including refrigerants, electrical controls, legal requirements as well as a clear vision of the future needs in his area of work and his contribution to protecting the environment. He is also helping to pass his knowledge on to next generation, having supported the company’s apprentice for the past four years.

Miriam Rodway, CEO for the Institute of Refrigeration, said: “This award is always a favourite at the IOR dinner. There are some amazing stories to be told about how incredibly important service engineers are not only because their contribution is vital and they are the mainstay of our sector but also because they are more often than not the face of RACHP to the wider public and a great inspiration for the next generation.”

To be nominated, candidates must be working in any refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump related field in a service, maintenance or installation role. They must also have substantial experience in a technician level role and still be active in the industry. Candidates can be nominated by their employer, clients or colleagues and once shortlisted will be invited to provide a personal statement and take part in a phone interview. The winner will be invited to attend the IOR dinner as a guest of the president and receive a prize of £400, an engraved trophy and a certificate.

Find out more at https://ior.org.uk/about/IOR-awards/sesawards