Student of the Year – Trade – AIRAH Awards 2021 finalists

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Open to all AIRAH members, recognising work carried out during 2019/2020.

This award is given to an outstanding student at any level in the HVAC&R industry’s trade sector. Nominations can only be made by a third party, and are restricted to AIRAH members only.

James Errington, Stud.AIRAH

After winning the AIRAH SA Apprentice of the Year Award earlier this year, South Australian fridgie James Errington is looking to add another accolade to the trophy cabinet.

Errington recently completed his apprenticeship through TAFE SA while working with Copper Coast Refrigeration in Moonta, on the Yorke Peninsula. The rural location has given him the opportunity to work across a wide range of equipment, with a focus on commercial jobs. This includes installation, maintenance and fault-finding with equipment in restaurants and pubs, supermarkets, and commercial premises.

Jason Evangelidis, Stud.AIRAH

After completing his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician in 2020, Melbourne-based Jason Evangelidis set his sights on dual-trade status. In the midst of COVID-19 and continuous lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, while working with CFM Air Conditioning in Melbourne, he has been able to complete several modules of his Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at Box Hill TAFE.

Evangelidis’ training has given him an edge dealing with electrical issues, automated BAS, software packages, digital and wi-fi controls, as well as the latest technology in control systems. He has also been praised for his customer service skills.

Jessica Lonsdale, Stud.AIRAH

Hailing from Western Australia, Jessica Lonsdale has already completed a Certificate III in Engineering – Refrigeration Trade, and is now undertaking a Certificate IV in HVAC and Diploma of engineering technical (HVAC) at South Metropolitan TAFE. She works for BHP Nickel West, which has given her experience in both residential and mining sites.

Her wide range of skills includes service and maintenance of split system and package air conditioners, cool room units, ice machines, supermarket refrigeration, industrial, and domestic evaporative air conditioning units.