PEME Engineering Team Leader, James Maile, reached the finals of this year’s Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Technician of the Year award; which recognises the best and the brightest technicians in the UK. James is shown being presented with his certificate from IET President, Naomi Climer, during a prestigious awards ceremony which took place in London, hosted by science presenter, Maggie Philbin.
James supervises a team of technicians in completing planned maintenance and has recently re-located from a chemical-processing plant to a major food manufacturing site. He has completed an advanced mechanical apprenticeship, gained asset care experience as a PEME Reliability Technician, supporting various blue-chip manufacturers and has completed a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.
The Technician of the Year Award is part of the IET’s Apprentice and Technician Awards scheme, which aims to raise the profile of the outstanding work that technicians and apprentices contribute to engineering businesses. Naomi Climer said: “Technicians and apprentices are essential to engineering firms, but they are rarely rewarded properly for their hard work, efforts and important contributions. These awards provide a real opportunity for the industry to acknowledge and celebrate the best technicians and apprentices in the field – and it is a pleasure for the IET to be able to do so.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. All IET awards seek to inspire and reward engineering excellence, including apprentices at the start of their careers, through to reputable, established professional engineers and technicians.
On winning the award, James said: “I’m thrilled to have reached the finals of the IET Technician of the Year award.” James was sponsored by Barrie Robinson (PEME Associate Director) who said “James did fantastically well to get to the final of the IET Technician of the Year. Reaching the finals also reflects well on PEME for providing young technicians with the opportunity to develop into engineering leaders”