Six students of the 3rd level of fire systems are finalists The IFSEC and FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which will take place on May 17-19 at the annual IFSEC International 2022 exhibition in London’s ExCeL.
Alex Wallace (Newtownards) and Matthew Blair (Ballinderry Upper), both working in Building Protection Services; Daniel Coligan (Carrickfergus), who works at Graham Facilities Management; James Curry (Banbridge), who works at Beacon Fire & Security; and Johnny Hamilton (Bangor), who work at Atlas World, are finalists in the Engineers of Tomorrow Fire Systems competition and will contrast their skills and training experience against 17 competitors from across the UK.
Meanwhile, Jordan Butler (Belfast), who works at Diamon Systems, is a finalist in the Engineers of Tomorrow Electronic Security Systems competition and will face 15 other finalists.
Tomorrow’s engineers are helping to raise awareness of engineering training and the opportunities they represent in the sector. Every year at IFSEC and FIREX International, the winners of regional races compete in live installations. The process involves two separate competitions – one for electronic security systems and the other for fire protection systems.
Robin Hamill, a professor of fire and safety at SERC, said: “The trainees were selected from hundreds of entries following an online knowledge-based assessment and will compete live on IFSEC and FIREX, showcasing the next generation of engineering talent to thousands of industries. professionals every day.
He added: “The IFSEC and FIREX International Conference provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to demonstrate their skills, abilities and professionalism and to communicate with industry leaders. We are so proud of everything they have achieved to date. They all know that the podium is fully available, as they are followed by Adam Smiley of Moira, a Beacon Fire & Security employee from Lisburn, who was the only Northern Ireland representative to win the title last year.
The winners of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition will then go to the WorldSkills UK (WSUK) LIVE competition, the most important event in terms of skills, training and career in the country. For the first time this year, WSUK will feature eSafety and Fire Safety Competitions, highlighting the value of both competitions for the UK’s broader qualifications industry.
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