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Jack Pirie Award - Young Engineer of the Year | 2018


The 2018 competition is now closed for entries. Entries for 2019 will reopen in November 2018.

View the videos of the winning submissions here

Jack Pirie Award - Young Engineer of the Year | 2018

First Prize: $1,000 cash as well as an invitation to the CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards, including overnight accommodation and return flight from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand to attend the Awards Ceremony in Sydney.

Finalists' Prize:  An invitation to the Awards Ceremony in Sydney, where the winner will be announced. Prize will include accommodation and a return flight from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand to attend the event.

Closing Date for Entries: 1 May 2018 

Awards Presentation: Part of the CIBSE ANZ Annual Cocktail Function, from 6:30pm, 21 June 2018, Australian Museum, Sydney.


The applicant must be:

  • An engineer/consultant, aged up to 35 years as at 1 May 2018, who has completed his/her study no later than 1 May 2016 and has started their career in the building services.

  • Currently employed as a building services engineer in the ANZ region.

  • A CIBSE YEN (Young Engineers Network) member (membership is free – Register Online) or a Graduate/Affiliate member of CIBSE (

The applicant can be self-nominated, but a statement from senior management will be required to support the application.


Nominees must complete and submit both the Written and Video component of the entry form to CIBSE, addressing the Assessment Criteria for the award.

Written Submission
The applicant can be self-nominated, but a statement from senior management will be required to support the application, addressing:

  •   What the young engineer has achieved academically and/or in practical projects (answer in 250 words max)

  •   Why your nominee would make a good ambassador for the building services profession (answer in up to 250 words max)

Video Submission
Entrants will also be asked to submit a short video, up to 3 mins addressing the following question:

Where do you view the future of building services heading?

Response to encompass what they have learnt and their contribution to industry.


For the written submission, nominees will be assessed in accordance with their ability to
demonstrate the following:

  •   Significance of Contribution to Building Services

  •   Innovation in reference to best practice standards

  •   Demonstration of technical understanding of either their discipline or the industry.

For the video submission, nominees will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  •   Presentation skills/ clarity

  •   Originality

  •   Thoughtfulness

  •   Drive/Passion

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The Jack Pirie Inspiring Excellence Award

Jack Pirie had a long and successful career in the Building Services Industry and was a CIBSE member for more than fifty years. Jack was very actively involved with the ANZ Region serving on the committee for six years and being the Chair from 2001 to 2003.

Even after retirement he was always prepared to provide assistance and wise counsel when asked to do so.

Jack had the outstanding qualities of being a thoughtful, pragmatic and generous person but if there was only one quality that he could hope to install in a young engineer, we believe that it would be the quality of never being too afraid to take a chance.

Jack was extremely passionate about building services engineering and an inspiration to his many colleagues and friends, so it is fitting that this award is named in his honour.