The Victorian Training Achievement Awards 2020

On November 27, the AMCA gathered in person for the first time this year to celebrate an outstanding group of young leaders in the HVAC industry.

Though it didn’t look like the event would go ahead for much of the year, last week AMCA members enjoyed the chance to gather in-person to celebrate an outstanding group of young leaders at this year’s Victorian Training Achievement Awards.

Held at the beautiful Metropolis at Southbank on November 27, 100 guests were able to attend under current government rules. Reflective of the times, a livestream also allowed family, friends, and colleagues of the award winners the chance to watch from home. 

Assessed across a range of criteria, including career and study achievements, communication, teamwork, leadership skills, and community service, all three finalists were deserving winners in their respective categories. 

  • Refrigeration and air conditioning winner: Kevin Navarro, Ellis Air
  • Mechanical plumbing winner: Brett Scholes, Allstaff Airconditioning
  • Young Achiever winner: Daniel Waack, Engineer, A.G. Coombs 

Ultimately, Daniel Waack, an emerging engineer with A.G. Coombs, was awarded the overall Training Achievement Award for 2020.

Accepting the award alongside his employer, Mark Mitchell, Daniel cited the supportive environment at A.G. Coombs and the influence of people he works with as key reasons for his development and achievements. Daniel also spoke about the enjoyment he gets from being part of such a dynamic industry, as well as the lessons he’s learnt about resilience during this challenging year.

President of AMCA Victoria, Brad McAndrew, congratulated all this year’s finalists, saying “the future is in good hands.” He also thanked their employers for investing in the industry’s future by supporting young people to pursue a career in HVAC.

Each finalist received $1,000, with a further $1,000 going to a charity of their choice:

  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance (nominated by Kevin Navarro)
  • Beyond Blue, nominated (nominated by Brett Scholes)
  • Guide Dogs Victoria (nominated by Daniel Waack)

AMCA Chief Executive Officer, Scott Williams, echoed Brad’s sentiments, congratulating the award recipients for their dedication and commitment to excellence, and expressed hope that they would continue their involvement with the AMCA throughout their careers.

The evening also offered the opportunity for the AMCA to thank and farewell former Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi, following his resignation earlier in the year.

Past President, Russell Telford, commended Sumit for always having AMCA members’ best interests at heart and for his generous support to so many over the years. 

Highlighting Sumit’s unique ability to bring people together, Russell noted that he was a strong driver behind the development of Centres of Excellence at both Box Hill and Holmesglen TAFE, as well as the establishment of the BIM-MEPAUS Initiative and the Construction Innovation Forum.

The AMCA would like to thank our generous event partners for their ongoing support of both the association and the industry.

  • Incolink
  • Cbus
  • Windsor Management
  • Reece HVAC-R
  • Milwaukee
  • Reece HVAC-r
  • Victorian Building Authority



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