Liam Madden from Ayrshire College was crowned the Scottish Young Engineer of the Year at an event held in June.

In an Ayrshire college event that revealed the high quality of transport engineering in Scotland, two of the six entrants were women, and all six demonstrated exemplary workshop practice and safe working procedures.

Damien King, also from Ayrshire College, came second and Mark McAdams representing Fife College came third. The three top scoring engineers received vouchers for tools and workshop equipment provided by Cunningham Truck Parts, one of the sponsors. Amy Connor, Rebecca Porter and Michael Alam were the other contestants.

Renault Trucks Scotland supplied a limited-edition tractor in racing colours for use at the event. Liam will collect his prize at the Transport News breakfast awards ceremony later this year.

Finalists were given eight tasks to solve, each focused on a different engineering disciplines of repair and maintenance. Judges and adjudicators were looking for a good methodical approach to each task, the correct repair or inspection process, and a good written summary of their results and observations.

John Russell, Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Ayrshire Centre, said: “The competition is a thoroughly enjoyable event, and it gave us an insight into the next generation of engineers.

“This event is only possible with the generous support from our main sponsors, Ian Cunningham Director of Cunningham Truck Parts and Peter Murray, Dealer Principal of Renault Trucks (Scotland). Renault Trucks (Scotland) also kindly supplied the limited-edition Renault Tractor in Renault Racing colours for use throughout the day,” added John.

For more information on the Scottish Ayrshire Centre, its regional events, and how to get involved, email: regions@soe.org.uk