The IAPMO essay competition, “How Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Can Help Save the World,” is part of its ambitious outreach program and work in India, Africa, South America and China.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials announced its first-ever essay competition, open to young people affiliated with IAPMO and many of its industry partners. The theme for the contest is “How Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Can Help Save the World.”

In light of IAPMO’s ambitious outreach programs and work in India, Africa, South America and China, this topic reflects the global implications of the plumbing and mechanical trade and its response to a changing environment, according to the organization.

The competition is open to members - and their children - of IAPMO, PHCC, MCAA, the UA and ASSE who are currently enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program.

Submitted essays must be completely original and a maximum of 1,000 words. The essay entry deadline is April 1, 2010, via e-mail, fax or mail to IAPMO World Headquarters. The winning essay will be announced next September at the 2010 IAPMO Education and Business Conference in Seattle.

The essay awarded first prize will be published in IAPMO’s Official magazine and on the IAPMO Web site. Its author will receive $500 and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. Second- and third-place winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively, and also be published in Official and on the IAPMO Web site.

Individuals who meet the qualifications to submit an essay to the competition should include their name, school’s name and their or their parent’s professional affiliation with one of the qualifying trade associations or union locals. All essays should be sent to Gabriella Davis at IAPMO by e-mail at gaby.davis@iapmo.org; by fax at 909/472-4222; or by standard mail to her attention at IAPMO, 5001 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761.