Heather Aitken B.Sc., B.Eng., E.I.T.

Associate, Collision Reconstruction
Direct: 647-738-5703

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

expert summary

Ms. Heather Aitken is an Associate with the Collision Reconstruction group at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a focus in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. Heather conducts vehicle and site examinations for collisions involving different types of vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, and other types of heavy machinery. Prior to starting her career in Forensic Engineering, Heather worked in transportation with a focus on the design and testing of Light Rail Vehicles. Heather serves as Director for the non-profit WTS Canadian Education Foundation and is active in promoting women’s advancement in Engineering fields.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Collision scene assessments
  • Vehicle mechanical examinations
  • Restraint system usage and effectiveness assessment
  • Technical report writing and presentation
  • Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA ID C-E6J2RU2M4S)

academic background

Bachelor of Engineering, Honours, Mechanical Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, 2016

Bachelor of Science, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2010

additional Courses

Level 1 Welding, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario, 2018

Automotive Brakes (Theory and Practical), Centennial College, Scarborough, Ontario, 2017

Machine Shop Practical Course, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, 2013

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

30 Forensic Engineering

Associate — Collision Reconstruction

May 2018 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conduct technical investigations involving motor vehicle and recreational vehicle collision reconstruction, defects in vehicle components and mechanical equipment, failures involving engineering factors, and human factors related vehicle collisions

CH2M Hill (now Jacobs)

Manufacturing Engineering Specialist, Design Change Team Lead

August 2017 – May 2018, Toronto, Ontario

  • Reviewed proposed engineering changes for safety, intersystem compatibility, and compliance with technical specifications and applicable standards.
  • Redesigned and managed the design change database, led weekly meetings with the client and supplier to review changes, and managed the design change team assignments and performance.
  • Reviewed system-level and vehicle-level test procedures and reports for clarity and compliance with technical specifications and standards, and witnessed tests to verify vehicle performance outcomes.
  • Reviewed engineering drawings for clarity, accuracy, and alignment with approved design changes.

Junior Vehicle Engineer (EIT) / Project Coordinator

May 2016 – August 2017, Toronto, Ontario

  • Drafted letters sent on behalf of the Owner’s Engineer; reviewed and modified design and legal documentation for technical accuracy, spelling, grammar, and readability.
  • Participated in dispute resolution board strategy meetings, provided data analysis to back up legal claims, and fact-checked legal documentation for accuracy.
  • Managed program documentation submittal and review timelines for all engineering documents.
  • Developed and maintained numerous documentation tracking files for better program organization.

Technical Writer / Project Coordinator

March 2017 – July 2017, Toronto, Ontario

  • Assisted in the research and writing of a technical pre-feasibility report on the use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells for powering electric propulsion commuter rail vehicles.
  • Wrote a documentation management plan for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Program and implemented documentation management tools and strategies

Pratt & Whitney Canada

Development Engineering Intern

May 2014 – August 2015, Mississauga, Ontario

  • Organized and managed the assembly, test and disassembly of various small turbofan jet engines.
  • Wrote technical instructions and summary reports for the assembly, test and disassembly stages.
  • Ran update meetings with project engineers, analysts and management on engine statuses.
  • Assumed leadership role as lead development engineer for the first build of a tested mock-up PW800 engine. Completed project two weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.

Professional societies and associations

  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Member
  • WTS Canadian Education Foundation, Secretary to the Board and Director
 

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