Gordon Thiessen, Dipl.T., B.Ed.
Research Associate, Mechanical
MAKE+ & Product and Process Applied Research Team
Gordon has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta and also is a BCIT graduate of two diploma programs. The first, in Mechanical Engineering Technology, was completed in 1981. The second diploma, in Robotics and Automation, was completed in 1987. The combination of these two diplomas gives Gordon a diverse background in both mechanical and electronic systems.
Gordon has worked as an Automation Technologist in the Telecommunications industry where he automated production processes in the manufacture of printed circuit boards for an international corporation. He has since taught in the Robotics and Automation Technology program at BCIT before transferring to the Technology Centre in 1998. Gordon continues to work closely with faculty and students on a variety of projects.
Some of the projects that Gordon has worked on include:
- design and fabrication of an automated chocolate molding process
- mechanical redesign of a warehouse dock leveling system
- Automated Flux Dispensing system for analyzing soil samples
- enhancement of a railway crossing arm to reduce accidents at level crossings
- automation of an industrial process that makes oil-absorbing foam pads
- automation of a rubber mat manufacturing process
- a solar-powered digital voice recorder
- solar cell and solar module test equipment
- a WCB-sponsored Tool Support Arm project for the construction industry which received the 2007 Most Innovative Product award from the World of Concrete and the 2008 Vancouver Regional Construction Association Silver Award for Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation.
In his spare time Gordon plays soccer and basketball when not working on his 1965 Cobra replica.