Job Title:Engineer
Employer:Department of National Defence
Grad Year:2012
Degree(s):B. Eng. (Mechanical)
Major(s):Mechanical Engineering
Expertise:Engineering
Industry:Engineering

What makes you a good mentor?

I have seen several engineers out in the world who may have excellent grades, but are not really ready for the world outside the classroom. Some major issues are the loss of technical skills due to lack of use, or the inability to speak about designs. Especially as engineers get older. However the best time to fix that is before the skills start to atrophy. Frankly the schooling of engineering only provides about 50% of what an Engineer requires to succeed. Because of this my profession is in danger, and I would love the opportunity to protect it. I meet several engineers every year through Fencing at Carleton and I would love to have a more structured system to assist new people into the field.

About Evan Heyes

I have been working in Mechanical engineering for 5 years in various roles, which includes a cross section of most phases of product design and release. Mostly in the heavy equipment field.

I started working on grain augers in Manitoba doing primarily new product development and improvement. There I was able to learn how the elements of a design come together and had the privilege of working with a excellent, if slightly rough around the edges, team.

From there I was able to acquire a job at a smaller company looking to move into higher sophistication and was brought on in a revitalization effort. My primary role was in the analysis of large Roll Over Protection Systems and the oversight of tests to prove our products validity.

Once I moved back to Ottawa I was hired on at a company in severe decline, with the generalized problem of increasing efficiency and quality in an already existing product line. In my two year tenure I was able to increase the efficiency of the workplace several fold by bringing in all the experiences of the companies I previously worked at.