Mr Gary Hotchkiss

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Job Title : Principal Associate
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Location : Birmingham
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Telephone: +44 121 705 3222


BSc (Eng), ACGI   Electrical Engineering - Imperial College

MIET   Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

CEng   Chartered Engineer

In 1980 Gary began his engineering career as a sponsored student with Brush Electrical Machines Ltd. After graduating he remained with the company working on the design of electrical propulsion equipment for rail vehicles. During this time he spent several months working in Canada, commissioning and solving design issues on new subway vehicles.

In 1990 Gary joined Briway Transit Systems as the Power Electronics Engineer, part of a team of engineers designing and developing a prototype rapid transit vehicle. Gary's area of responsibility was the electric drive equipment and auxiliary electrical system.

In 1992 Gary moved to Hunslet TPL (which later became Holec and finally Transys Projects Ltd) as a Senior Electrical Engineer, responsible for the design of electrical systems on passenger trains as well as fault finding and identification of design solutions. He also dealt with issues of electromagnetic compatibility between the electrical systems on trains and trackside signalling equipment and, as Manager - Safety Cases, the preparation of risk assessments and safety cases for new passenger trains.

Gary brought his considerable experience in electrical engineering and problem solving skills to Hawkins in 1999 where he trained in fire and explosion investigation. Gary has since conducted numerous investigations into the causes of fires in a wide-range of domestic buildings, commercial premises, vehicles and ships as well as several explosions involving gases and dust. Gary also specialises in the investigation of electrical failures, from electronic consumer products to High Voltage power generation and distribution equipment, as well as electric shock and arc flash incidents.

Many of the investigations involved major losses and Gary is experienced in the legal process and has provided impartial expert advice in reports and by giving evidence orally. He has worked extensively overseas, most recently completing a 2 year placement in our Hong Kong office. He is currently a Principal Associate based in our Birmingham office.

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