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Education

Aug 2010May 2011

Master of Management

University of British Columbia

Activities and Societies: Ch'nook Scholar, ECM Executive Council - VP Sports & Recreation, UBC Masters Swim Club, UBC Rec League Official, UBC Rec Assistant Director

Participant in UBC Rec Dodgeball, Flag Football, and Ultimate Frisbee Leagues

Sep 2005Apr 2010

Bachelor of Applied Science

University of British Columbia

Completed with Co-op Standing

Activities and Societies: UBC Rec Assistant Director, UBC Rec League Official, BCSPCA Volunteer Dog-Walker

Work experience

Sep 2011Present

Technical Writer

AMEC
  • Develop content for industrial training manuals and operating & maintenance procedures using site-specific engineering information
  • Create lesson, assessment, and training plans to supplement training manuals and procedures
  • Correspond with subject matter experts to obtain and clarify technical information as required
  • Collaborate with other technical writers to ensure consistency across project modules, and to enable smooth interaction with client representatives
  • Implement in-house and client edits
  • Contracted to AMEC Global Project Management to aid in implementing a project management plan that will be used worldwide
  • Create and adapt documentation to allow for unified work-sharing across all AMEC offices, thus increasing AMEC's capability to take on larger scale projects
  • Selected for project management role based on experience, expertise, and work performance
May 2009Aug 2009

Nuclear Research Reactor Ageing Intern

International Atomic Energy Association at the United Nations
  • Built and maintained a nuclear reactor ageing database by liaising with contractors in Germany to obtain vital reactor documentation; database is still in use by nuclear facilities worldwide
  • Collaborated as a part of a broadly cultured workplace where a number of UN organizations were represented; met regularly with foreign delegates, expanding my cultural awareness and knowledge
  • Obtained and processed requests for procurement from IAEA members in South America
  • Organized and coordinated excursions to other countries for a multi-cultured network of fellow interns
Jan 2009Apr 2009

Student Ergonomist

Ontario Power Generation
  • Decreased occurrence and impact of workplace musculoskeletal disorders by assessing office workspace environment for ergonomic correctness; recommended improvements to increase employee productivity
  • Increased employee safety through analysis and assessment of industrial operating components
  • Improved musculoskeletal disorder awareness by educating and communicating with employees about proactive prevention of overexertion 
  • Reviewed station condition records for any reported unsafe practice within the facility; investigated and coached employees on safe operation practices where necessary
May 2008Aug 2008

Microfluidics Research Technician

British Columbia Cancer Agency's Genome Science Centre
  • Designed, produced and developed microfluidic mask molds in clean-room laboratory
  • Manufactured microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” for use in DNA synthesis research 
  • Composed a microcontroller program to control the chip, and designed a graphical user interface to allow user to create input sequences
  • Designed and assisted in the machining of manifolds and containment devices for microfluidic project
May 2007Dec 2007

Process/Manufacturing Engineering Assistant

ASCO Aerospace Canada Ltd
  • Improved efficiency of Boeing slat-track assembly by developing a more streamlined assembly process
  • Decreased Boeing 787 crown frame manufacturing time by designing an overhead rail system to transport frames throughout the shop 
  • Produced detailed drawings of shop layouts, aircraft components and process-refining structures using CATIA 
  • Presented concepts and procedures to colleagues and superiors regarding assembly process-improvement 
  • Liaised with outside suppliers to receive cost estimates for fixtures and improvement structures
May 2006Aug 2006

Computer & Controls Engineering Intern

Ontario Power Generation
  • Implemented new uniform-software-writing protocol by composing code to read in current programs not complying with protocol, and altering naming conventions to promote universal readability of these non-compliant programs
  • Tested software for use in the nuclear reactor control rooms for monitoring critical reactor-status in real-time
  • Decreased the number of software bugs and malfunctions through evaluation of programs, and reporting issues to software department

References

John Horn

From John, 2-May-2011:

“Erica Wodzak possesses the best kind of intellect, drive and charisma. I have worked with her closely for the last 10 months and am continually impressed by her preparation for career-related assignments and events. Her skill-set is diverse, as Erica's talents range from project management to product-design to being a television host. Few people I've worked with can bring this kind of professional toolkit to an organization. Erica will make dynamic contributions to any team that is lucky enough to take her on as an employee.”

Ed Bradley

From Ed, 21-Sep-2010:

“Erica quickly familiarized herself with her scope of work as well as the international working environment of the United Nations. She worked independently with relevant stakeholders to complete all assigned tasks when requested, produced high quality results from initial discussions, and required very little ongoing guidance - evidence of excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills.”

Michelle Merry

Direct supervisor for 2009 work placement at OPG as a Student Ergonomist.

Design Accomplishments

Programming Experience

Certifications

Dec 2002Present

Level II Snowboard Instructor

Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors
Dec 2002Present

Level I Ski Instructor

Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance

Reference Letters

Computer Skills

  • C, C++, VisualBasic, MATLAB, LabView
  • MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access
  • CATIA, Unigraphics, SolidWorks
  • Flash, Photoshop

Interest

  • Snowboarding, Skiing, Downhill Biking, Hiking, Camping
  • Swimming, Running, Cycling, Fitness
  • Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Flag Football
  • Vegetarian & Cultural Cooking/Baking, Gardening
  • Reading, Writing, Traveling, Working and Studying Abroad

Technical Projects

Praxia Bone-Mounted Surgical Cutting Guide,  Sep-Apr 2009-2010

  • Designed, prototyped, and tested a three-dimensional computer-directed cutting guide that minimizes tissue damage in total and compartmental knee replacement procedures

Wheelchair Treadmill Design Project,  Jan-Apr 2009

  • Conceptualized detailed design of a wheelchair treadmill to be used for wheelchair athletes’ racing chairs
  • Treadmill was designed to reach speeds of more than 30 km/h while ensuring user safety at all times

Arctic Hovercraft Design Project, Jan-Apr 2007

  • Designed small-scale hovercraft to compete in various arenas including towing capacity, maneuverability, endurance, speed, and cargo-carrying capacity
  • Placed 2nd out of 20 teams

Community Involvement

Assistant Director & Officials Coordinator,   Sep 2009-Present  UBC Rec Point Grey Cup Flag Football League, Vancouver BC

  • Manage hiring, training and weekly scheduling of 12 referees, holding weekly update meetings to ensure cohesiveness and professionalism throughout the program
  • Supervise football games for students each week, managing injuries, student disputes, and monitoring refereeing across six simultaneous fields of play
  • Coordinate maintenance of league resources, repair of equipment, and facilitate communication between student players and Rec full-time staff/managers 

Snowboard Halfpipe Maintenance Volunteer,   Feb 2010 Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Team, Vancouver 2010 Olympics

  • Built and assembled Cypress Mountain’s snowboard halfpipe venue for the 2010 Olympics
  • Improved halfpipe conditions by working with supervisors and Olympic athletes to organize “side-slip grooming” of the halfpipe, a special technique using coordinated snowboarders/skiers to slide through and smooth the snow
  • Worked with volunteers of diverse backgrounds and experiences to ensure professionalism, and to welcome the world to the venue and the city as a proud ambassador of my country

Ski & Snowboard Instructor,   Dec-Mar, 2001-2010 Snow School, Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd, Collingwood ON

  • Coached children and adults (age 2-40 years) in skiing and snowboarding for weekly programs and one-time lessons
  • Increased the number of return-customers per weekend through communication and demonstration of instructional concepts, adapting my coaching style to each individual’s needs
  • Developed extensive teamwork and interpersonal skills through on-snow pro-development sessions
  • Continuously improved instructional and technical skills by participating in weekly on-snow seminars

Summary

I am a Biomedical-Mechanical Engineer with experience working in a variety of industries, and I hold a masters degree in Business and Management to complement my technical background.

With over two years of technical work experience, I possess a unique combination of education and employment that sets me apart from most other candidates in my field. I am a highly adaptable leader who integrates easily into many diverse work environments, and have experience managing teams in numerous situations including engineering design, sports & athletics coordination, and in the workplace. I have excellent written and verbal communication skills, which have been developed and proven through collaborations with multi-national clientele in Canada and overseas, and am experienced in engineering and project management planning.

A Note on My Experience: Previously held 4- or 8-month employment terms were completed as part of a Co-Operative Education Degree Program with my university. These were fixed-term contracts that utilized my unique skill set, and directly benefited my employers.

For references, please view the links to the right, or contact me directly.