Kevin Birchall

Mechanical Engineering Technologist

A licensed Automotive Service Technician and Mechanical Engineering Technologist, Kevin utilizes his varied skillset to facilitate research at CERC@MARC.
Kevin supports researchers with almost anything they need to perform their research safely, accurately, and promptly. Kevin strives to bridge the hands-on experience gaps any researchers may have; from mechanical design and manufacturing to 3d Printing, electrical diagnostics, and complete operation troubleshooting. 

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Growing up in North York, Kevin always had a passion for cars, engineering, and technology. As a child, Kevin was always taking things apart and putting them back together or utilizing the parts to make something for a completely different task.  

Kevin got hooked on cars at an early age, he continued in the automotive world after graduating from Northview Heights Secondary School in 2009 by starting an Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship, Kevin worked at several specialist shops where he learned techniques for Racecar prep, as well as fabrication experience in both mechanical and electrical systems.  

Kevin completed his apprenticeship in 2013, and upon acquiring his Automotive Service Technician license, Kevin enrolled in an advanced diploma from Seneca College in Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design, while still working at specialist auto shops in Toronto. Kevin received his advanced diploma from Seneca College in 2016. 

Kevin moved to Hamilton in 2017 and started working at dealerships in the Hamilton area including Subaru of Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz Burlington, and Ancaster Toyota. Kevin received HV training through both Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. 

Robots and Racecars are Kevin’s passions. He has been instructing high-performance driving since 2013 and has been a coach/instructor for CASC (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs) race licensing since 2017. 

Kevin volunteers heavily with FIRST robotics team 5406, mentoring high school students in the design and fabrication of a new robot every year for the FIRST robotics competition. He is also a member of the Board of BotBrawl, a combat robotics not-for-profit organization that holds combat robotics events/competitions in Ontario.  

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