Karen Hoodless

Professor, Advanced Ergonomics Studies Program, Fanshawe College

Karen Hoodless.

BSc (1989), Kinesiology

MEng (2005), University of Western Ontario

I started my career in ergonomics with a consulting company called Human Factor Incorporated (HFI). I was specifically assigned to one client, CAMI Automotive, a manufacturing plant located in Ingersoll Ontario, to provide support in the development and management of an ergonomics program, conduct office and industrial ergonomics assessments, work with engineers and management to design and implement solutions, and to develop and deliver ergonomics training to staff and plant floor workers. After 2 years as consultant to CAMI, I joined the staff as their full-time plant ergonomist, and stayed for the next 5 years, with my final year in the Training and Development department.
While at CAMI, I also applied for and received recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist, both in the United States and in Canada.

I returned to  ergonomics consulting when I joined the firm Taylor’d Ergonomics in 1996, and spent the next 22 years helping a  variety of large, midsize and small companies to identify and fix jobs with risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders, and to develop and deliver ergonomics training to both clients and in open-enrollment workshops. In 2008, my job at Taylor’d expanded to include Operational Managerial duties, such as assisting in the hiring, training, and mentoring of over 20 junior employees and student ergonomists.  

 In January 2019, I left consulting again to join the faculty at Fanshawe College as a part-time Professor in the Applied Ergonomic Studies Graduate Program, located in the School of Public Safety, where I teach Research Methods and Statistics as it pertains to ergonomics, and Ergonomics Instrumentation. 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo