Long-time pump professional and one of the first Life Members of the PIA, Bill Aitken has passed away.
Bill started his career at Harland through IEL/Indeng for over 25 years. He was a key member of the Engineering team, working on both large custom-engineered capital projects and standard pump ranges with David McLiesh and David Macpherson.
He was renowned for his creative and practical approach, often sketching design concepts on the floor and the walls for the benefit of the drafting team. Some of the bigger projects he was a part of include Arthurs Lake pumping station, Ord River verticals, and Muja Power station cooling water pumps.
In the early 80s, moved to Ingersoll Rand as Chief Engineer of the pump division in Dandenong. He later moved to GAAM where he worked with Ken Willcock and designed fire pumps for the CFA and the MFB.
Bill was instrumental in the team that created the first edition of the APMA Pump Tech Handbook, and will be long remembered by many of the PIA Members from the initial APMA days.
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