Aitken & Partners

Aitken logo 150Since 1983 Aitken & Partners has been providing reliable, accurate and cost-effective engineering advice.  Our clients include major rail transport operators, international resources companies and local and international consultants.

We specialise in telecommunications and electromagnetic compatibility, with much of our work being in the rail industry.  Aitken & Partners has also worked extensively in the broadcast industry, in television, FM radio and AM radio transmission.

A strong focus on safety through design, thorough understanding of the principles and assumptions that underly the application of standards and careful attention to detail are hallmarks of our approach. 

Much of our work has been innovative and has achieved valuable economic advantage for our clients.  For example, we believe the following are "world's first":

  • Operational GPS location reporting system on locomotives, integrated into the communication system
  • Touch screen driving display on a passenger train (or any other!)
  • Computer based radio propagation model for an open cut mine (using the geometric theory of diffraction)
  • Satellite telephony integrated in a railway train communication system with automatic lowest cost path selection.

John Aitken

JohnThe Principal is John Aitken. John has been a consultant in railway communications for over thirty years. Prior to involvement in the railway industry he worked with Telstra’s forebears for ten years in radio and cable systems construction. He has extensive experience in radio and television broadcasting. In 1983 John founded Aitken & Partners, a consulting engineering practice which specialises in communications engineering.

After work on microwave systems for the Queensland electrification project and mobile radio systems for mines in the Pilbara, John was responsible for specification of the Sydney Metronet train radio system.  He was the engineer for much of the development of Countrynet in (NSW), pioneering the use of GPS and satellite telephone systems for railways.This was followed by the Pacific National AWARE locomotive system and the Pacific National Communications Control Centre (CCC) project.

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Jeanette Aitken

Jeanette Aitken, Senior Engineer, Aitken & PartnersJeanette Aitken is a senior engineer.  Possessing qualifications in engineering, training, assessment, auditing, problem solving, improvement methodologies, sustainability and project management, Jeanette has experience in each of these areas in a number of industries, including biomedical, railways, broadcasting, cables and manufacturing.

Her background includes Quality Management and representation of organisations during regulatory and certification audits.  She has dealt with regulatory, certification, and testing bodies including TUV, TGA, TCA, FDA, NATA, TELARC SAI, BSI Global and SAI Global.

Jeanette specialises in quality issues, resilience engineering and electromagnetic compatibility.  She has experience in vital communication systems for railways and has developed training materials for optical fibre communication systems.  Jeanette is the CEO of Competency Australia.


Aitken & Partners is a specialised consultancy, providing exceptional skill and experience in our areas of expertise.  This has been recognised by our clients, many of whom have sought our services for a variety of projects over many years.

We often work through other consulting firms, enhancing their scope of delivery and enjoy a cordial relationship with many of the major engineering consultants.  We have worked on a number of expert witness matters, often subject to confidentiality agreements, so only a few of the Expert Witness clients are shown in our client list.

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Policies and Procedures

Aitken & Partners has an integrated management system that we use to ensure that our practice is managed consistently, with safe and reliable results.  We have documented procedures that are consistent with ISO 9001 and work in conjunction with our clients to align our processes with theirs, where necessary.

With no lost time incidents in over thirty years of operation with up to nine people working in high risk field environments, we obviously take safety very seriously.

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