Advanced technology attracts new talent to Medicine Hat – Invest Medicine Hat

Advanced technology attracts new talent to Medicine Hat

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Thanks to its location a stone’s throw from Defence and Research Development Canada’s (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre, Medicine Hat has little trouble attracting new engineers.

August 30, 2017

“Over 250 applications were submitted for one position,” says Craig Martin, manager of engineering and automation at engineering firm Amtech Aeronautical. “The challenge was in finding dual-ticketed and multi-skilled applicants and choosing only one.”

Amtech has been providing engineering services to Canada’s aerospace and defence sector for over 25 years.

Aerospace and defence projects account for the largest area of service, but the company is experiencing 20% annual growth in automated systems design for industrial and institutional facilities.

For example, Amtech designed and implemented the automated control systems for the water treatment plant at Canadian Forces Base Suffield.

CFB Suffield is an attractant for career minded professionals and one of Medicine Hat‘s main economic drivers. Annually, the nearby military base contributes $150 million to the local economy. This accounts for payroll as well as goods and services purchased by the CFB, DRDC, the Suffield Research Centre and the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS).

This year a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer and a dual-ticketed electrician have joined Amtech’s team of 25 to work on automation projects, including Vaibhav Patel, who joined Amtech as a Junior Systems Engineer.

“When I graduated university, I knew I wanted to work in automated systems and live in a vibrant community,” says Patel, who graduated last year with a Bachelor of Engineering and certificate in PLC and HMI programming. “Living and working in Medicine Hat opened up those opportunities.”

As advanced manufacturing continues to grow in Medicine Hat, proximity to a DRDC research centre, combined with high quality of life and career opportunities will continue to draw people like Patel.