Anchored to Medicine Hat by a strong relationship with Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and CFB Suffield, Amtech Aeronautical Limited has thrived in Medicine Hat for 25 years.
Alex Markov and his wife, Shirley, started their engineering consulting company in their basement in 1990, following a research position with DRDC. A year later, Amtech Aeronautical Limited was incorporated and the business grew to provide engineering consulting services in the aeronautical, military and automated systems areas.
Amtech’s international client list includes companies such as Viking Air, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bombardier, Basler Turbo Conversions, and others.
“The real Medicine Hat advantage is our close proximity to CFB Suffield, and to DRDC Suffield,” says Alex Markov, President and Director of Engineering. “This allowed us to grow our military engineering and automation capabilities and is the main reason our organization is based in Medicine Hat.”
Recently, Amtech’s team has been involved in a variety of military research and development (R&D) projects at DRDC Suffield. As well, Amtech has been involved in the modernization of Suffield’s water treatment plant, including the development and implementation of remote monitoring and automation. They have also designed building management systems for institutions, such as care homes, as well as for industrial and commercial buildings, and process control systems for specialized R&D facilities.
CFB Suffield is the largest military training grounds in Canada with 2600 square kilometres of area, of which approximately one quarter is dedicated to the R&D work at DRDC Suffield. The area also includes protected airspace and is a convenient 50 kilometre drive from Medicine Hat, allowing companies such as Amtech to respond to on-site project needs.
Amtech employs 25 engineers, scientists, logistics and administration professionals who work in house and on site to conduct testing for private and government clients.
In the aeronautical business area, Amtech is accredited by Transport Canada Civil Aviation as a Design Approval Organization (DAO). Several of Amtech’s experienced aerospace professionals are delegated under the DAO to approve complex design changes to airplanes and helicopters. Amtech is one of a handful of independent DAO’s in Canada.
“The aeronautical business area is what got us started as a company and continues to be a key part of our business. Although there are other DAO’s in Canada, Amtech’s position as an independent DAO with networked personnel across Canada strongly positions us for supporting the needs of our clients in Canada and the United States,” said Markov.
Amtech’s Medicine Hat location is equipped with a secure system integration facility with classified assembly capability, allowing the research and development team to do the final assembly and commissioning of prototypes that are classified. The company also relies on the expertise of local fabricators to work with their specialists to build prototypes.
Located next to Canada’s largest military training area, Medicine Hat provides opportunities to for companies to expand their capabilities. Combined with a local workforce made of skilled trades and professionals, companies can thrive in Medicine Hat for the long term.