Medicine Hat’s aerospace and defence industry attracting new talent – Invest Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat’s aerospace and defence industry attracting new talent

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Canada’s billion dollar aerospace and defense industry is attracting engineers to Canada’s sunniest city.

September 5, 2017

QinetiQ Target Systems is filling new engineering and project management positions.

“We started off 2017 with 42 staff and by the end of the year it may be close to 50,” says Corrie Dale, vice president of QinetiQ. “We anticipate growth in production and have been looking to fill new software engineer and project management positions.”

In 2016, the Medicine Hat-based aerospace and defence company secured a US$35 million contract from the Government of Canada to manufacture target systems, most of which will be produced in Medicine Hat.

QinetiQ develops unmanned targets for military defense scenarios and counts Canada, Japan and Korea as clients. The company started in the 1990s as a spin-off of Defence and Research Development Canada’s (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre and was purchased by QinetiQ Target Systems in a £57 million acquisition in 2016. Today, QinetiQ works in partnership with their sister location in Ashford, United Kingdom.

Canada’s aerospace and defence industry generates $27 billion in revenues and over 87,000 jobs, 44% of which are in Western Canada, according to the State of Canada’s Aerospace Industry 2017 Report.

“Aerospace and defence is a major contributor to the local economy,” say Ryan Jackson, CEO, Invest Medicine Hat. “Southeast Alberta is recognized globally as a centre of activity in the commercial unmanned vehicle sector.”

Proximity to testing grounds such as DRDC Suffield and Foremost UAS Range is a big draw for companies and their staff. For example, the 2,400 square kilometres of controlled airspace at Foremost UAS Range is an opportunity to test new technology with beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights.

In recent months, Amtech Aeronautical and Atlantis Research Labs have also been filling new positions, drawing professional engineers and creating jobs in Medicine Hat’s growing advanced manufacturing sector.

Medicine Hat is drawing top talent to Canada’s sunniest city as it solidifies its position as one of Canada’s most important aerospace and defence hubs.