QinetiQ continues to grow in Medicine Hat – Invest Medicine Hat

QinetiQ continues to grow in Medicine Hat

News / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

QinetiQ Target Systems continues to produce targets for domestic and international markets and Medicine Hat is proving to be a great location for the company to develop their products. Invest Medicine Hat sat down with QinetiQ Vice President Corrie Dale to discuss advanced manufacturing potential in Medicine Hat and QinetiQ’s 2017 outlook.

  • Medicine Hat is a prime location to build and test targets
  • Awarded 2017 Alberta Business Awards Premier’s Award of Distinction

QinetiQ’s team designs, manufactures and operates unmanned vehicles that are used in military training scenarios. These targets provide a cost effective threat representative training solution as well as a platform for weapons performance evaluation.

“Our company is extremely unique,” said Dale. “I think we are one of Medicine Hat’s little secret gems.”

QinetiQ generally recruits talented CAD Technical Illustrator graduates from Medicine Hat College and looks to the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary to fill engineering roles as well as technologists and technicians from SAIT and NAIT. The company employs 11 engineers, including one PhD, nine CAD Technical Illustrators, seven electronic technicians and one intern and has an attrition rate near zero. Dale explained that new staff rarely leave once they come to Medicine Hat and experience city’s perks as well as the unique company culture

Additionally, QinetiQ is able to rely on many Medicine Hat vendors, such as Form-Tech Machining and Fabrication Ltd. Specializing in machining and welding, the company has more than 20 years of experience in fabricating components for Unmanned Arial Vehicles.

The location in Medicine Hat also makes QinetiQ well positioned to test their targets. It takes less than one hour to get to nearby live-fire testing grounds and airspace at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) at Canadian Forces Base Suffield, the largest air and testing space of its kind in the Commonwealth.

Winner of the prestigious 2017 Alberta Business Awards Premier’s Award of Distinction, QinetiQ is projecting growth for 2017. Dale said 2016 was a great year for the company and they are looking to surpass last year’s sales. In fact, the company is looking to add three more to its staff of 42 with further growth forecast.

With local partnerships, testing grounds and a talented education pool to draw from, Medicine Hat is well positioned for companies such as QinetiQ to develop UAV technologies.