Atlantic Advanced Power Technologies (AAPT) operates a modern, well-equipped 30,000 square foot manufacturing and fabrication facility at Poole’s Corner, PEI.
Jason Aspin, an established designer and builder of electrical equipment for marine and offshore oil and gas companies, co-founded AAPT in 2012. Jason is also the CEO and co-founder of Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc., which has locations in Stratford and Poole’s Corner. The company operates internationally with offices in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Singapore.
AAPT works with oil and gas industries, marine, electrical, and manufacturers of food processing equipment, emergency response vehicles, and agricultural equipment.
AAPT’s primary services include:
- Laser Cutting
- Waterjet Cutting
- Plasma Cutting
- Welding & Fabrication
- Precision Machining
- Industrial Sandblasting, Painting & Powder Coating
Jim MacDonald is the General Manager of AAPT. His career started as a Precision Machinist in 1999. In 2012, he joined AAPT as Production Manager. In 2015, he became General Manager.
About the staff
AAPT has 15 employees between the ages of 21 and 60. “We just hired a welder who worked in Alberta for 20 years,” says Jim. “He was tired of being away from his family for long periods of time and decided to take a position here with us.”
The company also accepts student placements for on-the-job training in welding/fabrication and precision machinist trades programs.
“We have hired new graduates from Holland College trades programs,” says Jim. “We prefer to hire fully qualified people, but they are not always available, so we also carry out internal training on machines and processes to fill any knowledge or skill gaps that may exist, and bring them up to industry standards, allowing them to earn their Red Seal in the process. The most important thing is to find motivated people with a good attitude that fit well with our team.”
Staff turnover rate
“The staff turnover rate is very low,” says Jim. “We offer an excellent work environment with great compensation as well as advancement opportunities.”
- CAD/CAM Programmer/Estimator
- CNC Machine Operator
- Precision Machinist
- Press Brake Operator
- Assembly Worker
- Office Manager
- Quality Manager
- Mechanical Engineer
Wages and benefits
“We offer wages comparable to industry standards, with benefits and a pension plan,” says Jim. Positions are full-time and year-round with occasional shift work.
“It depends on the position,” says Jim. “We have highly skilled trades people, university graduates, and maintenance workers who might have only completed high school.”
“The company is very community-minded,” says Jim. “We volunteer with the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering on their Sae Baja project, and we participate in food bank programs at Christmas time.”
“If you are interested in building your career with AAPT, send us your resumé. We are always looking for good people.”
Positions in demand include:
- Precision Machinist
- CAD/CAM Programmers
- Mechanical Engineers
“Our hiring needs are project based,” says Jim. “It’s good to have resumés on file even if we are not hiring, to be better prepared for upcoming projects.
“The most difficult position to fill is Precision Machinist. Most shops on PEI are challenged with skills shortages, and Precision Machinist is one of the major trade shortages.”
How do you attract, develop and retain staff?
“We retain staff by offering good pay, benefits, pension plan, sick days, and vacation time,” says Jim. “We have an excellent work environment where staff get along well with each other and enjoy coming to work.”
How to apply
“I discourage people from calling because we are very busy,” says Jim. “I prefer applicants to email a resumé.
Typical interview questions
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you know about the company?
- Why do you want this job?
“The best way to stand out during the hiring process is to have the skill sets for the job you are applying for, have a good attitude, and be able to pay attention to detail,” says Jim. “Applicants may be required to take a test in the trade they are applying for.”
Jim conducts the interviews and is responsible for the hiring. Applicants could be hired on-the-spot or a few weeks later, based on the needs of the company.
In-house training provided
“Cross training is available and encouraged, and there are advancement opportunities within the company.”
When working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
- Have a good attitude
- Pay attention to detail
- Be willing to learn