Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic, a division of Vector Aerospace
Submitted by Vector Aerospace Human Resources
Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic (ESA) is a fully-authorized Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) Distributor & Designated Overhaul Facility (DDOF) for the PT6A engine series, as well as a PWC Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW100 and JT15D engine series.
Twenty-five years of specialization in the repair & overhaul of PWC products enables ESA to provide quality workmanship, industry-leading turn-around times, exceptional customer service and warranty coverage, and competitive pricing.
Headquartered in Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, ESA operates a 140,000-square-foot facility, complemented by fly-in capabilities and hangar space. Vector has grown significantly since opening in 1991 with only four employees. Today, the Summerside facility employs about 445 people and is PEI’s largest aerospace company.
In addition to its headquarters on PEI, ESA also has a service center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as well as facilities in the United States, South Africa, Kenya, Australia, and Singapore. Globally, there are over 625 employees in total.
ESA has a great relationship with and regularly recruits employees from Holland College in Summerside, which offers an Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Repair and Overhaul Technology program. In fact, about 85 percent of ESA’s employees are Holland College alumni.
In April, 2016, the Summerside facility was chosen as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada by Progress Magazine.
Message from the President & CEO
Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic Inc.
Vector Aerospace has grown significantly since it started on PEI in 1991 with four employees. Today, the 140,000 square foot facility in Slemon Park, Summerside, employs about 445 people and is PEI`s largest aerospace company.
“In 2016, we celebrated our 25th year of providing engine support on PEI,” says Declan O’Shea. “We achieved this milestone with the help of our people. This business is very hard to automate, so most of our processes depend on human touch.”
The Summerside facility is a fully-authorized Pratt & Whitney repair and overhaul shop for the PT6A, JT15D and the PW100 engine series.
“Vector is a leading player in the global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul market,” says Declan.
“More than 2,300 people work for the company world-wide, serving more than 3,000 customers. There are facilities in Canada, US, UK, France, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, and Singapore.”
Five years ago, sales for the Atlantic Canada division were $200 million US. In 2015, it was about $300 million, and in 2016 it was about $350 million.
Declan says that part of Vector’s growth is due to a properly trained workforce. “We have the highest skilled and trained and motivated workforce. Attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and delivering on promises have earned us a loyal customer base.”
“In the next five years, we are forecasting about 20 percent growth in business on PEI. Globally, 18 percent of aerospace workers will be eligible to retire in the next two years. Worldwide, we are finding it harder to attract and retain the right people.
“Here on PEI, over 85 percent of our workers have come through Holland College or UPEI. We will continue to support the education programs we need in order to ensure we have a steady stream of workers with the right skills.”
For more about Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic, visit www.vectoraerospace.com.
About the Company
Islanders first came to know the company as Atlantic Turbines, the company’s name when it opened in 1991.
In 2009, Atlantic Turbines went through a re-branding process to reflect an ownership change that resulted in its current name.
Through constant improvement and dedication to quality service, Vector Atlantic has grown from a start-up in 1992 with sales of less than one million dollars and four customers. Five years ago, sales were $200 million per year. In 2015, it was about $300 million, and in 2016, it will be about $350 million, with a customer base greater than 1,400.
Some employee job titles
- Technician (Welder, Inspector, Machinist, etc.)
- Repair Assistant
- Financial Analyst
- Customer Service Manager
Recruitment & Compensation
“In a relatively small region, the available pool of qualified employees can present a challenge during periods of strong growth,” says Brenda Cousins, Manager of HR. “The lure of work in other regions can also have an impact on both recruitment and retention.
“We at Vector Atlantic are very fortunate that the company offers a very comprehensive compensation and benefit package as well as a challenging and dynamic team environment which has allowed us to remain competitive.
“Employees of Vector are well compensated in terms of recognition and comprehensive benefits, which allow them to also give back to the Island communities in which they live.”
“There is nothing more important to Vector than our employees,” says Brenda. “Our team is what makes us different from our competitors, and makes us so successful in a very competitive marketplace. The families and the communities our employees live in provide a solid foundation and a great support for our team.”
Vector Atlantic recognizes the valuable support of the Island community and regularly contributes back to the community. Contributions made by Vector are varied, providing funding to support education, sports, arts & culture, and community health care.
Vector continues to be a proud supporter of several charities and major events throughout PEI, including the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside, Junior Achievement of PEI, the Easter Seals Telethon, the Prince County Hospital Foundation, the IWK, Holland College, and the Highland Storm.
Recently, Vector began a three-year sponsorship with the Western Hospital Foundation to assist with the purchase of a new diagnostic digital imaging x-ray machine, and also recently committed $200,000 to the Prince County Hospital Foundation.
Vector recognizes the quality of the workforce which has allowed the company to grow and be successful.
“Throughout the world, we have a lot of very creative competitors looking for the opportunity to take back customers they have lost to us over our 25 years,” says Jeff Poirier, President, Vector Engine Services-Atlantic Division.
“Similar to our competitors, we use many of the same parts, same repairs and similar processes.
“The one thing that sets us far apart from our closest competitor is our employees. Our team shows a ‘can do’ attitude every time a challenge is presented, and continuously strives to improve the way we do things. This rich culture is a key part of the success of our PEI operation.
“As a result, Vector Atlantic invested significantly in enhancing the training offerings throughout the company. Our commitment is to continue investing in training for employees in the future and to be the Employer of Choice in the region.”
Declan O’Shea, President and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation, says that part of Vector’s growth is due to a properly trained workforce. “We have the highest skilled and trained and motivated workforce. Attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and delivering on promises have earned us a loyal customer base. If you engage the right people and equip them with the right tools, equipment, and processes that make our customers happy, those customers will tend to want to pay the price that keeps us both in business.”
“In the next five years, we are forecasting about 20 percent growth in business on PEI. To achieve this goal, we need to continue to innovate, reach out around the globe to new customers and to where fleets are growing, such as southeast Asia. Two-thirds of revenue comes from outside Canada, and that percentage will probably increase. The Asian market in 2024 is expected to be double what it is today. So we need to be there.
“We have recently invested in a new test cell on PEI, which is adding capacity. We also plan to invest in other new technologies.”
Future labour force growth potential
“Globally, 18 percent of aerospace workers will be eligible to retire in the next two years,” says Declan. “Worldwide, we are finding it harder to attract the right people and retain them. Here on PEI, 85 percent of our workers have come through Holland College or UPEI. We will continue to support the education programs we need to ensure we have a steady stream of workers with the right skills.”
Province to support seven recent graduates at Vector Aerospace
News release: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, June 16, 2016 — Funding support for seven new recent graduate positions at Vector Aerospace under the Canada-PEI Job Fund was officially announced today by Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown.
“Our goal is to provide training opportunities for high quality jobs right here in Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Brown. “Vector Aerospace will provide seven recent graduates with a valuable mentorship and employment opportunity in their field of study. These new graduates will receive on-the-job training, allowing them to increase their skills and contribute to the success of Vector now and into the future.”
The graduates, from Holland College’s Aircraft Gas Turbine Repair Overhaul program, will begin full-time employment at Vector Aerospace and participate in a 52-week training program beginning this month. The students will be trained in receiving incoming engines; disassembling engines; visually or detail inspecting engine parts; and balancing rotating components.
The participants will conduct all work in accordance with company policies, quality procedures, manufacturer and customer specifications, and industry regulations. The training will also include how to maintain a safe and clean working environment.
“Ensuring Vector Aerospace has access to a highly skilled workforce will enable the company to remain competitive in the industry,” said Minister Heath MacDonald, Economic Development and Tourism. “It is also an excellent opportunity for recent graduates in Prince Edward Island to gain experience in their chosen field and prepare for long-term sustainable employment.”
“We look forward to welcoming these seven young graduates to our team,” said Jeff Poirier, President of Vector’s Engine Services-Atlantic Division. “One of our core values is to invest in an industry-ready workforce, and we’ve always had great confidence in Holland College to train and provide those skilled workers. The College has played a major role in the success of our employees over the years, with more than 75 per cent of our staff having received some education and training there.”
“It’s terrific that PEI and Canada can work together to help individuals get the education and training they need to develop new skills that will enable them to excel in their jobs within the aerospace industry. We will continue to work with the PEI Government and others to help all Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs,” said the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Canada-PEI Job Fund Agreement, through SkillsPEI.
Cutline: (L to R front) Divine Pascual, recent graduate, and Minister Richard Brown, Workforce and Advanced Learning at Vector Aerospace in Slemon Park. (L to R back) Jeff Poirier, President of Vector Aerospace and Brett Ramsay, recent graduate.