Philip DeVries, AScT

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Philip DeVries, AScT

  • Classification: Applied Science Technologist
  • Discipline: Electronics Engineering
  • Current Employer: Metso Minerals Canada Inc

Career Experience

My technical engineering career has spanned more than 32 years. I started as an electricians helper thinking to apprentice but instead, was encouraged to attend BCIT: get a diploma of technology. That education lead to a good job designing instrumentation and designing process control systems. In 1995 I joined a very small (employee number 4), family owned company and really started my project managing career addressing process controls in various industries: minerals, water and power. Along the way I became the business manager too. Now all these years later, still learning and enjoying my career.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • I really enjoy RC modeling, the building and experimenting. My attempt to become an electrician journeyman seemed logical, it seemed to fit my skills. But the truth is as an electrician I would not have had the freedom to push technology that I have enjoyed. I have no idea why my naive, young-self, followed that great advice: get a diploma of technology. But I am glad I did, being a technologist is rewarding.

Career Highlights

  • Design and/or commissioned over 45 projects in 15 different countries.
  • Manage international, talented, technical engineering teams. The international part has its unique challenges.
  • Safety and energy isolation identification and management.
  • Technical engineering support for innovative mineral processing machines.