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Happy Holidays!

HH Angus wishes you all the best of health and happiness for the holiday season and the year to come. While 2020 has been anything but normal, it is with confidence and optimism that we look forward to a brighter and healthier 2021.

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Philip joined HH Angus in 2006 and is currently a Senior Electric Engineer and Project Manager in our Technology Division. 

What’s your favourite thing about working at HH Angus?

I like the diverse projects and diverse clients. I enjoy the work. It is satisfying to see things get built. I enjoy the travel aspect – working all over the place, different clients, different things.

Where do you travel for work?

So far, I’ve traveled around North America.

How do you personally contribute to design and construction?

I am the Lead Electrical Engineer on a number of projects, responsible for design, project management, and delivery of our design to our clients. We are often the prime consultant on projects, the head consultant. We retain an architect or a structural engineer directly,  or select them on behalf of the client. In those cases, the client retains them but we manage overall the process. We also manage the procurement of equipment and services for the client.

How has working here helped you grow in your career?

It was the first job I had out of school, so I’ve grown quite a bit in my career.

“I've enjoyed diverse opportunities being able to work on multiple projects, with multiple clients, with multiple diverse models.”


Why did you want to become an engineer?

I was interested in technology and, I thought it would be interesting to have a career at that field.

What project are you most proud of?

I really felt good about the Sunnybrook High Voltage Emergency Project. That was one I designed and was the Electrical Lead. It was a project where we took a completely functional hospital and rebuilt their emergency power plant without compromising emergency power to the hospital the bew plant was built within the footprint of the exisiting plant. It was a very challenging project, which involved multiple phases of construction. 

What are some of the things about the company that you really like?

I like the dedication over the years to the library collection. I thought that was pretty great. Some of the people who work in Records Management have a background in library science. The company has been dedicated to the knowledge behind engineering we have books from 20s. It speaks to the longevity of the company. Over the years, people have accumulated technical standards, books, journals and things pertinent to older systems and technologies. A lot of places don’t have a comparable knowledge base.

When you started with the company, did you have a time when a senior staff member helped you along? 

When I started, they used to pair the new grads with an inspector and send them to construction projects. I spent probably 2 to 3 weeks doing that. You got to see the practical aspects of construction which puts a lot of things in perspective when you are designing. For me, that had a lasting impact. Additionally, I was fortunate that I had some projects that went into construction when I started. They had already been designed and I was tasked with looking after the contract administration. Seeing other people’s designs, how they were being built, some of the issues that come up, was very useful.

What inspires you?

Family, friends and doing good work. 

What trends or technologies on the horizon excite you most?

I always tell younger staff, one of the best things ever invented was the digital camera. It may not seem all that great now because it is so prevalent. Also PDFs. When I started, the majority of submittals were paper. We would receive paper submittals, we would do our reviews, we would staple our reviews to them and courier it out. You’d do a large project with a wealth of information, and you would no longer have it at your fingertips because it was all on paper, which is now stored off site. But, nowadays, it’s all PDFs. You can keep a copy and everything is readily available. Same with digital cameras. Somebody can go to site and take photos of what they are working on. You’ll always have that reference to go back to later: “oh, this is what I did on the last job. Maybe it didn’t go exactly as planned – let’s do it a bit differently this time”. Today, the technology gives you accessibility that you didn’t have in the past.

What skills or traits helped you advance in your career from the new grad stage?

I always believed in making the product you are selling better in order to be more competitive. Have diverse experience. Obviously, getting licenses and certifications speak to a broader experience and broader knowledge base. When you are selling services, you want to make sure the clients understand they are paying for experience, for somebody who does this for a living. They don’t have people on staff to do the work, so they are hiring us. 


Melissa joined HH Angus in 2016 and is currently in the role of BIM Specialist.

What’s your favourite thing about working at HH Angus?

It’s the people – everyone cares about their job and wants to produce a high quality product. And there is a sense of community here that I like. You don’t really get that in other firms that have 200 + people, like we do.

How do you contribute to design and construction here at the company?

I work with Revit projects and our designers. I train technical staff to use the software, make sure they are following best practices, and help them to work efficiently to produce high quality drawings.

How has working at HH Angus helped you grow your career?

One of the ways management has supported my professional goals is by sending me to conferences; coming out of a conference in the US, we collaborated with Matterport in delivering a webinar about 3D scanning.

Why did you want to work at HH Angus?

While I’m not an engineer or designer, I fit in our BIM team here. I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to do after graduating college, I just knew that I wanted to work with Revit, because I love Revit. So, I applied for a designer position, but it turned out that the company recognized my specialized skills and put me on the BIM team!  I definitely love what I do now.  I grew into the role and everyday is a little bit different – I love it!

“The sense of community here is really awesome. It really feels like the company cares about you, supports you and helps you grow professionally. ”

What are some of the projects that you are most proud to be involved in at HH Angus?

We did a project for Toronto Western Hospital, where we used our 3D scanner to scan the interior of the power house. We generated a 3D point cloud file from those images and brought it into Revit where we then modeled all the existing MEP. It was a very new workflow for us. It was very rewarding to develop best practices and workflows on that project. And resulting from that was a class that I went on to teach at an emerging technologies conference.  The power house was our showcase project. We presented a webinar with Matterport about working with the point cloud and reality capture, and I filmed a customers sucess story with them - it was really great!

What attracted you to HH Angus, coming out of school?

I researched many other companies, and what stood out about HH Angus is that it has been in business for so long – already over a hundred years – so it has to be doing something right.  And I did notice by researching and talking to people that the company is very innovative and forward thinking and this is something that I wanted to be associated with.  I wanted a stable and rewarding career so that I can be here for another 30 years, and that’s what I found.

What are some of the things that you like about HH Angus aside from the technical aspects of your work?

The sense of community here is really awesome. It really feels like the company cares about you, supports you and helps you grow professionally. The perks are really cool too – the staff Holiday lunch in December, the staff Golf & Activity Day, the list goes on and on. I tell my friends who don’t work here all about it and they are all jealous.

What has been your proudest moment here?

When I taught that conference class. I worked so hard for many, many months, developing the entire presentation, a 14-page handout, and initially working on the project for Toronto Western Hospital. A lot of hard work went into that and it was really rewarding to finally present it to an out-of-town audience and to share my knowledge at an industry conference in Minneapolis.  A lot of industry professionals were there and it was really rewarding.

Do you have an example of a senior staff member helping you, maybe early on in your career?

My officially assigned mentor, Jovan Filipović, really helped me, and he still does. You don’t break up with your mentor after the program ends. Having a mentor was really awesome; he helped me learn what everybody’s role was, and who to talk to for different kinds of project work, and who is managing which people. We worked on conflict resolution at the beginning, because this was my first office job and I was trying to settle in and get to know everybody. We continued to meet the need; he is great resource for project advice. It is very helpful to have a mentor – everybody should have a mentor!

If someone were to ask you if they should apply to HH Angus, what would you tell them?

Absolutely yes! It’s an awesome place to work. Again – the management cares about you, your work is interesting and everyday there is something new.

What inspires you?

Seeing the fruits of my labour. It is very encouraging to see all my hard work pay off. I always try to do a good job, and when everything I put my mind to pays off, it is good to see that, very encouraging.

What aspects of your work you enjoy the most?

I enjoy training people so much. Developing the training courses, trying to make it interesting for all types of people with different personalities and especially different learning styles – that’s a big challenge in developing a training course that many people will take part in. So, I try to make my training courses fun; we get a lot of good feedback and that’s what I love the most.

What are some of the trends and technology that excite you?

Virtual reality – because we just acquired some VR tech that our team is testing. With this technology, we can export the Revit model, walk around in it and see where our designers have modeled the content and if it’s in the right place. And if it’s not, with the software we can actually move that object in the VR environment and push that straight back to Revit, so that those changes happen in the Revit model too.

Do you have any secret talents?

I like riding my motorcycle in the countryside. That’s my favourite weekend hobby, and would be my everyday hobby but I have to work.

What skills or trait have helped you the most to advance in your career?

I would say it’s knowing when I don’t know something and asking questions, researching, being willing to learn. Because I graduated from an interior design program, moving into an MEP firm was not something I knew much about. When I would get requests to model heat exchangers and air handling unit Revit families, at first I didn’t know how these work, so I asked my manager for help: “Please teach me how this equipment works, so that I know more about the systems that we model and can get it right on the first try.” So that helped me grow professionally, and to transition from interior design into MEP. Today, I can tell you all about air handing units and heat exchangers. So there you go!

Where is your dream vacation?

I’ve been to Florida, but I haven’t been to Key West in Florida. Florida is my destination - in May or October, when it’s not too hot or too cold. I've been to Disney World and it was so much fun – I love it there. So Florida – not super interesting, but it’s a vacation destination I like.