(Source: Ottawa Business Journal)

For nearly four decades, engineers at a nondescript office in an east-end industrial park have been doing their part to serve their country in a unique way: by building cutting-edge diagnostic tools that help keep engines running smoothly in everything from military search-and-rescue helicopters to fighter jets.

They don’t get much fanfare, and they don’t seek it out either. Their company, Gastops, has been doing just fine despite garnering much less publicity than many of its fellow Ottawa tech trailblazers.

Founded in 1979 by a group of Carleton University engineering grads led by former CEO Bernie MacIsaac, Gastops has quietly built a fervently loyal base of customers ranging from the Canadian and U.S. militaries to manufacturers such as Pratt & Whitney, which makes engines for a host of military and commercial clients around the world.

The 130-employee firm specializes in sensors that detect and measure metallic contaminants in engine oil – a sort of aviation “blood test” that allows technicians to spot an array of potential problems and stop them before they happen. Continue reading…

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Gastops CEO Dave Muir, an aerospace engineering graduate of Carleton University, has been working at the east-end company since 1981. (Photo by Mark Holleron)