Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education
97 Dafoe Road W
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6
Vlad Kowalyk started his career with Versatile Farm Equipment Co. as the Engineering Hydraulic Specialist, whereby he was among the first in the agricultural industry to incorporate load sensing hydraulics and electro-hydraulic controls. Vlad remained with Versatile during the acquisitions by Ford New Holland and New Holland, becoming the hydraulic competency group leader for the Winnipeg facility responsible for the hydraulic systems of all Winnipeg products with access to and support from the global New Holland Hydraulic Competency group. Vlad was instrumental in the specification and development of the electro-hydraulic remote valves for Winnipeg products including the Genesis and CAT Challenger tractors as well as the custom integrated pump assemblies for the Genesis, CAT Challenger, TJ and TV140 Series tractors. In addition, he was designated as inventor on numerous patents. In 2000, Vlad left New Holland and started VMK Engineering, providing project management, design, and engineering support for the development/upgrade of mobile hydraulic, electro-hydraulic, and hydrostatic systems in the agricultural, specialty vehicle, severe service truck, mining, rail, transit and aerospace sectors. Vlad joined MacDon Industries Ltd in 2011 as the Engineering Fluid Systems Specialist, supporting design teams in planning, design, specification, building and testing of hydraulic systems while being responsible for the hydraulic architecture of all product lines.
As an engineer-in-residence, Vlad Kowalyk supports local industries in hydraulic and hydrostatic training and development by: