Patrick De Vos was born in 1959 in Belgium and graduated from university in 1981; holding a Masters degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (major domain Production Technology).
From 1981 to 1983, he was a post graduate lecturer and researcher (the research subject was optimizing strategies for metal cutting processes and production economics) at a research centre aligned to the university.
From 1983 until 2006, he was employed by Seco Tools Benelux in several technical, commercial, marketing and management positions and was member of several international council groups in Seco Tools. The last position held was Marketing Manager, Technical Education Manager and Manager Seco Benelux Technical Centre.
Since 2006, he has been the Corporate Technical Education Manager for Seco Tools AB. In this position he has lead the creation of STEP (Seco Technical Education Programme) and has the global responsibility for technical education activities for Seco employees and customers worldwide. Since the creation of STEP more than 185,000 people worldwide attended these programmes.
He has personally educated and trained more than 80,000 people in more than 57 countries worldwide during the last 30 years. He has been a guest speaker at many international conventions, conferences and universities worldwide.
He is the author of numerous technical articles on machining techniques and the publications
Metal Cutting, theories in practice, Tool Deterioration, Best Practices and Metal Cutting Physics, Best Practices.