Meet Cory Z.

Manager, Project Engineering & Drafting

Number of years at Elliott: 7
Location: Jeannette, PA
Education: B.A. in Mechanical Engineering, MBA

What is your background with Elliott Group? â€‹After high school, I spent four years in the United States Air Force and then went to college for my engineering degree. I joined Elliott in 2007 as a Project Engineer. A few years later, I was promoted to a Technical Improvement Leader in Elliott's Research & Development group, and I was also tapped to participate in the Elliott Leadership Development Program (ELDP). During this same time period, I took advantage of Elliott's tuition reimbursement program to earn an MBA. Soon after graduating, I was promoted to the position of Focus Factory Manager, Balance of Plant. More recently I was promoted to Manager of Project Engineering and Drafting for Elliott's Engineered Products business.

How would you describe your career success at Elliott? I credit my success to hard work, flexibility, and dedication. If you focus on what you are doing right now and give it 100%, people recognize that. As a Technical Improvement Leader I worked on a root cause analysis that gave me exposure to senior management. I co-authored a technical paper for the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium which was later published, and presented a lecture at the first Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium. I developed a solution to a customer issue and was given the opportunity to go the customer's site in Qatar where I worked with the Elliott Field service team to complete a plant shutdown and turnaround. I've traveled to multiple customer sites and have attended operations meetings at our facility in Sodegaura, Japan.

What advice do you have for potential employees? Elliott is a great company - not to big, but not too small. It's a family atmosphere and everybody is friendly. The tuition reimbursement program is a great benefit. There are opportunities to use it for almost anything you want to do. Elliott has so many applicable areas for any degree you want to get. There is a lot of opportunity for advancement and the company is very flexible. We have a great, brand new facility in Jeannette. We are a global company with facilities all around the world. It's almost surprising how many different opportunities there are within Elliott.