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Meet Paul B.

Product Development Engineer

Number of Years with Elliott: 2.5
Location: Jeannette, PA
Education: BS in Aerospace Engineering
Outside Interests: Hiking, Running, Soccer, Table Tennis, Radio Controlled Model Aircraft, Reading, Learning about different cultures & languages

Has Elliott's rotational engineering program opened up any doors for you thus far in your career? Yes - absolutely. During my Process Innovation (PI) rotation, I've had to collaborate with colleagues from all departments and I've been exposed to employees at all levels of the company. Process Innovation has projects from all areas of the business. For example, if you are working on an engineering project and PI doesn't have the technical expertise, you need to find people from other groups to support you and collaborate as a team to fix a problem. From that perspective, working with people from all areas of the business is the biggest impact that my first rotation has provided as far as posssibilities of advancement. Going forward, I would like to work in a technical position and to develop expertise on some aspect of our product line.

What experience have you had at Elliott with other languages? I'm taking Elliott-sponsored Japanese classes which has definitely helped me to learn about the Japanese culture. Our Japanese colleagues have respect for someone who is trying to communicate in their language and to learn their culture.

What are you most proud of so far? Most of the PI projects are well organized and I have been given measurable goals from the beginning. We are working with the purchasing group to develop a global strategy for commodities management. We put together a tool to help the purchasing group analyze historical data and make decisions based on trends.

Why did you decide to work for Elliott? When I came for the interview, I was impressed with what Elliott is doing, and with the product line. There are similarities between the aerospace and rotating equipment industries. From a technical perspective, I can align my goals with that. Elliott's rotational engineering program was a big draw because I can learn about different areas of the business, both technical and non-technical, and I have the possibility of advancing more quickly through this program.

What would you tell someone who is interested in our rotational engineering program? The most important benefit is the opportunity to get exposure to areas other than engineering. Even though you went through an engineering program in college, you may not be sure exactly what you want to do. With an engineering degree you can specialize in so many fields. Elliott's rotational engineering program will expose you to all sides of the business and you can make a decision after you finish the program.