Meet S3 — Eric, Research / Sourcing Specialist

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Meet Eric A.

What is your position/title and how long you’ve worked at S3? Research/Sourcing Specialist and I've been with the S3 team since the end of 2015. What is your background relevant to your work now? I was a C-5 Aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force; after the Air Force, I was a boat mechanic in the Coast Guard and an Electrician. My background gives me a solid foundation and knowledge of parts, components, and how components work together. I have also worked at two other aerospace companies prior to joining S3. What is a typical work day like for you? Among all the research I get on a daily basis, there is a lot of multi-tasking. I get tasked with different priorities throughout the day where I have to switch gears and my mindset often to support those priorities — and of course a few laughs along the way! What is your favorite part of your job? I like that I am still working with aircraft in some capacity. I like knowing that my research and finding the correct part is getting an aircraft off the ground. Coming from a military background and working on a flight line, I know how important it is to have the correct part for the aircraft to do its role; whether that’s a training flight or an actual mission that’s taking place. What is it like working for S3? I work with a great group of people. Everyone is very knowledgeable and everyone pulls their own weight, which is great in a fast paced company like S3. I couldn’t ask for better management. S3 has a casual and family atmosphere, but still maintains high professionalism. There is rarely a dull moment and we try not be too serious and have some fun while getting an important job done. What are the challenges you face in your position? I work in an industry that is highly competitive and time is imperative. As a researcher, finding a solution to a tough problem can be difficult given some of the time constraints I get to do my research in. However, with all of the knowledge and dedication at S3, I can always count on others to help with difficult situations to find a solution in a time crunch. What are your strengths in correlation to your job? I’m a detailed oriented person. I like getting that extra bit of tech data or finding a hard to find part; taking that extra step when necessary. I also like to share my knowledge of aircraft. I think it’s important to learn about aircraft in this industry, even if it’s basic knowledge. Aircraft are very complex and any knowledge helps.

What do you enjoy outside of work/hobbies? I like to train for and compete in Triathlons, I do a lot of running, swimming and cycling when I’m not at work. I’ve been playing drums for 20+ years; drumming & music are big passions of mine.

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