Senior Structure Engineer
The Boeing Company
Mathematics / Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
Works in the Stress
Methods group, developing stress analysis methods.
Eric likes the
flexibility he has in his schedule, currently working 10 hours a
day for four days.
"The job with the Boeing Company came as a result of initially there was a
job fair in Portland and I had gone there and after receiving some
literature I found out about opportunities up here, primarily in the Pugot
Sound. There were a few in Portland, but not in my area. So I sent a
resume or two up here and I can't say I got results from that, but I did
kind of make a few contacts up here and like everybody will find out as
soon as they start looking, that's pretty much how things happen."
"The first few months I was here, which wasn't that long ago, it was
really a pretty good feeling. Everybody was pretty receptive to the new
kid and they really kind of treated you pretty well especially the first
couple of weeks. It's not like you're thrown into some big project and
expected to win a Nobel Prize, but there isn't really an introductory
period really, you're just kind of introduced to your group and it's kind
of taken from there. Everybody's kind of nice around here so it was no big
"During the day here a typical problem, here they're pretty structured.
This company has been around for eighty years. At this point there's
really nothing 'cutting edge' that I'm working on, Structures, everything
is pretty well known. If I have to do a calculation there's usually
computer support for it or something like Mode of Inertia and the problem
right now is that I'm in a very early stage in my particular project where
I'm collecting all the data and kind of organizing it so I really haven't
gotten to the point where I'm doing any great calculations yet. Collecting
data could entail either simply going through what we have on file in our
library. It could mean going to other libraries and trying to find
references and sources. It could mean talking to other groups, getting
sources there. It could mean an attempt to track down an author or an
article on the internet."
"Outside of the office I like to lift weights and never as much as I'd
like to anymore. I like to play basketball, play football, go out with my
friends and enjoy the nightlife of Seattle. I only put in forty hours a
week here but still it seems like there's not enough hours in the day to
do everything you want to do so it's kind of a tough thing and I'm still
in transition there, trying to learn that process and hopefully I'll get
that buckled down eventually."
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