Employee Spotlight: Jon Grady

Outdoorsy, ready for adventure, and multi-talented--this month's spotlight exercises both sides of his brain! Find out a little more about Jon Grady, one of our EMC engineers, and learn some useful words of wisdom...

Quick Team Member Facts 

Title:  EMC Engineer

Year Started at Elite: 2013

Areas of Interest:  

Military/Aerospace Test Methods—and more recently—Automotive EMC Test Methods

Education:  

AAS Industrial Electrical Technology—Kankakee Community College 2010; BS Electronic Engineering Technology—DeVry University 2013; Certificate Business Administration—UIC 2014

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

  • Reading 
  • Art: acrylic paints, polymer clay, modeling (kits; not my other profession), puzzles
  • Gaming

How did you get into EMI testing?

Honesty this job kind of fell into my lap.  I think a better question is “How did you get into electricity/electronics?”  My family owns an Electrical Wholesale Supply Warehouse, so I guess you can say I developed a passion for it early on.  I knew a lot of product before starting at Elite so that helped immensely. But I felt my niche was in electricity, not sales.  Being able to use the knowledge I gained in school and an understanding of how components work in electrical systems, I knew I could serve a better purpose.  Most everything I learned on an industrial scale is similarly applied to smaller, component level circuits.  Not something I wanted to jump into right away, but it really seemed like something I was good at and also enjoyed. This is mostly why I wanted to pursue a degree in engineering. 

What's the most rewarding aspect of working at Elite?

The working environment really holds everything together.  Of course, the employee benefits are incomparable, and it’s great that Elite sticks by its “families.” 

What's your proudest moment so far?

Well, I haven’t had children yet, so graduating and landing a job related to my field of study is important. 

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Camping/Travel--ALWAYS pack for the worst and unexpected cases

Anything that customers/colleagues would find surprising about you?

I have a Halloween birthday

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

It takes a struggle to learn anything.  

If you could be paid in something other than money, what would you choose?

Pizza pies.