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Engineer Spotlight: Jon Herrity

8/15/2021

ByJulia Jaskie

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT STANDARD ELECTRIC, AND WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? 

I am a Business Development Specialist on Standard Electric’s Technical Solutions Team, specializing in PLCs, robotics and general automation.

HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ENGINEERING? 

My father was an architect, and I was always hands-on as a kid whether it was building with LEGOs, folding origami, or putting together jigsaw puzzles. I found that I enjoyed physics and especially mathematics more than others. My favorite toy was the Spacewarp 5000 steel ball roller coaster.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY?

In 2005, I accepted a competitive full-time position with Mitsubishi Electric to support the FX Series micro PLCs and HMIs out of Himeji, Japan. It was the lure of working abroad, combined with my attraction to high-technology products that captured my attention.

WHAT TRAITS DO YOU HAVE THAT HELP YOU IN YOUR ROLE?

I’m detail oriented, thorough with my work, and I love meeting new people. I enjoy getting answers to customers and I’m generally upbeat and optimistic. When I was a Resident Advisor in college, I learned how to work with a wide range of different people and personality types.

WHEN YOU'RE WORKING WITH CLIENTS, HOW DO YOU HELP THEM IDENTIFY AND SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THEY'RE FACING?

I never assume anything when I visit a customer to observe their operations. The first step toward providing help is to relate to the current situation to develop trust. A lot of discovery is needed through asking the right questions.

WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU'VE LEARNED WHILE WORKING AT STANDARD ELECTRIC?  

I’ve learned how unique it is to work at a family-owned company with a great group of people. My co-workers always go the extra mile to help whenever needed.

WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I enjoy a lot of different activities outside of work – to name a few: Folding origami, riding my fat tire eBike, playing with my daughters (11, 8, 5), performing magic, clarinet, working out at the gym, traveling to Michigan to be with my parents, downhill skiing and tennis.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE CO-WORKERS OR FRIENDS?

I can speak Japanese.


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