Conversation with Edgar, a rising star
Edgar is relatively new to Precision, having been employed since July 2005. Prior to working at Precision, Edgar worked as a waiter in the Sears Tower. After 9/11, the restaurant business fell off and he and many of his peers were laid off.
That’s a big change from being a waiter to Electroless Nickel plating. How did you find out about the job here?
A: My aunt works at Precision. She told me about the job opening.
Tell me about your training.
A: I started as a Rack Dryer and did that for six months. Then I worked with Gerardo (Rack Supervisor) to train in rack plating for two weeks. Then Erik gave me the opportunity in the new department of Electroless Nickel.
You seem to have a natural ability for plating. What’s your secret?
A: I pay attention and watch others. I listen. I thought that if others can do it, I can do it.
How comfortable are you working in that department now?
A:I am very familiar with the solutions and the techniques. I make my own adds and check the pH in the Lab. I learn a lot from Louie (Vignocchi). He gives me ideas, there is always more to learn.
What is your challenge?
A:Sometimes I get a part that seems impossible to plate, but we do it. I like that.
Will you tell us about your personal life?
A: I am separated right now. I have two daughters, ages 5 and 6. I spend all of my weekend time with them. I like to take them shopping and out to eat. I look forward to that. I like to workout but have not had enough time to do that lately. Maybe that will be my New Years resolution. I like to listen to music, especially music by Losbukis.
What do you wish for your future?
A: I want to marry again and maybe have one more child. I want to see my daughters grow up. I want to be the best father I can and be in good health.
Do you have anything you want to add?
A: I enjoy working at Precision and working for Erik. He is a great manager. He answers my questions and is easy to work with. He treats me like a friend.