Monday, July 30, 2012

Linear Guide Manufacturer Says Goodbye and Good Luck to Jerald Garcia

Jerald Garcia, 26, landed his first engineering job at Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation straight out of college four years ago. Here he cut his teeth in mechanical engineering as a test engineer of linear and rotary motion products, testing our products to be sure the technology lives up to our high quality standards. He's been an invaluable asset to our company, a part of the family.

That's why it's bittersweet to announce that he's taking off on the adventure of a lifetime. We are proud to share that he has landed his dream job as a quality engineer at Boeing. The whole team will miss him, but we're proud to have been a big part of helping him achieve such great success!

Jerald said he's always wanted to work in the aeronautics industry, so he's thrilled about the opportunity, which will bring him to his new home in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be the Daly City native's first time living outside of California, a prospect he says is both exciting and scary.

"I've always had a passion for flight," he said. "For me it's kind of amazing that you can lift several hundred tons of people, metal and liquids into the sky with nothing but air beneath. To me that's like magic."

Ever since effortlessly acing his first advanced high school physics class, Jerald says he always knew he had a future in science and engineering. The UC Davis alum graduated in 2008 with a double major in mechanical engineering/aeronautical science and engineering. His first internship was in his junior year for a professor at the university who was creating a dynanometer, a device that measures engine performance.

He joined Bishop-Wisecarver shortly after responding to a job post on the university's job board. Through his work here, Jerald learned about the internal workings of a business and the ins and outs of guided motion technology.

"I learned a lot about how a company is run," he told us. "And before this job, I didn't know much about linear motion. It has taught me a lot about how business works and manufacturing in general."

BWC President Pamela Kan said she's happy for Jerald, and that she'll miss him.

"It has been such a pleasure to work with Jerald and it is hard to see him leave, but he has gotten his wings and is leaving us for his dream job," she said. "Hopefully Jerald will come see us when BWC is in St. Louis for the FIRST Robotics Championships next year."

Jerald said he can only imagine how much he'll learn in an industry that has seen several groundbreaking innovations recently. Jerald said he's geeked out about the headline-making Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' which happens to be the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first-ever jetliner to use mostly composite materials in its construction.

"I believe that composites are the future of flight," Jerald said. "It's the direction that most companies are going to start to head towards."

Besides the "magic" of flight that first captivated Jerald and the exponential technological advances in the field, Jerald said he's fascinated by how airplanes have changed our global culture.

"Flight is shrinking the world, which is a good thing," he said.

A good thing for him personally, too, since it will allow his family to visit him in his new home halfway across the country. From all of us here at Bishop-Wisecarver, Jerald, "Good flight and good luck!"

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