August 1, 2019

42 years, 15,468 days, 371,232 hours, 22,273,920 minutes, and 1,336,435,200 seconds. That is how long Corporate Quality Manager, Robert Elkins has worked for Eustis Engineering L.L.C. 

  1. What is your title?
    • Corporate Quality Control Manager
  2. How long have you worked at Eustis Engineering?
    • 42 years 4 months full time.
    • My father, Sid Elkins, had to sign a work permit for me to start working in the lab during the fall of 1972. I was only 15 years old. I worked part-time in the lab, the drilling department, and wherever else I was told to work.  My part-time work ended in the fall of 1976 and Gerry Bragg (Past Eustis Engineering President) asked me to begin full time during March of 1977.
  3. What made you want to join Eustis?
    • Following in my father’s footsteps.
  4. What is your favorite memory while working at Eustis?
    • There were many, but I think the challenge of being the first Corporate Quality Control Manager. Getting to be part of creating and implementing our first real quality control system, along with creating all the in house exams for CMT and lab technicians, and writing calibration procedures and forms (spreadsheets) to calculate and plot results.
  5. What is your least favorite memory while working at Eustis?
    • The bitter-sweet retirement of my father, Sid Elkins. I was so happy for him. As for me, it was tough not having him beside me teaching me new things.  I did always get to call him with tough scenarios and he always steered me in the right direction.
  6. What will you miss?
    • All the good friends that have turned into family, and the daily challenges.
  7. What will you not miss?
    • The daily challenges of managing lots of data.
  8. What do you plan on doing during your retirement?
    • Traveling, hunting, fishing, and whatever else comes along.
  9. What are some of the lessons you have learned in your career with Eustis?
    • Whatever your task is, follow the proper procedures and pay attention to details.
    • If you are not sure how to accomplish a task given to you, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  10. Do you have any advice for your co-workers?
    • Always follow directions, always ask questions, and ALWAYS pay close attention to details.
  11. Anything else you would like to say?
    • There have been many ups and downs, but I truly enjoyed working for Eustis Engineering. As I followed in my father’s footsteps in my career, I will follow him with my retirement.  I hope over the years I have been able to contribute to the company’s success as it has contributed to me.