With a father in the military, Grant Terry, ‘14, grew up with a passion for aviation. Now Terry has turned that love into a career with one of the top defense contractors in the world.
Terry found out last October that the St. Augustine office of Northrup Grumman was looking for interns through his career advisor and Director of Career Services, Tara Stevenson. A month after his graduation with a degree in business administration, he was hired as a business management analyst and project manager for the company that specializes in aerospace and defense technology.
“Basically I have two jobs that are combined into one,” said Terry. “With my business management title, I handle the funding profile for the new building that is going up in St. Augustine. The other half of my job as a project manager handles projects that come from all of our different programs at the site.”
Terry was part of the team that brought the Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, which was dedicated in April, to St. Augustine. The 368,000-square-foot building will provide additional hanger space and program offices to help the company produce and sustain aircraft like the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, A-6 Intruder and F-14 Tomcat.
For a kid who grew up around airplanes, helicopters and aircraft carriers, that’s just as cool as it sounds.
“Working in this industry is like no other. I get to come to work with some of the smartest people on this Earth and contribute to the success of our military,” said Terry. “I love this industry because it’s not about the newest technology produced or the fastest plane built. Our jobs are to help protect the men and women that serve this country the best we can and bring them home to their families.”
Terry says he couldn’t have accomplished any of his success with the help he received at Flagler.
“From day one I felt prepared and ready to go with my job, and I have yet to feel like my education has not prepared me for something,” said Terry. “Mrs. Stevenson sat with me day in and day out to perfect my resume, set me up with mock interviews and gave advice on certain situations during job hunting. It’s the job of Career Services to help students become successful after they leave Flagler and I am proud to be a product of their work and dedication.”
Thanks to that dedication, Terry gets to spend his days working what he considers his “dream job.”
“I had pretty high expectations coming from a family with a military background, and Northrup Grumman really delivered,” said Terry. “It is one of the coolest things to be able to walk outside and see exactly what I am working towards.”