Employee Profile: Eric Licuanan

 

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Eric is our longest serving employee, and part of the “original three” from when Tools in Motion was formed back in 2013. (He was formerly an employee of Chris’ previous company.) Chris and Eric worked together at a shop in Calgary many years ago, with Chris mentoring the newer technician. Chris was impressed with Eric’s work ethic and skill level, and told Eric, “One day, when I own my own business, you’re coming to work for me.” Chris soon left that shop to start that business, which eventually grew to the point where he needed some extra help. As promised, he tracked down Eric and offered him a job.

Things didn’t go as Chris had planned, though: Eric’s family was a bit concerned with the idea of leaving a stable job at an established business to work for a one year old, very small company. Eric agreed to come on part time at first, but was soon convinced that this was the “real deal” and business wasn’t slowing down any time soon.

We’re super glad he made that decision, because Eric is a fantastic employee and has performed hundreds of high quality repairs with us during the last few years. His worth ethic is unmatched and while he doesn’t take to diagnostics and electrical work as much as some of us, he’s a mechanical “natural” with a great feel for parts placement, fastener torque, and some of the other intricacies of our craft. You don’t hear much from Eric during the day because’s he’s all business until the repair is done, with his head down, working hard.

We count ourselves very lucky to have caring guys like Eric on our team. Here are Eric’s vital statistics:

Position: Automotive Service Technician Apprentice

Shop nickname: None! (Eric is actually the only guy in the shop without a stupid nickname. He wants us to call him “Easy E” but nobody’s biting!)

Years in the trade: 7

Previous employment: Certigard, Canadian Tire

Currently lives in: Calgary

Born in: Manila, Philippines

Specialty/favourite automotive work: Steering & alignment adjustment and repair.

Least favourite automotive work: Diesel engine repair.

What attracted him to Tools in Motion: Chris’ persistent pestering! (See story above.)

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Favourite part of working at Tools in Motion: Learning from mentors Chris and Tim.

Least favourite part of working at Tools in Motion: Catching flak from his wife for eating all the donuts, chocolates, and other unhealthy treats that customers are always bringing us.

Favourite car brand: Honda

Favourite colour: Blue

Hobbies: Working out and playing basketball. (Editor’s note: Eric is a strong dude! You should see it.)

Cats or dogs? Cats.

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