You may be familiar with the concept of #tbt, which on social media, is "Throwback Thursday," a time to trot out old photos and take an affectionate look back on personal history.
We thought we would bring you our very own #tbt from the UCEC shop...but with a more recent twist! We're creating precise handcrafted electrical control panels built right here in Colorado, but we're also having a blast doing it. We're learning every day, and working hard to make amazing experiences for our customers. Enjoy this #tbt to some recent UCEC happenings!
#tbt: That Time We Went to Mexico
It’s certainly not every day that I travel more than a thousand miles to another country and help wire panels within a brand-new production facility, but I won’t complain. Our longtime customer needed some help and we were more than happy to provide it. Read More
The plant we worked in was under construction, so we ended up maneuvering around the construction teams as they labored. You might walk away for a few minutes and come back to an entirely new piece of equipment being installed on “your” spot! We learned to be nimble and get out of the way. Read More
#tbt That Time We Built a Drift Trike
Not only can our team craft well-made custom electrical control panels by day; they can also create drift trikes by night! Read More
#tbt That Time We Purchased a Steinhauer MC-80
Initially, I thought that I would pick and choose which projects to use on the MC-80. And we did do that in the beginning. Now, every job runs through the machine, unless it’s too large to fit. Even very small jobs, the kind where I initially thought, “Oh, it’s too little to bother with. We’ll just have a guy drill it manually,” goes through the machine. A recent small job took about three minutes to program and five minutes to drill. Meanwhile, my team did other things. Read More
#tbt That Time We Asked Mark Inboden 8 Questions
Working in larger corporations gave me training opportunities that are hard to come by in smaller businesses. There were more people to interact with and learn from. My last job had more than 150 people under my umbrella, and so I was used to running a larger organization. I can unequivocally say I enjoy running a smaller company with less bureaucracy and more speed in satisfying customer requests. Read More
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Our employees tell us that their work colleagues feel like "family" which is the highest compliment they could give!
Are you new to UCEC? Welcome! Utility Control & Equipment Corporation provides custom control panels and control system integration for customers worldwide. Founded in 1958, we uniquely combine the best of the old and the new. We conduct business with an old-school, straightforward approach and we invest in the newest, state-of-the-art technology.
Here at UCEC, we can't claim to be super heroes, but we do have "super skills" that we use to create our customers' electrical control panel projects. If you are looking for an electrical control panel shop, make sure to ask about these must-have skills!
I’m pleased to introduce another Colorado company and valuable UCEC vendor, Royal Supply Company, Inc. Based out of Commerce City, Royal Supply was founded in 1963 by former United States Air Force Mechanic Virgil Flanders. This early version of the company was known as Denver’s “Rivet House” because they were a supplier of surplus aircraft parts.
As UCEC’s Project Coordinator, looking down the road to what’s coming our way is my business! Future thinking is in my DNA, so to speak. My job is to put all of the projects into perspective: do we have the right parts and the right scheduling to stay on track, on time and on budget?
The panel industry is changing, although it can be hard for the outside observer to see this change. One of the best things we do to be ready for the future here at UCEC is to stay up-to-date on the newest developments in electrical engineering, controls and industrial automation.
We all know what good customer service feels like, sounds like and acts like. Good customer service can’t be faked. It’s that great feeling when you walk away from a transaction with a business and think: “That company values me and my business. They took good care of me and helped me with what I needed.”
Staffing our shop is an important job here at UCEC. We want to have fully-trained expert craftsmen and craftswomen ready to go for our upcoming projects. At the same time, we need to make sure that today’s electrical control panel projects are fully staffed. We can’t under-hire or over-hire. We don’t hire for peaks and valleys—we want to employ people who want a career, not a job.
There are seven people on our Quoting Team, and between us, we have 140 years of experience! That’s a lot of panels over the years. Even with all of this experience, when a quote comes into UCEC, we approach it like a team. We know our customers need their quotes back quickly.
A lot of people think the panel industry is a quiet, staid industry where very little innovation happens. That may have been true decades ago, but electrical control panel fabrication has enjoyed the benefits of new technology. And UCEC is definitely taking advantage of these new technology innovations to bring our customers better panels with greater efficiencies. .