Joseph Zuniga joined UCEC in May 2016 and his “creative touch” can already be seen around the shop. Since coming on board as a Control Panel Craftsman on the Assembly side, Joseph impressed everyone with his artistic talents. Now, he’s working in the Engraving office and recently helped upgrade UCEC’s engraving software.
Joseph says his fascination with art goes back to childhood. He designs comic books for clients around the globe and also has a brisk business commissioning paintings. Before coming to UCEC, he worked as a tattoo artist; a coal mine surveyor; catering manager and freelance video game illustrator. He also studied studio art at a local college.
The engraving upgrade project has been well received by customers who can now have their logos on panel nameplates. “We’re getting great feedback,” he says. “We wanted to see what we could accomplish with the panel nameplates and make them more elaborate and appealing to the eye.”
Currently, Joseph uses a combination of four different programs to create the new nameplate designs. His engraving “flair” has even shown up on the UCEC Christmas tree!
Joseph says that even though nameplates may seem like a simple thing, no one else is doing the creative engraving that UCEC offers. “We can do it in-house, and it’s one more way our panels are handcrafted and completely unique,” he notes.
Like many people, Joseph was unfamiliar with the panel industry before he heard about the job from a friend who knew Zach Fothergill. But it’s quickly become home. “It’s the most fun and caring place I’ve ever worked,” Joseph says. “We have our hard times and our good times, but it’s a fantastic place and a great opportunity.”
Away from the shop, Joseph works on his art projects. He’s currently painting nature scenes and comic book character commissions for holiday gifts.
Meet More of the UCEC Team
At UCEC, we work hard. We play hard. And we spend the work day (and some weekend hours!) with our co-workers who are like family. Here's a quick roundup of some images from our shop, offices and beyond. Enjoy!
It took Denise Nation a few twists and turns to end up on the Wiring team at UCEC in 2016. Her first career track was in healthcare, but she had a feeling that wasn’t exactly what she was supposed to do. A chance to attend school for avionics electronics was intriguing; Denise says she always liked figuring out how things worked.
I think the members of the Wiring Team are all artisans. There’s a lot of creativity. It’s kind of one of those hidden heroes type of jobs. People don’t understand what they do, but our people put in a lot of effort.
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“To be quite honest, starting here a year ago felt like coming home,” John says. “I got here, and the slot was waiting for me. I came in, and within a few hours, I was handed my tools and I had a job to start. I felt like I belonged.”
I am continually amazed at our creative team members here at UCEC. Led by Operations Support Manager Zach Fothergill and Wireman Morgan Burris, the team just designed, fabricated and installed a brand-new UCEC logo in our headquarters lobby.
Max Nelson moved to Denver a few years ago for a change of scenery and a chance to start a new career. He found all that and more at UCEC, where he’s worked as a wireman on the Wiring side of the shop since December 2015.
When it comes to the UCEC team, we're not shy about telling the world that we make the best control panels, period. All of our departments continually push for improvements in technology and processes. We travel to tradeshows and search for the latest in new tech. We take classes in the newest UL standards. We never settle for "good enough."
We've had sustained high winds here in the Denver Metro area the last few days. And while we might prefer the calmer, more "lamb-like" performance of late March, we're keeping on with the work of panel craftsmanship inside the shop.
Editor's Note: Last year, we asked our CEO and President, Mark Inboden, eight questions. We decided to return again with five more questions about UCEC, leadership and the future of panel building.