Assembler Edgar Audelo discovered UCEC in 2013 when he saw a job listing his acquaintance Zach Fothergill posted on social media. Prior to UCEC, Edgar held an eclectic series of jobs including high school wrestling coach and concept car tester.
Even though Edgar has always been a mechanically-minded person with a huge affinity for cars, learning the ropes at UCEC was a new challenge.
“To be honest, it was slightly overwhelming at the beginning,” Edgar says. “But if you have a mind for problem solving, it really works out well on the assembly side of the shop.”
Edgar’s contribution to the assembly team includes planning panel layouts; creating designs for the CAD library; operating the ModCenter 80 CNC machine; and assembling the panels themselves.
A lot of details are addressed before Edgar begins to build a panel. “We look at the parts that have been ordered and talk to engineers,” he says. “We ask: is the panel user friendly, do they have room for expansion, and finally, is there enough room for our wiring people to get everything in?”
For Edgar, the constant challenges of the job at UCEC make for an enjoyable work day. “We can get brand-new jobs we’ve never had before with different layouts. That’s fun to do,” he notes. “Every job that comes in helps us to improve as a team and make a better product for our customers.”
Edgar points to his team’s cohesiveness as another plus. “I work with really great people and we get along really well. We’ll ask each other for opinions and bounce ideas off of each other,” he says.
Away from the shop, Edgar likes to spend time in the nearby mountains doing outdoorsy activities such as camping, hiking and mountain biking.
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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.