It was good timing for Ryan Stephenson and UCEC when he joined the company in 2014. UCEC had just purchased a Steinhauer MC-80 CNC machine which uses CAD technology to guide intricate panel drilling. Ryan held an Associate’s degree in CAD, so his skills made him a perfect fit to be one of the first Control Panel Craftsmen to receive training on the new machine.
See the MC-80 in action: Video.
“I am fairly technically oriented, Ryan says, “So the entire job appeals to me, from the CAD work down to the last terminal block we place on the rail in the enclosure. Making it all come together at the end is sort of nice.”
Prior to UCEC, Ryan worked in construction and at a Denver sushi restaurant. Both positions prepared him for UCEC and gave him experience working with his hands. Through a friend, UCEC employee Morgan Burris, Ryan learned about the opening at UCEC.
Like most new employees in the shop, whether on the fabrication side or wiring side, Ryan found the learning curve to be steep. He was surprised to discover the many industries that use automation. “Each panel is unique, and I like seeing the finished product before it goes to wiring. It’s really satisfying to me.”
Ryan is married to Tabetha and they have three daughters, ages 12, 11 and 5.
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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.