By John Beattie
We’re currently hiring Control Panel Craftsmen at UCEC. As we interview candidates, hire the best and then guide new hires into our apprentice-style program, it’s given me time to reflect on what we’re looking for in new UCEC team members.
The truth is: we would love to find seasoned craftsmen (and women) and put them to work immediately. But this is such a unique field and industry, so it’s pretty rare to find a specialized craftsperson who can hop in and go. People don’t walk in off the streets with the skills we need.
So instead, we train the best candidates to excel in our unique craftsmanship program. We look for a willingness to learn, coupled with responsibility and dependability. Being responsible and dependable is necessary here because our teamwork drives everything we do. We need to know that you’ll get your part of the project done and that you’ll ask for help if you need to.
Are you a flexible problem-solver who is ready to learn something new? Then, we’ll teach you. New hires start from the ground up here. With our emphasis on customer service, we’re all working for one goal: to take care of the customer. We are very focused on the customer experience, so if you’re the type of person who thrives on delivering an excellent end product, you’ll enjoy it here.
The ideal candidate also takes pride in their craftsmanship. They keep a neat work area and they care about the effort they provide each day. Our ideal candidate takes ownership for their part of the project. If they don’t understand something, they ask questions. If they have a great idea, we make every effort to hear those thoughts.
We’re proud to be a part of the Arvada community now for 58 years, and we’re delighted when local people show up and apply to be a part of our team. We work hard, but we have a lot of fun. If this sounds like something you’d like to explore, please send your resume to john [at] ucec [dot] com.
John is Operations Manager for Production at UCEC.
Meet the UCEC Team
Hello blog readers! Regular visitors to our blog know we frequently highlight our employees, whether through Employee Spotlights, in Quick Photo Fridays or in our Management Team stories, just to name a few!
“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.
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Hubert started on the Wiring side of the shop at the end of 2016. His previous career was as a firefighter for several Colorado cities. With no prior panel experience, he jumped into learning how to wire panels, often with his father stopping by to lend some expert guidance.
We've been publishing posts on UCEC.com for several years. Our topics range from fabrication to wiring to international travel and customer service—and everything else you've ever wanted to know about control panels! One subject has been constant: our executive team's perspective on leading a business that is thriving and growing, while at the same time, serving our customers well.
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.