As UCEC scales up to meet an increased number of panel projects this year, hiring new employees is a matter of course in our Arvada shop. We post job openings on our blog, social media, Craigslist and other places, but sometimes there just aren’t enough qualified applicants.
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When this happens, UCEC turns to several temporary agencies for help. In March, three different agencies sent us Denise Nation, Justin Kastner and Jade Bechir. Justin and Jade had previous panel experience; Denise was NASA-certified in micro-soldering. All three temp employees jumped in and learned how to wire panels to UCEC’s exacting specifications.
“All three of them excelled right off the bat,” says Garrod Massey, Operations Support Manager, who oversees the Wiring side of the shop. “They are eager to learn and interested in doing a great job.”
Once UCEC met its contractual obligations with the temp agencies, UCEC extended full-time job offers to Denise, Justin and Jade. Garrod says the three former temps were “super happy” to join UCEC as employees. “This is where they want to be, and that validates the work we’re doing in hiring, training and retaining great employees,” Garrod notes.
“I enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere and how each panel is a new challenge,” Denise says. “It is rewarding to see the end result and how it is a reflection of my work.”
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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.
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.