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. Hubert also teamed up with more experienced colleagues on larger panels so he could ask questions as he worked.
“I really like the work,” Hubert says. “The nature of the job is pretty complicated and it takes a lot of knowledge and a different way of thinking.” Armed with some basic electrical knowledge from his firefighting days, Hubert has begun learning the detailed standards for UL listings.
One area Hubert has found to be interesting is reading the schematics. As he wires panels, he’s learning to ask questions if he encounters something that needs more explanation. Sometimes, his questions are answered by his fellow craftsmen. Other times, the questions lead to a call with the electrical engineer. “There’s usually a bunch of ways you can solve a particular problem,” Hubert notes. He says he asks for help as much as he needs to so the project stays on track and is wired correctly.
“I really just want to learn as much as possible,” he says. “It’s a pretty fascinating subject.”
Currently, Hubert is working on large oil and gas panels, usually teamed up with one other colleague. Away from the shop, he enjoys snowboarding and hanging out with friends.
Meet the Team: More UCEC Employee Stories
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.
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.
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.