From Temporary to Permanent: New Employees Find Their Way
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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At Justin Kastner’s first job at a company that manufactured packaging machines, he found himself working behind a desk. He quickly realized it wasn’t for him, so he happily moved toward a more “hands-on” position working with machines. Justin decided he enjoyed learning about electrical components and how machines run, and the discovery launched his career.
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.
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."