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PREPA RING TO M ORROW ’S WORK FORCE TO DAY Right now, students across the state are starting new programs of study during the back-to-school rush of fall. There’s never been a more exciting time to prepare to join Wisconsin’s workforce. As new technologies, like Foxconn Technology Group’s planned LCD manufacturing facility, begin to form a future vision of our state’s economy, we all would do well to find out what we need to succeed. Whether you are in high school or recently graduated, entering a college program or uncertain of your future, our new STUFF magazine has something to offer you. In our work at BizTimes Media with the leaders of Wisconsin’s key industries, we keep our ears open. And one thing we’ve consistently heard from the vibrant manufacturing, building and construction sectors is that they need more workers. Not just bodies for labor, but skilled workers with the desire to learn in an everchanging, high-tech environment. In the pages of STUFF, you’ll see some great stories about the manufacturing and building and construction sectors and the stuff they make and build. Young people are finding great career paths in these industries – whether in production, engineering, sales, marketing, human resources or IT. Between the stories and the company profiles, this magazine highlights several of them. We went out and talked to some of the people working on the issue: hiring managers at businesses, school district administrators, the Wisconsin departments of Workforce Development and Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and more. They told us that to get these in-demand jobs, a four-year degree is great, but a two-year technical diploma will launch you into the workforce as well. And you can even do both. We hope the information we provide in our magazine about work and life beyond high school will give you some ideas and inspiration going forward. BizTimes gathered the information here to shine a light on the important issue of workforce development in Wisconsin. In the process, we discovered some amazing resources out there revolutionizing academic career planning and hiring. We now think differently when we hear “postsecondary education,” extending our definition well beyond a four-year degree. A special thanks to the manufacturers, contractors, associations and advertisers that supported this publication. Thanks also goes to publication partner Waukesha County Business Alliance for its support and insights. We could not have created this publication without the community’s help. The more we can all do to bridge the gap between employers and their future workforce, the stronger we all will be. Whether you’re a student looking to develop a career or a parent, teacher or business leader looking to learn more, I encourage you to spend some time with STUFF. You can also access a digital edition of STUFF with direct links to the companies profiled at biztimes.com/stuff. Best wishes on your learning and career search journey, and let us know what you think of STUFF. Please contact me anytime at dan.meyer@biztimes.com.

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PUBL ISHER ’S L E T TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p A note from Dan Meyer, publisher

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OV ER V IE W.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What do you want to do? Step out of a job and into a career mindset.

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Cool stuff made and built in southeastern Wisconsin Discover key products and name brands produced in this region by businesses with global reach.

S T UFF BLOW N UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisconsin sources for local products Where does Palermo’s get its pizza ingredients? How did they build The Corners of Brookfield?

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Job descriptions and tips from the trenches Focused on area workers in manufacturing, featuring employees at different stages of their careers.

PROFIL E S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local companies and employees Area businesses share a look inside their day-to-day.

RE SO URCE S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Featuring tools of note and other career information for students, employers and educators.

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OVERVIEW

WHAT do

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Step out of a job and into a career mindset By Valerie Valentine

IT STARTS WHEN you’re a kid as an icebreaker with adults: what do you want to be when you grow up? And while we all had stock answers – Football player! Actress! – no kids I knew ever said: Operations supervisor! Small business owner! Yet those are important jobs in Wisconsin that provide career success and satisfaction. As the need for skilled labor and trained tradespeople increases in our growing economy, the number of workers entering these fields is decreasing. So many jobs are out there, you need only look. Whether you’ve done some planning or are just starting out, more career opportunities await than you can imagine in Wisconsin – you just need to know they exist. The jobs available are for men and women from all interest areas and backgrounds. There is great demand for a diverse workforce in man-

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO FIND A CAREER... JOIN A CLUB Many schools have extracurricular programs designed to give you a chance at hands-on experience doing the work through robotics groups, LEGO leagues and STEM competitions.

CAREER CRUISE All Wisconsin students have access to career planning software at careercruising.com, which can help you find ideas and make a plan. Check out companies and what they want to hire for, and hear from actual workers in your field of interest for career guidance (See page 24 for more.).

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TALK TO A CAREER COACH Ask your teachers and counselors in the school-to-work office about dual enrollment programs with other schools, colleges, or training programs with employers that you can explore. They can also connect you with mentors working in your field of interest.

TRY A JOB SHADOW or INTERNSHIP or YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP Many companies offer opportunities to see what jobs are like day-to-day. Teachers and counselors in your school district can guide you

ufacturing and building trades, making these kind of skilled jobs a destination for anyone. The problem is that many young people don’t seem to know about them. “We want greater alignment with what kids pursue and what jobs are in need,” said Susan Koehn, director of talent partnership at Milwaukee 7, who helps connect young people with job experiences and career coaching via Inspire Southeast Wisconsin (see our story on page 24). Realistically, we can’t all be movie stars and pro athletes. But what does an engineer do, anyway? (See page 27 to find out).

Two-year or four-year degree? While a bachelor’s degree from a university is still a much-traveled path to a career, not all high school graduates are going to four-year colleges. “So many students have been told that a fouryear degree is the only way to find success. We know that’s not the case. Some students go into a four-year program and drop out because it’s not a fit or they can’t afford it,” said Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, career pathways education consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Kroyer-Kubicek suggests that academic career planning can help to find the correct fit for the student. “While post-secondary education is critical to access high-wage, highly skilled jobs, we are trying to elevate the idea that all pathways are valuable and technical certifications are critical,” she said. Some high school students are taking advantage of dual enrollment programs and

to finding job shadow opportunities for careers you are interested in. Classes might offer tours of factories in the area.

ATTEND A CAREER FAIR Meet recruiters and ask questions about the positions that need to be filled today and for tomorrow to help you in planning your future. They can suggest programs of study based on your interests. Talk to your community business association or chamber of commerce for career fair information. Check out our Resources section starting on page 65 for some other points of interest on your journey to not just a job, but a career.

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“ I F YOU G R A DUAT E WITH A TECHNICAL D E G R E E F RO M A N A PPL I E D T E C H N O LO G I E S PRO G R A M , YOU W I L L H AV E AT L E A S T T WO JO B O F F E R S WA I T I N G F O R YOU. W I T H S O M E D E G R E E S , YOU W I L L H AV E F OU R T O There is great demand for a diverse workforce in manufacturing and building trades, making these kind of skilled jobs a destination for anyone.

getting credits toward technical degrees while in high school. Many high school graduates work to support themselves while studying part-time, and for others, a two-year associate’s degree is a step toward a four-year program of specialization. For others, a technical certification can be earned while working at a related job, and sometimes the employer helps pay for schooling. Some companies provide specialized training on the job, like kitchen equipment manuacturer Alto-Shaam, which builds training into the onboarding of each new employee. “Before workers get put in a position, they are trained in how to be an assembler, or how to be a fabricator, to show them what needs to be done before they’re on the floor building units,” said Sarah Wittig, supervisor of HR. “Their training program is specialized for their indvidual workplace and products. Career tracks in manufacturing exist. It’s not the same job forever.” (See page 28 for career ladder examples). Four-year degrees are in need at manufacturers, as well. Most companies have many

departments supporting the organization. Organizational structures include finance and accounting, sales, marketing and communications, administrative, as well as personnel/ human resources (hiring) divisions. So, you can work for a manufacturer even if you aren’t on the production floor, in a professional support role.

Cost is a thing

S I X JO B O F F E R S .” — Mike Shiels, d e a n of th e S c h o o l of Ap p l i e d Te c h n o l og i e s a t Wa u k e s h a C o u nt y Te c h n i c a l C o ll eg e

The affordability of higher education is an issue. Many students are going into college with no savings. Some take loans to sample a variety of classes when they don’t know what they want to do. Cost-wise, according to Mike Shiels, dean of the School of Applied Technologies at Waukesha County Technical College, you can do the same thing at a technical college for much less. “You’ll spend about $14,000 on one year of general coursework at a four-year state university, and less than that on a two-year technical degree in a specialized field,” he said. Additionally, Shiels said students will graduate with jobs, based on WCTC’s recent Graduate Success report. “If you graduate with a technical degree from

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OVERVIEW MOST WANTED POSITIONS This list represents the workforce gaps in our region. These are the top jobs that companies are hiring for in southeastern Wisconsin. The open positions in today’s local economy show a need for skilled trades and STEM-based education. Manufacturers, in particular, have positions to offer.

1. Human resources

specialist 2. Marketing specialist 3. Administrative assistant 4. Manufacturing manager 5. Manufacturing machine operator 6. Machinist 7. Sales representative 8. Accountant 9. Office manager 10. Receptionist 11. Technical sales representative 12. Customer service representative 13. Mechanical engineer 14. Quality controller 15. Industrial engineer 16. Mechanical engineering tech 17. Industrial machine mechanic 18. IT project manager 19. Engineering tech 20. Industrial engineering tech 21. Shipping and receiving clerk 22. Purchaser 23. Electrical engineer 24. Bookkeeper 25. Computer network specialist

26. Cost estimator 27. Public relations

specialist 28. Welder 29. Logistics specialist 30. Business systems analyst 31. Computer software engineer 32. Financial manager 33. Account manager 34. Electrical engineering tech 35. Recruiter 36. Custodian 37. Tool and die maker 38. Computer support person 39. Corporate trainer 40. E-business consultant 41. Data entry clerk 42. Market research analyst 43. Nursing assistant 44. Personal care attendant 45. Stock clerk 46. Electronics assembler 47. Volunteer manager 48. Auditor 49. Computer programmer 50. Heavy equipment operator

Source : June 2017 - Inspire Southeast Wisconsin Career Engagement Survey

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an applied technologies program, you will have at least two job offers waiting for you. With some degrees, you will have four to six job offers,” Shiels said. A lot of times, students in technical degree programs get placed with employers during their first term. This employment serves not only as career-based learning, but also offsets costs. Employers like to hire students with on-the-job experience, and this is often built into the curriculum in the applied technologies fields.

School-to-work works Some schools are bridging classwork offerings with other community support programs. If you are a forward-thinking high school student, consider dual enrollment, where some costs are covered by the school district. These students are working and going to school at the same time. They will put their savings and credits toward four-year degrees in the future, like Andy (see page 26), who has been working and training since his junior year of high school. His school district paid for continuing education. Andy had multiple work experiences at Generac Power Systems Inc. before graduating high school, and now he works at Ritter Technology LLC. Once he finishes coursework at WCTC, he will move into the mechanical engineering program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also saving money by living at home with his parents. Many affordable paths are available to students who seek them out, have some support and show creativity. (Check out the sidebar on page 6 for a few ideas to jumpstart your career plan.) Another community program is the School District of New Berlin’s Advanced Innovation and Design program, which serves as an “entrepreneurial skills accelerator.” Juniors and seniors receive guidance from professional mentors in partnership with UWM and Innovation in Milwaukee’s The Commons program.

The future is now In an economy increasingly based on knowledge and services, Wisconsin still has a strong manufacturing base. Manufacturers continue to need workers for production, fabrication and welding. Now, as manufacturing returns strongly to the U.S., Wisconsin has a chance to get engaged in the U.S. economy nationally, as well as globally. Foxconn Technology Group plans to eventually build a $10 billion manufacturing campus in Wisconsin, so advanced manufacturing jobs will be needed after the plant is built. Operational by 2020, the plant will initially employ 3,000 people, with the potential to grow to 13,000. It will be the first liquid crystal display facility of any kind in North America and will manufacture LCD screens.

STEM = hot jobs Engineering positions are needed across the board. Mike Reagan, global supply chain strategy manager at GE Healthcare, said, “We hire for jobs that support the core of delivering high-tech health care product to clients – manufacturing, logistics, product quality engineers. Few products are made by a single engineer. They need multiple engineers for every build.” This includes automation (robotics) engineers, software engineers, chemical engineers, biomechanical engineers and more. These careers emphasize a core math, science and technology education, most often including a four-year or more engineering degree. Reagan said students who take tech classes reveal an ability to learn new stuff constantly. “These disciplines demonstrate the aptitude to learn and adapt, which we need more than ever,” Reagan said. Laura Schmidt, assistant to the superintendent of the School District of New Berlin, noted that job opportunities for kids are related to disruptive technologies. “There is demand for enterprise information technology knowledge,”

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as a first step. Internships, mentorships and job shadowing are ways that you can learn if you like the work and if the company is a fit. Construction has many pockets of professions that require not just building expertise, but electrical, architectural design, plumbing, heating, landscaping and more. Home-building is expected to increase with new manufacturing, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association, which predicts the Foxconn development will spur at least 1,000 new homes to be built annually, creating more than 3,000 jobs. Some of the fastest-growing types of businesses in Wisconsin now are one-man (or woman!) shops. In particular, plumbers and electricians are in demand to serve the needs of the trades, which have a high retirement rate. Workers need to be replaced, and as the economy grows, there’s been a shortage. Many entrepreneurs spring up in the trades, and it’s a great time to learn on the job or through accelerated training programs.

Schmidt said. Job growth is huge in areas around technology deployment, with a focus beyond programming that includes informatics, security and analysis of big data. “One of the surest ways to the middle-class American dream is getting these high-skill, highwage, high-tech jobs,” said Brent Kindred, technology and engineering consultant at DPI. He recommends extracurricular activities like SkillsUSA, robotics clubs, and LEGO leagues for students with interest in STEM areas. These groups create a space to learn about these fields and see what the work is like through hands-on activities. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has awarded fabrication laboratory money to 35 school districts across the state. Students can use these high-tech workshops to learn how 3D printing, plasma cutting or laser engraving works. The equipment in the fab labs is the same as that often used in manufacturing jobs.

Building & manufacturing careers in demand If you like to make stuff, you might consider a career in a building or manufacturing trade. Workers in manufacturing and industrial trades make almost all of the products we use (see our story on page 14 for some cool Wisconsin-made products). There are many specialties within manufacturing trades, and all rely on training

Opening the factory doors A lack of understanding about what happens in a manufacturing plant revealed a need to open the doors to potential workers. Now, through school and community partnerships, young adults can set up tours to see how a plant operates day-today. They have opportunities to talk to mentors in the fields they are interested in and job shadow, or even work as interns to get a feel for the company’s culture and business. Sometimes if they find a company is a fit for them, the employer might offer a job when the internship ends, or provide tuition reimbursement for ongoing training of degree-seeking employees. For Wisconsin businesses to continue to grow, they need the next generation to sign on. Lots of companies are coming up with strategies for attracting new workers, such as signing bonuses and paid training on the job. Some companies develop their own in-house training programs, and others hire companies to come in and train workers for new technologies. Employers have developed internship and mentoring programs, and some work with high schools and technical colleges to prepare and hire students for the current and future workforce. Apprenticeships are other ways businesses are engaging the next generation. The state’s Youth Apprenticeship program provides a chance for students to make learning relevant to their lives because they’ll use the knowledge on the job. Instead of learning from a teacher,

they are listening to a colleague at work. “We all have to continue to upscale our skill set – Youth apprenticeship prepares students for lifelong learning. We need to change the paradigm from the idea that the only viable track is a four-year degree. Opportunities such as a youth apprenticeship open options to purse any number of career tracks,” said John Dipko, communications director for Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. (Get more information about youth apprenticeships in Wisconsin in our Featured Resources on page 82.)

Jobs in your own backyard To start your career, you won’t need to go far. Mark Maley, public affairs and communications director with WEDC, is working hard every day via Think Make Happen to spread the word. “We want to let people know Wisconsin is a great place to live, work and play,” Maley said. The WEDC has developed a statewide initiative to attract and retain talent as the demand for workers intensifies. The new workforce will drive economic development, as well as curriculum in school districts and tech colleges around the state. Talk about shaping the future: you are the future, and can create what comes next! Working for a local company can give you a sense of regional pride. When asked to offer advice to a job seeker, Wittig says it comes down to finding work you like to do at a place that feels comfortable. “If you find a company you love, stick with it because it will pay off in the long run,” Wittig said. Here’s hoping you find an amazing career opportunity right outside your door at one of our southeastern Wisconsin businesses. n

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Palermo’s Pizza Milwaukee-based Palermo’s Pizza first planted its roots as a familyowned company in 1954. Fifty years later, the Palermo brothers produce five different lines of pizzas at their factory on West Canal Street and source some main ingredients from producers and distributors throughout Wisconsin.

SCRE AMIN’ SICILIAN BESSIE’S RE VENGE CHEESE PIZ Z A: This pizza’s five cheeses – mozzarella, buffalo-style mozzarella, white cheddar, aged parmesan and romano – are sourced from the state’s south central and southeastern regions, and the sauce and crust are sourced from the Milwaukee area.

KING CHEESE: A thin-crust pizza topped with a half a pound of cheese sourced from Wisconsin’s south central and southeastern regions. The crust comes from the state’s Fox Valley and southeastern regions, and the sauce comes from the Milwaukee area.

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URBAN PIE LIT TLE ITALY PESTO & FRESH MOZ Z ARELL A PIZ Z A: The cheese that tops this pizza is sourced from the state’s south central and southeastern regions. The sauce is sourced from the Milwaukee area and the crust comes from the state’s Fox Valley and southeastern regions.

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BE THE BEST YOU IN WISCONSIN. Throughout our history, we have shown that if you THINK big and MAKE your mark, anything can HAPPEN in Wisconsin. Our state’s legacy of innovation (the typewriter, outboard boat motor and electric guitar are but a few of Wisconsin’s notable inventions) continues to this day with life-changing discoveries taking place here that create wide-ranging opportunities for you. Opportunities to contribute to the creation of products and services that improve health, increase productivity, raise living standards and advance sustainability. The success of the industry-leading, globally respected companies in Wisconsin depends on your talent. Or, maybe your idea for a new product or service will spark the next great Wisconsin company built upon the ingenuity and can-do spirit our state is famous for.


THINK • MAKE • HAPPEN IN WISCONSIN

WHERE TALENT MEETS OPPORTUNITY

WHERE LIFE’S RICHNESS IS CELEBRATED

Increasingly, employers are choosing where to locate and expand their businesses based on the availability of smart, productive and reliable workers, which is good news for Wisconsin. Our strong performance at all education levels—K-12, technical college, and public and private universities—provides confidence to company leaders looking for the best location to grow.

Of course, the value Wisconsin delivers to its residents extends beyond the fulfilling careers available within the state. In Wisconsin, we’re fortunate to enjoy ready access to pristine natural resources, plentiful recreational opportunities and welcoming communities of all types—from large and diverse urban areas and vibrant college cities to quaint, tree-lined small towns. All of this combines with winning college, amateur, semi-professional and professional sports teams and four glorious seasons to create an ideal location to pursue your passions.

Whatever education path you choose, you will gain exposure to rewarding career opportunities available in Wisconsin. That’s because employers here work directly with the schools in their areas to build programs that teach real-world skills that align with current and future job needs. Talk to your academic advisor to learn more about the resources available to match your interests with promising job prospects in Wisconsin.

WHERE YOU HAVE OPTIONS With nearly 100,000 job postings, the Job Center of Wisconsin (JobCenterOfWisconsin.com) is a great place to explore career options in your area or in your field of interest. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development also maintains a website— InternshipWisconsin.com—that matches college students with internship opportunities in the state.

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When we say a product is made in Wisconsin, that’s saying more than just where it was produced— it speaks to the attributes of the product itself. It’s a reflection not only of the quality of the materials used, but also of the honesty, hard work and innovative minds of the people involved in its creation. Visit Made.InWisconsin.com to learn more about the Made In Wisconsin Program available to Wisconsin companies interested in proclaiming their products’ origin. Because where it’s made matters. Especially when it’s made in Wisconsin.

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COOL STUFF Made in Wisconsin

Ours is a manufacturing state with a proud history of making STUFF. Wisconsinites have long been makers, and some of the most common name brands are produced in this very state. From small family businesses to large corporations, STUFF is being made all over the state, with a generous concentration in the Milwaukee metro region. Here are a few of the companies that are working every day to bring items to market. All of these companies and others like them have a growing need for skilled workers. As tomorrow’s workforce, someday you can be a part of making STUFF, too.

SNOWBLOWERS & PRESSURE WASHERS Briggs & Stratton Corp. is based in Wauwatosa and is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. It is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and jobsite products. Briggs turned out its millionth Troy-Bilt pressure washer, assembled at its Wauwatosa plant this year. The 109-year-old company makes 85 percent of its small engines in the U.S.

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JET ENGINE PARTS What goes into making an exciting product like a jet engine? It takes a lot of planning and pieces, and we make some of these parts in Wisconsin. Allegheny Technologies Inc. Forged Products is a global company that produces some of its specialty metal alloys for the aerospace, energy, oil and gas industries at its manufacturing facility in Cudahy.

INSECT REPELLENT Campers and hikers tired of swatting mosquitoes have come to rely on OFF!, the insect repellent from SC Johnson. The brand launched in 1957 and today is used around the world. Based in Racine, SC Johnson started as a flooring company in 1886 and now is a leading manufacturer of household products, including well-known brands such as GLADE, PLEDGE, WINDEX and ZIPLOC, and it employs 13,000 people globally.

KITCHEN & BATH FIXTURES From sinks to showerheads to faucets, Kohler Co. designs and makes everyday products for home use. Besides its focus on stylish form and necessary function, Kohler faucet and fixture designs use less water, conserving natural resources. Based in Kohler, the company is one of the state’s oldest companies, founded in 1873 by John Michael Kohler. It now has 50 manufacturing locations on six continents, employing more than 30,000.

BACON Crunchy, salty and delicious: Sweet applewood smoked bacon is the claim to fame of Patrick Cudahy LLC. Ham and deli meats are also produced here. Patrick Cudahy and his brother John founded not only a company in 1888, but a town – the company is still located in the one-time railroad stop called Cudahy.

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COOL S TUFF LIP BALM You’ve probably seen or used Carmex, the curiously addictive lip balm in the yellow tube or tiny jar with the yellow cap. It’s sold in 36 countries. Did you know Carmex is made in Franklin? Carma Laboratories Inc. is a family business in its third generation – the Woelbings have been manufacturing their product for 80 years. Fun fact: they produce it in 1,000-gallon batches.

OUTBOARD MOTORS Wisconsinites love their waterways and thousands consider boating a top pastime. It follows that Wisconsin is home to some operations of a leading boat engine manufacturer. Evinrude invented the outboard engine and industry more than 100 years ago, and they are built in Sturtevant at BRP’s plant. The E-Tec G2 outboard engines provide power (torque), fuel economy, and the lowest emissions, as well as a thrill on the water!

SAUSAGE Polish, Italian, bratwurst, chorizo ... Who doesn’t love a good sausage? Since 1945, Johnsonville International LLC has grown the small-town, family-owned business to become a leader of the meat products industry. Smoky, spicy and tasty, its products come in a variety of flavors and are sold in 35 countries. Johnsonville has been dominating this market for years from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and now employs 1,400 workers.

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GOOGLE DRIVERLESS CAR WINDOWS Headquartered in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Five Star Fabricating Inc. has specialized in high-tech automotive parts since 1979. It manufactures large, complex composite body panels and windshields known for their strength and attractive design, including the windshield and rear window for Google’s autonomous car.

HEADPHONES Those who love music know the Koss Corp. name for its quality and clarity of sound. The world’s first stereophone was invented by John Koss in 1958. If you want high-fidelity, these special headphones offer the feeling of being surrounded by music, like going to an actual concert. Koss products are noteworthy for being made in Milwaukee.

CHEESE If you haven’t noticed, cheese is a huge industry throughout Wisconsin, aka America’s Dairyland. The word is, our state produces 2.5 billion pounds of cheese per year (so says the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board), with 450 dairy processing plants statewide. Mostly a rural enterprise, Clock Shadow Creamery has been sharing the art of cheesemaking production since 2012 as the first urban cheese factory in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.

LEDs Cree Inc. has been producing high-efficiency lighting for 30 years. At its manufacturing facility in Racine, Cree produces LEDs, an innovative style of light bulb that takes advantage of the most current technology and which is sold around the world. Cree’s LED bulbs are so durable, they are projected to last 22+ years, and some up to 32 years. Cree products have developed a reputation for savings through their efficient use of energy, as well as their long lifespan.

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COOL S TUFF POWER GENERATORS When businesses or homes run out of power in an emergency, they might have to use a generator. And there’s a good chance that generator was made by Generac Power Systems Inc. Since 1959, Generac has been a leading designer and manufacturer of a range of generators and other engine-powered products, such as pressure washers. It has five plants in Wisconsin and is headquartered in Waukesha.

BEER Wisconsin has mastered the art of beermaking. A driving force is MillerCoors LLC, which employs 1,300 in Milwaukee (at one time known as the “beer capital of the world”). A hundred-plus other breweries exist throughout the state, offering locals jobs, as well as homegrown products for their festivities.

ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS Rebel Green LLC, the Milwaukee-based eco-friendly cleaning products company, was founded in 2008 by two women, Ali Florsheim and Melina Marcus. Rebel Green products are sustainable, natural and made with concern for the planet. The company’s cleaning product ingredients are sourced from local manufacturers as much as possible.

MOTORCYCLES VROOM! Is that a chopper I hear? Hit the highway on a Harley-Davidson, the famous motorcycle brand, born in 1903. These iconic roadsters are classic symbols of freedom and the thrill of the road. The adventurous machines are fabricated in Menomonee Falls. The company employs 6,000 people globally and has grown to be world-renowned as one of the most recognizable American brands.

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ONCE YOU MOVE OUT of Mom and Dad’s house, you’re going to need to make a budget. List your fixed monthly expenses (food, rent, transit, etc.) – that will provide a baseline for what you need to survive. To figure out how to fund your lifestyle, you will need to estimate your earnings. Check out earnings for employees in different industries, and start making some career moves! Our sample budget (below) is local to the area, designed to give you an idea of some costs. Every person’s budget will be different based on wants and needs. Some might have car loans, insurance and fuel to pay for instead of public transit, for example. If you factor in your savings and retirement planning (you want to retire someday, right?), you will have an even more solid financial plan

Making ends meet on your own when it comes to your desired lifestyle. The salaries shown here reveal that some high-demand jobs require only two years or less of post-secondary schooling and offer comfortable wages that will allow you to save for bigger expenses (like a car or a home). Compared to lower-wage service industry positions (see list, far right), which often have night and weekend hours and lack health care or paid time-off benefits, a career in manufacturing becomes even more appealing. Get earning!

MONTHLY BUDGET FOR A SINGLE PERSON Average rent for a furnished studio apartment.................................................. $708 Utilities (heat, electricity, gas) for one person in studio apartment....... $87 Internet/phone............................................ $49 Public transportation................................ $64 Gym membership...................................... $33 Groceries..................................................... $150 Dining out & entertainment................ $400 TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES............ $1,491 (Source: Expatistan, cost of living estimates for Milwaukee)

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Salaries for growth areas in manufacturing AUTOMATION SYSTEMS – ROBOTICS (Associate of applied science degree) Sample job titles: Field service technician, automation technician, electromechanical tech MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $55,000 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $4,583

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY (Two-year technical diploma) Sample job titles: Maintenance technician, HVAC installer MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $39,490 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $3,290

METAL FABRICATION/WELDING (One-year technical diploma) Sample job titles: Welder, welder one MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $35,333 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $2,944

Salaries for service industry jobs WAITER MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $18,330 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,527

FAST FOOD WORKER MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $18,480 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,540

HOTEL DESK CLERK TOOL & DIE MAKING (Two-year technical diploma) Sample job titles: Engineer, machinist, mold making apprentice, owner, tool and die apprentice, toolmaker MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $45,693 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $3,807

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES (One-year technical diploma) Sample job titles: Automotive technician, auto service technician, master technician, mechanic MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $32,735 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $2,728 (Source: WCTC Graduate Success report, 2016)

MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $20,370 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,698

RETAIL SALESPERSON MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $20,530 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,711

RESTAURANT COOK MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $22,370 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,864

(Source: Career Cruising)

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OVERVIEW

STUFF The Corners of Brookfield

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The recently completed Corners of Brookfield holds 750,000 square feet of shopping, restaurant and residential space and is home to Wisconsin’s first Von Maur department store. Fitchburg-based construction company Tri-North Builders Inc. headed the project and led 68 other Wisconsinbased contractors in the two-year construction process. Almost 20 different construction materials used were made or assembled in Wisconsin, including: » » STRUCTURAL STEEL from Waunakee and Milwaukee. » » RESIDENTIAL WINDOWS and DOORS from Hawkins. » » CONCRETE from West Allis. » » ASPHALT from Waukesha. » » Panelized wood WALLS and TRUSSES from Green Bay. » » PAINT from Milwaukee. » » LANDSCAPING from Menomonee Falls and Kenosha. » » RAILINGS from Milwaukee and Mount Horeb. » » CRUSHED STONE from Sussex.

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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO when you’re finished with high school? Become a doctor, a lawyer or a police officer? What about a computernumeric-controlled machinist, a construction manager or a diagnostic medical sonographer? What do you think of those careers? Have you heard of them? Discover all those careers and more using Inspire Southeast Wisconsin, a web platform within Career Cruising. Explore careers you never knew existed, read about salaries, education requirements and more for those careers, see which local companies hire for those careers and talk to real people working in those positions right now in southeastern Wisconsin. For example, if you search “CNC machinist,” you’ll see that you only need to attend a twoyear college or receive technical training to be qualified. You can earn between $11 and $28

per hour and there are currently more than 50 companies hiring for that career. And those are only companies that have signed up on Inspire – there’s even more out there! You can also explore a sample career path for a CNC machinist and learn what it takes to move up in your career. If you have any questions, you can reach out to a career coach. These career coaches are real people working at companies in southeastern Wisconsin who have experience in the careers you’re checking out. For example, Bruce is a career coach for machinists. After he graduated from high school, he completed a pattern-making apprenticeship and advanced to a manager position in a pattern shop. He moved on to start his own pattern-making business in 1985 while managing a plastic molding company. He is now president of the pattern-making shop and has 20 employees, with customers nationwide. “We have so many good-paying career options at our local companies, and we want

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to make sure you know what is out there,” said Anthony Christian, manufacturing and engineering teacher at Arrowhead Union High School. “Inspire can connect you to industries in our area and help you make educated decisions about what your options are, and what you can do now to reinforce your career plans.” Tailored Label Products Inc. in Menomonee Falls produces unique, custom-label products and specialized adhesive solutions to be used on products such as cars, outdoor power equipment, medical machines and more. The company is always hiring people to help run its presses and offers training opportunities, competitive pay and benefits. “Inspire allows you to learn about Tailored Label Products and the technologies we use, as well as the many career paths and employee development benefits we offer for growing and advancing your career at TLP,” said Nicole Richard, director of human resources at TLP.

“Through Inspire, you can connect with one of our team members to arrange a tour of our facility, get one-on-one advice about pursuing a career in the print and label industry, and even find out about current internship and scholarship opportunities. Inspire truly is a great way for you to connect with companies in southeast Wisconsin.” Aries Industries Inc. in Waukesha manufactures robotic inspection and rehabilitation equipment for underground infrastructure, like pipelines and water wells. The company is growing here and abroad and is looking for young people to join the team. “We are committed to Wisconsin and Waukesha County,” said Nick Kroll, chief executive officer of Aries Industries. “We make cool stuff for our world’s underground pipeline infrastructure and we are a good company

offering growth opportunities. A key to our growth is securing young, talented people who are willing to work in areas like CNC machining, welding, electronics and engineering.” Inspire interfaces with Career Cruising, so you can use the tools together to plan your future and see what opportunities are waiting for you. You can save certain careers into your “Favorites” to compare the benefits of each one and decide which one you like best. You can schedule a time to meet in-person with someone working in the industry right now and shadow them for a day to see what it’s really like to work in that career. Ask if your teacher or school counselor has a login for you – with that, the world is literally at your fingertips. n

“ T H RO U G H I N S P I R E , YO U CAN CONNECT WITH ONE OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS TO ARRANGE A TOUR OF OUR FAC I L I T Y, G E T O N E - O N - O N E A DV I C E A B O U T P U R S U I N G A CAREER IN THE PRINT A N D L A B E L I N DU S T RY, A N D EVEN FIND OUT ABOUT CURRENT INTERNSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP O P P O RT U N I T I E S .” — Nicole Richard, director of human resources at TLP

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CAREERSPOTLIGHT E A R LYC A R E E R One to 10 years of experience

ANDY WACHHOL Z is a student in his third year in mechanical engineering at Waukesha County Technical College. His junior year of high school, Andy wanted to start on his technical degree but also wanted to work to apply what he was learning and earn money for school. His school district partnered with GPS Education Partners Inc. to develop a specialized program for him. He was enrolled as a Youth Apprentice at Generac Power Systems Inc. and completed his academic requirements to graduate high school at the GPS education center at Generac. He also took classes at WCTC and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha through Wisconsin’s Youth/Course Options program to make progress on his post-secondary degree.

He graduated high school with his class at New Berlin West High School in 2016 as a level-two apprentice with a production technician certification. Andy is now working at Ritter Technology LLC while taking classes concurrently at UWM and WCTC. At work, he fixes broken hydraulic hoses, inspects parts, receives inventory and pulls orders. “I am planning on a career in mechanical engineering. Ritter has an engineering department, so I will sit with the engineers in a few weeks to see if I like it,” Andy said. “I wanted to get into a career right away and not work weekends. Almost all my weekends are off. I have not worked a weekend in my life.” For more information on GPS Education Partners, visit http://gpsed.org. n

5 TECH AREAS OF STUDY IN HIGH DEMAND You may not have considered these fields, but these areas of academic study will cover the skills required for key positions needed for today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce.

Automation (robotics) Robotics technicians apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing, installing, calibrating, modifying and maintaining automated systems. This includes using computer systems; electronics and instrumentation; programmable logic controllers; electric, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems; actuator and sensor systems; process controls; applications to specific industrial tasks; and report preparation.

Industrial maintenance technology Maintenance mechanics, millwrights and machine repairers fabricate, install, dismantle or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings. Duties may involve pipefitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors and stairs.

Metal fabrication & welding Skills necessary for this field include: »» Attention to detail to perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. »» Manual dexterity to hold equipment in place and move it precisely.

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»» Physical stamina to endure long periods of standing and repetitious movements. »» Spatial orientation to interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.

Tool & die making Die makers construct metal forms (dies) to shape metal in stamping and forging operations. Toolmakers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, gauges, jigs, fixtures (devices that hold metal while it is shaped, stamped or drilled), and machinist’s hand tools.

Automotive tech Whatever his or her specialty, a technician’s key responsibility is diagnosing and fixing automotive problems. The technician uses precision tools, electronic diagnostic tools, and his or her training and skill to locate the cause of the problem. Once the cause is found, the technician makes adjustments or repairs. Technicians also perform routine maintenance on vehicles, such as oil changes and tune-ups. n (Sources: DWD, WCTC & Career Cruising)

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GE Healthcare, Waukesha

CAREER SNAPSHOT: MECHANICAL ENGINEER One of the top jobs available now and in the future will be in mechanical engineering. Here’s a quick look at some of the details.

WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO? Mechanical engineers produce specifications for, design, develop, manufacture and install new or modified machines and mechanical components or systems.

WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED? Mechanical engineers need to be technically minded, able to demonstrate numerical and scientific ability, and have problem-solving skills. Engineers are creative, inquisitive, analytical and detail-oriented. They should be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing. The ability to work as part of a team is also important. Mechanical engineers have to keep up on new technology in their field and take courses.

WHERE DO THEY WORK?

JOSEPHINE MORRISON (Josey) is senior technical product manager within the digital business of GE Healthcare and has four years of experience. GE Healthcare’s imaging and clinical care practice is headquartered in Wisconsin, where the largest concentration of GE Healthcare’s workforce – 6,000 employees – is located. Josey graduated college and started in the GE Healthcare Digital Technology Leadership Program in the summer of 2013. She is part of IT manufacturing, which takes advantage of technologies and requires a workforce with STEM skills. Josey’s advice to job seekers is, “Start early getting exposure to different careers and work functions. It helps you figure out what you like and what you don’t, which will make career choices easier in the future. Even take different classes to explore potential areas of interest.” “Key skills are the ability to change and be flexible, which are important capabilities to have to work in any company,” Josey said. “Secondarily, I would say strong communications skills and being comfortable with technology helps. I was always interested in technology, math and problem solving.” About working at GE, Josey said, “GE is an amazing company on the forefront of new technologies and products that will help people around the world. I am part of a new dynamic that is changing the culture of manufacturing. Who wouldn’t want to work here?” n

Mechanical engineers work mostly in the manufacturing industry for firms that produce everything from transportation equipment to computer and electronic products. Some work in the utilities industry. Others may work for architectural companies or government agencies, and some work as independent consultants. Much of their time is spent in front of computer screens or meeting with accountants, advertisers or other businesspeople. They may also work on the factory floor with machinists, technicians and assemblers.

WHAT SCHOOLING IS REQUIRED? A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is usually the minimum educational requirement to work in this field. However, a degree in a closely related discipline, such as electrical engineering, may be acceptable as well. A master’s degree or a doctorate may be required for more senior positions or for advanced research and development jobs.

HOW MUCH DO THEY MAKE? Most mechanical engineers earn between $52,000 and $122,000 a year, with an annual median of around $81,000. The highest salaries tend to be reserved for design specialists and those who have reached the level of supervisor or manager. Some senior engineers earn more than $125,000 a year. (Source: Career Cruising)

GE Healthcare - Possible career tracks Any one position in GE Healthcare can have numerous career tracks. Here are two examples in Josey’s area.

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT »» »» »» »»

Executive, product and analytics Senior product management Staff manager Product management manager

TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGEMENT – PEOPLE LEADERSHIP »» »» »» »» »»

Vice president Senior director Director Senior manager Manager

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C AREER SPOTLIGHT DUAL ENROLLMENT ACADEMY NOAH E VANS was a New Berlin West student who wanted his coursework to lead to something after high school. He became a Dual Enrollment Academy welding student as a senior during the 2015-2016 school year. In this program, he attended high school part time and worked toward his associate’s degree at Waukesha County Technical College. He earned three industry certifications in welding and metal fabrication. He graduated from high school in 2016, and was awarded technical honors in engineering. Noah will be completing his associate degree in welding fabrication at WCTC in Decem-

ber. He is working for ACRO Automation Systems Inc. building robotic cells. His company will help him continue his education in welding. For students in the Dual Enrollment Academy, costs are shared among WCTC, some industry sponsors and the school districts. With dual enrollment, young adults are getting into tech coursework earlier, finishing schoolwork sooner and more cheaply, and getting employed faster. More information on Dual Enrollment Academy can be found here: https://www.wctc.edu/ dual-enroll. n

MID -CAREER 10 to 20 years of experience ADAM TER ASEK, national service leader at Verlo, just celebrated his 15-year anniversary with the company and has found great success since he started building mattresses back in 2002. Adam cites patience, hard work and communication skills for his many promotions throughout the years. For those considering a career in manufac-

turing or trade, Adam believes that “success means doing the right thing when no one is looking.” Another important skill? Communication. “Being in someone else’s home, I realized how important it was to interact with people and make customers feel comfortable. Those communication skills have come a long way in my career.” n

Adam’s career ladder

MAT TRESS BUILDER: After high school, Adam started his career assembling up to 45 mattress foundations a day in Verlo’s Greenfield manufacturing location. In this role, he also built and sewed mattresses to guests’ specifications.

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DELIVERY ASSISTANT/LEAD DELIVERY: In these delivery roles, Adam managed the products entering the warehouse, completed delivery and set-up of mattresses and interacted with customers in their homes when delivering the mattress.

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WAREHOUSE MANAGER: As a warehouse manager, Adam managed inventory, product flow process, and ensured all deliveries went out in a timely, efficient manner.

COMFORT COACH/SENIOR COMFORT COACH: In this position, Adam helped guests learn about mattresses and which mattress was the right purchase for them. As a senior comfort coach, Adam trained new employees with a newly created training program.

STORE MANAGER: As the store manager, Adam was responsible for an entire Verlo store and ensuring the store was profitable. This included managing his employees and store inventory.

NATIONAL SERVICE LE ADER: Now, as the national service leader, Adam manages concerns and inquiries from customers all around the country. He also works with the owners of Verlo’s 37 national stores to resolve customer service issues.

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Amy’s positions & education

CNH Industrial, Racine

AMY HALL, manager of change management, world class finance, has 14 years of experience working for CNH Industrial, a global manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment, industrial engines and commercial vehicles. A Midwest native, Amy was a temporary employee for about a year and then transitioned to a full-time staff position in the finance department at CNH. “I had great managers – it was not important to them that I did not have a business or fi-

nance background, because (through my work) I showed I had the skillset to learn,” Amy said. Since then, Amy has held several managerial positions and earned a master’s degree in business administration. Amy traveled to CNH Industrial’s manufacturing plants across the United States and internationally. Those visits gave her the opportunity to see how raw materials are turned into equipment the company sells. No day is the same for Amy in her current role as change management manager. She works on multiple projects, both internally with CNH employees, and externally with retail dealers. Additionally, Amy leads a talent development program for recent college graduates. In terms of career decisions, Amy advises students to focus on an area that they are passionate about, then decide on an industry sector to join – for her it became manufacturing. “We are a huge global company with so many divisions or functional areas. No matter what your interest might be, there is a place for you in the company,” Amy said. n

IN ONLY 17 YE ARS, Zeferino Cisneros (Zef), general manager, global supply chain clinical care solutions, has gone from the Leadership Development Program to overseeing 3,500 employees and 14 manufacturing plants worldwide for GE Healthcare. Zef said, “The best approach when thinking about your future career is to pick something you care about and love to do. Then start surrounding yourself with people who are already in that type of work to learn from and listen to. It is not how smart

you are, it is about how much you are willing to put into it. The combination of hard work, a goal and discipline delivers the winning punch to getting the job or career of your dreams. Dream plus actions equals ambition and delivers the desired reality.” On working at GE Healthcare, Zef said, “GE values talent – no matter where it comes from. Someone’s background, ethnicity or geography is not a factor. I am a guy from Mexico who had a vision for my life that GE has enabled me to meet and exceed.” n

Positions Customer service associate Aftermarket project specialist Manager of quality control Manager, internal controls & processes Accounts payable manager Finance talent development program coordinator

Education and certificates Alverno College | Milwaukee M.A., business administration Macalester College | St. Paul, MN B.A., anthropology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee certificate in office lean Prosci certified change practitioner

GE Healthcare, Waukesha

Zef’s career path

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30+ YEARC A R E E R S Cliff Shaw, technician team lead, started in HVAC service in 1981. He programs the controls for the heating and air conditioning for office buildings, hospitals and more. His first exposure to controls was in 1984, with a Honeywell Delta 1000 system. “I worked on my control logic, started with relay logic and moved onto how DDC was connected to the HVAC systems and the sequence of operation,” Shaw said. In 1991, Shaw started to work for a school district that used Johnson Controls International plc products. “At that point, I spent all my time programming and installing controls. I did take Mike Gordon, an AutoCAD class in field service mechanic 2000 in order to submit on control design,” he said. In 2003, he worked for a controls contractor. With Johnson Controls, he started as a service tech nine years ago and last year was offered the technician team lead position.

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: HVACR Technician Cliff Shaw, technician team lead

“In this type of field you can make very good money, so you don’t have to go to college to make the kind of money you want to make,” Shaw said. Mike Gordon has been a field service mechanic since he started in 1987. He became a field service foreman when Johnson Controls acquired Pro-Tel in 2005. “Growing up, I enjoyed working with my hands, working with tools, whether it be on a bicycle or a car,” Gordon said. He earned a two-year associate degree at MATC and was hired, by the same manager he has worked with for 30 years at Johnson Controls. Reflecting on his career, he said, “This job is very dynamic. Things are changing rapidly with technology. Control systems are phenomenal nowadays. If you like working with your hands and don’t feel like sitting behind a desk for the rest of your life, look into the building trades. It’s a great career.” n

Johnson Controls International plc is a global technology and multi-industrial leader in more than 150 countries, and employs 120,000 worldwide. Many of its operations are based in Glendale. A career as a HVACR technician allows you the freedom and flexibility of working remotely every day – your truck is your office. Variety is ever-present, as you may find yourself working at two different customer sites one day, then on a single project for a few weeks. Working with technology, you’ll be confronted with new and different problems – which you’ll be able to solve. From chillers and controls to fire and security, there are a number of technical positions at Johnson Controls where you can explore your interests, expand your skills and develop your career: johnsoncontrols.com/careers n

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32 ABC OF WISCONSIN INC. 34 ACCURATE PATTERN INC. 36 AMCS INCORPORATED 38 BADGER METER INC. 40 BEVCO ENGINEERING 42 BROAN-NUTONE LLC 44 CDM TOOL & MANUFACTURING 46 DAVID J. FRANK LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING INC.

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50 GLENN RIEDER INC. 52 GLENROY INC. 54 GUSTAVE A. LARSON COMPANY 56 HELLERMANTYTON 58 HUSCO INTERNATIONAL INC. 60 INPRO CORPORATION 62 JOHNSON CONTROLS 64 MACROMATIC INDUSTRIAL

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Thinking about a four-year degree?

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WHO WE ARE

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC of Wisconsin) is statewide construction industry association representing more than 850 construction and industry-related companies. ABC of Wisconsin is the state chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. ABC provides members with a wide variety of services to be successful, including education and training. ABC has 1,300 apprentices in 12 different trades around the state, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, HVAC, concrete finishing and heavy equipment operating.

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ABC members build things. They are contractors who develop office buildings, schools, churches, stores, sports complexes, manufacturing facilities, along with roads, highways, and other infrastructure, such as water treatment and power plants. Construction is one of the largest industries and it will never be outsourced to other countries.

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Do you like to compete? How about showing off your talents in your craft? Each year, ABC of Wisconsin apprentices test their skills against each other at a state competition. Winners get to take a trip some place nice to compete against the best in the country. Each year, Wisconsin crowns at least one national champion!

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5330 Wall Street Madison, WI 53718

(608) 244-5883

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In construction, you don’t just sit behind a computer and a desk all day. You take on the challenges of building something worth talking about. You get a sense of accomplishment as each project is completed.

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Apprenticeship is just the beginning. Apprentices are paid to learn, getting paid to attend school. Apprenticeship is 90 percent on the job and 10 percent schooling. Apprentices average $67,500 in median wages at graduation, according to Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Technical College System. There are many ways to move up the career ladder. Many apprentices become company managers and sometimes purchase their companies or start their own construction firms. You can begin as a craft laborer, complete your apprenticeship and then work your way up to project manager and even onto a construction executive team. For those who want to pursue further education, apprenticeship can also lead to an associate and bachelor’s degree in construction management.

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Employees: 18

Year founded: 1972

President: John Mielke

Additional benefits include: paid training and education, no need to go to a four-year college, no big education debt, work outside, spend time with a team, hands-on work, opportunity for advancement, potential to own your own company.

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JESSIE CANNIZZARO

MASTER PLUMBER AND COMPANY PRESIDENT AGE: 36 YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

Responsible for overseeing plumbing operations, meeting with general contractors and homeowners to define the scope of and quote projects and work with our team to continue to grow our business. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I love that every day I have the opportunity to do something different and make a difference for our clients. We have such a great team and I enjoy watching each member as they strengthen their skills and continue to grow, as I did a few years back. While I enjoyed working at other companies, the last six years, starting my own company, have been the most impactful as my career has started to come full circle. I can remember being in high school and having different professionals visit for career day to talk about the trades. Now, 20 years later, I am entering the high schools to speak to students about opportunities that exist in the trades.

$

starter

$

THE JOB:

$

»» Driver’s license or means to get to and from work »» 5-year ABC Apprenticeship program (length varies by trade) »» High school completion verification »» H.S. Algebra (for some trades) »» Positive attitude working for clients

3 MASTER PLUMBER $

85,000-$150,000

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER

Perform plumbing installations and repairs on new and existing residential and commercial projects. You may be required to work independently or on a team to provide services to clients. Most projects require some interaction with homeowners or contractors directly and the ability to communicate thoroughly.

CAREER PATH

Successfully complete an ABC 5-year apprenticeship and take the Journeyman Plumber exam to obtain a Journeyman Plumber credential. After completing 3 years as a Journeyman plumber, you are eligible to take the Master Plumber examination. Completing either of these certifications opens additional career opportunities like instructor, inspector or project manager.

85,000 expert

SKILLS

Strong analytical skills Ability to work well on a team and individually Thorough verbal and written communication Solid hand/eye coordination

65,000

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

»» »» »» »»

38,000

$

1

65,000-$95,000

CONTACT JESSIE TODAY!

APPRENTICE (5 YEARS) $

38,000-$42,000

(414) 988-4565

jessie@milestoneplumbinginc.com

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WHO WE ARE

Accurate Pattern specializes in wood, metal, and plastic patterns, tools, fixtures & gages, prototypes, and models for industry. Their customers appreciate the company’s culture of integrity, ingenuity and quality solutions. The company serves most key industries, OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and support services such as designers, engineers and production job shops. Some of these industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer, Energy, Lawn & Garden, Marine, Medical, Military, Transportation, Composites, Lawn & Garden and Furniture.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Patterns – foundry, vacuum form, wood, metal, plastic »» Fixtures / Gages – automotive, medical, agricultural, quality, assembly »» Plugs / Molds – fiberglass, composites, forming, custom auto, energy »» Models / Prototypes – marine, product, test, concept, industrial design »» Dies, Molds, / Tools – metal / plastic forming, investment casting, sand equipment

INFO

COOL CUSTOMERS

Sikorsky Aircraft, Harley Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, Toyota and John Deere

FUN STUFF

»» Accurate Pattern has a family atmosphere, based on Christian values of integrity, service, team work and positive attitude. »» Employees work together as a team and support each other for success. Personality Type training seminars helped employees understand each other better and communicate in the most productive ways. »» A philosophy of growth and training is shown in their training from within. One-on-one training, technical college classes, vendor software training and engineering meetings to share ideas are a few of the methods used. »» Special company lunches in the new lunchroom provide catch up time. Even though it rained during the company picnic, employees and their families talked and played for hours.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Pattern, tool, and die makers are skilled tradesmen who enjoy creating things for production use. They use machine tools, CNC, CAD/CAM, wood working tools, painting, precision measuring tools, CMM and laser inspection equipment. Often the careers at Accurate start at entry level with on-job training and paid courses at technical colleges. At times there is a need for welders, machinists, wood-workers, maintenance, quality control, or finishing. These opportunities may be for more experienced candidates.

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Health Insurance

Simple Pension Plan

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

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Tuition Reimbursement

12833 West Glendale Avenue Butler, WI 53007 United States

(262) 781-5558

accuratepattern.com

facebook.com/AccuratePattern/

linkedin.com/company/ Accurate-Pattern-Inc

youtube.com/user/ AccuratePattern

14 Full-time and 4 Part-time

Year founded: 1985

President: Bruce Williams

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DAN JONES

PATTERN MAKER APPRENTICE AGE: 24

YEARS AT COMPANY: 5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» Design jobs »» Lead jobs, interact with customers/ vendors/ employees »» Create programs, setup, run CNC machines

»» Make stock, patterns, tools, molds »» Finishings »» Laser Scanner inspection

WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Accurate Pattern has allowed me to be a part of a wide variety of industries, turning digital concepts into physical parts. From aerospace to automotive, marine to agricultural and everywhere in between, Accurate Pattern is truly a place of innovation, growth, and satisfaction. We use innovative manufacturing and metrology equipment along with the finest software in the industry. The company has provided an abundance of growth opportunities, including a College assistance program, multi-day conference events and seminars. I have had much satisfaction working here in the patternmaking trade. Seeing our team come together and complete complex jobs is very rewarding. The variety in work is also a huge advantage. Overall, working at Accurate Pattern has given me the tools and opportunities needed to cultivate a great career alongside wonderful people.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

For a Pattern Shop Trainee, woodworking machine / shop experience is very helpful. The candidate must be 18+ years of age and with high school diploma /GED and be able to lift 60 pounds. Mechanical aptitude is key, along with math skills, for advancement into toolpathing, CAD/CAM and an apprenticeship.

SKILLS

Developing skills include visualization, CAD design, blueprint reading, quality systems, wood/ metal/ plastic operations, composite fabrication, painting and computer use. Understanding manufacturing processes is learned and refined through experience.

CAREER PATH

I love making things and also the ‘thinking’ parts of the job; designing on computer, working with customers, and guiding others. I plan on getting a well-rounded base to be ready for anything. Working at Accurate has opened my eyes to many possibilities and keeps me motivated and growing.

$

55k-$80k

experienced

ACCOUNT MANAGER $

25k-$35k starter

5 90,000-$120,000

$

4 MASTER PATTERNMAKER $

80k-$90k expert

75,000- 90,000 $

3 JOURNEYMAN PATTERNMAKER $

55,000-$80,000

2 APPRENTICE PATTERNMAKER

WHAT YOU’LL DO

On-the-job training is where I learn most of the trade through many different projects, which gradually have gotten more complex and interesting. My college studies have added knowledge in technical and theoretical areas that help me better know our customers’ needs and how to meet them. I look forward to continuing to advance to master patternmaker and management roles.

$

$

1 SHOP ASSISTANT $

25,000-$35,000

30,000-$60,000

CATHY RIBAR HR MANAGER

(262) 781-5558

jobs@accuratepattern.com

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facebook.com/AccuratePattern/

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WHO WE ARE

AM Construction Services, Inc (AMCSI) is a Wisconsin-owned carpentry business, specializing in commercial and residential rough and finish carpentry. Covering projects of all sizes across southeastern Wisconsin, we bring a collective 50+ years of construction knowledge to every project, combined with innovation, reliability and unparalleled customer service. As AMCSI continues to grow, we have distinguished ourselves as an industry leader, committed to excellence, strong partnerships and a company that delivers what we say we will.

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Commercial Buildings Residence Building and Remodels Apartment Buildings Schools Banks Restaurants Public Buildings

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »»

Commissioner Bud Selig’s office 88.9 Radio Milwaukee MATC Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin Christian Education Leadership Academy (CELA)

INFO

FUN STUFF

AMCSI is dedicated to its employees and values the impact they have on making our company great! We are a hardworking, team focused company that shares in the satisfaction of a job well done. Our seasoned carpenters take pride in walking alongside younger employees to help them reach their personal potential. Ongoing training and education is a vital part of our success! As a company, we reach out to the greater community, participating every year in food and clothing drives to benefit our community. We are very proud of our own employees’ generosity and their commitment to giving back. We recognize the importance of MAKING A DIFFERENCE in our community.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Career opportunities at AMCSI range from zero carpentry skills to project leader/carpentry foreman. We are excited to employ any person who has a willingness to learn and excel. Our goal at AMCSI is to take a motivated individual and develop a professional carpenter able to take on projects of any scope.

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Health Insurance

Vision Insurance

Bonuses

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Paid on-site training

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4600 W. Mitchell Street West Milwaukee, WI 53214

(262) 560-4816

amcsi.biz

facebook.com/amcsinc53066

Employees: 61

Year founded: 2012

President: Ken Kindler

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PATRICK MULLEN

2ND YEAR APPRENTICE AGE: 21 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

I am responsible for learning and becoming skilled in all aspects of carpentry. My learning is on site and in the classroom. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I enjoy the way AMCSI has organized their company and their training program. AMCSI is a very secure company which puts me at ease about my future, since I can see the path to greater pay and greater opportunities. AMCSI is a great company to learn and grow in. The training and mentoring program teaches me all the skills I need to become a journeyman carpenter. I enjoy working with and learning from other carpenters and foremen. I would like to work at AMCSI as long as possible and reach my goal of becoming a foreman.

$

24,000 starter

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS »» »» »» »»

Must be physically able to lift and carry 60 pounds Basic math Valid driver’s license Good work ethic

FOREMAN/LEAD CARPENTER $

$

4 JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER $

60,000+ expert

42,000- 60,000 $

3

»» Able to perform physical work »» Able to work well with others/teachable »» Self motivated to perform well

THIRD YEAR APPRENTICE $

You will learn all the aspects of carpentry including: »» Building walls, floor and roofs »» Setting doors and hardware »» Install cabinets and counter tops »» Install exterior finishes »» Install interior finishes »» Work both inside and outside

36,000-$42,000

2 SECOND YEAR APPRENTICE $

1

CAREER PATH

There is a very clear path to reaching my goal position Foreman/Project Leader.

42,000 experienced

60,000-$80,000

SKILLS

WHAT YOU’LL DO

$

5

FIRST YEAR APPRENTICE $

28,000-$36,000

BART WELLENSTEIN HR MANAGER

24,000-$28,000

(262) 560-4816

bart@amcsi.biz

facebook.com/amcsinc53066

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WHO WE ARE

Helping protect the world’s most precious resources, Badger Meter is a market leader in flow measurement with more than a century of innovation. Measuring virtually anything that flows through a pipe, Badger Meter products are known for accuracy, durability and for providing valuable measurement data. Through our global network of manufacturing facilities, innovation centers, sales offices, and warehouses, Badger Meter helps customers throughout the world manage their operations, add to revenue and minimize waste.

STUFF WE MAKE

Offering nearly all of the commercially available flow measurement technologies, Badger Meter offers solutions for a wide range of customer applications, including cutting-edge and time-tested, proven solutions. Our products include: »» Flow meters »» Meter reading equipment »» Analytics software systems »» Consumer applications

COOL CUSTOMERS

INFO

Badger Meter serves water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide.

4545 W. Brown Deer Road Milwaukee, WI 53224

FUN STUFF

Strong supporter of community events, including UPAF, United Way, Ride for the Arts, etc...

1-800-876-3837

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

badgermeter.com

facebook.com/badgermeter

linkedin.com/company/ badger-meter

youtube.com/c/BadgerMeterUSA

@Badger_Meter

Employees: 1600

Year founded: 1905

President: Rich Meeusen

Badger Meter offers career-seekers many opportunities to measure what matters and to protect the world’s water and other resources. It is large enough to fuel constant innovation and provide ongoing professional development for our teammates, while maintaining a relaxed, flexible working atmosphere. Badger Meter employees enjoy the ability to be self-directed, to influence the direction of their departments and to have visibility with company leadership. For more than 110 years, Badger Meter has provided strong, stable financial growth, in turn providing employees with excellent benefits and the opportunity to build long, successful careers.

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Health Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

401(k) match, EAP, vision

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Dependent Care Reimbursement

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MARCEIA (CECE) JOHNSON

PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN 1/ MACHINE/MAINTENANCE 2 AGE: 40 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2.5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I operate up to two machines daily - lathe and vertical machines. I troubleshoot, read blueprints, use various tools and gauges, and keep my work area safe and clean. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

This company has changed my life. I originally got an Associate’s Degree in welding, but lack of on-the-job experience prohibited me from finding a position. I was working from temp job to temp job, but Badger Meter saw my potential and decided to take a chance on me. I began soldering, then became a material handler and eventually went back to school to become a CNC machine operator with tuition reimbursement. They gave me the opportunity to train and hired me as a machinist. Badger Meter has great wages and benefits and is very supportive of my growth. It feels great to have the stability of working for only one company. I would like people to know that no matter your age, gender, race or religious beliefs, it’s never too late to be great. Thank you Badger Meter.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS

»» Formal post-high school specialized education from a trade school or technical college »» Ability to read and write English »» Basic computer skills »» Basic Math skills »» Blueprint reading »» 1-3 years experience

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Sets up, adjusts and operates CNC milling machines and turning centers. Requires knowledge of machining techniques and methods and inspection processes. Works from part drawings, programming information, and setup instructions. Production tech II Lead person Production supervisor Production manager Manufacturing manager

5%/6 mos.

5 $

experienced

72,225-$144,350

$

4 PRODUCTION MANAGER $

27.78/hr expert

55,775- 111,525 $

3 PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR $

20.94/hr starter

MANUFACTURING MANAGER

43,075-$86,150

2 LEAD PERSON

TRINA JASHINSKY VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

add $2.00/hr to pay

CAREER PATH »» »» »» »» »»

$

1 PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN II $

58,156-$62,337

(414) 371-2713

tjashinsky@badgermeter.com

facebook.com/badgermeter

linkedin.com/company/ badger-meter

youtube.com/c/BadgerMeterUSA

@Badger_Meter

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WHO WE ARE

Bevco Engineering designs and manufactures custom electrical control systems, providing full-service control panel fabrication and control software development services. Our products can be found in industrial applications around the world, from manufacturing and material handling to healthcare, machine tool fabrication, and more. Since 1965, we have been at the forefront of the control systems industry.

WHERE OUR PRODUCTS ARE FOUND »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Food Production Lines Bottling Filling Lines Auto-Injector Device Assembly Line X-ray, CT and MRI Rooms Water Filtration Systems Mining Equipment Compressor Controls Railroad Repair Equipment

FUN STUFF

We’ve participated in Middle School and High School Tours encouraging students to discover new career opportunities in the electrical industry. We also support multiple children’s charities.

INFO

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

W222 N5739 Miller Way Sussex, WI 53089

»» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Electrical Assemblers Machines Operators Testers Electrical and Design Engineers Project Managers Customer Service Administrative Staff Sales

(262) 820-2400 – Office (262) 820-2599 – Fax

facebook.com/Bevco-Engineer ing-Company-1808200449490471/

BENEFITS

We have an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, life insurance, 401k with company matching, to name a few. We also have Employee of the Month, Quarterly Raffles, Incentive Program and Yearly Company Outings (Employees and their families).

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Vision Insurance

Bonuses/Incentives

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Life Insurance

Wellness Program

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bevcoengineering.com

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time) Dependent Care Reimbursement

linkedin.com/company/ bevco-engineering

youtu.be/TUim4O1B-Go

twitter.com/bevco_co

Employees: 50

Year founded: 1965

President: Chris Shult

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BILL BURGE

INSIDE SALES MANAGER/ MASTER SCHEDULER YEARS AT COMPANY: 9.5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

My main responsibility is to coordinate the efforts of all departments involved in order fulfillment ensuring that customer expectations are met or exceeded. As a key contact for customers, I assist them with quotation of both electrical panel assembly and fiberglass shelters. Overall, I am required to take ownership of customer projects and work with engineering, production and purchasing to ensure that Bevco’s products and services exceed customer expectations! My direct reports include Inside Sales and Project Managers. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

My role at Bevco requires me to collaborate daily with customers, suppliers, and with Bevco employees in every department and position within the company. These interactions are important and I value the job satisfaction gained from developing those relationships, mentoring coworkers, building teamwork, and trying to make a personal and positive connection with everyone I come in contact with. The job requires a high level of organization and the pace of work is quick. I enjoy the daily challenge and the variety of tasks involved.

CHRIS JONES

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR YEARS AT COMPANY: 15 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

My main responsibility as the Production Supervisor is to oversee the production process, reducing costs wherever possible and making sure products are produced on time and are of good quality. I account for the assembler qualifications and select the best way of meeting the customer’s needs. I am responsible for coming up with ways to make the assembly process more efficient. I am active in continuous improvement of process, quality control and personnel development. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I started sweeping the floors! Throughout my years I moved into different areas of the production floor. I’ve always had new ideas and I helped rearrange one of our assembly areas into a Lean Line, from that I gained a new role: Lean Line Manager. My continued initiative helped me and in early 2017, I was promoted to Production Supervisor and I now manage 10 employees. Working in all these roles and departments, I’ve gained a new perspective and a better understanding on how each department can help each other. As we say around here, “Everyone is your customer.”

CONTACT US TODAY!

262-820-2400

Jobs@bevcoengineering.com

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WHO WE ARE

Broan-NuTone, LLC is North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of residential ventilation products including range hoods, ventilation fans, heater/fan/light combination units, balanced ventilation systems, built-in heaters and attic ventilators. NuTone®, a registered trademark of BROAN® LLC, manufactures and distributes residential built-in convenience products including door chimes, central vacuum systems, intercom systems, ironing centers and ventilation fans. BROAN® LLC is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® partner.

STUFF WE MAKE

Residential built-in convenience products including: »» Ventilation fans »» Range hoods »» Door chimes »» Central vacuum systems »» Heaters »» Wall & Roof Caps

INFO

FUN STUFF

Broan-NuTone is very involved in the community and encourages employees to join in our mission.

926 West State Street Hartford, WI 53027

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Broan-NuTone is growing and we are hiring now for multiple positions. See the list of benefits below but we also offer: »» Vision coverage »» Education assistance »» Employee assistance program »» Gain Sharing Program »» Employee discount on products »» Leave programs »» Casual Fridays

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time) Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Tuition Reimbursement

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(262) 673-4340

broan-nutone.com

facebook.com/BroanNuToneLLC/

linkedin.com/company/ broan-nutone-llc

youtube.com/user/ broannutonellc

twitter.com/BroanNuTone

Employees: 2,100

Year founded: 1932

CEO: Frank Carroll

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GORDON SCHELLPFEFFER SUPERVISOR, WELD AND PAINT DEPARTMENTS AGE: 54 YEARS AT COMPANY: 32 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» Supervise and lead weld and paint departments »» Focus on continuous improvement (we have metrics that measure continuous improvement daily, so it’s a huge focus of the job) »» Manage 38 people WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT BROAN-NUTONE COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Broan-NuTone means opportunity and security. For someone new coming in, you can control your own destiny. If you want to better yourself and make your value and skillset to the company more important, you can do that here. They also pay for you to go back to school, to get certified in other areas and have great benefits for your entire family.

$

13.49/hr starter

$

THE JOB:

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

For a beginner position, no education or training are required. However, we do require the following: »» High School Diploma »» Team work/team player »» Great attitude »» Reliability »» Strong core values We can train anyone to do the job, but you must have a strong work ethic and a desire to work well with others.

$

22.12/HR

2 EXPERIENCED OPERATOR $

15.23/HR

MARIA BURNS TALENT ACQUISITION MANAGER

1

maria.burns@broan.com

OPERATOR

facebook.com/BroanNuToneLLC/

linkedin.com/company/ broan-nutone-llc

youtube.com/user/ broannutonellc

twitter.com/BroanNuTone

WHAT YOU’LL DO

In my department the normal career path is as follows: »» Operator (operator is the name we give to our entry level positions in my department) »» Back up group leader »» Lead »» Supervisor

22.12/hr expert

EXPERT OPERATOR

A specific skill set isn’t needed, as employees can be trained. However, Broan-NuTone wants to emphasize that a positive attitude, team player mentality and reliability are all necessities.

CAREER PATH

$

3

SKILLS

In my department, you will weld and paint components for a wide variety of products (exhaust fans, range hoods, etc.). You will focus on quality and continuously improving the product as a large focus of Broan-NuTone is exceeding customer expectations.

15.23/hr

$

13.49/HR

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WHO WE ARE

CDM Tool & Mfg. has a proud history of producing high-quality plastic injection molds and precision molds for the plastics industry. Since 1962, our Quality First philosophy has provided direction in all aspects of our business. Through cultivating tomorrow’s workforce and investing in state-of-the-art technology, CDM continues to be an industry leader providing mold solutions to our valued customers producing products used throughout a multitude of industries.

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »» »»

High-Complexity Tool Designs Plastic Injection Molds Plastic Compression Molds Plastic Two-shot Molds Precision Tools Service and Repair of Existing Tooling

COOL CUSTOMERS

CDM serves a customer base producing items used in a variety of industries. Some of these include: »» Power Sports »» Packaging & Logistics »» Medical & Healthcare »» Lawn & Garden »» Agriculture »» Retail »» Automotive

FUN STUFF

At CDM we have a strong culture which is rooted in teamwork and serving our customers. We believe this culture comes from our continued investment in our employees. Not only do we provide a clean and comfortable working environment, we make sure to celebrate each of the people on our team. From birthdays and weddings to welcoming a new baby into our work family, we recognize that each of our employee’s individual story is our story. This spirit also extends into the surrounding communities. CDM has been a long time sponsor of high school robotics teams and continues to work with and invest in the area’s educational community.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

In addition to Toolmakers, CDM’s team also consists of: »» Mold Designers »» CNC Machinists »» CNC Programmers »» Polishers »» Various other management and support positions such as Sales, Estimating, and Accounting CDM is also committed to developing the workforce of tomorrow by offering registered apprenticeships in both tool making and CNC machining as well as high school internships and youth apprenticeships.

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Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Dental Insurance

401(k)

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INFO 749 North Wacker Drive Hartford, WI 53027

(262) 673-5620

cdmtool.com

Employees: 45

Year founded: 1962

President: Stephen Hansen

Vacation (paid time off)

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JOE ROMANSKI, JR

TOOL MAKER (APPRENTICE) AGE: 22 YEARS AT COMPANY: 4 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

Tool Makers are responsible for producing and maintaining tooling used to manufacture parts in various industries. At CDM, plastic injection molds are the primary tool produced. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

As an apprentice Tool Maker at CDM, I am learning all of the necessary mechanical and problem solving skills needed to produce complex tooling which has also helped me when tackling personal projects. I’ve received one-on-one training from the best team of designers, machinists, and Tool Makers who have all supported and encouraged me to go above and beyond while I complete my apprenticeship. CDM has given me the confidence to be a valued team player not only at work, but at school and home as well. The best part is being paid to learn as I go. Although I am taking modeling and print classes at night, I’m not only debt free (no student loans), but will be buying my first home next year.

$

45,000 starter

REQUIREMENTS

TOOL MAKER, EXPERT $

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Use drawings to plan and lead projects. »» Work collaboratively with designers and machinists to problem solve and manufacture tools efficiently. »» Use hand tools to modify parts and create perfect fits. »» Set up and operate computer numerically controlled as well as manual machines. »» Verify that parts meet specifications using precision measuring tools.

CAREER PATH

While most Tool Makers take on lead roles or become managers, your journey could be one that adapts to your skills and interests over time. You could discover that running machines is your thing, become a CNC Machinist, or decide that designing the tools is your ultimate calling.

$

4 TOOL MAKER, EXPERIENCED

SKILLS

64,000 experienced

70,000-$80,000

»» Must have a high school diploma or equivalent »» Successfully completed an apprenticeship program »» Qualify for a registered apprenticeship »» Strong mathematical and problem solving skills »» Be mechanically minded »» Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment both independently and collaboratively

$

5

THE JOB:

$

75,000 expert

55,000-$68,500

3 TOOL MAKER, NEW $

45,000-$50,000

2 REGISTERED APPRENTICE $

1

23,000-$45,000

ROSEMARY BARTKOWIAK HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

YOUTH APPRENTICE $

8,000-$12,000

(262) 673-5620

info@cdmtool.com

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WHO WE ARE

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc. is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most diverse landscape contractors. Over 300 professionals reside in offices in Madison, southeast Wisconsin and four metro Milwaukee locations with corporate offices in Germantown, Wisconsin, with services including landscape architecture and construction, renovation, maintenance, irrigation, interiorscape, holiday and nursery. Almost 100 crews are dispatched every day to residential, commercial and public job sites. The firm holds over 500 local, state and national awards.

STUFF WE MAKE

We turn yards into architectural masterpieces. No matter how big or complex the project, our teams are up to the task. From traditional duties such as de-weeding and mowing to specialized and custom treatments such as patios, gardening and more, our company takes pride in enhancing any outdoor space.

COOL CUSTOMERS

Commercial and residential property projects have included sites for major sports figures, corporate owners, hospitals, campuses, malls and more.

FUN STUFF

From picnics to barbecue parties, David J. Frank employees enjoy a fun and interactive company culture. Innovative programs like “Breakfast with Dave” allow staff to gather for a hot meal and conversation with the “boss” in a casual setting. The DJFLCI Creative Studio Publication and weekly newsletter FranklySpeaking recognize employees, showcase projects and keep the team and clients engaged in the company’s activities. Architect and design teams frequently win awards for their projects and have been featured on shows like The Morning Blend on TMJ4. All of these unique programs highlight Frank’s interest in creating camaraderie among peers and an atmosphere for employee development.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

We offer a wide range of landscaping services for every season, and hire professionals in many disciplines from landscape architects, crew leaders, technicians, administrative staff and more. Our employees have opportunities to advance by provided training and continued education through trade organizations. There is a bi-annual in-house career fair for those who would like to consider other areas of the company. Job postings can be found in the areas of residential and commercial lawn care, maintenance, design-build, interiorscapes, irrigation, horticulture, tree care, specialty, snow and ice management services, and holiday décor, just to name a few.

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Health Insurance

Bonuses

Dental Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

401(k)

Tuition Reimbursement

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Uniform reimbursement; HPA; referral bonuses

INFO

N120 W21350 Freistadt Rd. Germantown, WI 53022

(262) 255-4888

davidjfrank.com/

facebook.com/davidjfrank.wi/

linkedin.com/ company-beta/291140/

youtube.com/channel/ UCmSJ5srgD4npTnP9YEDD59Q

@davidjfrank_wi

Employees: 287

Year founded: 1960

President: David J. Frank

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BRIAN ROMAGNOLI LCD CREW LEADER (LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT) WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I run a crew of 2-4 technicians from start to finish on a project. I oversee and coordinate work, make sure it’s completed on time, and under or at budget. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I see a good future in this career. I started off as a laborer and knew a guy who had worked here for 15 years; he taught me a lot about this role, I took on various tasks and things just grew from there. Honestly, I wish I would have started in this field right after high school; the detail of the projects and materials we use here are outstanding. I personally love seeing a space transform. We start out with a visual sketch-up and then bring the architect’s vision to life. I like dealing with clients and seeing their comments before and after. It’s engaging work. Everyone seems to just go to a 4-year college, but I was thrilled to see other options and I’d love to continue advancing to become a Production Supervisor.

THE JOB:

$

REQUIREMENTS

I started with a 2-year Landscape Horticulture associate program at Milwaukee Technical College. On the job, I have completed ICPI training and received a federal pesticide applicant certification. This job involves training, managing, and directing a crew of technicians and laborers, and being on-call 24/7 in winter for snow removal.

14-16/hr

starter crew leader

$

SKILLS

Problem-solving and creativity are huge keys to this role. You have to have very strong communication skills with both clients and coworkers.

17-19/hr

experienced crew leader

$

FRANKIE RYAN III

20-21/hr

expert crew leader

LCD CREW LEADER WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I manage and assist big and small crews on commercial and/or residential job sites. I make sure projects are done safely, on time, on budget and meet high-quality standards. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I loved this job from the get-go. I started off in college at 19, playing baseball and hanging with friends. But after some time there and advice from my dad, I am so glad I looked into this path. My day-to-day tasks are never mundane or the same. This includes projects big and small, from building a huge amphitheater to paving a new driveway. There is such satisfaction from turning nothing into something beautiful. My favorite part is seeing the genuine smile on the homeowners’ faces when they see the finished project. I hope to become a Senior Crew Leader and eventually a Production Supervisor.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

Trained in horticulture and skilled in stonework, patio and wall construction, and machinery. Must be able to read and make architectural/engineering calculations. My company provides additional schooling funds, so I have also received ICPI Level 1 and Level 2 certifications. SKILLS

This position involves being a good planner and making safe, proactive and aesthetically smart choices for your team and your clients. Communication is key across the board.

3 PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR $

45,000-$70,000

2 SENIOR CREW LEADER

1 CREW LEADER $

14-$21/HR

$

19-$28/HR

CONTACT US TODAY! JONATHAN WELLS HR MANAGER

(262) 250-4332

jonathan.wells@davidjfrank.com

facebook.com/davidjfrank.wi/

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WHO WE ARE

Dynatect is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of custom motion and protection for machines. For over 70 years, Dynatect has combined deep application knowledge, diverse product offering, and a customer responsive sales philosophy. Our headquarters include 2 plants in New Berlin WI, in addition the Company has 3 additional manufacturing plants across the US, with nationwide sales coverage. Dynatect continues to build customer experiences through new product development and investment in people and equipment to do the job right.

STUFF WE MAKE

Dynatect’s huge product portfolio includes textile or metal based components that provide a protective or safety function for industrial or commercial applications. Some recognizable examples include: »» Roll up doors (equipment access on the side of fire trucks) »» Bellows (passageway joining sections of an extra-long bus) »» Cable carriers (mounted to the telescoping arm of boom lifts)

COOL CUSTOMERS

Dynatect makes products for other equipment manufacturers for industries including robots, medical equipment, emergency vehicles, busses, sports equipment, machine tool, construction, and even movie props.

FUN STUFF

Dynatect and its employees are proud to make an impact on the local community. As an organization, Dynatect supports the community through food drives, blood drives, monetary donations, book and school supply drives, educational outreach programs. Dynatect has been a proud supporter and partner of GPS Education Partners for 5 years and recently filled several roles with graduates of the on-the-job training program. Dynatect’s most recent mission includes collaborating with Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha to support the construction of affordable housing for low-income families. Dynatect employees also know how to have a good time – pictured below is the Dynatect baseball team.

INFO

2300 S. Calhoun Rd New Berlin, WI 53151

(262) 786-1500

dynatect.com

facebook.com/dynatect/

linkedin.com/company/dynatect/

@dynatect

Employees: 225

Year founded: 1945

President: Mark Thurman

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Dynatect is a local manufacturing company that has over 70 years of history. Benefits include: Career advancement • Pre-tax health savings accounts • Employee assistance programs • Hiring referral bonuses • Employee focus groups • After work activities • And many more! Positions include: quality, engineering, technicians, machine operators, manufacturing, sales and more. Dynatect also offers a robust, paid summer internship program and recently filled several roles with graduates. If you’d like to be part of our mission to build quality product made in Wisconsin, apply now at: dynatect.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Dependent Care Reimbursement Wellness Program Tuition Reimbursement

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Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

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PATRICK NOWAK

PROJECT ENGINEER AGE: 31 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

Responsible for designing and detailing custom dynamic protective covers for a wide variety of customers. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

After graduating from college, I bounced between several companies, but never found anything that grabbed my interest. I finally found what I was looking for when I started working at Dynatect Manufacturing. Due to our focus on custom solutions, every day is different, while presenting new and exciting challenges. I’m genuinely excited to go into work every day. This job requires you to be creative and collaborative with your designs, which makes it all the more satisfying when a project is completed. Additionally, although we have a vast amount of existing product offerings, we’re consistently working on developing new and innovative products. Dynatect Manufacturing is also very supportive of my growth within the organization, offering additional education and product training. Working at Dynatect Manufacturing is a truly rewarding experience and I can’t see myself working anywhere else.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

$

SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER $

67,000

experienced

85,000/YR

$

4

90,000 expert

PROJECT ENGINEER $

75,000/YR

3 DESIGN ENGINEER $

66,667/YR

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Responsible for the design, development, and application of new and existing products using APQP methods »» Participate in cross functional product launch teams, R&D teams/testing, validating, developing test procedures. Project management; including design, budget, timing, communication with sales and customers »» Provide product support in collaboration with sales team, for customers, including unaccompanied on-site visits. »» Provide internal technical support to manufacturing, sales representatives, marketing, and customer service »» Perform product / system cost analysis to sales staff for quoting

30,000 starter

5

SKILLS

»» SolidWorks/Inventor proficiencies: CSWA certification or Inventor AutoDesk Certified User or AutoCAD Certification Associate »» Take a lead role in product improvement projects »» Support new product development »» Application engineering experience (preferably in a manufacturing environment) »» Strong metal fabrication, fabric, rubber and/or plastics (injection molding) background

$

SENIOR DESIGNER

1 DESIGNER/ ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN $

$

52,500/YR

JULIE NIEDFELDT, SPHR VP OF HR & EHS

36,500/YR

Phone

julie.niedfeldt@dynatect.com

linkedin.com/in/julie-niedfeldt sphr-shrm-spc-a292394

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WHO WE ARE

Glenn Rieder is a custom architectural millwork manufacturer & commercial interior contractor, serving all major markets across the U.S. Our knowledge and experience uniquely qualifies us to provide our clients with a wide range of options from traditional architectural woodworking to highly specialized & elaborately-themed environments such as casinos, hotels, colleges, sports facilities and corporate headquarters. Glenn Rieder will soon be moving their corporate Milwaukee headquarters, into a newly designed/built building located in West Allis.

STUFF WE MAKE

Since 1946, over 3,000 projects have been enhanced with Glenn Rieder’s custom millwork, granite, metal and other interior finishes. With exceptionally skilled craftsmen, high-tech machines and our 200,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facilities, our clients can count on nothing but the highest quality work from Glenn Rieder.

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI) Wynn Hotels and Casinos Lambeau Field Redevelopment, LLC (Green Bay, WI) Polo Ralph Lauren (Chicago, IL) Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos Four Seasons Hotels

Marquette University Law School - Eckstein Hall Milwaukee

INFO

FUN STUFF »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

We acquired Quality Cabinet & Fixture Company in 2012, adding our office in San Diego. Have two manufacturing plants, Milwaukee and Tijuana, totaling almost 200,000 sqft. Some employees have been with the company as long as 35 years! Recently started partnering with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee. Glenn Rieder has shown substantial growth in the last 15 years, in both employment and annual revenue. Employee fitness room at our new West Allis facility. Our new location includes a professional designed shop, and some of the best machinery offered. Two company paid lunches each month.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

We have offices located in Milwaukee, San Diego, Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale. You can check our website for current openings at our various locations. Regular job openings include: »» Construction/Millwork Project Manager »» Millwork Drafters, Estimators & Finishers »» Recruitment & Digital Marketing Specialist »» Rough Mill Machine Operators »» Cabinet Makers

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Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Dental Insurance

Disability Insurance

Wellness Program

Vision Insurance

401(k)

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

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3420 West Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI 53216

(414) 449-2888

glennrieder.com

linkedin.com/ company-beta/1320266/

Employees: 225

Year founded: 1946

President: Michael Floyd

A SUPPLEMENT OF BIZTIMES MILWAUKEE


TOM SIEHR DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AGE: 51 YEARS AT COMPANY: 28 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Currently, I oversee all aspects of the detailing department, including satisfying project and production schedule needs of the shop. Staffing and training of the detailers. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Managing my detailing group in Milwaukee has lead to directing a detailing group of roughly two dozen around the country. I have been fortunate to have grown personally and professionally as the company has grown in size.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

Diverse industry experience, strong communication skills and technical understanding of construction. SKILLS

Responsible for all shop drawings and cutbill preparation for all company projects. Project such as The Wynn and Encore Casinos, MGM’s, Harrah’s Casinos, Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton. WHAT YOU’LL DO

Bring uniformity to all offices. Provide comprehensive training to all new and existing employees in my department. The goal is to provide technical drawings that will facilitate the successful completion of all projects. CAREER PATH

»» »» »» »»

Junior Detailer in 1989 Project Lead Engineer in 1996 Department Manager in 2002 Director of Engineering in 2016

RICK ROUSE CNC PROGRAMMER AGE: 37 YEARS AT COMPANY: 20 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Create programs for the CNC’s from our Inventor or AutoCAD drawings using MasterCam, help manage work flow through the mill room before going to assembly and support quality control. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Over the last 20 years at Glenn Rieder, I have had the pleasure of working on many unique, one of a kind projects. This has given me the opportunity to use my knowledge to help turn architectural drawings into a finished product. I look forward to seeing what new challenges Glenn Rieder will have for me in the future.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

Mechanical Design Degree, Milwaukee Area Technical College SKILLS

»» »» »» »»

Advanced in AutoCAD and MasterCam Active Listener Mechanically Inclined Experienced in Analyzing Blue Prints

WHAT YOU’LL DO

The ideal next career step would be a Construction Technical Advisor. This would enable me to provide input on different means and construction methods, along with keeping up with technology to make the machines productive and as efficient as possible. CAREER PATH

»» 1997-1998 Co-op through Wisconsin Lutheran High School »» 1998-2001 Worked in Assembly Department »» 2001-Present CNC Programmer & Operator

CONTACT US TODAY! CHRISTINE CARLSON HR MANAGER

(414) 389-8659

christine.carlson@glennrieder.com

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WHO WE ARE

We are a reliable, innovative and cost effective flexible packaging company. We deliver on time with the support of responsive packaging engineers and the best customer service in the industry!

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Flexible packaging films »» Stand up pouches and bags »» Narrow web flexible packaging

COOL CUSTOMERS

We have clients from all different industries including food, cosmetic, medical and more!

FUN STUFF

At Glenroy we think we have one of the best company cultures in Wisconsin! We have something fun going on every month of the year including a company picnic complete with raffles, yard games and more! We also have Brewer outings, Packer parties, golf outings, open house night, NCAA bracket tournaments, pumpkin carving contests and lots more! We’re a third generation family owned business and you can tell how much employees are valued from day one of working here! We pride ourselves on our extremely low turn over rate and many employee referrals.

W158 N9332 Nor-x-way Avenue Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

At Glenroy we do our best to offer our employees higher than average benefits. In additional to our really great benefits we also offer employees quite a few perks including things like our employee recognition program. Employees who do a great job are able to earn awesome things like gift cards to their favorite places and even some paid time off! Another favorite employee perk is our volunteer program where employees can volunteer at their favorite charity and get paid to do it. Additionally, manufacturing employees also have a perfect attendance program that allows employees to win awesome gift cards and prizes! Additional benefits include: »» Company outings »» Discounted tickets »» Profit sharing »» Paid volunteer time

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Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Dental Insurance

Disability Insurance

Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

401(k)

Tuition Reimbursement

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INFO

(262) 255-4422

glenroy.com

facebook.com/glenroyinc/

@GlenroyInc

Employees: 208

Year founded: 1965

President: Rich Buss

A SUPPLEMENT OF BIZTIMES MILWAUKEE


CODY SCHONE FINISHER AGE: 20 YEARS AT COMPANY: 3 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

I am responsible for converting master rolls into finished rolls using finishing procedures. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

My job and working at Glenroy means to me the next 20-30 years. It means my future and my future family’s future. It means that I get to work and do something I’m good at while being able to support myself and the people I care about. That’s the biggest reason for me working at Glenroy. I saw my father raise a family and do well for himself working here, and I only can aspire to be half the father he is. That’s the driving factor behind it all.

$

20.76/hr starter

$

THE JOB:

21.80/hr experienced

REQUIREMENTS

$

I have a high school diploma from Menomonee Falls High school. I was trained on the job.

SKILLS

22.84/hr expert

Trouble shooting is a big part of my job. I’m constantly trouble shooting issues that occur while jobs are being ran. It’s also helpful to have computer and math skills.

3

WHAT YOU’LL DO

CREW LEAD

Starting as a finisher at Glenroy you can expect to work with multiple other manufacturing positions and learn the different machines to work with. When I first get to work I check everything on the machine to make sure it’s running properly and up to Glenroy standards. Next I make any adjustments as needed and start to run the machine.

$

88,193-$97,012

2 FLEXO A OPERATOR $

CAREER PATH

1

The career path can be whatever you want it to be. At Glenroy, you’re able to move into different positions that can help advance your career.

26.46/HR-$29.10/HR

RACHEL LLOYD DIRECTOR OF HR & ORG. DEVELOPMENT

STAFFING SPECIALIST $

23.48/HR-$25.83/HR

(262) 250-7125

rachell@glenroy.com

facebook.com/glenroyinc/

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WHO WE ARE

The Gustave A. Larson Company is the Midwest, Plains and Mountain States leading wholesale distributor of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, parts, & supplies. Our business philosophy is to focus on serving the needs of our customers, with a value-added, professional and enthusiastic attitude. Family owned and operated for over 80 years, we have 450 team members in 20 Midwest, Plains and Mountain states through our 53 locations.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Represent products from over 450 manufacturers »» Full line of equipment, controls, supplies and replacement parts »» Product Categories: commercial refrigeration, residential and commercial HVAC, food service, and pressure/temperature controls »» Educational programs for customers ranging from troubleshooting service issues to teaching our customers how to improve their selling skills and profitability

INFO

COOL CUSTOMERS

»» Residential and Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration Contractors »» Schools and Universities »» Multi-Family Communities

FUN STUFF

“We don’t sell anything – our customers do. As a result, our focus is on helping them maximize their success.” Andrew Larson - CEO, Chairman WE… »» Contribute to our customer’s success »» Carry the best products in our industry »» Offer valued business solutions »» Provide all stakeholders an opportunity to succeed … WIN TOGETHER

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Dependent Care Reimbursement

W233 N2869 Roundy Circle West Pewaukee, WI 53072

(262) 542-0200

galarson.com/

facebook.com/GALarsonCo/

linkedin.com/company-beta/ 711806/

@GALarsonCompany

Employees: 450

Year founded: 1936

President: Scott K. Larson

Wellness Program Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Tuition Reimbursement

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THOMAS SMITH

COUNTER SALES REPRESENTATIVE AGE: 48 YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Customer Service/Inside Sales Trouble Shooting/Problem Solving Research Ordering Parts (merchandise for customers) Picking Orders Stocking Operating the forklift Processing debits/memos for the branch Working with vendors such as UPS

$

WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I used to have my own business where I was responsible for outside sales and installation of HVAC/R products. I wanted to stay within the industry, but wanted to find a position with steady hours, stability, career growth, and benefits, which the Gustave A. Larson Company offers.

32,300 starter

$

THE JOB:

38,700 experienced

$

REQUIREMENTS

»» Associates Degree in Commercial Refrigeration »» Several years of HVACR field experience

45,200 expert

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »»

Customer-Service oriented Strong verbal & written communication skills Basic math skills Prioritization Time-management Organizational skills

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Interact with customers at the counter and over the phone »» Trouble shoot and problem solve with technicians out in the field »» Place orders for technicians and pull the orders in the warehouse »» Stock merchandise on store shelves »» Operate equipment such as hand trucks, pallet jacks, and forklifts

CAREER PATH

»» If you enjoy problem solving and troubleshooting—Account Representative »» If you like working with people and are process driven—Store Manager »» If you are passionate about building relationships with customers and are sales driven—Sales Consultant

SALES CONSULTANT $

1 ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE $

48,700-$73,100

STEPHANIE JANKE HR MANAGER

43,500-$65,300

Phone

stephanie.janke@galarson.com

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WHO WE ARE

HellermannTyton is a global leader in cable management and protection products, identification systems and network connectivity solutions. Its systems and solutions are specified by major manufacturers and contractors in several industries. The company’s engineered solutions and innovative products are designed and constructed to meet the strictest quality standards while delivering reliable implementation at the lowest cost. HellermannTyton operates in 37 countries, with North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »» »»

Fasteners for wires, cables and hoses Fastener application tools Conduit, wire duct and related protection products Industrial-grade labels, tags and placards Data communications jacks, panels and related products Wire connectors

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Aerospace Automotive Appliance/electrical Data communications Defense Renewable energies Industrial automation Rail Truck/Heavy equipment

INFO

FUN STUFF

At HellermannTyton we strive to create a positive and vibrant working environment that fosters collaboration and creativity, and rewards hard work and achievement. Our employees take pride in developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling the highest quality products, and share in our commitment to continuous improvement. At HellermannTyton we encourage our employees to become actively involved in volunteer and fund raising activities for local concerns and community initiatives. HT continues to support all of our employees in finding ways of contributing to their communities. Support of community involvement takes the form of gifts-in-kind and cash donations along with other HT sponsored activities.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

HellermannTyton is an innovative, global company that serves many diverse markets and industries. Recognizing that our most valuable resource is our people, our goal is to hire the best talent and give them the opportunities and tools to create a challenging and fulfilling career at HellermannTyton. We truly respect and value our employees and the unique skills, qualities and experience they bring to our company and our brand. HellermannTyton and the Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation have collaborated on a new homeownership program that provides down payment and technical assistance needed to purchase a home in Havenwoods or the City of Milwaukee.

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation

Automotive Discounts; Employee Referral Bonuses

Life Insurance

Sick (personal time)

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7930 N. Faulkner Road Milwaukee, WI 53224

(414) 355-1130

hellermanntyton.us

linkedin.com/company/ hellermanntyton

@HT_NorthAmerica

Employees: 600+ in the USA

Year founded: 1938

President: Terry Tuttle

A SUPPLEMENT OF BIZTIMES MILWAUKEE


MIKE VAZQUEZ

PROCESSING TECHNICIAN AGE: 37 YEARS AT COMPANY: 11 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Responsible for verifying the status of machines and parts to ensure products are delivered on time and meet our customers’ quality standards. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

The job means a lot to me! I have been with this company for 11 great years and have been promoted from Packaging Operator to Machine Operator and now Process Technician. I give 100% and it is worth it because of the friendly family-like environment. The positive nature of the environment makes the job challenging and fun.

$

16/hr starter

$

THE JOB:

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

»» To become a Process Technician you must have a high school diploma or equivalent »» Some mechanical experience which could be obtained through an apprenticeship or technical school

WHAT YOU’LL DO

The Process Technician installs molds into injection molding machines and sets up all related auxiliary equipment. The Process Technician is also required to start up, make necessary process adjustments, and troubleshoot production runs while ensuring that they are running within specified parameters. This position also entails performing quality checks on parts that are being produced and documenting the findings.

CAREER PATH

With experience and ongoing training the Process Technician can be promoted to a Process Technician II and Process Engineer if they choose that path, however at HellermannTyton they can move to auxiliary departments such as Automation and Maintenance as well. A Process Technician could also move into management.

$

4

25/hr expert

PROCESS ENGINEER II $

SKILLS

»» Troubleshooting skills »» Mechanical skills »» Basic computer skills

20/hr

25- 30/hr $

3 PROCESS ENGINEER $

22-$26/hr

2 PROCESS TECHNICIAN II $

1 PROCESS TECHNICIAN $

20-$24/hr

SONYA JENSEN-RUIZ TALENT ACQUISITION MANAGER

16-$21/hr

(414) 355-1130

sjensen-ruiz@htamericas.com

linkedin.com/in/sonyajensenruiz/

@RecruitforHT

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WHO WE ARE

HUSCO International is a privately-owned, ambitious innovation company that designs and produces hydraulic and electro-hydraulic components that improve the overall efficiency, controllability and performance of automotive and off-highway mobile equipment. We have over 30 years of highly-focused experience in vehicle systems and a reputation earned from supporting our customers from concept to production. HUSCO does this through its high-quality engineering and manufacturing global presence that spans across facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa, England, China and India.

STUFF WE MAKE

Hydraulic control systems for the Automotive and Off-Highway industry including: »» Engine control components for Automotive applications »» Hydraulic systems for Earth moving equipment »» Advanced Suspension systems for Agriculture »» Transmission control valves for Automotive »» Implement control systems for Agricultural machines »» Controllers and software for high performance applications

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »»

Ford Caterpillar JCB John Deere GM Chrysler

INFO

FUN STUFF

Some of the fun, exciting company events that HUSCO offers are: HUSCO sponsored sports teams (such as golf, baseball, archery), Brewer’s family day outing, large construction machine experience days, United Way Intern Day of Action, free family Zoo, Art Museum, and Discovery World passes, bowling outings, Cook-outs, Food Truck days, etc.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS We hire for: »» Internships/Co-Ops »» Factory »» Professional Technical »» Information Systems »» Human Resources »» Finance/Administrative

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2239 Pewaukee Road Waukesha, WI 53188

(262) 513-4200

husco.com

facebook.com/HUSCOintl/ ?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

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linkedin.com/company-beta/ 26110/

Employees: 1400

Year founded: 1985

President: Austin Ramirez

A SUPPLEMENT OF BIZTIMES MILWAUKEE


CHRIS CZERNISZ

AUTOMATION TECHNICIAN AGE: 33 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2.5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Our automotive division runs automated and semi-automated production lines, some producing over 5,000 parts/day. I’m the main point of contact if something goes wrong on one of the lines I’m overseeing. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

It’s much more than just a job. I have learned stuff here that I can actually apply outside of work. I’ve learned additional mechanical skills and fabrication skills which those have helped to improve the thought process outside of work. There is a big variety on what I do each day, which is challenging and keeps things interesting. It’s really fulfilling to fix the machines and keep them running each day.

$

16/hr starter

$

THE JOB:

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

$

Attended WCTC and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences with a focus on Automation Technician.

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »»

Hands-on experience Control systems programming Robotics Mechanical applications Sense of urgency

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Supporting multiple production lines, troubleshooting issues, preventative maintenance to figure out what we can fix ahead of time before problems or issues arise, and help/ train the operators on how to run the lines.

CAREER PATH »» »» »» »»

Automation Technician Co-op Automation Technician Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

22/hr

30/hr expert

3 MANUFACTURING ENGINEER $

60,000-$70,000

2 AUTOMATION TECH $

1 AUTOMATION TECH CO-OP $

20-$30/hr

CONTACT US TODAY! HUMAN RESOURCES

16/hr

(262) 953-6355

careers@husco.com

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WHO WE ARE

Since 1979, Inpro has been making and servicing products with an obsessive commitment to protecting the appearance of buildings and the health and safety of the people who use them. Based in Muskego, WI, Inpro is a global manufacturer of door and wall protection + design systems, solid surface washroom systems, expansion joint systems, curtain and track systems, commercial window treatments, elevator interior systems and architectural signage.

STUFF WE MAKE

Door & Wall Protection, Corner Guards, Wall Guards, Vinyl Sheet, Privacy Curtains, Cubicle Track, Expansion Joint Covers, Architectural Signage, Washroom Systems, Elevator Interiors

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »»

World Trade Center Yankee Stadium Embassy Suites by Hilton Madison, WI Police Department Ronald McDonald House General Mitchell International Airport

FUN STUFF

Bi-weekly luncheons for all employees, breakfast on Friday mornings, custard days, Shuffleboard table, annual Poker Walk, on-site wellness Lunch n’ Learns, fitness classes, Earth Week activities, with annual Earth Day 5K, Safety Week activities, annual Christmas party, 8 hours paid time to volunteer within the community for eligible employees, partner with the Waukesha County Adopt-A-Highway Litter Control program, bi-weekly food drive for the Muskego Food Pantry, and honey bee sanctuary on campus with four beehives

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Inpro is proud to be named one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces for the 8th year in a row. At Inpro, employees come first, and our benefits match this belief. We offer: a comprehensive insurance package, 10 paid holidays and generous time off, on-site childcare, education reimbursement, on-site fitness center with free personal trainer, and complimentary luncheons, fountain drinks, and coffee. Lifelong career opportunities can be found in manufacturing, shipping, maintenance, and installation; office positions include sales and sales support, estimating finance, marketing, and product development. Current openings are posted on our Careers page, www.inprocorp.com/careers.

INFO

S80 W18766 Apollo Dr. Muskego, WI 53150

(262) 679-9010

inprocorp.com/

facebook.com/InproCorp/

linkedin.com/ company-beta/29450/

youtube.com/user/ InProCorporation

@InproCorp

Health Insurance

401(k)

Childcare

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Dependent Care Reimbursement

Employees: 605

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Year founded: 1979

Wellness Program

President: Marc Holland

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

Tuition Reimbursement

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COLLIN MONAHAN

ENDURANT MANUFACTURING LEAD AGE: 27 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

I operate the mill line for Endurant and am a Lead for second shift. I help with questions, orders, safety, guidance for other employees. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

This company changed my life! It feels great to work for such caring people in a growing company with a mom and pop shop type of feel. I look forward to coming to work daily, which is hard to find! My health and general well being has improved since joining team Inpro. People here care and listen to each other, which really brings good energy to the company. Coming to Inpro has been the best career choice to date in my life.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» I have a high school diploma, and a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Parkside. »» Prior to Inpro, I had a certificate in floor-sanding school, which relates to almost any sanding process. I worked for a woodworking company for nearly a decade, which helped me catch on to milling solid surface material quicker.

SKILLS

»» Communicating to team members and leading my coworkers to get the job done on-time. »» The ability to adapt to a problem and figure out a solution mechanically or in general.

3 PLANT MANAGER

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR

I will continue to educate myself to improve my knowledge within the department and company. Then share my knowledge with current and future employees.

CAREER PATH

I would like to eventually climb the career ladder and try to become a department supervisor and possibly a plant manager! Who’s knows this company has so much to offer, I will take everything that is offered my way to advance in this fantastic company!

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LAURIE O’LOUGHLIN VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

ENDURANT LEAD

(262) 679-9010

humanresources@inprocorp.com

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MISSION STATEMENT

Helping our customers win everywhere, every day.

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Air systems Building management HVAC controls HVAC equipment Video surveillance Access control Security systems Security and fire safety Refrigeration Replacement parts and supplies Energy management and storage Fire suppression Lead-acid and lithium ion batteries Battery recycling Distributed energy storage

FUN STUFF

Our employees generously contribute their time, talent and resources to change lives around the globe. Supported by a culture of commitment, they live the Johnson Controls values making communities better because we are there. The Johnson Controls Foundation provides financial gifts to select U.S.-based organizations, has a matching gift program available to eligible employees and retirees and offers higher education scholarships for children of employees. We also run the Environmental Leadership Program for youth and a STEM Leadership Program. Johnson Controls is a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and proudly sponsors various events in our local communities.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Our rich history of growth is made possible by our entrepreneurial-minded employees who help Johnson Controls make an impact around the world. We believe in holding ourselves to a higher standard and working with each other to leverage our unique expertise to transform the future. Every day our employees embrace our mission, push the limits of innovation and focus on insights that lead us to an even better tomorrow. We support employees at every level of their career with learning and development resources as well as Business Resource Groups that bring together employees with similar backgrounds and experiences for professional development, improving corporate culture and achieving business results.

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INFO

5757 N. Green Bay Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53209

(414) 524-1200

johnsoncontrols.com

facebook.com/JohnsonControls/

linkedin.com/company/ johnson-controls

youtube.com/user/ JohnsonControlsInc

@johnsoncontrols

Employees: 120,000

Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Year founded: 1885

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Chairman & CEO: George Oliver

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

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MIKE GORDON

HVAC SERVICE TECHNICAL TEAM LEAD AGE: 52 YEARS AT COMPANY: 13 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Create field service proposals, work with team on creative and cost effective solutions to meet our customer needs and equipment start-ups. Evaluate field mechanic skills, work with leadership on training opportunities. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I am appreciative of the position that I have. I enjoy working with others on the team and helping anywhere I can. JCI is a company that has opportunity for exceptional career growth. JCI and the HVAC trades are very diversified and almost anyone can find something that fits their niche. If you like working with your hands and don’t like sitting behind a desk, look into the building trades, it’s a great career.

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THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Technical requirements of the given field, Technical Team Leads need past experience where strong leadership activities have been demonstrated. »» Ability to act independently and to coordinate the work of other employees and contractors on a customer site. »» Effective interpersonal skills to represent the company to customers and other outside contacts.

SKILLS

»» Skilled craftsman with a minimum of 5 years actual, practical working experience »» Customer interaction / communication »» Desire to help develop technicians »» Attention to detail »» Tech savvy

BRANCH SERVICE MANAGER

5 TRUCK BASED SERVICE MANAGER

4 HVAC TECHNICAL TEAM LEAD

3 HVAC JOURNEYMAN

2 HVAC APPRENTICE

MANAGER’S QUOTE

“Mike’s knowledge and dedication to his craft combined with his passion to help his customers and his teammates succeed are the key qualities we look for in this industry, and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”

CAREER PATH

Growing up I enjoyed working with my hands, working with tools – whether it be a bicycle or on cars. I did my two-year Associate’s Degree at MATC and then I got hired by Bill, my Service Manager, who has been my service Manager since 1987. This job is very dynamic, things are changing rapidly with technology. I got lots of training along the way in the school of hard knocks.

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JOHNSON CONTROLS

HVAC TRADESMAN

HVACR_Careers@jci.com

johnsoncontrols.com/careers/ why-johnson-controls

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WHO WE ARE

Macromatic Industrial Controls engineers and manufactures industrial relays that control electrical processes and protects equipment from damaging or hazardous fault conditions. Macromatic’s products are mainly used in the HVACR, pump control, material handling, motor control, generator, oil and gas, and lift and elevator industries, but have been used almost anywhere. As an independently-owned manufacturer for over 40 years, Macromatic takes pride in its short lead-time, flexible product design, and exceptional technical support.

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Alternating Relays Current Sensing Relays Intrinsically Safe Relays Liquid Level Control Relays Percentage Timers Seal Leakage & Temperature Relays Three-Phase Monitor Relays Time Delay Relays Voltage Monitor Relays Custom Engineered Products

COOL CUSTOMERS

At Macromatic, we manufacture electronic controls for commercial appliances, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, vending equipment, pumping equipment, elevators, and other products. We develop, redesign and continually improve our products as the market dictates. We have been providing premier, state-of-theart relays and controls since 1975. We understand that customer service and product delivery are just as important as the quality of the product. Macromatic serves OEMs and industrial distributors throughout North America.

FUN STUFF

Supporting and empowering the community that we live and work in is important to the Macromatic team. We take pride in our achieved successes and we conduct our business as active community contributors. We support the following causes as an organization: »» Alzheimer’s Association »» Hunger Task Force »» Leukemia & Lymphoma Society »» The Next Door Foundation »» Veteran’s Outreach »» Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition »» Wisconsin Humane Society

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

We don’t mean to toot our own horn, however Macromatic’s employees are the best around. We are a spirited team of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals committed to designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling the most technologically-advanced industrial relays on the market. We give our customers the right product, at the right time, at the right price. Each member takes pride in their responsibilities and ideas for improvement are always welcome.

INFO W134 N5345 Campbell Dr. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

1-800-238-7474

macromatic.com

facebook.com/ macromatic.controls

linkedin.com/company/ macromatic/

youtube.com/user/ macromaticcontrols

Employees: 20

Year founded: 1975

President: John Perdue

We work hard and play hard. The team participates in corporate wellness programs, charitable initiatives, monthly team lunches, tuition reimbursement, matching 401K, paid vacation and holidays, time off for birthdays, and more.

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LIDIA BOTELLO

MANUFACTURING LEAD AGE: 52 YEARS AT COMPANY: 3 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I work as a team leader to organize and direct staff to accomplish goals, provide technical assistance to manufacturing staff, back-up manufacturing roles, suggest and implement process and procedural improvements. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Macromatic gives me a feeling of being part of a caring company with a good reputation. I have the opportunity to learn and be trained in different areas. I am proud to be part of a company that designs and builds products in one location. A QUOTE FROM THE MANAGER

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“Lidia has made a wonderful addition to our team and I have enjoyed watching her grow professionally within our company.”

THE JOB:

starter

$

Good manual dexterity Proven ability to read and write English Good communication skills Basic computer skills Good with numbers Detail oriented Have the ability to multi-task Proven soldering skills Wave soldering Knowledge of electrical components Knowledge of resistor color codes

90,000-$150,000

OTHER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

»» Engineer: Our engineers are responsible for product research, development, and design. »» Sales: Our sales staff works hand in hand with our distributors and OEMs to ensure they are receiving the right product when they need it. »» Electrical Assembly: Our electrical assembly team is responsible for maintaining our excellent quality and our on-time shipments.

$

4 MANUFACTURING MANAGER $

40,000 expert

60,000- 90,000 $

3 SUPERVISOR $

40,000-$60,000

2 MANUFACTURING LEAD $

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Be a part of a team that hand places electronic components, solders, final tests and cases industrial control and monitoring products. Work in a cell manufacturing environment with a high mix of parts, meet our high level of quality and on-time shipping standards.

32,500 experienced

GENERAL MANAGER

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

$

5

REQUIREMENTS

»» High School Diploma or equivalent work experience. »» Ability to reach horizontally and vertically with arms. »» Sufficient dexterity to manipulate small objects and print or write legibly.

28,000

1 ELECTRICAL ASSEMBLY $

28,000-$40,000

SUSAN OERTEL sphr , shrm - scp HR MANAGER

18,000-$22,000

(262) 439-4360

hr@macromatic.com

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WHO WE ARE

Maysteel Industries, LLC specializes in designing, engineering, and manufacturing custom, precision, OEM sheet metal enclosures, cabinets, and metal fabricated assemblies. Its product solutions are widely used in the self-service/vending, storage and computing, utility, industrial power generation and distribution industries, to name a few. Maysteel specializes in providing the lowest total product cost by employing design for manufacturability (DFM) solutions throughout the product life-cycle.

STUFF WE MAKE

Metal fabricated products including (but not limited to): »» Self-service/kiosk units »» Alternative energy enclosures »» Medical device enclosures »» Gaming cabinets »» Security enclosures »» Industrial cabinets »» Outdoor utility enclosures

FUN STUFF »» »» »» »»

Recognition cookouts Company prizes/giveaway’s Yearly holiday meal Token recognition program

INFO

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Assembly Brake press Turret Weld Powder coat paint Maintenance Operations & Supply Chain Engineering Sales & Marketing Accounting Human Resources Customer Service Purchasing

6199 Highway W Allenton, WI 53002

(262) 251-1632

maysteel.com

facebook.com/ MaysteelIndustriesLLC

Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Dependent Care Reimbursement Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

linkedin.com/company/ maysteel-llc

youtube.com/user/MaysteelLLC

twitter.com/maysteel_llc

Employees: 290

Year founded: 1936

President: Kevin Matkin

Tuition Reimbursement

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CHARLIE DEGNITZ

WELD TECHNICIAN AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 7 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» »» »» »» »»

Perform routine/complex set-up operations, & equipment maintenance Assist department supervisor & engineers in development Select proper tooling Perform inspections & SPC for measuring product quality Assist training new employees

WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

To me, Maysteel means opportunity. After I graduated high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. So I decided to attend Moraine Park Technical College and graduated from their one year welding program. Long story short: applied to many jobs but most of my references were family so businesses didn’t like that, I received a welding position but unfortunately the company had layoffs three months into my work, and I didn’t weld for a year after that. I then applied at Maysteel, passed my welding test, and was immediately offered a position. Seven years later, here I am at Maysteel loving my career and growing in my opportunities within the company!

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» High school diploma »» Weld certification »» Previous/prior experience (high school tech education, college, on the job training) Mig weld Tig weld Mathematics (counting, algebra, geometry) Blue print reading (Weld symbols) Language (reading & writing)

12.93/hr starter

$

5

19.05/hr experienced

MANAGER

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

$

4

20.21/hr expert

SUPERVISOR

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »»

$

3 TECH CENTER/LEAD TECH $

15.85-$23.92

2 MACHINE OPERATION/ PAINT $

1

12.93-$20.21

DARCI BOETTCHER HR MANAGER

ASSEMBLY/SPOT WELD $

12.59-$17.86

(262) 832-9073

dboettcher@maysteel.com

linkedin.com/in/darci-boettcher- phr-shrm-cp-6469947/ facebook.com/ MaysteelIndustriesLLC

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WHO WE ARE

At Metalcraft of Mayville, our business philosophy combines four basic elements: »» Unwavering Quality »» On-time Delivery »» Unmatched Value »» Commitment to Continually Improving our Processes and Quality Each Metalcraft of Mayville employee knows that a total commitment to your business is a vital part of our ongoing success. Our skilled metal fabricators and precision machinists take pride in Metalcraft’s outstanding reputation.....a reputation built around the satisfied customer. Corporate Objectives: God, Customers, Employees, Stockholders

STUFF WE MAKE

Metalcraft offers a wide range of pre- and post fabrication services including: »» CAD/CAM engineering and design - 26 Pro-E/Creo Work Stations »» Precision tooling »» Complete assembly of your product »» Machining »» Conventional and Powder Painting

INFO 1000 Metalcraft Drive Mayville, WI 53050

COOL CUSTOMERS

Many of our customers are Fortune 500 companies from the construction, agriculture, military, material handling and outdoor power equipment industries.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

»» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Production Supervisor Assembler General Manufacturing Paint line Helper Tool Designer/Tool Room Manager Production Helper Powder Painter Brake Press Operator Machine Center Operator

(920) 387-3150

2600 Metalcraft Rd. West Bend, WI 53095

(262) 338-4035 mtlcraft.com

facebook.com/Metalcraft-of Mayville-Inc- 197655556925861/?ref=stream

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Life Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

Dependent Care Reimbursement Wellness Program Tuition Reimbursement

linkedin.com/ company-beta/2192142/

youtube.com/user/ MetalcraftofMayville

Employees: 800+

Year founded: 1973

Chairman/CEO: Martin Gallun

Disability Insurance

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JUSTIN BOELDT

PAINT LINE MANAGER AGE: 34 YEARS AT COMPANY: 11 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I manage the daily operations of the powder coat line. Some of which include our adherence to quality standards and ensuring an on time delivery of our product. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Metalcraft of Mayville for me has and continues to be a great opportunity. It is a company that truly is willing to invest in its people and its own future. This is a company that will do what it can to promote from within. There are many individuals that through effort and dedication have gone on to new positions and opportunities within the company. Metalcraft’s stability and growth have not just allowed me to thrive in my day to day living, it has allowed for me to plan for my future.

$

I know that I work for an employer that also has a proven track record of investing in the latest technologies to stay on the cutting edge of manufacturing performance. We’ve recently expanded our facilities, added new lasers, new paint equipment and many other additions.

starter

$

THE JOB:

$

My entire powder coating knowledge base comes from my 11+ years in the powder industry.

I began my employment at Metalcraft of Mayville as a paint line helper. From there I took a position as a backup lead. Shortly thereafter I was given an opportunity to be the paint line team leader. After a few years I’ve entered my current role as a manger.

HR CONTACT (MAYVILLE & WEST BEND)

TEAM LEADER $

17- 21/HR $

2

dgoodric@mtlcraft.com

PAINTER

WHAT YOU’LL DO

CAREER PATH

DIANE GOODRICH

3

My abilities in leadership have developed through experience and company leadership classes. With the experience and skills that I’ve gained since becoming an employee at Metalcraft of Mayville, I’ve been able to broaden my career opportunities. From my current role I would be able to move laterally into other production manager positions or it would be possible to look for further advancements such as plant manager and beyond.

65,000+ expert

I was also, through Metalcraft, able to take leadership courses to become a more effective manager. Through my service at Metalcraft of Mayville I have learned powder painting, washer pre-treatment, wastewater treatment, fork-lift training.

60,000

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

SKILLS

50,000

$

1 PAINT LINE HELPER $

14-$17/HR

16-$20/HR

LINDA LAEHR HR CONTACT (MAYVILLE)

llaehr@Mtlcraft.com

SONAL RAMANI HR CONTACT (WEST BEND)

sramani@Mtlcraft.com

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We Make It Beer

WHO WE ARE

Power Test, Inc., is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and sale of dynamometers, heavy equipment test benches and data acquisition systems. For over 40 years, Power Test has provided innovative solutions to our customers, empowered our employees, and donated generously in our community. At our foundation is a set of core values that hold us accountable to those we serve. At Power Test, We Make It Better in all that we do.

STUFF WE MAKE

Power Test engineers, manufactures, sells and services Engine Dynamometers, Transmission and Hydraulic Test Stands, Chassis Dynamometers, Custom Engineered Testing Solutions, Data Acquisition & Control Systems, Containerized Dyno Systems, Electric Motor Test Systems, High Performance Engine Dynos, Complete Test Cells, Generator Testing Systems, and Design/ Construction/Installation Services.

COOL CUSTOMERS

Mining, oil & gas, marine, trucking, construction, aerospace, automotive performance, and military markets in more than 90 countries on 6 continents.

FUN STUFF

Power Test is a diverse workplace held together by a set of well-known core values and strong, collaborative, team culture. With a focus on innovative solutions, employee wellness, and community engagement, the opportunities for fulfillment are plentiful.

INFO

Additionally, Power Test employees have access to award-winning Wellness Programs including an on-site fitness center, group training classes, and financial rewards. Employees are encouraged to give back to the community with Charity Paid Time Off and Company Donation Matches. Most importantly Power Test’s culture strongly values the financial, physical, and professional well-being of all who choose to work here.

N60 W22700 Silver Spring Drive Sussex, WI 53089

(262) 252-4301

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

powertestdyno.com

facebook.com/powertestdyno/

linkedin.com/company/ power-test-inc-

youtube.com/user/ PowerTestDynamometer

@powertestinc

Employees: 75

Year founded: 1976

President: Pat Koppa

Power Test is unique in that it employs individuals across a wide spectrum of positions; each passionate about providing great products and solutions for our customers. Routinely, there are positions available in Sales, Engineering, CAD Drafting, Field Service, and Operations Support. Additionally, positions in the manufacturing department include Machinists, Welders, Machine Builders, Programmers, and Electrical Technicians. Power Test offers opportunities for internal career advancement with many leadership positions currently held by employees who have advanced in their careers. Through internal and external efforts, Power Test encourages employee growth and offers various programs to help employees achieve their career goals.

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time) Wellness Program Tuition Reimbursement

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time) On-site Fitness Center, Charity Paid Time Off

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JOHANNES STRYDOM

APPLICATIONS ENGINEER AGE: 25 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2.5 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

I work with our sales team, with our engineering department and with our customers to develop custom solutions that make their testing easy. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Power Test is more than a job. I spend my personal time working with engines, transmissions and anything else I can get my hands on. When I come into work, I’m asked to do many of the same things, albeit on a much larger scale. As a result, I get excited to come into work every day and work in an environment that I’m passionate about. Power Test does a great job of matching its employees with positions that will challenge and engage them. This is a conscious effort by the company and the results show in the quality of work we provide for our customers. Delivering the final product, and seeing the impact our work has on our customers makes working at Power Test a very rewarding career.

THE JOB:

4 SR. SALES ENGINEER, SR. PROJECT MANAGER, ENGINEERING MANAGER

REQUIREMENTS

Application Engineers operate at the intersection of engineering, sales, customer service and manufacturing. They must possess strong communication abilities, excellent mathematical skills and the capacity to facilitate inter-departmental teamwork. Application engineers are uniquely talented in both customer service and detail-oriented, analytical tasks which are applied in strong project management abilities.

SKILLS

»» A broad base of knowledge of test equipment for engines, transmissions, pumps and motors. »» Solid understanding of mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical. »» A passion for creating tools to simplify future work.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Working as a bridge between customers and engineering teams, Application Engineers gather customer input and sales information to design, develop, and participate in prototyping and testing products. They analyze customer needs and recommend design solutions that generate ideas and develop solutions. They also provide technical support and expertise to customers, and may participate in sales presentations and demonstrations.

CAREER PATH

An Applications Engineer at Power Test functions as a fast track position through the engineering department. Often with previous experience as a mechanical, electrical or field service engineer, the Applications Engineer can expect to advance to senior titles in the engineering department, including Project or Engineering Manager.

3 SR. ENGINEER, PROJECT MANAGER, AND TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE

1 ENGINEERING INTERN, MECHANICAL OR ELECTRICAL/ONIC TECHNICIAN, FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN

2 APPLICATIONS ENGINEER, MECHANICAL ENGINEER, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER

CHERYL WISMAN HR DIRECTOR

(262) 252-4301

cherylw@pwrtst.com

linkedin.com/in/cherylwisman/

@powertestinc

facebook.com/powertestdyno/

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WHO WE ARE

Quad/Graphics is a global marketing services provider that helps brand owners market their products, services and content more efficiently and effectively. To do this, we leverage our strong print foundation in combination with our deep expertise in workflow re-engineering and optimization, content management and personalized, cross-channel marketing. Our clients include industry-leading blue chip companies that operate in a wide range of industries and serve both businesses and consumers, including retailers, publishers and direct marketers.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» We are the only marketing services provider with a global printing platform. »» Marketing services: brand and campaign strategy; media planning and placement; digital and mobile; data insights, creative, including page design and layout, copy writing, photography and video production; and more. »» Print-production services: retail inserts, magazines, catalogs, packaging, direct mail, books and in-store signage

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

American Eagle Outfitters Best Buy Charter Communications Eddie Bauer Menards Walgreens McGraw-Hill Education Time Inc.

INFO N61 W23044 Harry’s Way Sussex, WI 53089

FUN STUFF

Quad’s philosophy of ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ is something the company takes to heart. Employees get to enjoy numerous events throughout the year like Quad’s family-oriented Summer Picnic and Holiday Party. During the course of the year, each team participates in a ‘ThinkSmall’ which Quad’s version of a team building activity. Our Employee Appreciation Picnics are held once a year where employees get to attend a cookout put on by the plant team during their shift.

(414) 566-6000

qg.com

facebook.com/QuadGraphics/

linkedin.com/company-beta/8199/

youtube.com/user/ QuadGraphicsVideos

@QuadGraphics

Employees: 22,600 worldwide

Year founded: 1971

President: Joel Quadracci

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Quad provides numerous opportunities in the manufacturing field including on-the-job training programs to become skilled operators in Press and Finishing, Registered Apprenticeships in the Electrical and Mechanical trades, and commercial truck driving operators. Additional benefits include: »» Onsite medical and dental »» Onsite fitness center

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Childcare

Life Insurance

Bonuses

Wellness Program

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TIM MOORE

PERFECT BINDING OPERATOR AGE: 23 YEARS AT COMPANY: 4 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Leads the activities of a specific crew to achieve productivity goals for their machine, while always producing quality products and improving efficiency and promoting a safe and clean environment. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

When I first considered Quad, my parents said they had heard it’s a good place to work. When I applied, I looked at it open-minded as a big opportunity for me since school did not work out. The ACT program was great because I was put through a program where I was able to move up in the company and work into a leadership type role. My job gives me purpose, the opportunity to be an influencer and to make a difference in the company and with the people I work with.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

Quad’s Finishing department has a one year accelerated training program in which we will train the new employee in all of the different facets of the machine. During this time some of these stages of the program will also include a wage increase.

5 MASTER OPERATOR

4

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Desire to learn and grow Problem solving Teamwork Leadership Mechanical aptitude Communication skills Goal oriented

PERFECT BINDING OPERATOR

3 GATHER OPERATOR

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Work with a team to bind printed materials together to create a finished product »» Use cool automation to move product (CAM motion, AGV, Segbert) »» Monitor quality of the product »» Trouble-shoot any mechanical problems you may encounter

CAREER PATH

You could start your career as a Youth Apprentice while still in high school before coming to work full-time. Join the Accelerated Career Training program to fast track your development into a skilled machine operator with progressive wage increases. Once an Operator, you have the ability to become a Master Operator and could possibly even become a senior leader.

2 FINISHING TECHNICIAN

QUAD/GRAPHICS HR

1 YOUTH APPRENTICE

1-800-682-5627

careers@qg.com

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WHO WE ARE

Reich Tool & Design is a second generation manufacturer of precision tooling for the metal stamping industry, as well as a supplier of contract machined components and medical device assemblies. Founded in 1965 on conservative Christian principles our second generation company utilizes the latest in advanced technology. Located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin our 52,000 foot state-of-theart facility is located at the crossroads of America and able to serve our diverse customer base throughout North America.

STUFF WE MAKE

Reich’s three core competency areas are: 1. Precision tooling for the metal stamping industry, including progressive and transfer dies 2. Custom CNC machined and turned components as well as Wire EDM and Waterjet cutting 3. Cleanroom assembly, packaging and ultrasonic washing within a class 10,000 cleanroom environment

COOL CUSTOMERS

Reich Tool & Design is known for precision workmanship and the ability to meet the technical needs of a diverse customer base including: Aerospace, Medical Device, Home Goods, Firearms, Appliance, Lighting, Automotive and other industries that impact your daily life in a positive way. Being ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 certified helps to ensure that we have the systems in place to meet and exceed our customer’s critical expectations.

FUN STUFF

The “Care Team” at Reich Tool is continually looking for ways to give back to the community, participating in many worthwhile causes throughout the year. Our team actively supports the Lymphoma Leukemia Society raising close to $100,000.00 over the last four years by participating in the Scenic Shore 150 bike ride. Our team members also participate in the MS Best Dam Tour Bike Ride, Wheeling for Healing, Ride on the Wild Side and other rides. Along with the bike rides we sponsor annual food drives, clothing drives, toy drives for local friends in need, and blood drives (collecting 60 units of blood in the last year alone).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

“It’s not just a job, it’s a career”. Our work family is comprised of a team of highly skilled members. Each person contributes to the future success of the organization by participating in lean team activities looking for ways to eliminate waste. All of our team members are encouraged to participate in continuing education experiences both internally and outside the facility. As an award winning organization we feel that fun and wellness are important pieces of our culture puzzle as well. There are ongoing wellness challenges and fun activities throughout the year including Taco Tuesdays, Ice Cream Socials, Employee Chili Cook-off and monthly cookouts from spring to late fall.

Health Insurance Dental Insurance

401(k)

Dependent Care Reimbursement

Bonuses Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

INFO W175 N5750 Technology Drive Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

(262) 252-3440

reichtool.com

facebook.com/Reich-Tool-Design Inc-379176318927625/

linkedin.com/reich-tool-&-designinc--trinity-biomedical-inc-

youtube.com/c/ReichToolDesignIncMenomoneeFalls

Employees: 67

Year founded: 1965

President: Fritz Reich

Tuition Reimbursement Life Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

Disability Insurance

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PATRICK BRAH

TOOL & DIE MAKER AGE: 31 YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Utilize drawings and 3D models to produce the precision components required to build tooling that produces production parts to customer’s specifications. Use precision measuring equipment, coordinate projects across several departments. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Reich Tool has really been an enjoyable place to work and an important part of my life in building a career that allows me to support my family. Our team members have helped me to grow in my career path by encouraging and teaching me so that I have been able to gain the necessary knowledge throughout my apprenticeship and helping me to become a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker. Having a clean workplace with the latest in machine technology along with diversity of projects we get to be a part of creates an enjoyable work environment. We also have a lot of fun activities like Taco Tuesdays, the monthly picnics and the bike rides for charities.

$

40,000 - $50,000 starter

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» Work for 10,400 hours as an apprentice along with two years of technical training. »» After competing apprenticeship earn position as a Class B Tool & Die Maker. »» Level A Die Maker is achieved upon completing additional technical and aptitude requirements along with a willingness to do limited travel to customers.

SKILLS

Completion of the 5-year apprenticeship program attaining working knowledge of CAD/CAM, 3D modeling software and Microsoft software. Strong communication skills including the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.

CAREER PATH

A typical career path would be to start as an apprentice. Once the apprenticeship is completed move into the role of Class B and then Class A Tool Maker. From Class A Die Maker you can pursue several paths to your future including supervision, die designer or project manager.

55,000 - $60,000

experienced

PROJECT MANAGER $

75,000-$100,000

$

4

65,000 - $85,000

expert

SUPERVISOR $

70,000- 90,000 $

3 TOOLING DESIGNER $

70,000-$90,000

2 CLASS A TOOL & DIE MAKER

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Under the direction of the Tooling Supervisor utilize drawings and 3D models to produce the precision components required to build and repair stamping tooling of varying complexities that produce production parts to customer’s specifications. Use precision measuring equipment, develop, tryout and debug the tooling along with coordinating projects across several departments.

$

5

$

1 CLASS B TOOL & DIE MAKER $

50,000-$60,000

65,000-$85,000

CATHY HOWARD HR DIRECTOR

(262) 252-3440

choward@reichtool.com

linkedin.com/in/cathy-howard cpp-6503a711 facebook.com/Reich-Tool-Design Inc-379176318927625/

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WHO WE ARE

When lighting is done well, you hardly notice it. Everyone feels comfortable, productive, and at their best but doesn’t know why. It is a crucial design tool that helps define a space and set the mood. At SPI Lighting, we design and manufacture architectural and commercial lighting fixtures that illuminate buildings around the world. Our products are made with pride at our factory in Mequon, Wisconsin. Join us in producing lighting for the future.

STUFF WE MAKE

Our products include everything from powerful architectural designs, to full-scale performance and asymmetric systems that give off impressive amounts of light, to contemporary lighting solutions which include linear runs and discrete pendants. Or create something original by partnering with our custom lighting team.

COOL CUSTOMERS

We market to architects, engineers, interior designers, and lighting designers throughout North America who advise building owners on which fixtures are best for a particular project. Our lights adorn buildings of all kinds including offices, airports, industrial, healthcare, schools, pools, and recreational facilities. Look for our products throughout Milwaukee including at Marquette University, Mitchell International Airport, Children’s Hospital, Sojourner Peace Center, and many area schools.

INFO

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

METAL FABRICATORS – Because our products are made-to-order, our fabricators see a lot of variety. We look for candidates who enjoy this challenge and want to learn how to operate the machines on the floor including brake presses, punch presses, and machining centers. ENGINEERS – To keep pace with LED advancements and changes in architectural design, we’re constantly recruiting talented engineers and designers to join our team. Our engineers feel project ownership and enjoy thinking through problems, not just on a computer, but on the work bench too. We look for backgrounds in mechanical or electrical engineering but value experience in manufacturing engineering and industrial design, as well.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Join our collaborative and welcoming environment, and earn competitive wages and benefits. We invest in cross-training and offer opportunities to expand skills by working in other departments or taking on management responsibilities. Metal fabricators have become engineers, temporary workers have been promoted to team leads, and entry-level employees have grown into directors. Beyond offering opportunities at work, we want our employees to be successful at home, too, which is why we offer the flexibility needed to accommodate life outside of work. Employee healthcare premiums (Single) is 100% employer-paid, and vacation starts at two weeks. See what it’s like from the people who work here; watch the video at www.spilighting.com/careers.html. Additional benefits include: »» Paid plant shutdown from Christmas to New Years »» Wellness events

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Dental Insurance

Disability Insurance

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Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

10400 N. Enterprise Dr. Mequon, WI 53092

(262) 242-1420

spilighting.com

facebook.com/SPILightingInc

linkedin.com/company/ spi-lighting?trk=company_logo

youtube.com/channel/ UChJwFMhnMQIotfD6bvH_Pdw

Employees: 95 full-time 25 part-time/flex

Year founded: 1987

President: Lee A. Doerr, Jr.

Dependent Care Reimbursement

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NIC SATTERSTRUM

CUSTOM DESIGN ENGINEER AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I design and modify custom lighting fixtures. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

SPI is a great place to work that continuously offers its employees opportunities to grow. I started out here as a basic fabricator with welding experience. Within the first few months, I was training on new machines. A few years later, I had learned how to operate every machine on the floor. Outside of work, I taught myself CAD/CAM software to make my own automotive parts. When SPI learned of my CAD abilities, they offered me a position in our YD Lighting department, designing and modifying custom fixtures. Now I get to combine my knowledge of how to build things with the creativity of making something one-of-a-kind. I couldn’t be happier. These are opportunities that you won’t find just anywhere.

$

A QUOTE FROM THE MANAGER

“We need versatility as much as skill, maybe more. Nic “pushed” to learn more – to be better. That’s who we need because, as they get better, we become a better company.”

42,000 - $50,000 starter

THE JOB:

$

45,000 - $60,000

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

»» Must have working knowledge of AutoCAD and Inventor – company will send you to training to obtain these skills if aptitude is proven »» Mechanical Design background and ability to think outside the standard fixture designs »» 2-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment is always preferred

SKILLS

»» Excellent math and technical ability »» Must be able to work with minimal direction and still produce a quality product »» Problem solving skills

4 ENGINEERING MANAGER $

CAREER PATH

»» This position has the potential to grow into a Senior Design Engineer or an Engineering Manager. At SPI, we also look at individuals on a regular basis who are driven and motivated to succeed. There are always opportunities in other departments as well if growth and versatility is your goal.

55,000 - $75,000

expert

92,500 - 140,000 $

3 SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER $

50,000 - $85,000

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

You’ll operate in AutoCAD and Inventor on a daily basis to design custom lighting fixtures. Working together with our Custom Design team, you will develop a well thought out solution to meet the customer’s expectations. On a daily basis you will work with our fabrication team to design all parts for manufacturability, developing products that are cost effective and efficient.

$

ENGINEER $

1 METAL FABRICATOR $

33,000-$54,000

42,000 - $70,000

ALYSON BREE HR MANAGER

(262) 242-1420

recruit@spilighting.com

linkedin.com/in/alyson-bree-64b1b57

facebook.com/SPILightingInc

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WHO WE ARE

Located in New Berlin Wisconsin, Stanek Tool is an industry leader providing custom workholding, precision machining, and plastic injection mold solutions for the North American and European markets. Founded in 1924, Stanek Tool has a long-standing tradition of innovation, uncompromising service and quality. We pride ourselves in our ability to develop and maintain long-term relationships with leading edge companies.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Custom Workholding Fixtures »» Engineering »» Manufacturing »» On-Site Customer Service & Support »» Build-to-Print Machining »» Prototype & Small Lot Runs »» Complex Part Assemblies »» Custom Thermal Plastic Injection Molds »» New Tool Builds »» Service & Repair of Existing Molds

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »»

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FUN STUFF

Stanek Tool recognizes that our employees are the backbone of our business. Through their efforts, we have received various awards and recognition from our customers and the community. One of the ways we like to give back to our employees is through sponsorship. Whether it be a sporting team or a fundraising event, we recognize the importance of these events in our employee’s lives. Our annual picnic is also a noteworthy event. We are fortunate to have some amazing culinary talents on our team serving up more than just your standard picnic fare while making sure to provide great memories for the littlest members of our work family.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Stanek Tool provides additional employment opportunities in areas such as: »» Design & Engineering »» Toolmaking »» Project Management »» Sales & Marketing »» Accounting »» Apprenticeships

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401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Dependent Care Reimbursement

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Tuition Reimbursement

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Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

2500 South Calhoun Road New Berlin, WI 53151

(262) 786-0120

stanektool.com

facebook.com/stanektool

linkedin.com/ company-beta/396561

Employees: 41

Year founded: 1924

President: Stephen Hansen

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PETER KARCZEWSKI CNC MACHINIST (APPRENTICE) AGE: 24 YEARS AT COMPANY: 3 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Deliver value to internal and external customers by operating horizontal and vertical CNC machines to produce high-tolerance, precision metal parts for various industries. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

After high school, I enrolled in a four-year university for mechanical engineering. However, I did not feel like this was a fit for me as I really wanted to work with my hands. This led me to an area technical college where I discovered that I enjoyed machining. I was eventually given the opportunity to become an apprentice at Stanek Tool where I have been able to hone my skills while earning a good living. Thanks to the mentoring I’ve received, I am now able run my own jobs and learned the art of time management. Being on the Stanek Tool Trap Team gives me even greater opportunity to do more of what I love with my work family. I am grateful to Stanek Tool and the great people I work with for making me proud to be a machinist.

$

starter

$

THE JOB: »» Must have a high school diploma or equivalent »» Prior manual or CNC machining experience with the desire and ability to learn programming »» Entry through apprenticeship is also available

CNC MACHINIST, EXPERT $

»» With experience, you could become a lead machinist and mentor »» Over time, you could advance to being a shop supervisor, or even a plant manager »» With additional schooling, you could move into a design role »» You could be offered the opportunity to become part of the ownership team

80,000 expert

70,000- 80,000 $

3 CNC MACHINIST, EXPERIENCE $

50,000-$65,000

2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

CAREER PATH

$

4

SKILLS

»» Work with engineering to determine best methods for manufacturing parts »» Using the latest in programming software, you’ll program, set up, and operate vertical and/or horizontal machining centers using various controls »» Use knowledge of cutting tools and their applications for efficient manufacturing »» Use precision measuring tools to verify work output

63,500 experienced

REQUIREMENTS

»» Self-confident with strong qualitative, analytical and mathematical skills »» Ability to interpret blue-prints »» Critical thinking skills »» Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment both independently and collaboratively

45,000

CNC MACHINIST, NEW $

1 CNC MACHINIST, APPRENTICE $

30,000-$45,000

ROSEMARY BARTKOWIAK HR MANAGER

23,000-$43,500

(262) 786-0102

rbartkowiak@stanektool.com

linkedin.com/rose-bartkowiak mba-ab49a812

facebook.com/stanektool

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WHO WE ARE

After more than 40 years our privately-owned organization continues to implement new technologies in the metal stamping, fabrication and tooling industry. We adhere to our Core Values: Strive for Excellence, Live the Golden Rule, Be a Go-Getter and Work as a Team to create positive relationships with each other and our customers. Ultra has the experience, equipment and expertise to continually produce quality parts that are cost efficient.

STUFF WE MAKE

Parts for treadmills and motorcycles are manufactured by Ultra. Products not seen every day also contain our parts like machine controls, generators and military equipment. Often considered the backbone of a product, millions of sheet metal parts are produced annually with an accuracy of 1/2 the thickness of human hair.

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »» »»

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FUN STUFF

Each year we host an employee recognition day that includes an award luncheon to honor the time and effort our employees contribute. It is the perfect time to recognize years of service with our company and highlight special achievements. And once the warmer weather hits we enjoy monthly cookouts. All employees are invited to our company picnic with the highlight being a competitive cornhole tournament. We also take the time to thank our employees at our annual holiday party.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

At Ultra Tool & Manufacturing we invest strongly in our employees through our in-house Training Center for Advanced Learning. This gives individuals the opportunity to stay current in metallurgy, tool and die, safety, manufacturing and business fundamentals. In addition, we offer training in various software applications designed to maximize our employees’ organizational skills, improve their productivity and quality of work. We offer a full range of benefits for our employees including our LIVE LEAN program which focuses on health and wellness. National Manufacturing Day is October 6th and we are hosting an event. Go to www.mfg.com for more information and to register!

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401(k)

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Tuition Reimbursement

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

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W194N11811 McCormick Drive Germantown, WI 53022

(262) 703-0455

ultratoolmfg.com

facebook.com/ultratoolmfg

Employees: 100-150

Year founded: 1969

President: Terry Hansen

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ANDREW LOESCHER

FABRICATION PROCESS TECHNICIAN I AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 1 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I operate the fiber optic laser as well as the press brake. I take on other fabrication projects including grinding, sanding and polishing. And I do computer programming for parts. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

It is a solid company that can offer me an entry level position with benefits. I appreciate having my tuition reimbursed by Ultra and knowing that I can advance my career here after I receive my degree is motivational. I like applying my STEM skills to everyday applications and for solving problems that arise on the manufacturing floor. I take pride in my work at Ultra and know that my craftsmanship has helped complete projects.

$

13.50/hr starter

$

THE JOB:

experienced

REQUIREMENTS

$

In the Fabrication department, a majority of the training is done on the job as you learn new skills based on projects. I’m currently enrolled at Waukesha County Technical College in the Tool & Die Maker program. I like the hands-on learning style and practice time in the shop. Math Problem solving Detail oriented Being able to “think outside the box”

20.50/hr expert

SKILLS »» »» »» »»

17.00/hr

3 TOOL MAKER $

20.00-$30.00/HR

CAREER PATH

2

I am also interested in learning more about the Robotics and Automation field in a manufacturing setting.

CNC OPERATOR $

1 PRESS OPERATOR $

14.00-$22.50/HR

22.75-$27.00/HR

CARLA SCHMIDT HR MANAGER

(262) 345-6569

cschmidt@ultratoolmfg.com

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FE ATURE D resources YO U T H A PPR E N T I C E SH I P The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Youth Apprenticeship program integrates school-based and work-based learning, providing high school juniors and seniors with instruction in employability and occupational skills as defined by Wisconsin industries. Employers across the state participate in YA to help find employees and to develop local workforces by creating a recruitment pipeline that is loyal to local businesses and the community. Wisconsin invested $3.2 million in YA funding during the 2015-’16 school year, helping nearly 2,300 businesses that paid more than 3,000 youth an average wage of $9.66 per hour to graduate on track and learn job skills. YA program success resulted in a funding increase to $3.9 million for the upcoming school year, enabling more than 4,300 students to participate in the program. DWD launched the YA to be a Registered Apprenticeship career “bridge” in early 2016, providing another effective strategy to help employers address the skills gap. The bridge concept provides a seamless transition between the state’s premier YA and RA programs, which includes gainful employment. Currently, Wisconsin offers three bridges in manufacturing. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development 201 E. Washington Ave., Madison (608) 266-3131 ya.wi.gov

R EG I S T E R E D A PPR E N T I C E SH I P Wisconsin’s nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship program provides a value-added training model with broad industry engagement for as many as 11,000 apprentices and 2,500 employers annually. RA enables employers to build a customized skills training system, immersing trainees in company culture while helping them earn

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good-paying, family-supporting wages as they learn a high-demand trade. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million for 46 American Apprenticeship grants, including $5 million for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) project. The five year WAGE$ grant will train 1,000 new apprentices and upskill 542 incumbent workers by expanding existing programs in three sectors: Advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology. dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship

W E D C’ S SE E D ACC E L E R ATO R PR O G R A M Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s Seed Accelerator Program provides grants to eligible communities, nonprofits, mission-based organizations and other organizations to support pre-seed businesses. Programs must incorporate training, mentoring and financial assistance to entrepreneurs in their service or mission area. Grant funds may be used as seed capital for companies in the accelerator, as well as for costs associated with administering the accelerator program. Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. 201 E. Washington Ave., Madison Contact: David Volz, (608) 210-6773 inwisconsin.com/entrepreneurs/assistance/seed-accelerator/

WO R K FO R C E I N N OVAT I O N & O PP O R T U N I T Y AC T YO U T H & YO U N G A D U LT PR O G R A M This program is for individuals ages 14 to 24 who may face hurdles to a future of meaningful employment because of one or more life circumstances. The program offers eligible individuals a variety of services to help them prepare for and succeed in school and

work environments. To learn more about the WIOA Youth & Young Adult Program, contact your nearest comprehensive job center (found online at jobcenterofwisconsin.com). WIOA Youth & Young Adult Program (888) 258-9966 jobcenterofwisconsin.com

W I SCO N N EC T I N T E R N SH I P CO O R D I N AT I O N In July 2017, DWD launched WisConnect, a free website to match college students with Wisconsin employers offering internships. The website is designed to help Wisconsin employers meet their current and future workforce needs by growing tomorrow’s talent today through internships. It also provides an important tool to attract and retain college students in Wisconsin during school and after graduation, which will help support a strong Wisconsin workforce for years to come. Going forward, it will track participating students, employers and the number of internships in Wisconsin. (608) 266-3131 internshipwisconsin.com

M I LWAU K E E N A R I FO U N DAT I O N The education and charitable arm of the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council Inc., the Milwaukee NARI Foundation Inc., is working to attract future professionals to the remodeling industry through community activities, education and scholarships. “The Milwaukee NARI Foundation works with many secondary and post-secondary schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin to encourage and prepare students for careers in the home improvement and remodeling industry,” said Chris Holum, Foundation president. “We help students explore career options, ask questions and get handson experience.” The Foundation supports scholarships to assist the professional training of individ-

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uals entering the home improvement and remodeling field, including endowments at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College. It also sponsors the Carpentry TeamWorks competition with SkillsUSA. The Foundation has presented more than $180,000 in scholarships, equipment and supplies to students attending trade and technical schools. Milwaukee NARI Foundation 11815 W. Dearbourn Ave., Wauwatosa (414) 771-4071 milwaukeenarifoundation.org

H I G H SC H O O L C N C BO OT C A M P AT G AT E WAY T EC H N I C A L CO L L EG E In partnership with the Workforce Development Board, the High School CNC Machine Tool Operator Boot Camp is a first step toward becoming a machine operator working on CNC vertical and horizontal mills and CNC lathes. With this preparation, students can then follow the CNC Pathways, which would lead to becoming a set-up operator and beyond to a career as a CNC programmer, engineer and/or supervisor. These experts program and run accurate, computer-controlled tools to mill, shape and grind metal into precise shapes. This Boot Camp is being offered to students who are at least 17 years old and are enrolled in their senior year of high school during the 2017-’18 school year. Gateway Technical College 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha (800) 247-7122 Contact: Todd Nienhaus, (262) 638-6541 gtc.edu/business-workforcesolutions/boot-camps/high-schoolcnc-boot-camp

D UA L E N R O L L M E N T AC A D E M Y Waukesha County Technical College’s Dual Enrollment Academy is designed to provide high school seniors with a head start in jobs in high-demand fields while providing them an opportunity to earn college credits prior to high school graduation. The initiative awards participants with a WCTC diploma (upon successful completion) along with high school credits.

Students spend the majority of their school day during both fall and spring semesters of their senior year at WCTC participating in the Dual Enrollment Academy. There is no cost to the high school student for participation in this program; however, students will be required to provide their own safety equipment (e.g., shoes or goggles), school supplies and transportation to and from WCTC. Attend an informational meeting at WCTC to discover how Dual Enrollment Academy can help students succeed in their dream career. Tour the WCTC labs for Automation Systems (Robotics), IT Computer Support, Hospitality Specialist, Welding/ Fabrication, and Tool and Die/CNC to determine which career is the best fit for you. Dual Enrollment Academy at Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main St., Pewaukee Contact: Sandra Maylen, WCTC dual enrollment coordinator smaylen@wctc.edu, (262) 691-5591 www.wctc.edu/dual-enroll

G P S E D U C AT I O N PA R T N E R S

Brookfield info@GPSed.org, (262) 226-2001 gpsed.org

FA B L A B G R A N T S Through the Fabrication Laboratories Grant Program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is helping to outfit public schools across the state with the fabrication equipment, such as 3D printers and laser engravers, that helps students master the skills in high demand in the job market. Collaboration is a key feature of these labs, with schools throughout Wisconsin and around the world communicating to share ideas. Because the fab labs are required to be accessible to the community, they contribute broadly to economic development by sparking innovation among Wisconsin entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses. WEDC provides grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Wisconsin public school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more public school districts, for the creation and/or expansion of fabrication laboratories. The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior or high school students.

GPS Education Partners Inc. is an innovative education model that prepares and partners high school juniors and seniors with businesses to accelerate technical education. Students earn their high school diploma and manufacturing certifications while participating in a hands-on, immersive, blended learning setting in local manufacturing environments. By connecting the students and employers of today with the job opportunities and technology of tomorrow, the organization is revolutionizing how students prepare for a technical career. GPS is a community-based nonprofit and the only manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship program in Wisconsin. GPS Education Partners has served nearly 500 students. It has partnered with more than 100 businesses and serves more than 45 high schools throughout the state of Wisconsin. It has also strengthened its commitment to manufacturing, now supporting 14 different industries from paper, primary metals and plastics to chemicals, computers and electronic products. GPS Education Partners 20633 Watertown Court, Suite 202,

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Resources for students, schools & employers We’ve gathered a sampling of the plethora of resources available for students, educators and employers of tomorrow’s workforce. Our focus is on impact programs of note in manufacturing and trade careers in southeastern Wisconsin.

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

WAYUP

ya.wi.gov For high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite, along with classroom instruction.

wayup.com Advice, tips, and articles for students to assist in getting hired.

S T U FF FO R C A R E E R PL A N N I N G

Thank you to the WEDC, DWD, DPI, WCBA and WCTC for their assistance in compiling this list.

S T U FF FO R H I G H SC H O O L STUDENTS

CAREER CRUISING

careercruising.com Interactive career guidance and pathways planning tool for K-12 Wisconsin students.

BUREAU OF APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS

dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship Wisconsin’s Registered Apprenticeship program is nationally recognized.

CAREER INFONET

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSIT Y CENTER ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

CAREER OUTLOOK

goodjobsdata.org Independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies individual goals, education and training, and career pathways. MILWAUKEE NARI FOUNDATION

milwaukeenarifoundation.org Scholarships for students in the home improvement and remodeling industry. SKILLSUSA

skillsusa.org A partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

careeronestop.org Career change information.

WISCONSIN AHEC HEALTH CAREERS

wihealthcareers.org Information on health careers in Wisconsin. WISCONSIN TECHCONNECT

wisconsintechconnect.com Statewide online employment system for Wisconsin Technical College System students and graduates. WORKNET

worknet.wisconsin.gov Job search and employment information for the state of Wisconsin.

bls.gov/careeroutlook Government-provided data and information on occupations and industries, pay and benefits.

S T U FF FO R E M PLOY E R S BUSINE SS A SSOCI ATIONS

CAREER PLANNING FOR YOUTH

wctc.edu/current-students/careerconnections/career-planning-youth.php Various career assessments focused on youth.

KENOSHA AREA BUSINESS ALLIANCE

kaba.org EMPLOY MILWAUKEE

employmilwaukee.org Resources for job-seekers, as well as employers.

METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE

mmac.org JOB CENTER OF WISCONSIN

wisconsinjobcenter.org Current job openings as reported by employers throughout Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE 7 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

JOB UP WISCONSIN

OZAUKEE COUNT Y ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

mke7.com

WCTC DUAL ENROLLMENT ACADEMY

wctc.edu/dual-enroll Trains high school seniors in high-demand fields while earning college credits through WCTC. WISCONSIN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNIT Y PROGRAMS

dpi.wi.gov/weop Provides college and career readiness programs, resources and support for young adults.

jobupwisconsin.com Answers to questions on career planning, marketing yourself, job search and emotional support. MY SKILLS MY FUTURE

myskillsmyfuture.org Compare careers, find training and search for jobs. O*NET ONLINE

WISCONSIN’S YOUTH COURSE OPTIONS

dpi.wi.gov/dual-enrollment/youth-options High school juniors and seniors can attend a Wisconsin postsecondary institution for high school and college credit at no cost.

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onetonline.org Job and skills search tools. QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS

livecareer.com/quintessential/ Articles on job search, salary negotiation, job/ career advice.

ozaukeebusiness.org RACINE COUNT Y ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

rcedc.org SHEBOYGAN COUNT Y ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

sheboygancountyedc.com WASHINGTON COUNT Y WORKFORCE ALLIANCE

wcwfa.org

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WAUKESHA COUNT Y BUSINESS ALLIANCE

waukesha.org WISCONSIN MANUFACTURERS & COMMERCE

wmc.org WISCONSIN MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

wmep.org

OT H E R USE FU L O R G A N I Z AT I O N S DYNAMIC WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

dwfs.us Workforce training, consulting, management and administrative services. GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON WORKFORCE INVESTMENT

wi-cwi.org Assists the governor in creating innovative approaches to developing Wisconsin’s workforce. INNOVATION IN MILWAUKEE (MIKE)

gmconline.org/initiatives/mike Programming that convenes corporations, universities and colleges, and talent networks.

MILWAUKEE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL

WISCONSIN DEPT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION ACADEMIC CAREER PLANNING

milwbuildingtrades.org Partners with affiliated local unions, community organizations, construction associations and industry leaders to promote the growth of the union construction industry.

dpi.wi.gov/acp Equips students with tools to make informed choices about postsecondary education and training.

SOCIET Y FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

inwisconsin.com State economic development organization.

shrm.org Provider of resources serving human resource management professionals.

WISCONSIN FAST FORWARD GRANTS

WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

wisconsinfastforward.com Training grants for businesses.

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

S T U FF FO R E D U C ATO R S

racinecounty.com/government/ workforce-solutions Provides dynamic services that produce work-ready employees for business and community growth.

BE THE SPARK PROGRAM THROUGH MMAC

WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANTS

inwisconsin.com/grow/assistance/ training-grants Training grants for businesses.

mmac.org/supportingk-12-education-2015.html FAB LAB GRANTS

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

dwd.wisconsin.gov Labor market info for the state of Wisconsin.

inwisconsin.com/community/ assistance/fablabs Funds to buy equipment used for fabrication instruction by elementary, middle, junior or high school students.

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FUTURE READY SCHOOLS

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Futureready.org Helps K-12 school leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies.

matc.edu

GPS EDUCATION PARTNERS

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

gpsed.org Manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship program.

wctc.edu

PATHWAYS WISCONSIN

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE

dpi.wi.gov/pathways-wisconsin Education and training beyond high school, including early work experience, skills development and postsecondary credentials.

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

morainepark.edu

ENGINEERING PROGR A MS

MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING YOUTH OPTIONS PROGRAM

msoe.edu/admissions/undergraduate/ youth-options Enables students from area high schools to pursue college coursework at MSOE. MARQUETTE UNIVERSIT Y’S CENTER FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

business.marquette.edu/centers-and-programs/center-for-supply-chain-management Trains students through real-world experience and applied learning in business and manufacturing.

uwm.edu/engineering THE COMMONS ENGINEERING AT CARTHAGE COLLEGE

carthage.edu/engineering PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

pltw.org Provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.

MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING (MSOE)

SCHOOLS2SKILLS THROUGH THE WCBA

OPUS COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

waukesha.org/advocacy/ manufacturing-alliance

marquette.edu/engineering

msoe.edu

thecommonswi.com Mentorship and networking opportunities for students in southeastern Wisconsin. WISCONNECT

internshipwisconsin.com Connects employers and students interested in internships.

UW PARKSIDE ENGINEERING MAJOR

HIGHER ED S T U FF TECHNIC A L COLLEGE S GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

gtc.edu LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

gotoltc.edu

uwp.edu/learn/programs/engineering.cfm

SPECI A L UNI V ERSIT Y PROGR A MS THE LUBAR ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE

uwm.edu/ideaschallenge/lubar-center For student entrepreneurs, faculty, community business partners and others to work on building new enterprises.

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WILL START BEFORE YOU GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL You don’t need to be a high school graduate to start your career with one of Southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest manufacturers. When you’re in the GPS program, part of your day is spent in the classroom and the other part is getting a jump-start as a skilled tradesperson. Work with your hands, start earning money, graduate with real work experience, and have a chance to gain college credits. We’ll help you succeed in the classroom and your career. Learn more and apply for the Spring or Fall 2018 session. Visit gpsed.org/enroll.

Start your career in: • Apparel Manufacturing • Chemical Manufacturing • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing • Electrical Equipment, Appliance and Component Manufacturing • Food Manufacturing • Furniture and Related Products Manufacturing • Machinery Manufacturing • Paper Manufacturing


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