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ever-changing, high-tech environment. In the pages of STUFF, you’ll see some great stories about the manufacturing and construction sectors and the stuff they make and build. Young people are finding incredible career paths in these industries. 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. 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 to shine a light on the important issue of workforce development in Wisconsin. In the process, we

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YO UR V ISIO N.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What do you want to do? Step out of a job and into a career.

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

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PUBL ISHER ’S L E T TER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

S T UFF BLOW N UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How did they build Titletown?

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The costs of living: Making ends meet on your own Making a personal budget and finding a salary that works for you.

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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.

PRO FIL E S .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local companies & employees Area businesses share a look inside their day-to-day.

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Featuring resources of note and other career information for students, employers and educators.

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Step out of a job and into a career mindset 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 ever said: Supply chain manager! CNC machine programmer! 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 manufacturing 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. Realistically, we can’t all be movie stars and pro athletes. Employers and schools are working toward better alignment with what young adults pursue and which jobs are in demand. But what does an engineer do, anyway? (See page 15 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 four-year 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.

do. Cost-wise, according to data from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, you can cruise classes at a technical college for much less. You’ll spend $3,912 on one semester of general coursework at a four-year public university, and about $1,745 on one semester at NWTC. Additionally, technical college students will graduate with jobs, according to Nels Lawrence, technology and engineering youth apprenticeship/co-op coordinator at Kaukauna High School. “Students who choose manufacturing careers are first-round draft picks for local industry,” Lawrence said. “We are looking at students who will top $80,000-a-year salaries by the time they turn 21.”

School-to-work works

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.

Many affordable paths are available to students who seek them out, have some support and show creativity. 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. Many high school graduates work to support themselves while studying part-time, and for some, 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 or accelerated training on the job. Employers like to hire students with on-thejob experience, and this is often built into the curriculum in the applied technologies fields. A lot of times, students in technical programs get placed with employers during their first term. This employment serves not only as career-based learning, but also offsets costs of education. Students earn wages as they train and get credit. For example, upon graduating from Appleton East High School, Kaylee Wiltse will have completed a youth apprenticeship position at Arrow Cutting Dies in Appleton and gained credits to Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as Fox Valley Technical College, with dual credit programs.

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“WE NEED TO C H A N G E T H E PA R A D I G M F RO M T H E I D E A T H AT T H E O N LY V I A B L E T R AC K I S A F OU R-Y E A R D E G R E E .” — J o h n D ip ko, W i s c o n s i n DW D

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

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YOUR VISION 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 will eventually build a $10 billion manufacturing campus in Wisconsin, so advanced manufacturing jobs will be needed a few years after this 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 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, high-wage, 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, including Fox Valley Technical College. 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 6 for some cool Wisconsin-made products). There are many specialties within manufacturing trades, and all rely on training as a first step. Internships, mentorships and job shadowing are ways 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. Homebuilding is expected to increase with new manufacturing, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association, which estimates the Foxconn development could spur construction of 1,000 new homes, creating more than 3,000 jobs. Some of the fastest-growing types of busi4

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nesses 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.

Opening the factory doors A lack of understanding about what happens in a manufacturing plant in the past 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-to-day. Students have opportunities to talk to mentors in the fields in which they are interested, job shadow or even work as interns to get a feel for the company’s culture and business. Sometimes, if a student finds a company is the right fit, the employer might offer him or her a job when an 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 many work with high schools and technical colleges to prepare and hire students for the current and future workforce. Apprenticeships are another way 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 pursue any number of career tracks,” said John Dipko, communications director for Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development.

Jobs in your own backyard To start your career, you won’t need to go far. Mark Maley, public affairs and communications director for WEDC, is working hard every day

“STUDENTS WHO CHOOSE M A N U FAC T U R I N G CAREERS ARE F I R S T-ROU N D D R A F T PI C K S F O R LO C A L I N DU S T RY. W E A R E LO O K I N G AT S T U D E N T S W H O WILL TOP $80,000 A-Y E A R SA L A R I E S BY T H E T I M E T H E Y T U R N 2 1 .” — N e l s L a w re n c e , K a u k a u n a H i gh S c h o o l

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MOST WANTED POSITIONS These were the 30 most requested job positions from employers in 2017 through Wisconsin TechConnect.

1. Nursing assistant 2. Administrative

professional 3. Marketing (digital marketing, marketing management) 4. Electromechanical technology 5. Accounting 6. Early childhood education 7. Welding 8. Truck driving 9. Nursing 10. Machine tool operation 11. Human services associate

12. Medical assistant 13. Machine tooling

technicians 14. Business management 15. Culinary arts 16. Computer Numerical Control technician 17. Criminal justice professional studies 18. Banking and financial services 19. Mechanical design technology 20. Aeronautics 21. Computer support specialist (IT)

22. Office assistant 23. Sales representative 24. Industrial maintenance technician 25. Electronic engineering technology 26. Hospitality management (hotel and restaurant management) 27. Supply chain management 28. Machine tool technician 29. Network specialist (IT) 30. Practical nursing

via the “Think-Make-Happen in Wisconsin” campaign to spread the word. “We want to let people know Wisconsin is a great place to live, work and play,” Maley said. The statewide initiative aims 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. Here’s hoping you find an amazing career opportunity right outside your door at a northeastern Wisconsin business. n

Source : Wisconsin TechConnect 2017 job postings data; wistechcolleges.org

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COOL S TUFF

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 region. From small family businesses to large corporations, STUFF is being made all over the New North, with a generous concentration of producers in the greater Green Bay and Fox Cities region. Here are a few of the companies working every day to bring items to market. All of these businesses and others like them have a growing need for skilled workers. As tomorrow’s workforce, you can be a part of making STUFF, too.

FEATURED MANUFACTURER: Oshkosh Corp. FOR MORE THAN 100 YE ARS, Oshkosh Corp. has been giving customers the confidence to do amazing things. Founders William Besserdich and B.A. Mosling had ideas to improve off-road mobility at a time when roads were not paved. In 1917, the company’s first vehicle, “Old Betsy,” was built. Though the company faced many ebbs and flows, it grew in size and product portfolio. Today, Oshkosh Corp. is a Fortune 500 company with manufacturing operations on four continents. Oshkosh Corp. is powered by more than 15,000 team members in 150+ countries. The company leads in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment; commercial, fire and emergency; military and specialty vehicles; and vehicle bodies under the brands Oshkosh, JLG, Pierce, McNeilus, Jerr-Dan, Frontline, CON-E-CO, London and IMT. What started as two men with an idea to improve off-road mobility ended up changing the world and giving hundreds of thousands of customers the courage to go places they didn’t think possible.

JLTVs The Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is part of Oshkosh Defense, an Oshkosh Corp. company. Oshkosh Defense makes tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For decades, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces with its heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and a range of training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

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FIRE TRUCKS Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a division of Oshkosh Corp., is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus.

AIRPORT VEHICLES Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Oshkosh Corp., is a designer and builder of airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle and Oshkosh H-Series snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance throughout the world.

CHEESE If you haven’t noticed, cheese is a huge industry throughout Wisconsin, aka America’s Dairyland, with 450 dairy processing plants statewide. Local makers include BelGioioso Cheese Inc., a Wisconsin cheese company since 1979, operating seven state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities surrounding Denmark and Pulaski. Simon’s Specialty Cheese in Little Chute has fed its squeaky samples to hordes at the city’s Cheese Fest, a weekend festival tradition, for 30 years, featuring a cheese curd-eating contest.

SNOW BLOWERS Brr … Wisconsin knows snow. Ariens Co. knows we don’t need to shovel when a machine can easily move the white stuff for us. Ariens employees design and manufacture innovative and durable outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professionals. The family-owned company was started in 1933 and is located in Brillion. The Ariens RapidTrak Sno-Thro shown here is an adjustable snow-thrower that combines traction with maneuverability.

OUTBOARD MOTORS Mercury Marine started making class outboards and sterndrives more than 75 years ago. Founded in a small machine shop in Wisconsin in 1939, the company has grown into the largest builder of marine propulsion systems in the world. Mercury Marine has set the standards for reliable, trouble-free performance; superior power and torque; low emission; and low fuel consumption. And nobody has given boaters more ways to propel their boats comfortably and efficiently across the water.

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COOL S TUFF BEER Talented Wisconsinites have mastered the art of beer making. More than 100 breweries and microbreweries exist throughout the state. These businesses offer locals jobs, as well as homegrown products for their festivities. One local award-winning brewer is Titletown Brewing Co., operating since 1996 from the historic Dousman Street depot in Green Bay. Titletown beer is a favorite of quality craft beer drinkers and six-packs are sold in some stores statewide.

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK SAFETY ITEMS GBC Safety Glow is a world leader in photo luminescent (glow-in-the-dark) technology. It specializes in self-luminous emergency egress safety systems and safety signage. Products range from road safety products to glow-in-the-dark decorative glass. From airport runways to offshore oil rigs to building egress, these locally manufactured products are saving lives and reducing power consumption across the globe. GBC Safety Glow is “Illuminating the Green Way.”

COFFEE Since 1979, Victor Allen’s has been serving up its unique brand of high-quality coffee. Manufacturer Trilliant Food and Nutrition LLC operates a production facility in Little Chute with the most current, high-speed equipment to keep the product as fresh as possible. Trilliant sources coffee beans from more than 25 countries and roasts them using a precision roasting system. Along the way to grinding and packaging the beans, its employees taste the coffee five times before it goes to market.

JETS Gulfstream aircraft enter the completions phase of the build cycle at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s facility in Appleton, also home to a service center. From the custom configuration of the cabin to the unique design and craftsmanship of interior finishes, engineers and craftspeople work in unison to ensure each aircraft is completed to the highest standards. Gulfstream Appleton is staffed by more than 930 employees, including approximately 425 technicians and master technicians.

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PIZZA Little Chute is famous as the home of Jack’s Pizza, a household name that uses real, 100 percent Wisconsin cheese. The Nestle plant in Little Chute and one in Medford produce the popular frozen pizza, along with Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno, the first ovenready rising crust pizza, which was introduced in 1995. The facility is not just known for manufacturing freezer favorites; it is also one of the area’s largest employers.

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

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, and now employs 1,400 workers.

CUSTOM AUTOMATION MACHINERY Advanced technology of the future is happening now at Pieper Electric, Inc.-HiTech Automation. Employees use robotics, vision controls, servo controls and programmable controllers at facilities in Green Bay and Neenah. They are busy designing, building and installing automation equipment for food processing, medical, machine loading/unloading, packaging and more. Control panel services include layout design, fabrication, painting, wiring and in-house engraving. Pieper-HiTech also assembles electronic, electrical, motor control, pneumatic and power distribution panels, as well as cabinets, operator interface consoles and specialty systems. Now that’s high tech!

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HOW IT’S MADE

STUFF Titletown District

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The 34-acre mixed-use Titletown District, located to the west of Lambeau Field, is nearing completion of its first phase. Two years after breaking ground, the development consists of the Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics clinic; the Lodge Kohler hotel; park and recreational space; Hinterland restaurant and brewery; and the Ariens Hill snow tubing park. In October, the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Corp. announced TitletownTech, a $10,000 million digital and technology innovation center, business incubator and venture capital fund that will open this fall in the Titletown District. Many of the materials used to construct phase one of Titletown were sourced from or assembled in Wisconsin, including:

» » STRUCTURAL STEEL from Green Bay » » DOORS, FRAMES and HARDWARE from Green Bay. » » CONCRETE from Green Bay. » » LANDSCAPING, including trees and shrubs from Appleton. » » ASPHALT from Green Bay. » » DECORATIVE STONE from Fond du Lac. » » CRUSHED STONE from Green Bay. » » WOOD PANELING from various parts of Wisconsin. » » PAINT from Appleton and Green Bay. » » DECORATIVE RAILINGS from Oshkosh. » » DECORATIVE BENCHES from Oshkosh. » » MASONRY MATERIALS from Green Bay.

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Co$t of Living 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 is local to the northeastern Wisconsin 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 when it comes to your desired lifestyle.

Making ends meet on your own The salaries and monthly earnings (before taxes) 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), which often have night and weekend hours and lack health care or paid timeoff benefits, a career in manufacturing becomes even more appealing. Get earning!

MONTHLY BUDGET FOR A SINGLE PERSON Average rent for a 900-square-foot apartment.................................................. $755 Utilities (heat, electricity, gas) for one person in studio apartment..... $111 Internet/phone............................................ $45 Monthly public transit.............................. $30 Gym membership...................................... $26 Groceries & personal care................... $278 Dining out & entertainment................. $185 TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES............ $1,491 (Source: Expatistan, cost of living estimates for Green Bay)

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Salaries for growth areas in manufacturing that require an associate degree or technical diploma

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Sample job titles: engineer, electrical engineer MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $53,643 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $4,470.25

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Sample job titles: maintenance technician, HVAC installer MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $53,426 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $4,452

AUTOMATION SYSTEMS – ROBOTICS

Salaries for service industry jobs RESTAURANT COOK MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $22,370 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,864

RETAIL SALESPERSON

Sample job titles: field service technician, automation technician, electromechanical tech MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $48,000 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $4,000

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

TOOL & DIE MAKING

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

Sample job titles: machinist, mold making apprentice, owner, tool and die apprentice, toolmaker MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $37,437 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $3,120

HOTEL DESK CLERK

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

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES Sample job titles: automotive maintenance technician, auto service technician, master technician, mechanic MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $28,702 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $2,392

(Source: NWTC GRADUATE FOLLOW-UP REPORT, 2015-’16)

WAITER MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE: $18,330 MONTHLY EARNINGS: $1,527

(Source: Career Cruising)

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CAREERSPOTLIGHT ASK A RECRUITER

CAREER L AUN CH :

David Thode, branch manager, Pieper Electric Inc.-HiTech Automation David Thode started with HiTech in 1987, developing solutions involving machine vision, controls and automation. Today, David is the branch manager of Pieper Electric Inc.-HiTech Automation in Green Bay and Neenah. He attends career fairs at local and state colleges to recruit new talent.

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. C AREER 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 positions they are hiring for, and hear from actual workers in your field of interest for career guidance. TALK TO A C AREER 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 help connect you with mentors working in your field of interest. TRY A JOB SHADOW, 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 in finding job shadow opportunities for careers you are interested in. Classes might offer tours of factories in the area. AT TEND A C AREER FAIR. Meet recruiters and ask questions about the positions that need to be filled today and for tomorrow’s jobs 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 on page 48 for some other points of interest on your journey to not just a job, but a career. n

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WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A NEW RECRUIT? A person with a great attitude who is willing to learn new things.

“We can always teach them the technical aspects of a position, but we cannot teach them about attitude.” A team player.

“Collaboration is mandatory in our company, and people must be able to work with people in order to deliver what other technology companies cannot.”

A customer-focused individual.

“Without customers, we will not be in business. Customers’ needs are all unique, and we must adjust accordingly so they keep coming back to Pieper Electric Inc.-HiTech Automation.” Pieper-HiTech’s custom automation services include engineering, analysis, feasibility studies, proof of concept, design, fabrication, assembly, startup management and on-site training. 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 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. »» 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 machinists’ 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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CAREER SNAPSHOT: MECHANICAL ENGINEER One of the top jobs available now and in the future will be mechanical engineering. Here’s a quick look at some of the details.

WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO?

KEY RESOURCE: The NEW Manufacturing Alliance THE NORTHEAST WISCONSIN MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE is a manufacturer-led organization with 220 members in 18 counties. The Alliance works with educators, workforce development groups, chambers of commerce and state organizations to promote manufacturing and develop talent in the region. The Alliance has provided more than $230,000 in college scholarships to date. “Manufacturing is alive and well in northeast Wisconsin,” said Ann Franz, director of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. “Manufacturing employment comprises 23 percent of the overall jobs in the region. This is a significantly higher percentage than 16 percent for the state and nationally, 9 percent of employment is in manufacturing. “Another important factor is wages/benefits are on average higher ($68,878) in the manufacturing sector than in any other private sector industry in Wisconsin. The men and women working in manufacturing enjoy what they do, which is reflected as tenure is higher in the manufacturing sector than any other, at 5.3 years.” n

COOL STUFF from NEW Manufacturing Alliance CAREER PROFILE VIDEOS Who better to share the value of manufacturing work than the people actually doing it? Over the past 10 years, the NEW Manufacturing Alliance has created 100+ three-minute videos of award-winning employees between the ages of 18 and 36 sharing information about their manufacturing careers, from assembler to warehouse manager. Learn more at newmfgalliance.org. INTERNSHIP DRAFT DAY This college internship fair is held at historic Lambeau Field each year. College students interact with employers looking to fill internship positions. It is a fun event in which students are scored following their interviews and overall draft picks are announced. Mark Murphy, president of the Green Bay Packers, announces the top picks, who earn college scholarships at the event. The fourth annual event will be held on Nov. 8. n

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-to-date on new technology in their field and take courses.

WHERE DO THEY WORK? 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 Ph.D. 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)

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Kaukauna High School KHS has one of the most advanced high school metal manufacturing processes labs in the region. Students take coursework that provides them with high-level measuring, programming and metal-working skills, offered with dual credit from Fox Valley Technical College. The technical education department also offers FVTC dual-credit basic and advanced CAD design, electronics, computer hardware and networking, concepts of programming, and programmable logic controls. KHS offers a sequence of classes, Metals 1-2-3, leading to Youth Apprenticeship and advanced credit standing at FVTC. When a student completes a Youth Apprentice program, the school receives funding via Act 59. n

ASK A TEACHER Nels Lawrence, technology and engineering youth apprenticeship/co-op coordinator at KHS “Unlike other teachers, I didn’t come in with an education background. I was in manufacturing. I worked in sales, marketing and the military. Now, I have been doing this for 22 years. “Even in a downturn, we still had jobs because the quality of what is being produced in the area is so high that the bottom never fell out here. “One of the most significant changes in the last few years is the number of companies reaching out to the school to recruit younger students into the trades. Baumgart Mechanical made a bit of history for Local 18 Sheet Metal union by signing an 18-year-old student to an apprenticeship immediately after he completed his Youth Apprentice program at KHS. The next youngest apprentice in the state at that time was 5 years older. Companies are recognizing the need to get students involved earlier and to move them forward rather than holding them in lower wage labor pools.” n

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WHO WE ARE

Based in Brillion, WI, Ariens Company is a privately-owned and operated corporation focused on outdoor products that serve the needs of both consumer and professional customers. Established in 1933, the company manufactures original outdoor power equipment under the Ariens®, Gravely®, Sno-Tek®, Countax® and Westwood® brands. As a distributor of specialty equipment, supplies and gear, Ariens Company serves niche outdoor segments through direct marketing brands Gempler’s®, Ben Meadows®, and AW Direct®.

STUFF WE MAKE

Ariens Company manufactures outdoor power equipment under several brands, including two well known brands, Ariens and Gravely. Ariens is recognized for its line of Sno-Thro(r) snow blowers, and its lineup of consumer zero-turn mowers, while Gravely is known for its durable line of commercial zero-turn mowers.

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »»

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Brett Favre Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) Carson Daly (Today Show) Green Bay Packers

FUN STUFF

Ariens Company is proud of the dynamic culture we’ve created. By joining our team, you’ll have the opportunity to use your unique perspective and creativity to directly impact our business and your career in a fast-paced, high-energy workplace. If our dynamic environment gives our team members wings, then our supportive culture gives them roots, inspired by our five core values. We feel these values make innovation possible. When people feel respected, appreciated and free to do their best work, the results are incredible. And that’s when people, just like you, become leaders.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Ariens Company is currently hiring for a number of positions in both manufacturing and office environments. At our corporate offices in Brillion, we employ people in a variety of job functions including: marketing, engineering, industrial design, accounting, finance, IT, manufacturing leadership, customer service, product support and more.

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Product discounts

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

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INFO

655 W. Ryan St. Brillion, WI 54110

(920) 562-2141

careers.ariensco.com

facebook.com/AriensCompany

linkedin.com company/ ariens-company

youtube.com/user/AriensChannel

twitter.com/Ariens

Employees: 2,000

Year founded: 1933

President: Dan Ariens

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JAMES RYAN

MANUFACTURING LEADER AGE: 31 YEARS AT COMPANY: 4 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

My primary responsibility is to keep everyone safe and having fun, while working productively toward a common goal. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Ariens as a Manufacturing Leader means I get to make an impact on people’s lives; I am able to affect the employee experience and help our teams astound customers

$

60,000 starter

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

For this position, we require a high school diploma, a minimum of three years related work experience and demonstrated leadership, coaching and development of people. A Bachelor’s degree and prior work experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred, but not required.

SKILLS

»» See above

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Manufacturing leaders are responsible for leading and planning daily manufacturing operations of their assigned department to ensure continuous production and delivery of products consistent with customer requirements and established departmental, plant, and company goals. Coach and develop the team, oversee safety of team members, ensure quality standards are met, and lead various lean manufacturing efforts to drive best-in-class operational performance.

MARSHA MAJORS

3 DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

2 PRODUCTION MANAGER

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

1 MANUFACTURING LEADER $

SENIOR MANAGER – TALENT ACQUISITION

(920) 756-2141

mmajors@ariens.com

linkedin.com/in/marshammajors

facebook.com/arienscompany

60,000

CAREER PATH

James started at Ariens Company as a finishing operator and was promoted first to a team leader position. From there, he was promoted again to manufacturing leader.

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WHO WE ARE

AZCO INC. is a 100% employee-owned, full service industrial constructor and pipe and metal fabricator, experienced at self-performing a wide range of general construction and mechanical services. AZCO works throughout the United States, employing over 350 individuals in Northeastern Wisconsin, working with over 650 union craftsmen nationwide. AZCO is one of less than 45 companies in the United States that has reached 1,000,000 manhours without a recordable safety incident, and currently has a 0.48 EMR.

STUFF WE MAKE

AZCO provides pipe and metal fabrication and heavy industrial construction services to the power generation, industrial manufacturing, petrochemical, and food and beverage industries such as carbon, stainless and chrome-moly pipe fabrication, equipment setting and rigging, and maintenance services. We employ: »» Pipefitters »» Boilermakers »» Iron Workers »» Millwrights »» Steamfitters »» Sheet Metal Workers

COOL CUSTOMERS

AZCO works with Wisconsin companies such as We Energies, Bemis, Trilliant Foods, Neenah Paper, Waupaca Foundry, and Charter Steel.

FUN STUFF

AZCO has a strong commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. With in-kind donations, service, and time, AZCO makes a difference in the lives of those in our community. AZCO works with Habitat for Humanity, the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, the Performing Arts Center in Appleton, and many others.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

AZCO has offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado. Please check our website for current openings at our various locations. Regular job openings include: »» Safety Coordinator »» Project Coordinator »» Estimator

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Health Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Employee Stock Ownership; Company Paid EAP

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

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INFO 1025 E. South River St. Appleton, WI 54915

(920) 734-5791

azco-inc.com

facebook.com/AZCOINC

linkedin.com/company/536160/

youtube.com/channel/ UCtGRAMZNxtUZRsIVHkFDaPg

Employees: 185 Corporate and 765 Trades

Year founded: 1949

President: John Trottier

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AUSTIN KRUEGER

PROJECT CONTROLS LEAD AGE: 33 YEARS AT COMPANY: 11 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Responsibilities include detailed planning of cost controls for each project, working closely with the project team, integrating project schedules, and managing commodity and manpower curves for effective utilization of resources. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working for AZCO is more than just a job or a place to work. The family-like culture at AZCO has provided a great foundation for my career. The support network throughout the AZCO organization has been a key factor to the success of my career. Having been exposed to several positions within the company has made me a very well-rounded employee and has kept my career interesting. I could have chosen a career in Estimating or Operations; the choice was mine. My family and I are grateful for the career opportunities and benefits that have been provided to me and are looking forward to future opportunities and the continued growth of the AZCO organization.

$

40,000+ starter

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

PROJECT CONTROLS MANAGER $

»» Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management or Engineering

WHAT YOU’LL DO

$

80,000+ expert

PROJECT CONTROLS LEAD

50,000 - $100,000

3 PROJECT CONTROLS ANALYST

50,000 - $100,000

2

I report to the Director of Continuous Improvement and Project Controls, work closely with the Directors of Operations and Project Managers conducting interactive planning sessions to manage project teams in the development of fully integrated project schedules, meet regularly with management to discuss concerns, and mentor new employees.

KELLY MALLMANN HUMAN RESOURCES

PROJECT MANAGER $

1

CAREER PATH

The ideal next career step would be Project Controls Manager, enabling me to provide experienced management on cost control methods, along with keeping up with technology to make resource software applications productive and as efficient as possible.

$

4

$

60,000+ experienced

100,000+

SKILLS

»» Strong analytical skills »» Excellent verbal and written communication »» Technical understanding of industrial construction, customer service focus »» Strong planning, organization and time management skills.

$

5

PROJECT COORDINATOR $

50,000 - $100,000

(920) 734-5791

kmallmann@azco-inc.com

facebook.com/AZCOINC

40,000 - $50,000

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WHO WE ARE

At Burke, our mission is to bring Play That Moves You to communities around the world. Play is our passion, our driver and our business. We call that Purple Passion. A few things that define us are: »» Commitment »» Growth »» Creativity »» Teamwork »» Quality »» Innovation »» Customer Focus »» Craftsmanship

STUFF WE MAKE

Put simply, we make play. We design, engineer and manufacture the best in playground, fitness and recreation equipment for schools, parks, churches and childcare centers. The possibilities are endless but here are some examples: »» Slides »» Rope Climbers »» Obstacle Course Fitness »» Swings for one or more users »» Everything that spins

COOL CUSTOMERS

Our real customers are the kids, families and community members who love to play and exercise on our equipment!

INFO

FUN STUFF

»» Corporate Events - From employee lunches to photoshoots in the Burke backyard, we work and play together! »» Wardrobe Enhancements - As an added bonus we offer a free purple shirt with every accepted job offer. »» Play – We test our fun, innovative products, so we play at work, sometimes.

BENEFITS OFFERED

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

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660 Van Dyne Rd. Fond du Lac, WI 54936

(920) 921-9220

bciburke.com

facebook.com/bciburke

linkedin.com/company/ bci-burke-company-llc/

youtube.com/bciburke

@BurkePlayground

Employees: 100+

Year founded: 1920

President & CEO: Michael Phelan

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MARY KONEN

CUT/BEND/DRILL LEAD YEARS AT COMPANY: 19 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I oversee 11 employees and am responsible for a variety of functions, including training, machine set-up, scheduling and overall department efficiency. We have several machines that help us get the job done. From the Roundo machine that bends the tubes to the punch presses that help us create high volume products, we get to blend our craft with the machines’ efficiency to create unique end products for all to enjoy. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

»» I believe in company values. »» I am very results driven - doing a good job and achieving the desired end results is my primary motivation. »» We have a hard-working team of people who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get things done. »» It’s rewarding to hear the laughter and see the smiles on the faces of children playing on something that I built. »» Where else can you go to work and actually make play?

$

15-16/hr entry level

$

16-19/hr experienced

$

19-23/hr lead

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Cut/Bend/Drill (Machine Operator) »» Setting up and operating multiple machines and equipment, including punch presses, tube benders, lathe, shear, grinders, cold saws, band saws, rope cutting equipment, drill presses, pin press, brake press, iron worker and the overhead crane. Paint Shop (Powder Coating) »» Responsible for all powder coating of parts. Includes cleaning and drying parts, powder coating, baking, wrapping and labeling parts.

MICHELLE KISSINGER HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

(920) 933-6710

burkejobs@bciburke.com

Shipping & Receiving »» Receive incoming material, pack orders using a pick list and other forms, ensure all parts are secure in or on skids, crates or boxes and load orders onto trucks using a forklift. Welding & Grinding »» Welds various metal and galvanized steel components together. Responsible for all facets of welding from set-up of products to reading blueprints to welding and grinding.

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WHO WE ARE

Since 1901, Bemis Manufacturing Company has been a vibrant and involved part of the Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin community. We sell to various retailers, wholesalers, and clients in many industries.

STUFF WE MAKE

Proudly known as the World’s Largest Toilet Seat Manufacturer, Bemis Manufacturing Company is also proud to have several other divisions that focus on innovative Plastics Molding, Health Care products, retail shopping carts, caps and gauges and much more.

COOL CUSTOMERS

We serve many customers in various market segments including: »» Health Care »» Agriculture/Construction »» Lawn & Garden/Heavy Truck »» Recreational »» Furniture »» Plumbing »» Retail

FUN STUFF

Several events are held throughout the year with the Bemis Workers Association. The Summer Picnic, Holiday Party and Children’s Holiday Party are the most anticipated. Various other events are encouraged including the Road America Cancer Walk, Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, School Supply Drive and more.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

»» At Bemis, we offer a vibrant professional and manufacturing workplace. »» We are committed to fostering close relationships with our employees, building a culture of mutual respect and empowerment, because the root of our success lies within our skilled and dedicated workers. »» Over the years, we have found that our self-managed workforce fosters great pride and accountability, making Bemis one of the highest-quality manufacturers in our industries. »» Every Bemis employee is empowered to think and act differently toward solving problems and adding value in new ways, living our mission of quality and innovation.

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Health Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time)

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INFO 300 Mill St. Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

(920) 467-4621

bemismfg.com

facebook.com/bemismfg/

linkedin.com/company/ bemis-manufacturing-company/

youtube.com/user/bemismfg

twitter.com/bemismfg

Employees: 2000

Year founded: 1901

President: Jim Feiertag

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GWEN SCHAD

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER YOUTH APPRENTICE AGE: 18 YEARS AT COMPANY: 2 WHAT ARE YOU JOB DUTIES?

Project Development »» Concept »» Design »» Construction/Fabrication of electrical panels and sub-assemblies »» Assemblies and installations »» Line operation »» Program development and writing WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

This job is very special to me, and I am very grateful to have the opportunities I have had at Bemis. While most kids my age are working in restaurants or stores to save up for college, I get to save up for college while gaining skills that will help me be more successful in college and my career. I came into Bemis thinking I would only spend 9 weeks in a manufacturing co-op, but Bemis has graciously given me so much more than that. I never dread going to work because it is fun and I know that I am learning so many things that I can’t learn in school, but are still important in preparing myself for the future.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

5 ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Willingness to participate in Career Experiences, Co-Ops, Internships and Youth Apprenticeships.

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

4

SKILLS

I have learned how to create electrical schematics in AutoCAD Electrical, program in Logix5000 and wire electrical components. I have increased my proficiency in AutoCAD and Excel.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

COLLEGE INTERN

After receiving my degree, I hope to pursue a masters degree and then either start my own tech company or work for and advanced tech company such as NASA.

HR MANAGER

HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICE

I hope to obtain a degree in Electrical Engineering. So far, I have been accepted for Electrical Engineering at University of Illinois, UW-Madison, Purdue University, Case Western Reserve and Michigan Tech.

CAREER PATH

SCOTT KUEHN

3 2 HIGH SCHOOL CO-OP

1

(920) 467-8864

Scott.Kuehn@bemismfg.com

linkedin.com/in/scottkuehn19/

facebook.com/bemismfg/

HIGH SCHOOL JOB SHADOW

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WHO WE ARE

At Boldt, we push the boundaries of innovation by empowering our people to think big. We’re a nationally ranked construction services company with more than 2,000 employees at 13 locations nationwide. We believe in honesty, hard work, and a love of construction as a fourth-generation family-led and employee-owned company. We serve a variety of markets, and we’re committed to collaboration to make the biggest impact on our employees, customers, and community.

STUFF WE MAKE

We’ve been constructing buildings for more than 125 years and offer a range of construction services including construction management, general contracting, design-build, real estate development and technical/consultation. We serve customers in healthcare, power, education, industrial, automotive, commercial, religious, and municipal markets.

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »»

Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Aurora Health Care We Energies Gulfstream

FUN STUFF

Our roots run deep in the communities we serve. Each office and often individual job sites become engaged with the community through volunteer efforts and the support of non-profit organizations. We take part in fun events like food, toy and diaper drives, career fairs, parades, and many other community events. We are proud to support organizations such as United Way, Feed America, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Community Blood Center. Without the people we serve and the places we call home, we would not be who we are today.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Our philosophy called BoldThinking® allows our employees to approach every project with an open mind and the freedom to innovate through collaboration and creative problem solving. Employees work with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our industry and have the chance to learn new skills and take on greater responsibilities, while earning competitive pay and benefits. We have a formalized career-planning process and seek to grow our talent from within. We offer many career opportunities from business development, estimating, finance, marketing, information technology, and project management to jobs in the trades such as carpentry, masonry, and ironwork.

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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)

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

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INFO 2525 N. Roemer Rd. Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 739-6321

boldt.com

facebook.com/theboldtcompany

linkedin.com/company/ the-boldt-company

youtube.com/user/ theboldtcompany

twitter.com/ TheBoldtCo

Employees: 2000+

Year founded: 1889

President: Bob DeKoch

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$

JONATHAN GOR-DON BRICKLAYER

33,000 starter

AGE: 25

$

YEARS AT COMPANY: 1.5

63,000 experienced

WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I safely mix mortar, and set level and smooth concrete masonry units, bricks, and stone. I also conduct utility cuts, set moisture barriers, and build scaffolding and enclosures.

$

82,000 expert

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» »» »» »»

JONATHAN GOR-DON

High school diploma 3- or 4-year paid apprenticeship Paid classroom and on-the-job training Various training in areas such as welding, small engines, CPR/First Aid/AED, and rigging may be required

SKILLS

Skills needed include communication, teamwork, attention to detail, knowledge of basic tools, and the ability to comprehend instructions, including safety policies and procedure manuals.

$

ASHLEY SCHUTTE PROJECT PLANNER II

starter

AGE: 31

$

YEARS AT COMPANY: 4.5

As a critical support person for various construction markets, I assist project teams in the development and execution of construction scheduling by tracking progression throughout a project’s duration.

$

REQUIREMENTS

72,000

3

CONTACT

DIR. PRODUCTION PLANNING $

140,000-$165,000

2

Technical skills needed include Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project scheduling software. Great facilitation and interpersonal skills are needed to conduct meetings with many stakeholders in a collaborative session.

KARA OTTE

SR. PROJECT PLANNER $

1

WHAT YOU’LL DO

As a project planner, you will lead the efforts of construction scheduling on many different projects and help facilitate the engineers, architects, owners, subcontractors, and field tradesmen needed to get a project completed on schedule.

ASHLEY SCHUTTE

expert

THE JOB:

SKILLS

68,000

experienced

WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» A bachelor’s degree in construction management »» Experience in construction and engineering is beneficial

65,000

PROJECT PLANNER II $

70,000-$80,000

info@boldt.com

facebook.com/theboldtcompany

65,000-$72,000

CAREER PATH

As Boldt grows and expands, your career path can take various avenues based on your experience and areas of interest. There are numerous opportunities for advancement from managerial to leadership positions in this career field.

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WHO WE ARE

C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and in-house technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project from planning through closeout. With veteran leadership, and a dedication to our employees and clients; we proudly place our name on projects of all size across the United States.

STUFF WE MAKE

At C.D. Smith, we build spaces - spaces where people work, play, live, learn, heal, create, worship and serve. Whether a 20,000 square foot addition or a new 300,000 square foot facility, we are dedicated to building lasting relationships and safely delivering superior craftsmanship.

COOL CUSTOMERS

From corporate offices to food processing plants to educational facilities, C.D. Smith serves customers across numerous markets throughout the U.S.

FUN STUFF

»» With offices in Fond du Lac and Milwaukee, our family-owned and operated business proudly stands behind our people, our work, and the people we work with. »» From monthly Lunch-and-Learns to our annual holiday party, we promote an interactive, social atmosphere for our employees. C.D. Smith employees are offered opportunities to get involved outside of their everyday role to contribute to company-wide initiatives that improve productivity and efficiency. »» We support the communities in which we live, work and play through financial contributions and volunteer opportunities. We also regularly involve students of all ages in our projects. Whether a jobsite tour or on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight into construction careers.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

C.D. Smith is continuously seeking energetic and detail-oriented individuals to join our growing team. A large majority of our employees work in the trades: Laborers, Ironworkers, Concrete Finishers, Masons, Carpenters and Operators. Aside from skilled construction personnel, we offer a variety of career options in areas such as Safety, Project Management, Estimating, Virtual Construction, Marketing, Accounting and Information Technology. For current available opportunities, please visit our website.

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Health Insurance

Bonuses

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Tuition Reimbursement

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Profit Sharing

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889 E. Johnson St., PO Box 1006 Fond du Lac, WI 54935

(920) 924-2900

cdsmith.com

facebook.com/ cdsmithconstruction/

linkedin.com/company/ c-d-smith-construction-inc-/

Employees: 75 in the office and 465 in the field

Year founded: 1936

President: Justin Smith

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JOE PAUSHA SAFETY OPERATIONS MANAGER AGE: 44 YEARS AT COMPANY: 1.75 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I am responsible for the safety of all employees, company compliance with industry regulations, and the growth of the safety culture throughout the organization.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» »» »» »»

Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Certification Knowledge of local and federal safety laws Comfortable speaking with all levels of the organization, clients and other professionals

JOE PAUSHA

SKILLS

»» Effective Communication »» Training and Coaching

» Problem Solving » Safety Leadership

» Technical Capacity » Ability to Facilitate Change

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Travel to each job site, reviewing and ensuring compliance with the C.D. Smith Safety Program. »» Assist with safety issues that may arise, working to prevent future incidents. »» Develop and implement procedures and tools to maintain and promote a safe work environment. CAREER PATH

»» Safety Coordinator »» Safety Manager »» Safety Director TERRY OWENS

TERRY OWENS DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS AGE: 50 YEARS AT COMPANY: 22 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I’m in charge of coordinating manpower for our field staff, troubleshooting issues that may arise in our field operations, and overseeing the C.D. Smith apprenticeship program.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» High School Diploma »» 4-year Carpentry Apprenticeship

»» Supervisory Training Program »» Regular Safety Training

»» Yearly Continuing Education Courses

»» Problem Solving »» Knowledge of Construction

»» Ability to Read Blue Prints »» Estimating

SKILLS

»» Personnel Management »» Effective Communication

CONTACT CONNIE COON

(920) 924-2900

ccoon@cdsmith.com

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Coordinate manpower on each job, ensuring the right people are on the right job at the right time to meet all schedule requirements. »» Assist with project start up, as well as troubleshooting for ongoing projects. »» Recruit new employees for open field positions. »» Promote careers in construction at local job fairs. »» Oversee the C.D. Smith apprenticeship program. CAREER PATH

»» 1988 – 1990 Laborer »» 1990 – 1994 Carpenter Apprentice »» 1994 – 1996 Journeyman Carpenter

»» 1996 – 2000 Carpenter Foreman »» 2000 – 2017 Superintendent »» 2017 – Present Director of Field Operations

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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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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

Uniform reimbursement; HPA; referral bonuses

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$

BRIAN ROMAGNOLI LCD CREW LEADER

15-$19/hr starter

(LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT)

$

AGE: 30 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

20-$25/hr experienced

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.

$

THE JOB:

26-$30/hr expert

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.

BRIAN ROMAGNOLI

SKILLS

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

FRANKIE RYAN III LCD CREW LEADER AGE: 30 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.

FRANKIE RYAN III

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 PRODUCTION the finished project. I hope to become a Senior Crew SUPERVISOR Leader and eventually a $ 45,000-$72,000 Production Supervisor.

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2

THE JOB:

JONATHAN WELLS

SENIOR CREW LEADER

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.

CONTACT

$

1 CREW LEADER $

26-$30/HR

(262) 250-4332

jonathan.wells@davidjfrank.com

facebook.com/davidjfrank.wi/

15- 25/HR $

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.

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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 has recently moved 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

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! Partners with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Work Study Program 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 professionally designed manufacturing facility with some of the finest machinery available. »» 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 Engineers, Estimators & Finishers »» High School/College Interns »» 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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INFO

6520 W. Becher Place West Allis, WI 53219

(414) 449-2888

glennrieder.com

linkedin.com/company-beta/ 1320266

Employees: 225

Year founded: 1946

President: Michael Floyd

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COLIN BROWN PROJECT MANAGER AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 4 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I handle the day to day operations of projects assigned to me. This consists of coordinating details, lead-times, potential issues and installation of materials from conception to completion of projects.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» Excellent communication and organizational skills. »» Proficient in scheduling and budgeting. »» Industry experience and technical understanding of construction methods.

COLIN BROWN

SKILLS

»» »» »» »»

Critical thinking: review/examine scope for potential lead-time issues/construction limitations. Organization: layout/phase the project accordingly. Leadership: distribute tasks to the operations team. Risk Management: manage process/performance to solve problems.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Basically, make sure all coordination and construction issues are resolved within a timely and costly manner to maintain the project schedule. CAREER PATH

»» 2011-2014 - Construction Estimator. »» 2014-2016 - Assistant Project Manager. »» 2016-2018 - Project Manager. KYLE SAFRANEK

KYLE SAFRANEK ASSISTANT PLANT MANAGER

CONTACT

AGE: 35 YEARS AT COMPANY: 9 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I oversee all aspects of manufacturing. Scheduling production, determining construction methods, quality control, and efficiency. I also oversee 40+ workers, improving skills by training and increasing efficiency.

THE JOB:

MADELINE OSTRANDER

REQUIREMENTS

This position requires an incredible amount of decision making. Analytical skills and problem solving are a must. Constant and clear communication, especially listening, is always required. Understanding construction methods for maximum efficiency is a must. Having relationships with every individual in an effort to understand how they think. SKILLS

»» »» »» »»

(414) 847-9740

careers@glennrieder.com

Decision Making: Managing the plant. Experience: Knowing best methods for the shop. Interpersonal Communication: Talking as well as listening. Leadership: Keeping a team focused on a goal and motivated.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» »» »» »»

Lead with Integrity. Work hard, be honest, and influence with a positive attitude. Develop the shop. Create an organized structure of people with the same attitude and goals. Recruit and train the next generation of woodworkers. Maintain the reputation of producing efficient and high-quality millwork that Glenn Rieder has established.

CAREER PATH

»» 2009-2016 - Cabinetmaker.

» 2016-2017 - Shop Foreman.

» 2017-Current - Assistant Plant Manager.

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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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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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INFO

2700 Industrial Parkway S Marinette, WI 54143

(414) 524-1200

johnsoncontrols.com

facebook.com/JohnsonControls/

linkedin.com/company/ johnson-controls

youtube.com/user/ JohnsonControlsInc

@johnsoncontrols

Employees: 120,000

Year founded: 1885

Chairman & CEO: George Oliver

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ANTHONY DENOWSKI

MECHANICAL SUPERVISOR, TEST ENGINEERING AGE: 45 YEARS AT COMPANY: 10 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» »» »» »»

Supervise the Mechanical Test Engineering Technician Team Manage the various test projects to stay on track with deadlines Order supplies needed for testing Investigate new technologies to improve testing efficiencies

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

I work for the Fire Suppression Products division of Johnson Controls, and I started my career here as a Test Engineering Technician. What really gives me great satisfaction is the teamwork involved to test various components from the different product lines to high regulatory standards, so the company can offer top fire suppression products to our customers to protect property and people. As a new Test Engineering Technician, you control your own opportunity for success. The opportunity takes time, but with hard work on increasing your skillset and product knowledge, you become more valuable to the company and the company likes to promote within. Also, the company has a reimbursement policy to go back to school and other great benefits for you and your family.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

There is a lot of training for the entry level position. However, we do require the following: »» Fire Protection Engineering Technology (preferred) »» High School Diploma – With a mechanical background »» Ability to work in teams and alone »» Self-motivated and a desire to learn »» Strong work ethic »» Reliable »» Safety orientated

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Ability to work within Microsoft Office applications Basic math skills Technical writing Blueprint reading Interpretation skills Organization skills Forklift operation

WHAT YOU’LL DO

You’ll work with other technicians, engineers, and approval agencies to test individual components of a fire suppression system, to specific test standards. Also, at times the team sets up a full fire suppression system to test against live fires under specific test standards. You will gather information, write technical documents, and report findings to the engineer. Lastly, you will work on teams to solve problems.

5 TEST ENGINEERING MANAGER

4 MECHANICAL SUPERVISOR

3 TEST ENGINEERING TECH III

2

GIL MCCLARY HR MANAGER

TEST ENGINEERING TECH II

1

(401) 369-2597

gil.mcclary@jci.com

TEST ENGINEERING TECH I

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WHO WE ARE

At Johnsonville, our members are responsible for everything! If you’re passionate about making a difference, we want you to help make our products, our processes, our communities and each other better. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company employs 1,600 members and remains privately owned today. Come join our family-owned company.

STUFF WE MAKE

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is the No. 1 national sausage brand, featuring bratwurst, Italian, snack and breakfast sausages in fresh and fully cooked varieties.

COOL CUSTOMERS

Johnsonville products are enjoyed by customers around the world and served in dozens of college and professional stadiums and arenas.

FUN STUFF

Our culture, called The Johnsonville Way, is what makes Johnsonville the very special (and successful) company it is. The Johnsonville Way is about people – not just the people of our company, but also the people of our communities. Johnsonville Members are eager to help others, to unlock potential, to make this a better world...and to have fun doing it!

INFO

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Johnsonville is a great place to work, whether you’re seeking a job in our corporate office, at one of our manufacturing facilities or on our trucking team. Owner Ralph Stayer is famous for saying, “Other companies use their people to build a business, but at Johnsonville we use our business to build our people.” Join our family-owned company and build your career The Johnsonville Way!

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Dependent Care Reimbursement Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

N6928 Johnsonville Way Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

(920) 453-6900

johnsonville.com/home.html

facebook.com/johnsonville

linkedin.com/company/ johnsonville-sausage/

youtube.com/user/ OfficialJohnsonville

twitter.com/Johnsonville

Employees: 1600

Year founded: 1945

CEO: Nick Meriggioli

Tuition Reimbursement

Disability Insurance

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Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

Monthly bonus program; On-site wellness center

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YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP Johnsonville’s Youth Apprenticeship is the first step of a rewarding maintenance career at a great company! We can’t make great-tasting sausage unless our equipment runs reliably! Our maintenance team keeps machines, lines and facilities running. Maintenance members oversee production and industrial refrigeration equipment as well as electrical and controls systems.

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» Highly motivated; Active participant in team environment; Committed to high level of detail and pride towards equipment maintenance & maintaining shop/utility areas »» Willingness to share skills and help others develop »» Ability to lift 80 pounds »» Maintain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)

SKILLS

»» Strong written and verbal communication skills »» Strong math background »» Basic computer skills

WHAT YOU’LL DO

»» Assist in preventive maintenance & general maintenance of plant equipment »» Be part of the team responsible for the performance and productivity of equipment on the line »» Maintenance of some utility equipment »» Shadow mentors as they troubleshoot electrical and mechanical problems »» Project work as needed (i.e., machining, fabrication and working with outside vendors) »» Maintain all utility areas in a neat/orderly fashion

5 MAINTENANCE TEAM LEADER

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

4 ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TECH $

21.22/HR - $30.81/HR

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CAREER PATH

Start as a Maintenance Youth Apprentice and build your career The Johnsonville Way!

HIGH SPEED PKG OPERATOR $

17.19/HR - $25.41/HR

2 JUNIOR MAINTENANCE TECH $

1 YOUTH APPRENTICE $

16.50/HR - $18.49/HR

CONTACT US TODAY!

(920) 453-6900

jsenglaub@johnsonville.com

linkedin.com/company/ johnsonville-sausage/jobs/

10/HR

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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 used in the self-service/vending, storage and computing, utility, industrial power generation and distribution industries, etc. Maysteel provides the lowest total product cost by employing design for manufacturability solutions throughout the product life-cycle. Maysteel has recently acquired DAMAC Products, LLC to now expand customer capabilities within custom data center infrastructure equipment.

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 »» Data center infrastructure equipment

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

Health Insurance

Bonuses

Dental Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Flexible Spending Account

(262) 251-1632

maysteel.com

facebook.com/ MaysteelIndustriesLLC

youtube.com/user/MaysteelLLC

Dependent Care Reimbursement

twitter.com/maysteel_llc

Wellness Program

Employees: 289

Year founded: 1936

President: Kevin Matkin

Tuition Reimbursement

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linkedin.com/company/ maysteel-llc

Disability Insurance

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6199 Highway W Allenton, WI 53002

Life Insurance

401(k)

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LAURA HARYCKI ASSEMBLY AGE: 48 YEARS AT COMPANY: 1 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» »» »» »» »»

Perform set-up operations related to assembly Select proper tooling for required tasks Prepare paperwork for release/assembly Perform inspection and SPC for measuring product quality May assist in training new employees

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

I started at another company working in accounting and realized I didn’t want to sit behind a desk. So I began at a company where I did laser machining, welding, and packaging. I was also working in healthcare as a caregiver, but I knew I needed to get a full-time job that offered benefits. My husband saw the “Hiring” sign outside Maysteel, and my friend used to work for Maysteel at a different location. She told me how great the company was to work for and pushed me to apply. After an interview and an offer, here I am one year later! I love the atmosphere and challenge that Maysteel has. I’m constantly learning new things as I develop my skills working within different areas of assembly. Doing something different everyday makes me actually want to come to work!

THE JOB: REQUIREMENTS

»» High school diploma »» Prior experience in assembly preferred, but not required

12.59/hr starter

$

5

16.93/hr experienced

MANAGER

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

$

4

17.86/hr expert

SUPERVISOR

SKILLS

»» Mathematics »» Reading and writing »» Work from routings, manufacturing instruction sheets, blueprints, visual aids, or other instructions to manufacture product

$

BASED ON EXPERIENCE

3 TECH CENTER/LEAD TECH $

DARCI BOETTCHER HR MANAGER

15.85 - $23.92

2 MACHINE OPERATION/ PAINT $

1 ASSEMBLY/SPOT WELD $

12.93 - $20.21

(262) 832-9073

dboettcher@maysteel.com

linkedin.com/in/darci-boettcher

facebook.com/ MaysteelIndustriesLLC

12.59 - $17.86

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WHO WE ARE

Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, is headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, and wholly owned by Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW). We are the world’s largest manufacturer of arc welding products and we provide crucial solutions for welding safety and health. Our company maintains its industry leadership by setting the standard for reliability, quality, and responsiveness. Our tagline, “The Power of Blue®,” is inspired by the blue color of our Miller equipment.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Welding Machines »» MIG, TIG, Stick, Engine Drive, Wire Feeders, Advanced MIG, Multiprocess, Multioperator, Submerged Arc, Spot Welders »» Welding Intelligence »» Welding Automation »» Plasma Cutters »» Induction Heating »» Oxy-Fuel

»» Fume Extraction »» Training Solutions »» Safety Equipment – Awesome looking Helmets, Masks, Bandanas, Safety Glasses, Gloves, Apparel, Fume Extraction, Respiratory

FUN STUFF

Our culture is family oriented and fun. We work on goals, help each other advance in career, earn paid time off rewards by sharing ideas that work, and support events for the community, the United Way, and employees in need. We host tours of the facility for students, customers, and family. We have an annual family company picnic which hosts up to 3,000 people as well as an event at the Building for Kids during the end of year holidays. Our products can be seen on popular shows such as Goldrush and on millerwelds.com, we have a gallery of Do-It-Yourself projects submitted by our customers. We also like sharing food!

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Build your Career with Us: »» Business Careers - Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Finance, Operations, HR »» Technical Careers - Lab Technicians, Documentation Technicians, Service Technicians, Engineering Technicians »» Skilled Manufacturing Careers - Machinist, Welder/Fabricator, Coil Winders, Maintenance Mechanics, Electricians, Automated Manufacturing Technicians, Electromechanical and Electronic Technicians »» We invest in developing your talents: »» Ongoing leadership and skill development programs »» Opportunities to try challenging assignments and learn new skills »» Tuition reimbursement »» At Miller — we work with you to succeed. »» Ability to try many positions or roles - internships/apprenticeships »» Flexibility to pursue your talents, passions, and goals »» Supportive work environment

Health Insurance

401(k)

Dental Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Flexible Spending Account

Sick (paid time)

Life Insurance

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

1635 W. Spencer St. Appleton, WI 54914

(920) 734-9821

millerwelds.com

facebook.com/MillerWelders

linkedin.com/company/118096/

youtube.com/MillerWelders

twitter.com/millerwelders

Employees: 1500

Tuition Reimbursement

Year founded: 1929

3 for 1 Charitable Match; Volunteer Hours Match

President: Becky Tuchscherer

Dependent Care Reimbursement Wellness Program

Disability Insurance

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KYLE BELONGER MACHINIST AGE: 25 YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

»» Setting up equipment for cell »» Operating equipment in cell »» Operating multiple machines on shift

»» Ordering material »» Scheduling production runs »» Troubleshooting when machines are down

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

Working at Miller has allowed me to grow and get me where I am today. I started at Miller after high school in basic assembly and had the opportunity to go back to school through the tuition reimbursement program while still working. I’ve always liked working with metal stock and creating something out of the ordinary which is why working for Miller has always been such a great experience. Miller has exposed me to the variety of work there is in machining and production shops and has helped direct me to where I want to be in the future. My only regret is that I wish I went back to school right after high school instead of waiting. Miller is a great company that is laid-back, has great benefits and allows you to do anything you set your mind to.

$

41,600 starter

THE JOB:

$

experienced

REQUIREMENTS »» »» »» »» »»

56,160

Associate’s degree, Machine Tool program or 5-7 years of previous experience Skilled in mathematics, blueprints, and measuring devices Team player, self-starter and good communication skills are key Ability to perform set-ups, cross-train, and comprehend/perform SPC charting Make adjustments on machines to meet print specifications

$

68,640 expert

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »»

Blueprint reading / analyzing Measuring devices Math skills Troubleshooting machine programs Basic computer skills Most of the skills can be learned through time and exposure to new machines and processes

3 MACHINIST $

20/HR - $33/HR

2

HR DIRECTOR

MACHINIST IN TRAINING

WHAT YOU’LL DO

There is a substantial amount of training for the machines when you first begin the job. You’ll be working with someone who is training you, which allows you to ask questions you might have while training. Possessing the proper schooling helps because it allows you to apply your knowledge on the job which speeds up your ability to learn.

AMY VANDEHEY

$

1 GENERAL MANUFACTURING $

17/HR - $30.01/HR

(920) 735-4413

amy.vandehey@millerwelds.com

facebook.com/MillerWelders

14/HR - 29/HR $

CAREER PATH

I plan to continue with creating something different by utilizing my skills and knowledge in fabrication, welding and working with metal in the future. With the wide variety in a production shop, I’ll be able to expand my knowledge and take advantage of the various opportunities here at Miller.

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WHO WE ARE

For over 100 years, Oshkosh’s Family of Products have given customers the courage and confidence to do things they didn’t think previously possible. Before 1917, Oshkosh’s two founders had two patents to improve off-road mobility. These two patents were rejected by more than 50 names in the automotive industry. Instead of giving up, they started their own company. Today, Oshkosh is a People First organization powered by more than 15,000 team members.

STUFF WE MAKE

Oshkosh Corporation is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®.

One example of engaging team members is with our Feed the Body, Feed the Soul event. We recently hosted 900 volunteers – including many team members, and their friends and families, to help package rice to feed 18 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. Not only did we pack more than 240,000 pounds of food, but we also had a blast doing it.

COOL CUSTOMERS

From military members to firefighters to construction workers, our products support people that Build, Serve, Defend and Protect.

FUN STUFF

As a People First Organization, Oshkosh Corporation focuses on engaging, developing and connecting team members. Some ways we do this is by celebrating the achievements and ideas of team members through the Oshkosh Excellence Awards, which honors team members for ideas that propel the organization. We also focus on developing team members with our internal university, The YOU and through resource groups like the Oshkosh Women’s Network. Lastly, we work to connect team members and the community through work on various boards, engagement with students in schools and community events focusing on basic needs and poverty reduction.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

In the Oshkosh Corp. Family, we’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives. We’re looking for people who want to be part of a more than 100 Year Strong People First organization. We’re looking for people who want a rewarding career to serve men and women who Build, Serve, Defend and Protect the world around us. From manufacturing to business development to finance to engineering, being part of the Oshkosh Corporation Family is not only fun, but team members truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Vision Coverage

Vacation (paid time off)

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

INFO 2307 Oregon St. Oshkosh, WI 54903

(920) 235-9151

oshkoshcorporation.com

facebook.com/ oshkoshcorporation/

linkedin.com/company/ oshkosh-corporation/

youtube.com/user/OshkoshCorp

@oshkoshcorp

instagram.com/oshkoshcorp/

Employees: 15,000

Year founded: 1917

President & CEO: Wilson Jones

Wellness Program Tuition Reimbursement Flexible Spending Account

Sick (paid time) Employee Stock Purchase

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JOIN THE TEAM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 500 global company headquartered in Wisconsin, but with operations, team members and products all over the world. Our 15,000 team members around the world are all critical to our mission of Making a Difference in People’s Lives. Several brands make up the Oshkosh Corporation Family including JLG Industries, Pierce Manufacturing, Oshkosh Defense, McNeilus, Kewaunee Fabrications, CON-E-CO, Iowa Mold Tooling (IMT), London Machinery, Oshkosh Airport Products, Frontline Communications and Jerr-Dan Corporation.

In the Oshkosh Corporation Family, we value frequent and open communication with team members. Pictured here is a global town hall meeting that was held to provide business and team member updates to those in the organization.

CHELSEA STINDT SENIOR HR GENERALIST - OSHKOSH DEFENSE AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 5 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I serve as a human resources business partner to our Operations team. I support both office and manufacturing team members in the areas of team member engagement, team member development, labor relations, and performance management. Support for my customer involves a wide variety of tasks, all aimed toward engaging, developing, and connecting with our people. In addition to my day-to-day responsibilities, I have had many opportunities to get involved at Oshkosh through projects and strategic initiatives. Recently, I became involved with our high-school School-to-Work program. This program allows high-school students to gain meaningful hands on experience in manufacturing careers. Knowing I can have an influence not only within my company, but also in my industry and my community, has been very rewarding. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I feel lucky to be a part of a team, and a company, that feels like family. In the last five years, I have had countless opportunities to learn and grow through important and interesting work, but what truly sets Oshkosh apart is the way that our people take care of one another.

SAM LOWE SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE - OSHKOSH AIRPORT PRODUCTS AGE: 28 YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I have the privilege to market the Oshkosh Airport Products brand and products worldwide. In my role, I manage all aspects of marketing which include our website, social media, print media, literature, trade shows, video/photography, and longer term marketing strategy. Our social media has provided a great way to connect with our customers and core audience which I’ve been putting increased effort on. I also work on our market segmentation, looking at our brand’s impact on a global scale. In my role I’m also able to work with team members from across our different segments worldwide on projects and opportunities.

In the Oshkosh Corporation Family, we believe in celebrating our successes. Pictured here is a group of team members gathered together to celebrate being named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year.

CONTACT US! JOIN THE TEAM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

oshkoshcorporation.com/careers

(920) 235-9151

facebook.com/ oshkoshcorporation/

linkedin.com/company/ oshkosh-corporation/

youtube.com/user/OshkoshCorp

@oshkoshcorp

instagram.com/oshkoshcorp/

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

Everyone I know, including myself travel through airports every year. Working with the products and customers that help keep the traveling public safe is extremely rewarding. We’re a global leader in our industry and it’s a great feeling to land at an airport for the first time and see a fleet of Oshkosh Strikers or H-Series Blowers on the airfield. As cool as our trucks are, it’s our customers and the people who operate our vehicles that truly make the difference. Having the opportunity to interact with our customers, listen to their feedback, and share in their successes is awesome. Speaking of people though, our team within Oshkosh Airport Products and Oshkosh Corporation as a whole is a blast to work with. We’re truly difference makers here and it’s much easier to get to work on a snowy Wisconsin Monday when you have a fun team to work with and a common goal that truly matters. Plus, working with the coolest trucks in the world sure helps!

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WHO WE ARE

Proto-1 Manufacturing, LLC is a Wisconsin company started by John Schwochert in 1997. The company started as a job shop manufacturing various products for local companies but has since been a leader in the tube and pipe industry by manufacturing tube end forming machines for numerous industries worldwide. Proto-1 proudly designs and manufactures all of its products in Wisconsin. The company has one manufacturing location that is able to serve a global footprint.

STUFF WE MAKE

»» Tube End Forming Machines: Ram End Forming & Cut Off | Rotary End Forming & Cut Off | Segmented End Forming »» Tube Deburring Machines »» Slotting | Notching | Punching Machines »» Custom Machines »» Integrated Automation

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

Key Industries Aerospace Automotive Defense Heavy Truck HVAC (Heating | Ventilation Air Conditioning) Recreational Water

INFO

FUN STUFF

Every year Proto-1 hosts local schools at the facility to educate them on our industry and manufacturing to help interest them in future careers. Proto-1 also has recently started to sponsor a local car show that takes place every year within the city. Employees that are car enthusiasts are excited to have the company part of an event that helps a local club gain further awareness.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS »» Tool Technician »» Quality Inspector »» CNC Machinist

10 Tower Road Winneconne, WI 54986

(920) 582-4491

proto1mfg.com

facebook.com/proto1mfg/

linkedin.com/company/3765509/

youtube.com/user/ Proto1Manufacturing

Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Flexible Workplace (summer hours / flex time)

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Employees: 70 Full Time

Tuition Reimbursement

Year founded: 1997

President: John Schwochert

Life Insurance

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Vacation (paid time off)

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JON NELSON

TOOL TECHNICIAN AGE: 38 YEARS AT COMPANY: 15 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Main responsibilities: »» Testing new machines and tools »» Teaching customers how to use machines »» Troubleshooting machines and tools »» Check alignment on machines for consistency »» Service and installation of machines

JON NELSON

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

I started working Proto-1 15 years ago and the company has never stopped its innovative engineering. I have had the pleasure of working with many customers to help offer innovative solutions to make their manufacturing process easier. I think being an innovative company is what helps set Proto-1 apart from its competitors and this is something I get to experience everyday. Being a tool technician continues to provide new opportunities everyday and is hardly a repeated process.

JASON BEHM

JASON BEHM

QUALITY MANAGER AGE: 36 YEARS AT COMPANY: 17 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Main responsibilities: »» Inspects machine components from in-house machine shop »» Audits on quality equipment »» Continuous improvement of advance metrology equipment »» Create inspection reports for Proto-1 customers WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Proto-1 has been a cornerstone in my life for the last 17 plus years. It has provided stability for my family as well as a challenging and rewarding career. Proto-1 has provided a challenge that has allowed me to keep progressing my career.

CONTACT US TODAY!

(920-582-4491)

hr@proto1mfg.com

proto1mfg.com

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WHO WE ARE

With 2,000 employees and growing, Sargento leads in innovation. We created the world’s first successful pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses. We’re family-owned and like your family, we take pride in our past and invest in our future. Balance in Life, Humor and Fun and Excellence are part of who we are and how we work. Sargento manufactures and markets amazing natural cheese products, and gives generously to our communities because Sargento believes in family.

STUFF WE MAKE

Sargento is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of shredded, sliced and snack natural cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients and sauces. Our company has a proud history of innovation and has been recognized with two Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Awards for ‘Ultra Thin’ Slices and ‘Balanced Breaks’ Snacks.

COOL CUSTOMERS

Every major grocery retailer in America including Walmart, Kroger, Meijer and AmazonFresh

FUN STUFF »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Open-door policy with the CEO/Executive Team Monthly Business Updates with the CEO Opportunity for Advancement Official Cheese of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers Culture Training Community Volunteer Activities Golf and Bowling Outings Discounts to Amusement Parks, Museums and Family Venues Casual Dress days Paid Military Benefits and Compensation for service members actively serving our country Sustainability Programs – Carpool Parking Spaces, Adopt A Highway, Green Team Company-provided cheese, snacks and beverages in break rooms On-Site Discounted Cheese Store

INFO

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Sargento is a national brand leader, yet our company size give you the chance to make a difference. People are first at Sargento. All individuals who contribute to the success of Sargento are stakeholders, and we consider the impact on these people every day as we make business decisions. Guided by our founder’s, Leonard Gentine, philosophy, “Hire good people and treat them like family,” Sargento offers career opportunities in R&D, Marketing, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Supply Chain, Finance and Accounting, Food Safety/Quality, Communications and Human Resources.

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Health Insurance

Disability Insurance

Flexible Workplace

Dental Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Flexible Spending Account

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Life Insurance

Vacation (paid time off)

Biennial Company Picnic; Annual Christmas Party

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One Persnickety Place Plymouth, WI 53073

(920) 893-8484

sargento.com/careers

facebook.com/SargentoCheese/

@SargentoCheese

Employees: 2000

Year founded: 1953

President: Louie P. Gentine

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ERIN HALLE

PROCESS TECHNICIAN AGE: 31 YEARS AT COMPANY: 10 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

I’m responsible for basic repairs of equipment, process adjustments, and quality checks to keep production running. I also train employees in food and human safety, good manufacturing practices, and polices. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

To me, working at Sargento means coming to work every day and enjoying what I do and my co-workers. It means having opportunities to develop myself and others with the full support of the company. Working at Sargento gives me the chance to learn new positions and to be able to move forward in my career. The company rewards hard work and dedication. But the most important thing for me at Sargento is being treated like family.

$

24.90/hr starter

THE JOB:

$

REQUIREMENTS

experienced

»» High School Diploma, Associate’s Degree

$

SKILLS »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Hard-working Work well independently and in groups Excellent leadership skills Strong communication skills Extremely organized Ability to learn quickly Coaching and training Successful at constructive feedback and encouragement

WHAT YOU’LL DO »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Basic equipment repairs Troubleshooting Problem solving Facilitate training Collaborate with Others Quality checks Uphold Good Manufacturing Practices Practice Food Safe and People Safe procedures Have fun, grow and succeed at a company where your peers and your managers believe in you »» Be part of a 65-year tradition of innovative natural cheese products

25.46/hr

26.23/hr expert

3 TEAM LEADER $

26.79/HR

2 PROCESS TECHNICIAN $

1 PRODUCTION UTILITY $

ALYSSA WOLFRAM HR RECRUITER

24.90/HR

(920) 892-3115

alyssa.wolfram@sargento.com

21.45/HR

CAREER PATH

I started in the Sliced Cheese Department, checking packages for quality control. Then I was promoted to Trainer, which means you’ve done your job effectively enough to help others develop their skills. Now I am a Process Technician and focusing on my leadership development.

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WHO WE ARE

Werner Electric Supply provides electrical, automation, and data communication products and services to industrial and construction customers. We provide a wide variety of educational workshops and technical training classes too. We’ve been in business for 70 years and are growing like crazy! Our new headquarters is in Appleton, WI, but we have 13 locations throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and North Dakota. And did we say we’re growing?

STUFF WE MAKE »» »» »» »» »»

Electrical and automation products Design clean energy projects Lighting designs Datacom installations Network Solutions

COOL CUSTOMERS »» »» »» »» »»

Epic Systems Oshkosh Truck Cardinal Glass Marinette Marine Q-Comp

FUN STUFF »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

It’s the People! Celebration dinners for milestones State of the Company Kudos Software Annual Brewer Game Employee Discounts Scholarships Internships Community Involvement/Support

INFO 4800 W. Prospect Ave. Appleton, WI 54914

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES/BENEFITS

Here at Werner Electric Supply, we have career opportunities in many areas, including: Sales, Technical Sales, Customer Service, Finance, Warehouse Operations, IT, Purchasing & Pricing, Marketing, Tech Support, Design, and Engineering!

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Health Insurance

401(k)

Wellness Program

Dental Insurance

Bonuses

Tuition Reimbursement

Flexible Spending Account

Vacation (paid time off)

Strong Work/Life Balance

Life Insurance

Sick (paid time)

Disability Insurance

Dependent Care Reimbursement

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(920) 815-4050

wernerelectric.com/

facebook.com/ wernerelectricsupply/

linkedin.com/company/845429

youtube.com/user/ WernerElectricSupply

twitter.com/WernerElecWI

Employees: 450

Year founded: 1948

President: Scott Teerlinck

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JORDAN JUCHNIEWICH AGE: 24 YEARS AT COMPANY: 3 WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?

Develop business partnerships through sales calls, coordinate with a large team of support individuals to ensure each customer has a customized plan, and build relationships and partnerships with customers. WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

Working at Werner means the world to me. I have the privilege to wake up every day and prove my worth. As a young professional, I was seeking an employment opportunity with advancement opportunity, strong mentorship, and a team atmosphere; Werner has that in spades! Being an athlete, I wanted to transition from my former team to a company with a very strong sense of team and togetherness. After a little under 2 years of full-time employment, I have found that co-workers become friends. It doesn’t feel like work if you love what you do, especially alongside friends with similar goals. It’s been my experience that Werner has one of the best, if not the best, reputations in the industry. I’m extremely proud to be a part of Werner, and it’s an exciting time to work here!

$

40,000 starter

$

THE JOB:

100,000+ expert

REQUIREMENTS

»» High School diploma required »» Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred »» 1-3 years of previous sales or customer service experience

4 ACCOUNT MANAGER

SKILLS

»» Strong written and oral communication skills »» Excellent customer service skills »» Ability to build and maintain productive, professional relationships »» Microsoft Office proficiency »» Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

JUSTIN RANK

3 2

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Sell products and services for manufacturer or distributor to business and industrial establishments. Compile sales leads from various sources. Travel throughout your assigned territory to call on current and prospective customers. Display or demonstrate products, emphasize salable features, quote prices and credit terms, and prepare sales contracts for orders. Coordinate customer training. Develop and maintain customer relationships.

TALENT ACQUISITION SPECIALIST

INSIDE SALES REP

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

1 INTERN

(920) 815-4050

hr@wernerelectric.com

linkedin.com/in/justinjrank/

facebook.com/ wernerelectricsupply/

N/A

CAREER PATH

You could start as an intern or Counter Sales representative and work your way into a Customer Service or Inside Sales position. From there you could become an Account Manager or advance to a Customer Service Team Lead. Eventually this could lead to multiple leadership positions!

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RESOURCES

Resources for students, schools & employers S T U FF FO R H I G H SC H O O L STUDENTS

We’ve gathered a sampling of the plethora of resources available for today’s students, educators and employers of tomorrow’s workforce. Our focus is on impact programs of note in manufacturing and trade careers in northeastern Wisconsin. Thank you to the WEDC, DWD, DPI, FVTC and NWTC for their assistance in compiling this list.

YOUTH OPTIONS PROGRAMS

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

WISCONSIN DUAL ENROLLMENT

dpi.wi.gov/dual-enrollment Wisconsin’s youth options program allows public high school juniors and seniors to take postsecondary courses for credit.

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

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

BUREAU OF APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS

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

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

nwtc.edu/programs/k-12-offerings/ k12-educators/technow Students earn college credit while in high school. WISCONNECT

internshipwisconsin.com Connects employers and students interested in internships. DREAM IT. DO IT. - WISCONSIN

dreamitdoitwi.com Dream it. Do it.’s focus is to increase awareness of career opportunities available in manufacturing. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION ACADEMIC & CAREER PLANNING

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

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

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S T U FF FO R CAREER PL A N N I N G

S T U FF FO R E M PLOY E R S FOX CITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

CAREER CRUISING

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

foxcitieschamber.com

GPS EDUCATION PARTNERS

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

FOX CITIES REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP

foxcitiesregion.com

CAREER INFONET

careeronestop.org Career change information.

FOX VALLEY NARI

CAREER OUTLOOK

GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON WORKFORCE INVESTMENT

remodelfoxvalley.com

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

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

wi-cwi.org

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

GREATER GREEN BAY CHAMBER

STEM WISCONSIN

JOB CENTER OF WISCONSIN

greatergbc.org

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

THE NEW NORTH

wistem.org STEM Wisconsin works to increase Wisconsin’s STEM leadership for workforce competitiveness and economic growth.

JOB UP WISCONSIN

OSHKOSH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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

oshkoshchamber.com

thenewnorth.com

HIGHER ED S T U FF

SOCIET Y FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

shrm.org

MY SKILLS MY FUTURE

fvtc.edu

myskillsmyfuture.org Compare careers, find training and search for jobs.

WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

O*NET ONLINE

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

dwd.wisconsin.gov

morainepark.edu

WISCONSIN MANUFACTURERS & COMMERCE

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

wmc.org

nwtc.edu

WISCONSIN MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

UNIVERSIT Y OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY ENGINEERING PROGRAM

wmep.org

uwgb.edu/engineeringtech

WISCONSIN FAST FORWARD GRANTS

UNIVERSIT Y OF WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH ENGINEERING PROGRAM

onetonline.org Job and skills search tools. LIVECAREER

livecareer.com Articles on job search, salary negotiation and career advice. WAYUP

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

inwisconsin.com

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

gotoltc.edu

wisconsinfastforward.com

uwosh.edu/engineeringtech

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.

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

KNOW OF A KEY RESOURCE WE MISSED?

Please send a note to valerie.valentine@biztimes.com for inclusion in future issues. n

FUTURE READY SCHOOLS

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

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ELECTRICIAN OF THE FUTURE. Join the ranks of a nationally recognized team of experts in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation. Your future starts today. Text CAREERPATH to 72345 to learn more.

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A guide to stuff made and built in northeastern Wisconsin. Who makes it? What is it? Could I make a career of this?

STUFF Spring 2018  

A guide to stuff made and built in northeastern Wisconsin. Who makes it? What is it? Could I make a career of this?