As part of a preparation for a local High School Open House (Kane Area), I put together profiles of all of our employees under 30 years of age. I never expected how much I would learn about the employees who represent the future of PC Systems! I couldn’t resist sharing these profiles on our blog, so our customers can get an idea who is actually building their product.
In no certain order, I’ll put a profile up of all the employees. This post will focus on Chuck, who is a 1st shift “Jack of all trades” for us. After speaking with our General Manager, we cannot seem to come up with a concrete title for Chuck. We can count on him to be a Production Setup on Monday, run the Rectifier department on Tuesday, build Production Harnesses on Wednesday then finish the week with some Engineering Samples and Wire Cutting. He is a very talented employee with a special gift for understanding mechanical systems, so he is very valued.
Chuck has been working at PC Systems for over 6 years and has held many different “jobs” within the plant. He understands all of our processes while also maintaining a keen sense for cost and manufacturability. I often find myself bouncing ideas off of him while I am out on the floor and I trust his intuition as much as I do my own.
Chuck is famous (maybe infamous?) in the plant for having a dry sense of humor and carrying a facade that he doesn’t care much for the work that he does. If you look a little closer though, it is obvious he has a lot of pride in the work he does. He makes sure that he understands the customer requirements and application, closely watches his control limits, and is a hawk when it comes to wasted resources and capital. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated employee, although he would laugh at you if you told him that.
When we asked Chuck what his future goals were, he said he would like to own and operate his own gun shop. He is an avid outdoorsman and has the mechanical/business skills, which would make him an excellent candidate to do just that. He currently has various side jobs, including backyard mechanic, which I can personally vouch for. Working at PC Systems provides a unique opportunity since we are still a private company and Chuck is exposed to some of the pros and cons of owning your own business.
All of the profiled employees were asked to give some advice to future high school graduates. Chuck said simply “College is not for everyone.” This is coming from someone who I personally know has the intelligence to succeed at any university, so I think it is clear that you need to define your expectations before you take the plunge on a four year degree. Chuck’s success without attending college provides evidence of that.