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Often times we only view sales and marketing as a way to generate customers. I would argue that the same marketing principles and tools can be utilized internally; improving employee retention and generating more quality job candidates. We’ve sold our customers on our brand, services and products but have we sold our current and future employees?

The catalyst for my ideas came from HubSpot’s Inbound Methodology which describes marketing as more like a magnet and less like a bullhorn. Inbound Marketing is about “attracting customers by creating valuable content and experiences tailored to them.”

Generate Employees that Stay

Think about the marketing activities we conduct to attract customers. Consider how these activities can be modified to attract our employees, creating loyalty, stronger work ethic and buy-in.

The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: “drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”

Translated: “Engaging our employees with valuable communication and activities that establish us as an elite employer for whom they are proud to work for.”

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Often times we only view sales and marketing as a way to generate customers. I would argue that the same marketing principles and tools can be utilized internally; improving employee retention and generating more quality job candidates. We’ve sold our customers on our brand, services and products but have we sold our current and future employees?

The catalyst for my ideas came from HubSpot’s Inbound Methodology which describes marketing as more like a magnet and less like a bullhorn. Inbound Marketing is about “attracting customers by creating valuable content and experiences tailored to them.”

Generate Employees that Stay

Think about the marketing activities we conduct to attract customers. Consider how these activities can be modified to attract our employees, creating loyalty, stronger work ethic and buy-in.

The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: “drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”

Translated: “Engaging our employees with valuable communication and activities that establish us as an elite employer for whom they are proud to work for.”

Best Practices

  • Create a company e-newsletter – we communicate regularly with our customers; this communication can be just as effective with employees. Feeling more connected and informed leads to greater trust in their employer.
  • Get visual: Post your tagline, values and mission statement throughout the facility.
  • Plan events that show employee appreciation.
  • Recognize company and employee accomplishments, internally via email and externally via email marketing and social media.
  • Host events that serve the community and encourage employee involvement.
  • Share customer testimonials with employees.
  • Demonstrate how our product functions with the end user. Employees will benefit from seeing how their contribution positively affects the world around them.

 

Generate Quality Job Candidates

As companies looking for employees, we operate in an “employees market”. Candidates have a plethora of choices and industries to enter into. So as employers, we have to think more creatively.

The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: “drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”

Translated: “Attracting potential candidates with valuable content that resonates with them, establishing you as an elite employer for whom they want to work.”

Best Practices

1. Create “employee persona(s)”.
The HubSpot inbound methodology describes buyer personas: “a buyer persona is a semi-fictional representation of our ideal customer, based upon market research and real data about our existing customers.”

Translated: an employee persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal employee based on our company needs, market research and real data about our existing employees and industry.

In the context of our new employee persona(s) we will be able to continue with the following best practices.

2. Using Your Employee Persona(s), create content and share it
Cash may be king, but so is content. Your digital presence is more than just having a static website and passively casting out a line on employment platforms and hoping for good candidates. The best content is ongoing, interactive, engaging and helpful. Content is also most effective when we diversify the platforms we utilize. A piece of content can also be created once and edited/repurposed for multiple platforms.
 
Content in this context is also not always directly talking about your need for employees. Think magnet, not bullhorn. Draw people into the conversation by creating parallel discussions.
 
For example, it could be a blog post about an employee’s career path, or a post about why your industry is so versatile and engaging. It could be an article that you repost that help educate potential candidates on the state of your industry.
  • Be ambassadors of your industry and company.
    Given the plethora of industry career options, many potential employees may not be aware of our industry and the vast opportunities it has to offer. It’s our job to be ambassadors and create awareness. Ask yourself questions like, “Does my industry have a negative perception?” or “Is my industry properly represented in high schools, trade schools and colleges?”
  • Gather information from current employees about why they love their career.
  • Get visual.
    In the context of where we advertise our company job openings, break up the monotony of long blocks of text and create visual graphics. This will keep our readers more engaged. For example, a graphic illustrating sample career paths or statistics about our industry

3. Create Relationships with educational institutions
Even school leaders, teachers and guidance counselors may not be aware of the vast opportunities within your industry. The content you create will be equally effective with them.

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with local schools that can establish an “employee pipeline”.
  • Start an apprenticeship, mentor and/or intern program that these schools can refer students to.
  • Host events at your facility to engage and educate students and school leaders. For example, host a MFG Day (a national initiative by NAM on the first Friday in October).

Useful Resources:

HubSpot Inbound Methodology

HubSpot Academy –There are dozens of courses in social media, marketing and sales. Most courses are just a few hours long with a test at the end to earn a certification.

Billion Dollar Graphics – PPT plugin using editable vector graphics. Once created in PPT, can be saved and used outside PPT. This user-friendly software is specifically made for amateurs!

Apps:

  • Word Swag – create graphics using words on images
  • Canva – create more complex graphics using templates
  • Videorama – create and edit videos

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees and some of our partners - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

This time, I interviewed Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales at Zestron. They manufacture water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards.

Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales,  Zestron

Stephanie: Sal, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Sal: I’m from North Jersey and went to engineering school there; that’s where I met Steve Pudles [former Zentech CEO]. But I only entered the electronics industry in 2010. Before that, I was involved in industrial equipment for many years.

I started with General Foods as a Project Engineer, in the commercial food industry. In 2010, I decided I wanted to try something different. That’s when I found Zestron. They were looking for a Technical Marketing Manager at the time. So here I am.

Stephanie: So what drew you to the electronics industry?

The neat thing about the electronics industry is that it’s constantly changing. When you look at the rate of change, it’s incredible. And that means there’s always opportunity. So at Zestron, we make water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards. And we’ve been able to do some revolutionary types of things over the years and I have enjoyed being a part of that. Our products are geared towards cost effectiveness and efficiency for our customers. Back when I started here, we introduced the first ever pH neutral cleaning agent. Just about every company now has sustainability objectives and the pH neutral product is part of that for us. We’re very much at the forefront of environmental sensitivity.

You had asked earlier why I like this industry so much. I feel like we’re on the forefront of technology here at Zestron, and in the electronics industry as a whole. Zestron is based in Germany where they do a lot of R&D. We have 8 technical centers around the world. The neat thing is as the sales team identifies needs from our customers, we’re able to take those back to our R&D team in Germany and actually translate those needs into solutions. That's definitely a satisfying feeling.

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees and some of our partners - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

This time, I interviewed Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales at Zestron. They manufacture water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards.

Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales,  Zestron

Stephanie: Sal, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Sal (00000)-1Sal: I’m from North Jersey and went to engineering school there; that’s where I met Steve Pudles [former Zentech CEO]. But I only entered the electronics industry in 2010. Before that, I was involved in industrial equipment for many years.

I started with General Foods as a Project Engineer, in the commercial food industry. In 2010, I decided I wanted to try something different. That’s when I found Zestron. They were looking for a Technical Marketing Manager at the time. So here I am.

Stephanie: So what drew you to the electronics industry?

The neat thing about the electronics industry is that it’s constantly changing. When you look at the rate of change, it’s incredible. And that means there’s always opportunity. So at Zestron, we make water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards. And we’ve been able to do some revolutionary types of things over the years and I have enjoyed being a part of that. Our products are geared towards cost effectiveness and efficiency for our customers. Back when I started here, we introduced the first ever pH neutral cleaning agent. Just about every company now has sustainability objectives and the pH neutral product is part of that for us. We’re very much at the forefront of environmental sensitivity.

You had asked earlier why I like this industry so much. I feel like we’re on the forefront of technology here at Zestron, and in the electronics industry as a whole. Zestron is based in Germany where they do a lot of R&D. We have 8 technical centers around the world. The neat thing is as the sales team identifies needs from our customers, we’re able to take those back to our R&D team in Germany and actually translate those needs into solutions. That's definitely a satisfying feeling.

We like to think of ourselves as more than just manufacturing a cleaning agent. We offer a lot of services above and beyond that. Here in Manassas [VA] is a Technical Center. We are able to help our customers identify and fix their board cleaning challenges.

Stephanie: If you were talking to a group of young people, what would you say to encourage them to enter into a manufacturing career?

Sal: I like to describe it as dynamic. My age bracket now, I’m a Technology Newcomer. Whereas young people are Technology Natives. That’s a great place to be as a young person looking at career options. As a young person, things are constantly changing, and you can always acquire new skills. You’re constantly learning and you will never be bored. It’s great time to be in this industry.

technology natives

 If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zestron:
ZESTRON manufactures water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards and is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and also operates in more than 35 countries. With eight technical centers worldwide and the industry’s most knowledgeable team of engineers focused on high precision cleaning, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal. For additional information or to tour one of our technical centers, please visit their website.

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

What I noticed most about Robin is her cheerful attitude and the value she contributes to the team.  She truly embodies what it means to be a part of the manufacturing process!

Robin, Shipping and Receiving Lead,  Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?  

Robin: I have been working here for 5 years. 

Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this?  

Robin: Yes – I worked in automotive manufacturing for 27 years; I was a Production Coordinator. 

Stephanie: How did you come to work in manufacturing?  

Robin: It fell in my lap, and I just loved it. 

Stephanie: Why do you love it?  

Robin: I love the challenge, and I like the preciseness of it and how detailed it is. 

Stephanie: What’s your title now? Because you just got promoted! 

Robin: Yes, I did. I was promoted to Shipping and Receiving Lead. 

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

What I noticed most about Robin is her cheerful attitude and the value she contributes to the team.  She truly embodies what it means to be a part of the manufacturing process!

Robin, Shipping and Receiving Lead,  Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?  

RobinRobin: I have been working here for 5 years. 

Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this?  

Robin: Yes – I worked in automotive manufacturing for 27 years; I was a Production Coordinator. 

Stephanie: How did you come to work in manufacturing?  

Robin: It fell in my lap, and I just loved it. 

Stephanie: Why do you love it?  

Robin: I love the challenge, and I like the preciseness of it and how detailed it is. 

precise

Stephanie: What’s your title now? Because you just got promoted! 

Robin: Yes, I did. I was promoted to Shipping and Receiving Lead. 

Stephanie: So, what was your progression?  

Robin: I started out as Clerk I, picking kits and putting them on the floor, and excelled at that. So, the Inventory Manager expanded my role, and I started learning new tasks. I really liked the hands-on learning. 

Stephanie: What does a typical day look like?  

Robin: Manufacturing is a very detailed process, and each department depends on others to get the work done. Kitting the parts is one of the first important processes on the list. So, when I arrive in the morning, I pick priority kits, so we stay ahead, and look at receiving reports, scrap reports.  

Stephanie: It requires a lot of planning.  

Robin: Yes, and communication.  

Stephanie: Yes, because everything has to keep flowing and you can’t have bottlenecks. 

Robin: Yes, and we work as a team, we communicate, and we are a family. 

 

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Andy, Testing Supervisor, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: What is your title here? 

Andy: I am the Testing Supervisor. 

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech? 

Andy: I started as a temp in 2010. 

Stephanie: What do you like about your job? 

Andy: I enjoy coming to work. It’s a great feeling to think about where I started [temp] to where I am now [supervisor]. I like the diversity of what we build. It’s neat to see it from the start to finish, and what it’s actually used for is pretty cool.  

Stephanie: It really matters. Manufacturing is the backbone of our infrastructure.  
Were you in manufacturing before you came here? 

Andy: I went to ITT and got my degree in Computer Electronics Engineering and Electronic Communications Engineering. I actually started here in SMT and then to AOI, to Flying Probe and finally to Conformal Coat. Eventually I ended up in Testing where I am now. That’s the great thing about Zentech – you’re not stuck in just one area. 

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Andy, Testing Supervisor, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: What is your title here? 

Andy: I am the Testing Supervisor. 

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech? 

AndyAndy: I started as a temp in 2010. 

Stephanie: What do you like about your job? 

Andy: I enjoy coming to work. It’s a great feeling to think about where I started [temp] to where I am now [supervisor]. I like the diversity of what we build. It’s neat to see it from the start to finish, and what it’s actually used for is pretty cool.  

Stephanie: It really matters. Manufacturing is the backbone of our infrastructure.  
Were you in manufacturing before you came here? 

Andy: I went to ITT and got my degree in Computer Electronics Engineering and Electronic Communications Engineering. I actually started here in SMT and then to AOI, to Flying Probe and finally to Conformal Coat. Eventually I ended up in Testing where I am now. That’s the great thing about Zentech – you’re not stuck in just one area. 

Stephanie: It kind of sounds like every day is different, a different challenge. 

Andy: Yes. A lot of trouble shooting in testing. I think it’s more fun that way.  

Stephanie: Did you have a perception of manufacturing before you came here?  

Andy: Well, I had always thought of it like an assembly line but when I got here, it felt like I was not in one at all. It’s not like an assembly line, it’s kind of diverse, not repetitive. 

assembly line

Stephanie: I’ve noticed that the younger generation may think of it as dirty or monotonous. 

Andy: It’s definitely cleaner and more controlled than you might think. 

Stephanie: Yes. And high tech. Digitized and automated. 

Andy: Yes, I think if people came here and realized everything you must learn and do, they would feel differently. Like, wow, there’s a lot more to this than I thought. 

Stephanie: And that means there’s more opportunities and skills to learn. It’s not just “building widgets” for 40 years straight.  

Andy: Yes. You’re not just turning wrenches and putting bolts in things; your job will be very diverse. And Zentech does a lot of cross training, so you get exposed to building something from start to finish, not just seeing your small part in it. 

Stephanie: Why do you like being here? 

Andy: I enjoy this industry. There are definitely growth opportunities. The diverse products we build are interesting, therefore the challenges are different every day. 

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Darryl, Production Manager, Zentech Baltimore

Stephanie: How long have you been with Zentech?

Darryl: I’ve been with Zentech for 13 years.

Stephanie: How did you find us?

Darryl: I was referred here by someone at my old job where I had been for 5 years, which was also an contract manufacturer.

Stephanie: So did you have specific schooling before coming?

Darryl: No I didn’t, though I had been doing wire harnesses and box builds, I had never worked in SMT. When I came on board here, I started off as an SMT Operator.

Stephanie: Then where did you move after that?

Darryl: After that, I moved to conformal coating. With time, I started becoming a stand out operator; everyone was doing 20-25 boards a day, I was doing about 30-35. I had a lot of ideas about how we could increase our output. So I went from an operator to a supervisor. One of the things that I’m most proud of is increasing productivity. We were obligated to produce 560 boards a month for this particular customer, and we revamped our process. Within 3 months we were able to get to 800, then in 2 months 1000, then the next month 1200. We were able to double our output by simply implementing continuous improvement.

Stephanie: What made you want to work in manufacturing?

Darryl: I was always interested, especially because we do a lot of aerospace work, and the things we do to help our warfighters.

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring. The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Darryl, Production Manager, Zentech Baltimore

Stephanie: How long have you been with Zentech?

Darryl: I’ve been with Zentech for 13 years.

Stephanie: How did you find us?

IMG_1082Darryl: I was referred here by someone at my old job where I had been for 5 years, which was also an contract manufacturer.

Stephanie: So did you have specific schooling before coming?

Darryl: No I didn’t, though I had been doing wire harnesses and box builds, I had never worked in SMT. When I came on board here, I started off as an SMT Operator.

Stephanie: Then where did you move after that?

Darryl: After that, I moved to conformal coating. With time, I started becoming a stand out operator; everyone was doing 20-25 boards a day, I was doing about 30-35. I had a lot of ideas about how we could increase our output. So I went from an operator to a supervisor. One of the things that I’m most proud of is increasing productivity. We were obligated to produce 560 boards a month for this particular customer, and we revamped our process. Within 3 months we were able to get to 800, then in 2 months 1000, then the next month 1200. We were able to double our output by simply implementing continuous improvement.

Stephanie: What made you want to work in manufacturing?

Darryl: I was always interested, especially because we do a lot of aerospace work, and the things we do to help our warfighters.

Stephanie: So do you enjoy seeing how things work?

All of it. I really enjoy seeing what we do and what platform it goes in. One of our contracts with a particular customer, the board we build is replacing about 600 pounds of old equipment. That is fascinating to me that technology can do that.

Stephanie: Why do you think that young people now don’t want to get into manufacturing?

I think because in the 80s, when the industry started slowing down and sending work overseas, it was not a popular industry to get into. I think a lot of people are unaware of how much the industry has grown in the last decade.

Stephanie: They are not aware of all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make their whole way of life conveniently available to them.

Darryl: Within schools now also, trades are not necessarily presented as a great alternative. Right now this is a really stable industry to be in. It’s really our responsibility to be ambassadors of our industry and make the younger generation aware of what’s available to them.

ambassadorsI have a soft spot for the next generation because I started in the industry when I was 19.

We need to get young people in here as there are seasoned employees here with all this tribal knowledge willing to train them. Pretty soon they are going to retire and leave and we need young people to replace them.

Stephanie: What’s your title now?

Darryl: Production Manager

Stephanie: So you progressed through quite a few positions.

I started as an SMT Operator, then SMT Line Lead, then Conformal Coating Operator and then Supervisor to finally where I am now. Through hard work, I was able to get here. One thing I like about Zentech is there is an opportunity for growth here. It’s all based on the individual, their attitude, work ethic, and their drive to learn.

Stephanie: So it’s not even so much talent that’s required vs. attitude.

Yes, everybody has to start somewhere. If you are willing to learn, you can create a career for yourself.

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Nicole - Inventory and Warehouse, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: What do you do here at Zentech? 

Nicole: I work with the inventory in the warehouse. 

How long have you been at Zentech?  

Nicole: I have been here for a year. 

Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before this?  

Nicole: Yes I was. 

Stephanie: So, what other manufacturing work have you done?  

Nicole: I came from a company that built monitors. I worked next to the engineers, and I helped make their first prototypes.  

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring. The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Nicole - Inventory and Warehouse, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: What do you do here at Zentech? 

Nicole: I work with the inventory in the warehouse. 

How long have you been at Zentech?  

Nicole2-1

Nicole: I have been here for a year. 

Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before this?  

Nicole: Yes I was. 

Stephanie: So, what other manufacturing work have you done?  

Nicole: I came from a company that built monitors. I worked next to the engineers, and I helped make their first prototypes.  

Stephanie: Did you earn any special certifications?  

Nicole: Yes, we regularly did onsite training for specialized certifications. 

Stephanie: So, what made you decide to come to Zentech?  

Nicole: During COVID, my previous employer was struggling, and I saw a job listing at Zentech on Indeed and someone also referred me. And I’ve been at home ever since. 

Stephanie: Did you always want to be in manufacturing?  

Nicole: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I always wanted to be an engineer actually. I also like to work with my hands and deal with people, so this field was a great fit for me.  Nicole1

Stephanie: The younger generation, it seems like their perception of manufacturing is dirty, monotonous, etc. What would you say to them? 

Nicole: It’s a great career start for them. It’s not dirty or monotonous but you do have to be focused. There’s a lot of details and processes in manufacturing. And if you start in one area, you don’t have to stay there. There’s lots of possibilities.  

Stephanie: There’s a lot of versatility within a manufacturing plant that I don’t think people realize. What do you think you’d like to do next?  

Nicole: I’d like to learn how to operate the SMT machines – I always like a challenge. Our machines are always humming, and I like to stay busy, so I’m looking forward to learning that next.  

Stephanie: Thank you Nicole for your poisitive attitude and contribution to Zentech! 

 

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Kay - Assistant Quality Manager, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How did you get into manufacturing? 

Kay: Manufacturing was actually my first job. I started with it because I knew it was stable income. As an 18-year-old, I liked that it came with benefits. I was there for 4 years, and it was the best job I ever had.  I just fell in love with the flexibility of it; learning a bunch of different trades under one roof by people who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. I liked that I could just jump in as an inexperienced person and do that without going to school, spending extra time and money. I was getting onsite experience while getting paid. I still remember so many skills that I learned. I’ve been at a few other jobs and definitely there and here at Zentech have been the best.  

Stephanie: How long have you been here? 

Kay: I’ve only been here for a year. Overall, I have just 7 years’ experience in manufacturing. I can have a personal style that doesn’t inhibit me from getting hired and doing my job well. Manufacturing really focuses on what you can do.  

Stephanie: Is everything you do each day different, versatile? 

For me, the job that I have right now is very flexible. I am the assistant to the Quality Manager. That means I handle things on the fly. There are some set deadlines, but a lot is handling things as they come. Whether it’s a customer return or wanting to get ahead of an issue.  

Stephanie: I think that’s the cool thing about manufacturing; it’s a different challenge every day, but I think a lot of people might not realize this. They may think it’s monotonous or repetitive. Yes, we are building things over and over but for us each build is different. 

Kay: “Monotony” is not always a bad thing – you come to work, you know what to expect, you know what you are doing, you can just keep plugging away and listen to podcasts and I would rather that than look at a computer all day. In a way it’s relaxing. Especially if you like to see how things work.  

If you don’t want to go to years of school for engineering, jump into the hands-on side of it and manufacturing will start you off with good pay.

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I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Kay - Assistant Quality Manager, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How did you get into manufacturing? 

Kay: Manufacturing was actually my first job. I started with it because I knew it was stable income. As an 18-year-old, I liked that it came with benefits. I was there for 4 years, and it was the best job I ever had.  I just fell in love with the flexibility of it; learning a bunch of different trades under one roof by people who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. I liked that I could just jump in as an inexperienced person and do that without going to school, spending extra time and money. I was getting onsite experience while getting paid. I still remember so many skills that I learned. I’ve been at a few other jobs and definitely there and here at Zentech have been the best.  

onsite experienceStephanie: How long have you been here? 

KayKay: I’ve only been here for a year. Overall, I have just 7 years’ experience in manufacturing. I can have a personal style that doesn’t inhibit me from getting hired and doing my job well. Manufacturing really focuses on what you can do.  

Stephanie: Is everything you do each day different, versatile? 

For me, the job that I have right now is very flexible. I am the assistant to the Quality Manager. That means I handle things on the fly. There are some set deadlines, but a lot is handling things as they come. Whether it’s a customer return or wanting to get ahead of an issue.  

Stephanie: I think that’s the cool thing about manufacturing; it’s a different challenge every day, but I think a lot of people might not realize this. They may think it’s monotonous or repetitive. Yes, we are building things over and over but for us each build is different. 

Kay: “Monotony” is not always a bad thing – you come to work, you know what to expect, you know what you are doing, you can just keep plugging away and listen to podcasts and I would rather that than look at a computer all day. In a way it’s relaxing. Especially if you like to see how things work.  

If you don’t want to go to years of school for engineering, jump into the hands-on side of it and manufacturing will start you off with good pay.

So you’ve learned everything on the job? 

Yes, exactly.  

Kay1Have you done any of the IPC certifications? 

Yes. The longer you are in a specific avenue of manufacturing, the more people realize you’re here to stay and put into the company, then they will put into you as well. So, then they paid for me to get my certifications, which makes me more valuable and it’s also fun for me and keeps me engaged. I really like teaching so I’m going to be teaching our in-house training.  

So, you are also an IPC Trainer? 

Yes. I like to be able to teach concepts to people which I will be able to do here. 

Why do you like working at Zentech? 

I’ve seen a lot of bosses before at other jobs treat people really badly. That’s not the case here.  Obviously, deadlines and quality matter, but we don’t lose sight of the fact that people matter. Time off is highly respected.  

You have a really great group of leadership here and their positive energy, I can see that it trickles down to everyone.  

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Cyndi - Scheduling Manager, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How long have you been working at Zentech? 

Cyndi: I started 12 years ago as an SMT Operator. 

Stephanie: What else have you been doing here? 

Cyndi: I became the Lead of SMT and then eventually the supervisor and I was asked to help out with scheduling. Eventually they offered me the scheduling position. 

Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before? 

Cyndi: I was, but the place I worked for closed in 2008. At that point, I went back to school and got a degree to be a paralegal, actually. But I decided I didn’t like being behind a desk! 

 

I enjoy manufacturing, I enjoy being able to see what I accomplished at the end of the day, physically making something. 

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring. The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

Mfg Myth Graphic-2

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Cyndi - Scheduling Manager, Zentech Bloomington

Stephanie: How long have you been working at Zentech? 

CindyCyndi: I started 12 years ago as an SMT Operator. 

Stephanie: What else have you been doing here? 

Cyndi: I became the Lead of SMT and then eventually the supervisor and I was asked to help out with scheduling. Eventually they offered me the scheduling position. 

Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before? 

Cyndi: I was, but the place I worked for closed in 2008. At that point, I went back to school and got a degree to be a paralegal, actually. But I decided I didn’t like being behind a desk! 

 

I enjoy manufacturing, I enjoy being able to see what I accomplished at the end of the day, physically making something. 

 Stephanie: Do you feel like it’s pretty versatile? 

Cyndi: Yes, I do. It keeps it interesting.  

Stephanie: Before getting into manufacturing, did you have a certain perception of it? 

Cyndi: My dad worked in manufacturing, and he was my first boss, actually. He used to bring stuff home, like a blueprint or a drawing, and ask me to make the prototype. I learned how to read drawings and make things from scratch.  

Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation does not always have their parents encouraging them to get into it, perhaps because they don’t realize how versatile it is and how much is available to them. 

Cyndi: I think so. I didn’t know much about electronics manufacturing when I started. I looked at it with the mentality that I can make things. I don’t always have to know the bigger picture and what it does, my job is simply to make it. I believe anyone can learn to read a drawing and operate a machine.   

Stephanie: Why have you stayed at Zentech? 

Cyndi: Definitely the people. I enjoy fixing problems, making processes more efficient and at the end of the day, having made something.  

You can push papers all day but it’s not the same thing. Manufacturing is tangible evidence of your productivity. The machine is humming, I’m humming and we’re in sync. 

productivityStephanie: Not every career has to be at a desk. Not every kid wants to be behind a desk. This is a way to show them a different path.  

Cyndi: Yes, exactly.

Stephanie: Thank you, Cyndi, for your years of service to Zentech! 

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Lyndon - Production & Test Manager, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech? 

Lyndon: I have been here for a year and a half. 

Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this, or is this new for you? 

Lyndon: I am new to manufacturing. 

Stephanie: What type of schooling did you have? 

Lyndon: I went to school for Electrical Engineering. 

Stephanie: What is your title here at Zentech? 

Lyndon: I started out as a Test Engineer and have recently been promoted to Production and Test Manager. 

Stephanie: Congrats! Have you always wanted to be an Engineer?

Lyndon: When I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer or an engineer. 

Stephanie: What school did you go to? 

Lyndon: Texas A&M. 

Stephanie: I’ve noticed the younger generation isn’t as interested in manufacturing or doesn’t realize it’s a viable career. What do you think? 

Lyndon: I think they often opt to go to school because they think they can make more money elsewhere rather than manufacturing, but the path to earning more money takes longer. 

However, what they may not realize is, in manufacturing, there’s more options, without a lot of school. You can immediately get your foot in the door and work your way up.  


And manufacturing is fun; building is fun.

Stephanie: So, to the person who may not want to or be able to afford schooling, why would you recommend manufacturing?  

Lyndon: You can make decent money right away doing full-time work and you will learn a lot very quickly and actually get hands-on experience instead of just sitting in a classroom. A lot of people gain satisfaction when you can see how a product is built from beginning to end.   

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring. The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

Mfg Myth Graphic-2

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Lyndon - Production & Test Manager, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech? 

Lyndon: I have been here for a year and a half. 

Lyndon2-1Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this, or is this new for you? 

Lyndon: I am new to manufacturing. 

Stephanie: What type of schooling did you have? 

Lyndon: I went to school for Electrical Engineering. 

Stephanie: What is your title here at Zentech? 

Lyndon: I started out as a Test Engineer and have recently been promoted to Production and Test Manager. 

Stephanie: Congrats! Have you always wanted to be an Engineer?

Lyndon: When I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer or an engineer. 

Stephanie: What school did you go to? 

Lyndon: Texas A&M. 

Stephanie: I’ve noticed the younger generation isn’t as interested in manufacturing or doesn’t realize it’s a viable career. What do you think? 

Lyndon1-1Lyndon: I think they often opt to go to school because they think they can make more money elsewhere rather than manufacturing, but the path to earning more money takes longer. 

However, what they may not realize is, in manufacturing, there’s more options, without a lot of school. You can immediately get your foot in the door and work your way up.  

foot in the door
And manufacturing is fun; building is fun.

Stephanie: So, to the person who may not want to or be able to afford schooling, why would you recommend manufacturing?  

Lyndon: You can make decent money right away doing full-time work and you will learn a lot very quickly and actually get hands-on experience instead of just sitting in a classroom. A lot of people gain satisfaction when you can see how a product is built from beginning to end.   

satisfaction

Stephanie: If you don’t have experience, you start out making more money than perhaps in another industry. 

Lyndon: Yes. And you can learn anything here, there’s lots of options. 

Stephanie: So, you can move around and try out different areas. 

Lyndon: Yes. There are definitely ways to make a good living in manufacturing. You just need people with a great attitude, and you can teach them the skills.  

Stephanie: I see it as attitude often coming before the talent.

attitude

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Melissa - Hand Soldering, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: Have you always done this type of work?

Melissa: I’ve always done this. I started hand soldering in 1988 and this is the 3rd company I’ve worked for. I’ve had long tenures at companies. 

Stephanie: Did you go to special schooling for hand soldering, or did you learn on the job? 

Melissa: On the job. Though they sent me to IPC training. But from then on, I learned everything on the job. 

Stephanie: So, what made you decide to take this route? 

It just happened to fall in my lap. I was in college, and I had 2 brothers here in Dallas and one of my older brothers asked me to come and visit and get a summer job. I’m from Mississippi. I came to get a summer job and I never went back. I had friends who worked at a local electronics manufacturing company. They suggested I fill out an application. I’ve been in the industry ever since. 

Stephanie: Why do you like your job? 

Melissa: You know, I do a lot of re-work here. So, I think when I receive something that is broken, and I get to fix it – it feels like I really accomplished something.   

Stephanie: And you have something tangible that you can say, “I fixed this.” 

Melissa: Exactly. It goes back to the customer, and it works. That makes me feel good. I like fixing things. 

Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation isn’t interested in manufacturing. Do you have an opinion on why or what you would tell them?

Melissa: The thing about it – the younger generation, they have more technology at their fingertips, it’s all just “there”. When I started, it was all new and so I recognized it – oh so this goes in a remote, or a radio.

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This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".  Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring. The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!

Mfg Myth Graphic-2

I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.

Melissa - Hand Soldering, Zentech Dallas

Stephanie: Have you always done this type of work?

Melissa 2Melissa: I’ve always done this. I started hand soldering in 1988 and this is the 3rd company I’ve worked for. I’ve had long tenures at companies. 

Stephanie: Did you go to special schooling for hand soldering, or did you learn on the job? 

Melissa: On the job. Though they sent me to IPC training. But from then on, I learned everything on the job. 

Stephanie: So, what made you decide to take this route? 

It just happened to fall in my lap. I was in college, and I had 2 brothers here in Dallas and one of my older brothers asked me to come and visit and get a summer job. I’m from Mississippi. I came to get a summer job and I never went back. I had friends who worked at a local electronics manufacturing company. They suggested I fill out an application. I’ve been in the industry ever since. 

Stephanie: Why do you like your job? 

Melissa: You know, I do a lot of re-work here. So, I think when I receive something that is broken, and I get to fix it – it feels like I really accomplished something.   

Stephanie: And you have something tangible that you can say, “I fixed this.” 

Melissa: Exactly. It goes back to the customer, and it works. That makes me feel good. I like fixing things. 

Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation isn’t interested in manufacturing. Do you have an opinion on why or what you would tell them?

Melissa: The thing about it – the younger generation, they have more technology at their fingertips, it’s all just “there”. When I started, it was all new and so I recognized it – oh so this goes in a remote, or a radio.

Stephanie: Maybe they take it for granted because it’s always just been there for them.

Melissa 1Melissa: Yes. But I could see it. For example, this little board goes in a key fob, which I found interesting. We used to make remotes for cable boxes, and they would bring them back in broken. And I would take it apart and fix it. And in today’s society, they look at a remote and it’s not novel, it’s every-day. They have so much more. 

Stephanie: It’s in everything they interact with. 

Melissa: They have this gaming system but if they want another one, they can just get that one. So much variety. We didn’t have variety like that. If they had to look inside and try and fix it and see what everything was – and how it operates, I think it would be more interesting to them.  

Stephanie: If you could tell them why they should choose this career what would you say?  

Melissa: I think there’s value in building things and knowing how they work. I think they should try it because everything they own and interact with is electronic. If they really get into it, they could one day invent something that changes the world.   

invent

Stephanie: They could be the next Steve Jobs. One day you and I won’t be here to continue the enormous infrastructure that they are used to having. So, we need them.    

Melissa: We used to build the LED lights for the stadium. I hope that the younger generation will start to recognize that. “Those lights. I helped build those.” They are using all these electronics. We need younger people to get into the industry and contribute their innovations. They have great ideas to share.  

innovations-1I am always thinking about how I can make something better. And when I do, it feels good, I feel a sense of accomplishment.  

Stephanie: Maybe this is too philosophical, but there’s so much in the world you can’t fix – so at least here, for a little part of the day, you can fix something. 

Melissa: Yes, exactly. 

Stephanie: Thank you Melissa for your insights and for all you do!  

 

If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our Zentech Careers website.

Additional Resources: 
IPC Educational Foundation - Electronics Career Profiles
Creators Wanted
- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the IPC.

Zentech Baltimore Video Tour

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I would argue that the same marketing principles and tools can be utilized internally; improving employee retention and generating more quality job candidates. We’ve sold our customers on our brand, services and products but have we sold our current and future employees?</p> <p>The catalyst for my ideas came from HubSpot’s <a href="https://www.hubspot.com/resources/inbound-marketing-strategy">Inbound Methodology</a> which describes marketing as more like a magnet and less like a bullhorn. Inbound Marketing is about <em>“attracting customers by creating valuable content and experiences tailored to them.”</em></p> <h2 style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><strong>Generate Employees that Stay</strong></span></h2> <p>Think about the marketing activities we conduct to attract customers. Consider how these activities can be modified to attract our employees, creating loyalty, stronger work ethic and buy-in.</p> <p>The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: <em>“drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 0.5in;"><u>Translated:</u> “Engaging our employees with valuable communication and activities that establish us as an elite employer for whom they are proud to work for.”</p> <h3 style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #000000;"><strong></strong></span></h3> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>Often times we only view sales and marketing as a way to generate customers. I would argue that the same marketing principles and tools can be utilized internally; improving employee retention and generating more quality job candidates. We’ve sold our customers on our brand, services and products but have we sold our current and future employees?</p> <p>The catalyst for my ideas came from HubSpot’s <a href="https://www.hubspot.com/resources/inbound-marketing-strategy">Inbound Methodology</a> which describes marketing as more like a magnet and less like a bullhorn. Inbound Marketing is about <em>“attracting customers by creating valuable content and experiences tailored to them.”</em></p> <h2 style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><strong>Generate Employees that Stay</strong></span></h2> <p>Think about the marketing activities we conduct to attract customers. Consider how these activities can be modified to attract our employees, creating loyalty, stronger work ethic and buy-in.</p> <p>The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: <em>“drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 0.5in;"><u>Translated:</u> “Engaging our employees with valuable communication and activities that establish us as an elite employer for whom they are proud to work for.”</p> <h3 style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #000000;"><strong>Best Practices</strong></span></h3> <ul> <li>Create a company e-newsletter – we communicate regularly with our customers; this communication can be just as effective with employees. Feeling more connected and informed leads to greater trust in their employer.</li> <li>Get visual: Post your tagline, values and mission statement throughout the facility.</li> <li>Plan events that show employee appreciation.</li> <li>Recognize company and employee accomplishments, internally via email and externally via email marketing and social media.</li> <li>Host events that serve the community and encourage employee involvement.</li> <li>Share customer testimonials with employees.</li> <li>Demonstrate how our product functions with the end user. Employees will benefit from seeing how their contribution positively affects the world around them.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><strong>Generate Quality Job Candidates</strong></span></h2> <p>As companies looking for employees, we operate in an “employees market”. Candidates have a plethora of choices and industries to enter into. So as employers, we have to think more creatively.</p> <p>The HubSpot Attract Stage of Inbound Methodology: <em>“drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.”</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 0.5in;"><u>Translated:</u> “Attracting potential candidates with valuable content that resonates with them, establishing you as an elite employer for whom they want to work.”</p> <h3 style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><strong>Best Practices</strong></span></h3> <strong>1. Create “employee persona(s)”.</strong> <br>The HubSpot inbound methodology describes buyer personas: <em>“a buyer persona is a semi-fictional representation of our ideal customer, based upon market research and real data about our existing customers.”</em> <br> <p style="padding-left: 1in;"><u>Translated:</u> an employee persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal employee based on our company needs, market research and real data about our existing employees and industry.</p> <p style="padding-left: 1in;">In the context of our new employee persona(s) we will be able to continue with the following best practices.</p> <strong>2. Using Your Employee Persona(s), create content and share it</strong> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">Cash may be king, but so is content. Your digital presence is more than just having a static website and passively casting out a line on employment platforms and hoping for good candidates. The best content is ongoing, interactive, engaging and helpful. Content is also most effective when we diversify the platforms we utilize. A piece of content can also be created once and edited/repurposed for multiple platforms.</span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">Content in this context is also not always directly talking about your need for employees. Think magnet, not bullhorn. Draw people into the conversation by creating parallel discussions.</span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">For example, it could be a blog post about an employee’s career path, or a post about why your industry is so versatile and engaging. It could be an article that you repost that help educate potential candidates on the state of your industry.</span> <ul> <li><strong>Be ambassadors of your industry and company.</strong><br>Given the plethora of industry career options, many potential employees may not be aware of our industry and the vast opportunities it has to offer. It’s our job to be ambassadors and create awareness. Ask yourself questions like, “Does my industry have a negative perception?” or “Is my industry properly represented in high schools, trade schools and colleges?”</li> <li><strong>Gather information</strong> <strong>from current employees</strong> about why they love their career.</li> <li><strong>Get visual. <br></strong>In the context of where we advertise our company job openings, break up the monotony of long blocks of text and create visual graphics. This will keep our readers more engaged. For example, a graphic illustrating sample career paths or statistics about our industry</li> </ul> <p><strong>3. Create Relationships with educational institutions<br></strong>Even school leaders, teachers and guidance counselors may not be aware of the vast opportunities within your industry. The content you create will be equally effective with them.</p> <ul> <li>Maintain ongoing relationships with local schools that can establish an “employee pipeline”.</li> <li>Start an apprenticeship, mentor and/or intern program that these schools can refer students to.</li> <li>Host events at your facility to engage and educate students and school leaders. For example, host a MFG Day (a national initiative by NAM on the first Friday in October).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Useful Resources: </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.hubspot.com/resources/inbound-marketing-strategy">HubSpot Inbound Methodology</a></p> <p><a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/academy.hubspot.com">HubSpot Academy</a><span><span style="color: black; text-decoration: none;"> –There are dozens of courses in social media, marketing and sales. Most courses are just a few hours long with a test at the end to earn a certification. </span></span></p> <p><a href="https://billiondollargraphics.com/build-a-graphic/">Billion Dollar Graphics</a><span><span style="color: black; text-decoration: none;"> – PPT plugin using editable vector graphics. Once created in PPT, can be saved and used outside PPT. This user-friendly software is specifically made for amateurs!</span></span></p> <p><strong>Apps:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Word Swag – create graphics using words on images</li> <li>Canva – create more complex graphics using templates</li> <li>Videorama – create and edit videos</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fcreative-workforce-development-strategy&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Fri, 12 Jan 2024 16:12:29 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/creative-workforce-development-strategy 2024-01-12T16:12:29Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 12 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-12-0 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-12-0" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Sal%20%2800000%29-1.jpg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 12" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees and some of our partners - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p>This time, I interviewed Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales at Zestron. They manufacture water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales,&nbsp; Zestron</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Sal, tell me a little bit about yourself.</p> <p>Sal: I’m from North Jersey and went to engineering school there; that’s where I met Steve Pudles [former Zentech CEO]. But I only entered the electronics industry in 2010. Before that, I was involved in industrial equipment for many years.</p> <p>I started with General Foods as a Project Engineer, in the commercial food industry. In 2010, I decided I wanted to try something different. That’s when I found Zestron. They were looking for a Technical Marketing Manager at the time. So here I am.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: So what drew you to the electronics industry?</p> <p>The neat thing about the electronics industry is that it’s constantly changing. When you look at the rate of change, it’s incredible. And that means there’s always opportunity. So at Zestron, we make water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards. And we’ve been able to do some revolutionary types of things over the years and I have enjoyed being a part of that. Our products are geared towards cost effectiveness and efficiency for our customers. Back when I started here, we introduced the first ever pH neutral cleaning agent. Just about every company now has sustainability objectives and the pH neutral product is part of that for us. We’re very much at the forefront of environmental sensitivity.</p> <p>You had asked earlier why I like this industry so much. I feel like we’re on the forefront of technology here at Zestron, and in the electronics industry as a whole. Zestron is based in Germany where they do a lot of R&amp;D. We have 8 technical centers around the world. The neat thing is as the sales team identifies needs from our customers, we’re able to take those back to our R&amp;D team in Germany and actually translate those needs into solutions. That's definitely a satisfying feeling.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees and some of our partners - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p>This time, I interviewed Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales at Zestron. They manufacture water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Sal Sparacino, Director of Sales,&nbsp; Zestron</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Sal, tell me a little bit about yourself.</p> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Sal%20(00000)-1.jpg?width=240&amp;height=311&amp;name=Sal%20(00000)-1.jpg" width="240" height="311" alt="Sal (00000)-1" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 240px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 1px 0px;">Sal: I’m from North Jersey and went to engineering school there; that’s where I met Steve Pudles [former Zentech CEO]. But I only entered the electronics industry in 2010. Before that, I was involved in industrial equipment for many years.</p> <p>I started with General Foods as a Project Engineer, in the commercial food industry. In 2010, I decided I wanted to try something different. That’s when I found Zestron. They were looking for a Technical Marketing Manager at the time. So here I am.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: So what drew you to the electronics industry?</p> <p>The neat thing about the electronics industry is that it’s constantly changing. When you look at the rate of change, it’s incredible. And that means there’s always opportunity. So at Zestron, we make water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards. And we’ve been able to do some revolutionary types of things over the years and I have enjoyed being a part of that. Our products are geared towards cost effectiveness and efficiency for our customers. Back when I started here, we introduced the first ever pH neutral cleaning agent. Just about every company now has sustainability objectives and the pH neutral product is part of that for us. We’re very much at the forefront of environmental sensitivity.</p> <p>You had asked earlier why I like this industry so much. I feel like we’re on the forefront of technology here at Zestron, and in the electronics industry as a whole. Zestron is based in Germany where they do a lot of R&amp;D. We have 8 technical centers around the world. The neat thing is as the sales team identifies needs from our customers, we’re able to take those back to our R&amp;D team in Germany and actually translate those needs into solutions. That's definitely a satisfying feeling.</p> <p><span></span></p> <p>We like to think of ourselves as more than just manufacturing a cleaning agent. We offer a lot of services above and beyond that. Here in Manassas [VA] is a Technical Center. We are able to help our customers identify and fix their board cleaning challenges.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: If you were talking to a group of young people, what would you say to encourage them to enter into a manufacturing career?</p> <p>Sal: I like to describe it as dynamic. My age bracket now, I’m a Technology Newcomer. Whereas young people are Technology Natives. That’s a great place to be as a young person looking at career options. As a young person, things are constantly changing, and you can always acquire new skills. You’re constantly learning and you will never be bored. It’s great time to be in this industry.</p> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/technology%20natives.jpg?width=419&amp;height=162&amp;name=technology%20natives.jpg" width="419" height="162" alt="technology natives" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 419px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></p> <p>&nbsp;If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zestron:<br></span><a href="http://www.zestron.com">ZESTRON</a> manufactures water based cleaning agents for printed circuit boards and is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and also operates in more than 35 countries. With eight technical centers worldwide and the industry’s most knowledgeable team of engineers focused on high precision cleaning, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.&nbsp;For additional information or to tour one of our technical centers, please visit<span> their <a href="http://www.zestron.com">website.</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-12-0&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Tue, 12 Dec 2023 13:30:31 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-12-0 2023-12-12T13:30:31Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 11 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-11 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-11" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Robin.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 11" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p>What I noticed most about Robin is her cheerful attitude and the value she contributes to the team.&nbsp; She truly embodies what it means to be a part of the manufacturing process!</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Robin, Shipping and Receiving Lead,&nbsp; Zentech Bloomington</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: I have been working here for 5 years.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this?</span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: Yes – I worked in automotive manufacturing for 27 years; I was a Production Coordinator.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How did you come to work in manufacturing?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: It fell in my lap, and I just loved it.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Why do you love it?&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: I love the challenge, and I like the preciseness of it and how detailed it is.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What’s your title now? Because you just got promoted!</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: Yes, I did. I was promoted to Shipping and Receiving Lead.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p>What I noticed most about Robin is her cheerful attitude and the value she contributes to the team.&nbsp; She truly embodies what it means to be a part of the manufacturing process!</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Robin, Shipping and Receiving Lead,&nbsp; Zentech Bloomington</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Robin.jpeg?width=216&amp;height=237&amp;name=Robin.jpeg" width="216" height="237" alt="Robin" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 216px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;">Robin: I have been working here for 5 years.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this?</span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: Yes – I worked in automotive manufacturing for 27 years; I was a Production Coordinator.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How did you come to work in manufacturing?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: It fell in my lap, and I just loved it.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Why do you love it?&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: I love the challenge, and I like the preciseness of it and how detailed it is.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/precise.jpg?width=425&amp;height=130&amp;name=precise.jpg" width="425" height="130" alt="precise" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 425px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What’s your title now? Because you just got promoted!</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Robin: Yes, I did. I was promoted to Shipping and Receiving Lead.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: So, what was your progression?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: I started out as Clerk I, picking kits and putting them on the floor, and excelled at that. So, the Inventory Manager expanded my role, and I started learning new tasks. I really liked the hands-on learning.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What does a typical day look like?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: Manufacturing is a very detailed process, and each department depends on others to get the work done. Kitting the parts is one of the first important processes on the list. So, when I arrive in the morning, I pick priority kits, so we stay ahead, and look at receiving reports, scrap reports.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: It requires a lot of planning.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: Yes, and communication.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Yes, because everything has to keep flowing and you can’t have bottlenecks.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Robin: Yes, and we work as a team, we communicate, and we are a family.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-11&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Wed, 29 Nov 2023 12:57:48 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-11 2023-11-29T12:57:48Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 10 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-10 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-10" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Andy.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 10" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Andy, Testing Supervisor, Zentech Bloomington</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What is your title here?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: I am the Testing Supervisor.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: I started as a temp in 2010.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What do you like about your job?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: I enjoy coming to work. It’s a great feeling to think about where I started [temp] to where I am now [supervisor]. I like&nbsp;the diversity of what we build. It’s neat to see it from the start to finish, and what it’s actually used for is pretty cool.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: It really matters. Manufacturing is the backbone of our infrastructure. &nbsp;</span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Were you in manufacturing before you came here?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: I went to ITT and got my degree in Computer Electronics Engineering and Electronic Communications Engineering. I actually started here in SMT and then to AOI, to Flying Probe and finally to Conformal Coat. Eventually I ended up in Testing where I am now.&nbsp;That’s the great thing about Zentech – you’re not stuck in just one area.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">Andy, Testing Supervisor, Zentech Bloomington</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What is your title here?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: I am the Testing Supervisor.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Andy.jpeg?width=323&amp;height=431&amp;name=Andy.jpeg" width="323" height="431" alt="Andy" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 323px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;">Andy: I started as a temp in 2010.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: What do you like about your job?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: I enjoy coming to work. It’s a great feeling to think about where I started [temp] to where I am now [supervisor]. I like&nbsp;the diversity of what we build. It’s neat to see it from the start to finish, and what it’s actually used for is pretty cool.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: It really matters. Manufacturing is the backbone of our infrastructure. &nbsp;</span><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Were you in manufacturing before you came here?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: I went to ITT and got my degree in Computer Electronics Engineering and Electronic Communications Engineering. I actually started here in SMT and then to AOI, to Flying Probe and finally to Conformal Coat. Eventually I ended up in Testing where I am now.&nbsp;That’s the great thing about Zentech – you’re not stuck in just one area.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: It kind of sounds like every day is different, a different challenge.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: Yes. A lot of trouble shooting in testing. I think it’s more fun that way.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Did you have a perception of manufacturing before you came here?</span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Andy: Well, I had always thought of it like an assembly line but when I got here, it felt like I was not in one at all. It’s not like an assembly line, it’s kind of diverse, not repetitive.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/assembly%20line.jpg?width=395&amp;height=139&amp;name=assembly%20line.jpg" width="395" height="139" alt="assembly line" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 395px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: I’ve noticed that the younger generation may think of it as dirty or monotonous.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: It’s definitely cleaner and more controlled than you might think.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Yes. And high tech. Digitized and automated.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: Yes, I think if people came here and realized everything you must learn and do, they would feel differently. Like, wow, there’s a lot more to this than I thought.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: And that means there’s more opportunities and skills to learn. It’s not just “building widgets” for 40 years straight.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: Yes. You’re not just turning wrenches and putting bolts in things; your job will be very diverse. And Zentech does a lot of cross training, so you get exposed to building something from start to finish, not just seeing your small part in it.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Why do you like being here?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Andy: I enjoy this industry. There are definitely growth opportunities. The diverse products we build are interesting, therefore the challenges are different every day.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-10&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Mon, 06 Nov 2023 17:40:10 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-10 2023-11-06T17:40:10Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 9 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-9 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-9" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/IMG_1082.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 9" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Darryl, Production Manager, Zentech Baltimore</h4> <p><strong>Stephanie: How long have you been with Zentech?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: I’ve been with Zentech for 13 years.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: How did you find us?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: I was referred here by someone at my old job where I had been for 5 years, which was also an contract manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: So did you have specific schooling before coming?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: No I didn’t, though I had been doing wire harnesses and box builds, I had never worked in SMT. When I came on board here, I started off as an SMT Operator.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: Then where did you move after that?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: After that, I moved to conformal coating. With time, I started becoming a stand out operator; everyone was doing 20-25 boards a day, I was doing about 30-35. I had a lot of ideas about how we could increase our output. So I went from an operator to a supervisor. One of the things that I’m most proud of is increasing productivity. We were obligated to produce 560 boards a month for this particular customer, and we revamped our process. Within 3 months we were able to get to 800, then in 2 months 1000, then the next month 1200. We were able to double our output by simply implementing continuous improvement.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: What made you want to work in manufacturing?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: I was always interested, especially because we do a lot of aerospace work, and the things we do to help our warfighters.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Darryl, Production Manager, Zentech Baltimore</h4> <p><strong>Stephanie: How long have you been with Zentech?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: I’ve been with Zentech for 13 years.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: How did you find us?</strong></p> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_1082.jpeg?width=234&amp;height=339&amp;name=IMG_1082.jpeg" width="234" height="339" alt="IMG_1082" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 234px; margin: 0px 12px 1px 0px; float: left;">Darryl: I was referred here by someone at my old job where I had been for 5 years, which was also an contract manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: So did you have specific schooling before coming?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: No I didn’t, though I had been doing wire harnesses and box builds, I had never worked in SMT. When I came on board here, I started off as an SMT Operator.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: Then where did you move after that?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: After that, I moved to conformal coating. With time, I started becoming a stand out operator; everyone was doing 20-25 boards a day, I was doing about 30-35. I had a lot of ideas about how we could increase our output. So I went from an operator to a supervisor. One of the things that I’m most proud of is increasing productivity. We were obligated to produce 560 boards a month for this particular customer, and we revamped our process. Within 3 months we were able to get to 800, then in 2 months 1000, then the next month 1200. We were able to double our output by simply implementing continuous improvement.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: What made you want to work in manufacturing?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: I was always interested, especially because we do a lot of aerospace work, and the things we do to help our warfighters.</p> <p><span></span></p> <p><strong>Stephanie: So do you enjoy seeing how things work?</strong></p> <p>All of it. I really enjoy seeing what we do and what platform it goes in. One of our contracts with a particular customer, the board we build is replacing about 600 pounds of old equipment. That is fascinating to me that technology can do that.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: Why do you think that young people now don’t want to get into manufacturing? </strong></p> <p>I think because in the 80s, when the industry started slowing down and sending work overseas, it was not a popular industry to get into. I think a lot of people are unaware of how much the industry has grown in the last decade.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: They are not aware of all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make their whole way of life conveniently available to them.</strong></p> <p>Darryl: Within schools now also, trades are not necessarily presented as a great alternative. Right now this is a really stable industry to be in. It’s really our responsibility to be ambassadors of our industry and make the younger generation aware of what’s available to them.</p> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/ambassadors.jpg?width=336&amp;height=123&amp;name=ambassadors.jpg" width="336" height="123" alt="ambassadors" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 336px; margin: 0px auto 6px; display: block;">I have a soft spot for the next generation because I started in the industry when I was 19.</p> <p>We need to get young people in here as there are seasoned employees here with all this tribal knowledge willing to train them. Pretty soon they are going to retire and leave and we need young people to replace them.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: What’s your title now?</strong></p> <p>Darryl: Production Manager</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: So you progressed through quite a few positions.</strong></p> <p>I started as an SMT Operator, then SMT Line Lead, then Conformal Coating Operator and then Supervisor to finally where I am now. Through hard work, I was able to get here. One thing I like about Zentech is there is an opportunity for growth here. It’s all based on the individual, their attitude, work ethic, and their drive to learn.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie: So it’s not even so much talent that’s required vs. attitude. </strong></p> <p>Yes, everybody has to start somewhere. If you are willing to learn, you can create a career for yourself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-9&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Thu, 31 Aug 2023 14:12:44 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-9 2023-08-31T14:12:44Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 8 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-8 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-8" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Nicole2-1.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 8" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Nicole - Inventory and Warehouse, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What do you do here at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I work with the inventory in the warehouse.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>How long have you been at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I have been here for a year.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before this?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: Yes I was.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So, what other manufacturing work have you done?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I came from a company that built monitors. I worked next to the engineers, and I helped make their first prototypes.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Nicole - Inventory and Warehouse, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What do you do here at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I work with the inventory in the warehouse.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>How long have you been at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Nicole2-1.jpeg?width=268&amp;height=312&amp;name=Nicole2-1.jpeg" alt="Nicole2-1" width="268" height="312" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 268px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px;"></span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I have been here for a year.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before this?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: Yes I was.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So, what other manufacturing work have you done?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I came from a company that built monitors. I worked next to the engineers, and I helped make their first prototypes.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span></span><span> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Did you earn any special certifications?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: Yes, we regularly did onsite training for specialized certifications.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So, what made you decide to come to Zentech?&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: During COVID, my previous employer was struggling, and I saw a job listing at Zentech on Indeed and someone also referred me. And I’ve been at home ever since.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Did you always want to be in manufacturing?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I always wanted to be an engineer actually. I also like to work with my hands and deal with people, so this field was a great fit for me.&nbsp;</span><span> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Nicole1.jpeg?width=284&amp;height=379&amp;name=Nicole1.jpeg" alt="Nicole1" width="284" height="379" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 284px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 0px 6px;"></span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: The younger generation, it seems like their perception of manufacturing is dirty, monotonous, etc. What would you say to them?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: It’s a great career start for them. It’s not dirty or monotonous but you do have to be focused. There’s a lot of details and processes in manufacturing. And if you start in one area, you don’t have to stay there. There’s lots of possibilities.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: There’s a lot of versatility within a manufacturing plant that I don’t think people realize. What do you think you’d like to do next?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Nicole: I’d like to learn how to operate the SMT machines – I always like a challenge.&nbsp;Our machines are always humming, and I like to stay busy, so I’m looking forward to learning that next. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Thank you Nicole for your poisitive attitude and contribution to Zentech!</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-8&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Thu, 10 Aug 2023 11:50:23 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-8 2023-08-10T11:50:23Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 7 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-7 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-7" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Kay.jpg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 7" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Kay - Assistant Quality Manager, Zentech Bloomington</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How did you get into manufacturing?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Kay: Manufacturing was actually my first job. I started with it because I knew it was stable income. As an 18-year-old, I liked that it came with benefits. I was there for 4 years, and it was the best job I ever had.&nbsp; I just fell in love with the flexibility of it; learning a bunch of different trades under one roof by people who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. I liked that I could just jump in as an inexperienced person and do that without going to school, spending extra time and money. I was getting onsite experience while getting paid. I still remember so many skills that I learned. I’ve been at a few other jobs and definitely there and here at Zentech have been the best. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been here?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Kay: I’ve only been here for a year. Overall, I have just 7 years’ experience in manufacturing. I can have a personal style that doesn’t inhibit me from getting hired and doing my job well. Manufacturing really focuses on what you can do.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Is everything you do each day different, versatile?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>For me, the job that I have right now is very flexible. I am the assistant to the Quality Manager. That means I handle things on the fly. There are some set deadlines, but a lot is handling things as they come. Whether it’s a customer return or wanting to get ahead of an issue.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: I think that’s the cool thing about manufacturing; it’s a different challenge every day, but I think a lot of people might not realize this. They may think it’s monotonous or repetitive. Yes, we are building things over and over but for us each build is different.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>Kay: “Monotony” is not always a bad thing – you come to work, you know what to expect, you know what you are doing, you can just keep plugging away and listen to podcasts and I would rather that than look at a computer all day. In a way it’s relaxing. Especially if you like to see how things work.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>If you don’t want to go to years of school for engineering, jump into the hands-on side of it and manufacturing will start you off with good pay.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Kay - Assistant Quality Manager, Zentech Bloomington</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How did you get into manufacturing?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Kay: Manufacturing was actually my first job. I started with it because I knew it was stable income. As an 18-year-old, I liked that it came with benefits. I was there for 4 years, and it was the best job I ever had.&nbsp; I just fell in love with the flexibility of it; learning a bunch of different trades under one roof by people who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. I liked that I could just jump in as an inexperienced person and do that without going to school, spending extra time and money. I was getting onsite experience while getting paid. I still remember so many skills that I learned. I’ve been at a few other jobs and definitely there and here at Zentech have been the best. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/onsite%20experience.jpg?width=498&amp;height=86&amp;name=onsite%20experience.jpg" alt="onsite experience" width="498" height="86" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 498px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been here?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Kay.jpg?width=242&amp;height=367&amp;name=Kay.jpg" alt="Kay" width="242" height="367" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 242px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px;">Kay: I’ve only been here for a year. Overall, I have just 7 years’ experience in manufacturing. I can have a personal style that doesn’t inhibit me from getting hired and doing my job well. Manufacturing really focuses on what you can do.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Is everything you do each day different, versatile?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>For me, the job that I have right now is very flexible. I am the assistant to the Quality Manager. That means I handle things on the fly. There are some set deadlines, but a lot is handling things as they come. Whether it’s a customer return or wanting to get ahead of an issue.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: I think that’s the cool thing about manufacturing; it’s a different challenge every day, but I think a lot of people might not realize this. They may think it’s monotonous or repetitive. Yes, we are building things over and over but for us each build is different.&nbsp;</span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Kay: “Monotony” is not always a bad thing – you come to work, you know what to expect, you know what you are doing, you can just keep plugging away and listen to podcasts and I would rather that than look at a computer all day. In a way it’s relaxing. Especially if you like to see how things work.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>If you don’t want to go to years of school for engineering, jump into the hands-on side of it and manufacturing will start you off with good pay.</span><span> </span></p> <p><strong><span>So you’ve learned everything on the job?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Yes, exactly.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Kay1.jpeg?width=277&amp;height=369&amp;name=Kay1.jpeg" alt="Kay1" width="277" height="369" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 277px; float: right;">Have you done any of the IPC certifications?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Yes. The longer you are in a specific avenue of manufacturing, the more people realize you’re here to stay and put into the company, then they will put into you as well. So, then they paid for me to get my certifications, which makes me more valuable and it’s also fun for me and keeps me engaged. I really like teaching so I’m going to be teaching our in-house training.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>So, you are also an IPC Trainer?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Yes. I like to be able to teach concepts to people which I will be able to do here.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Why do you like working at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>I’ve seen a lot of bosses before at other jobs treat people really badly. That’s not the case here.&nbsp; Obviously, deadlines and quality matter, but we don’t lose sight of the fact that people matter. Time off is highly respected.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>You have a really great group of leadership here and their positive energy, I can see that it trickles down to everyone.&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-7&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Tue, 11 Jul 2023 11:27:00 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-7 2023-07-11T11:27:00Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 6 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-6 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-6" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Cindy.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 6" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Cyndi - Scheduling Manager, Zentech Bloomington</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been working at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I started 12 years ago as an SMT Operator.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What else have you been doing here?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I became the Lead of SMT and then eventually the supervisor and I was asked to help out with scheduling. Eventually they offered me the scheduling position.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I was, but the place I worked for closed in 2008. At that point, I went back to school and got a degree to be a paralegal, actually. But I decided I didn’t like being behind a desk!</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>I enjoy manufacturing, I enjoy being able to see what I accomplished at the end of the day, physically making something.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong></strong></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Cyndi - Scheduling Manager, Zentech Bloomington</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been working at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Cindy.jpeg?width=209&amp;height=306&amp;name=Cindy.jpeg" alt="Cindy" width="209" height="306" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 209px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px;">Cyndi: I started 12 years ago as an SMT Operator.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What else have you been doing here?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I became the Lead of SMT and then eventually the supervisor and I was asked to help out with scheduling. Eventually they offered me the scheduling position.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Were you working in manufacturing before?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I was, but the place I worked for closed in 2008. At that point, I went back to school and got a degree to be a paralegal, actually. But I decided I didn’t like being behind a desk!</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>I enjoy manufacturing, I enjoy being able to see what I accomplished at the end of the day, physically making something.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span></span></strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><strong><span>Stephanie: Do you feel like it’s pretty versatile?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: Yes, I do. It keeps it interesting. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Before getting into manufacturing, did you have a certain perception of it?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: My dad worked in manufacturing, and he was my first boss, actually. He used to bring stuff home, like a blueprint or a drawing, and ask me to make the prototype. I learned how to read drawings and make things from scratch. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation does not always have their parents encouraging them to get into it, perhaps because they don’t realize how versatile it is and how much is available to them.</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: I think so. I didn’t know much about electronics manufacturing when I started. I looked at it with the mentality that I can make things. I don’t always have to know the bigger picture and what it does, my job is simply to make it. I believe anyone can learn to read a drawing and operate a machine.&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Why have you stayed at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: Definitely the people. I enjoy fixing problems, making processes more efficient and at the end of the day, having made something. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>You can push papers all day but it’s not the same thing. Manufacturing is tangible evidence of your productivity. The machine is humming, I’m humming and we’re in sync.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/productivity.jpg?width=360&amp;height=120&amp;name=productivity.jpg" alt="productivity" width="360" height="120" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 360px; margin: 0px auto 8px; display: block;"></span><strong><span>Stephanie: Not every career has to be at a desk. Not every kid wants to be behind a desk. This is a way to show them a different path.&nbsp;</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Cyndi: Yes, exactly.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Thank you, Cyndi, for your years of service to Zentech!</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-6&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Mon, 19 Jun 2023 12:17:04 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-6 2023-06-19T12:17:04Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 5 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-5 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-5" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Lyndon2-1.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 5" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Lyndon - Production &amp; Test Manager, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I have been here for a&nbsp;year and a half.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this, or is this new for you?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I am new to manufacturing.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What type of schooling did you have?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I went to school for Electrical Engineering.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What is your title here at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I started out as a Test Engineer and have recently been promoted to Production and Test Manager.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Congrats! Have you always wanted to be an Engineer?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Lyndon: When I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer or an engineer.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What school did you go to?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: Texas A&amp;M.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie:&nbsp;I’ve noticed the younger generation isn’t as interested in manufacturing or doesn’t realize it’s a viable career. What do you think?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I think they often opt to go to school because they think they can make more money elsewhere rather than manufacturing, but the path to earning more money takes longer.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>However, what they may not realize is, in manufacturing,&nbsp;there’s more options, without a lot of school. You can immediately get your foot in the door and work your way up. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><br></span><span>And manufacturing is fun; building is fun.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So,&nbsp;to the person who may not want to or be able to afford schooling, why would you recommend manufacturing?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: You can make decent money right away doing full-time work and you will learn a lot very quickly and actually get hands-on experience instead of just sitting in a classroom. A lot of people gain satisfaction when you can see how a product is built from beginning to end.&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong></strong></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Lyndon - Production &amp; Test Manager, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: How long have you been at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I have been here for a&nbsp;year and a half.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lyndon2-1.jpeg?width=306&amp;height=327&amp;name=Lyndon2-1.jpeg" alt="Lyndon2-1" width="306" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 306px; float: left; margin: 0px 8px 0px 0px;">Stephanie: Were you in manufacturing before this, or is this new for you?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I am new to manufacturing.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What type of schooling did you have?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I went to school for Electrical Engineering.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What is your title here at Zentech?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: I started out as a Test Engineer and have recently been promoted to Production and Test Manager.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: Congrats! Have you always wanted to be an Engineer?</span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: When I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer or an engineer.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: What school did you go to?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: Texas A&amp;M.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie:&nbsp;I’ve noticed the younger generation isn’t as interested in manufacturing or doesn’t realize it’s a viable career. What do you think?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lyndon1-1.jpeg?width=322&amp;height=350&amp;name=Lyndon1-1.jpeg" alt="Lyndon1-1" width="322" height="350" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 322px; float: right;">Lyndon: I think they often opt to go to school because they think they can make more money elsewhere rather than manufacturing, but the path to earning more money takes longer.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>However, what they may not realize is, in manufacturing,&nbsp;there’s more options, without a lot of school. You can immediately get your foot in the door and work your way up. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/foot%20in%20the%20door.jpg?width=411&amp;height=137&amp;name=foot%20in%20the%20door.jpg" alt="foot in the door" width="411" height="137" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 411px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"><br></span><span>And manufacturing is fun; building is fun.</span><span> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So,&nbsp;to the person who may not want to or be able to afford schooling, why would you recommend manufacturing?</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: You can make decent money right away doing full-time work and you will learn a lot very quickly and actually get hands-on experience instead of just sitting in a classroom. A lot of people gain satisfaction when you can see how a product is built from beginning to end.&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/satisfaction.jpg?width=423&amp;height=141&amp;name=satisfaction.jpg" alt="satisfaction" width="423" height="141" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 423px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: If you don’t have experience, you start out making more money than perhaps in another industry.</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: Yes. And you can learn anything here, there’s lots of options.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Stephanie: So, you can move around and try out different areas.</span></strong><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Lyndon: Yes. There are definitely ways to make a good living in manufacturing. You just need people with a great attitude, and you can teach them the skills.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: I see it as attitude often coming before the talent.</p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/attitude.jpg?width=378&amp;height=148&amp;name=attitude.jpg" alt="attitude" width="378" height="148" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 378px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span></p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-5&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Tue, 06 Jun 2023 17:23:00 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-5 2023-06-06T17:23:00Z Stephanie Austin Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 4 https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-4 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-4" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Melissa%202.jpeg" alt="Manufacturing a Career on the Factory Floor: Part 4" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Melissa - Hand Soldering, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Have you always done this type of work?</p> <p><span>Melissa: I’ve always done this. I started hand soldering in 1988 and this is the 3</span><span>rd</span><span> company I’ve worked for. I’ve had long tenures at companies.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Did you go to special schooling for hand soldering, or did you learn on the job?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: On the job. Though they sent me to IPC training. But from then on, I learned everything on the job.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: So, what made you decide to take this route?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>It just happened to fall in my lap. I was in college, and I had 2 brothers here in Dallas and one of my older brothers asked me to come and visit and get a summer job. I’m from Mississippi. I came to get a summer job and I never went back. I had friends who worked at a local electronics manufacturing company. They suggested I fill out an application. I’ve been in the industry ever since.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Why do you like your job?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Melissa: You know, I do a lot of re-work here. So, I think when I receive something that is&nbsp;broken, and I get to fix it – it feels like I really accomplished something. &nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: And you have something tangible that you can say, “I fixed this.”&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: Exactly. It goes back to the customer, and it works. That makes me feel good. I like fixing things.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation isn’t interested in manufacturing. Do you have an opinion on why or what you would tell them?</p> <p><span>Melissa: The thing about it – the younger generation, they have more technology at their fingertips, it’s all just “there”. When I started, it was all new and so I recognized it – oh so this goes in a remote, or a radio.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>This blog series intends to shatter some "manufacturing myths".&nbsp; Sometimes there is a perception of manufacturing being dirty, dead-end, unskilled, monotonous and boring.<span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The reality is, it's bright, clean, fulfilling, hi-tech, versatile and rewarding!</span><span style="background-color: transparent;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg?width=447&amp;height=327&amp;name=Mfg%20Myth%20Graphic-2.jpg" alt="Mfg Myth Graphic-2" width="447" height="327" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 447px;"></p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing some Zentech employees - a way of humanizing the manufacturing industry to demonstrate why you may want to consider a manufacturing career.</p> <h4 style="font-weight: bold;">Melissa - Hand Soldering, Zentech Dallas</h4> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Have you always done this type of work?</p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Melissa%202.jpeg?width=271&amp;height=362&amp;name=Melissa%202.jpeg" alt="Melissa 2" width="271" height="362" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 271px; float: left; margin: 0px 11px 0px 0px;">Melissa: I’ve always done this. I started hand soldering in 1988 and this is the 3</span><span>rd</span><span> company I’ve worked for. I’ve had long tenures at companies.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Did you go to special schooling for hand soldering, or did you learn on the job?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: On the job. Though they sent me to IPC training. But from then on, I learned everything on the job.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: So, what made you decide to take this route?&nbsp;</p> <p><span>It just happened to fall in my lap. I was in college, and I had 2 brothers here in Dallas and one of my older brothers asked me to come and visit and get a summer job. I’m from Mississippi. I came to get a summer job and I never went back. I had friends who worked at a local electronics manufacturing company. They suggested I fill out an application. I’ve been in the industry ever since.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Why do you like your job?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Melissa: You know, I do a lot of re-work here. So, I think when I receive something that is&nbsp;broken, and I get to fix it – it feels like I really accomplished something. &nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: And you have something tangible that you can say, “I fixed this.”&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: Exactly. It goes back to the customer, and it works. That makes me feel good. I like fixing things.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: A lot of the younger generation isn’t interested in manufacturing. Do you have an opinion on why or what you would tell them?</p> <p><span>Melissa: The thing about it – the younger generation, they have more technology at their fingertips, it’s all just “there”. When I started, it was all new and so I recognized it – oh so this goes in a remote, or a radio.</span><span> </span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Maybe they take it for granted because it’s always just been there for them.</p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Melissa%201.jpeg?width=265&amp;height=353&amp;name=Melissa%201.jpeg" alt="Melissa 1" width="265" height="353" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 265px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4px;">Melissa: Yes. But I could see it. For example, this little board goes in a key fob, which I found interesting. We used to make remotes for cable boxes, and they would bring them back in broken. And I would take it apart and fix it. And in today’s society, they look at a remote and it’s not novel, it’s every-day. They have so much more.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: It’s in everything they interact with.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: They have this gaming system but if they want another one, they can just get that one. So much variety. We didn’t have variety like that. If they had to look inside and try and fix it and see what everything was – and how it operates, I think it would be more interesting to them. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: If you could tell them why they should choose this career what would you say? &nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: I think there’s value in building things and knowing how they work. I think they should try it because everything they own and interact with is electronic. If they really get into it, they could one day invent something that changes the world. &nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/invent.jpg?width=390&amp;height=130&amp;name=invent.jpg" alt="invent" width="390" height="130" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 390px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span></p> <p><span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: They could be the next Steve Jobs.&nbsp;One day you and I won’t be here to continue the enormous infrastructure that they are used to having. So, we need them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Melissa: We used to build the LED lights for the stadium. I hope that the younger generation will start to recognize that. “Those lights. I helped build those.” They are using all these electronics. We need younger people to get into the industry and contribute their innovations. They have great ideas to share. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/innovations-1.jpg?width=390&amp;height=148&amp;name=innovations-1.jpg" alt="innovations-1" width="390" height="148" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 390px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;"></span><span>I am always thinking about how I can make something better. And when I do, it feels good, I feel a sense of accomplishment.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Maybe this is too philosophical, but there’s so much in the world you can’t fix – so at least here, for a little part of the day, you can fix something.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Melissa: Yes, exactly.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">Stephanie: Thank you Melissa for your insights and for all you do! &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to know more about careers at Zentech, visit our <span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=05d75c38-c14e-4ce9-9d8f-f565ba270e2e&amp;ccId=19000101_000001&amp;type=JS&amp;lang=en_US"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Zentech Careers website.</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: initial;">Additional Resources:&nbsp;<br></span><span style="background-color: initial;"><a href="http://www.careersinelectronics.com">IPC Educational Foundation</a> - Electronics Career Profiles<br><a href="http://www.creatorswanted.org">Creators Wanted </a></span><span style="background-color: initial;">- Find manufacturing jobs, career pathways and training programs</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">About Zentech:</span><br><a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fe3t%2FCtc%2FF6%2B113%2Fc12HL04%2FVW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1&amp;data=05%7C01%7Caustins%40zentech.com%7C63915bd1be0a43ae2a9d08db35deb723%7Cd91320887d8f4cf8932a8fba60b69c10%7C0%7C0%7C638163002943549474%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=uuJIQ47oVOw4RuGlKbdccE7VP5twdfDubEdaoJIQ91I%3D&amp;reserved=0" title="Original URL: https://info.zentech.com/e3t/Ctc/F6+113/c12HL04/VW66FZ3qX9dKW64LgYk3m_kbRV7Wb0N4Y_NzVN3_3-GZ3lLzNV1-WJV7CgTsQV1Nn5F45nzPzW9jm4MD21JhVVW72sVh779Rvp3N7B0q5MT3h98W9bLV0N6MHCb8W5PpTdc7YwC_HW1mMb166vfxSjW8r3W-l8JGDmpW4-LKDf1f4GGqW5CmMBQ65l62VV5zBxq2F3rv0W6W43jY6dp08TW2fFvYl5lNJX7W6935Nl1_C7jgW1tLzfp2tzjv7W4rx9NR5xkb40N75g-3FdKh08W6STfPf4h2LKf38qG1. Click or tap if you trust this link.">Zentech Manufacturing</a><span>, an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) small business, is primarily focused on the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, specializing in producing highly complex electronic and electromechanical circuit card assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD, Richardson, TX, and Bloomington, IL and maintains several key electronics industry certifications. In January 2023, Zentech received the Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award from the <a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://info.zentech.com/cs/ci/?pg=9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba&amp;pid=165279&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Zentech Baltimore Video Tour" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/165279/9037aa1e-8b86-4102-966f-f87ef13af1ba.png"></a></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fmanufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-4&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Wed, 24 May 2023 17:47:52 GMT https://info.zentech.com/blog/manufacturing-a-career-on-the-factory-floor-part-4 2023-05-24T17:47:52Z Stephanie Austin [timeout] => 10 [curl_options] => Array ( ) [force_fsockopen] => [force_feed] => [cache] => 1 [force_cache_fallback] => [cache_duration] => 43200 [autodiscovery_cache_duration] => 604800 [cache_location] => wp_transient [cache_name_function] => md5 [order_by_date] => 1 [input_encoding] => [autodiscovery] => 31 [registry] => SimplePie_Registry Object ( [default:protected] => Array ( [Cache] => SimplePie_Cache [Locator] => SimplePie_Locator [Parser] => SimplePie_Parser [File] => SimplePie_File [Sanitize] => SimplePie_Sanitize [Item] => SimplePie_Item [Author] => SimplePie_Author [Category] => SimplePie_Category [Enclosure] => SimplePie_Enclosure [Caption] => SimplePie_Caption [Copyright] => SimplePie_Copyright [Credit] => SimplePie_Credit [Rating] => SimplePie_Rating [Restriction] => SimplePie_Restriction [Content_Type_Sniffer] => SimplePie_Content_Type_Sniffer [Source] => SimplePie_Source [Misc] => SimplePie_Misc [XML_Declaration_Parser] => SimplePie_XML_Declaration_Parser [Parse_Date] => SimplePie_Parse_Date ) [classes:protected] => Array ( [Sanitize] => WP_SimplePie_Sanitize_KSES [File] => WP_SimplePie_File ) [legacy:protected] => Array ( [0] => WP_SimplePie_Sanitize_KSES [1] => WP_SimplePie_File ) ) [max_checked_feeds] => 10 [all_discovered_feeds] => Array ( ) [image_handler] => [multifeed_url] => Array ( ) [multifeed_objects] => Array ( ) [config_settings] => [item_limit] => 0 [check_modified] => [strip_attributes] => Array ( [0] => bgsound [1] => class [2] => expr [3] => id [4] => style [5] => onclick [6] => onerror [7] => onfinish [8] => onmouseover [9] => onmouseout [10] => onfocus [11] => onblur [12] => lowsrc [13] => dynsrc ) [add_attributes] => Array ( [audio] => Array ( [preload] => none ) [iframe] => Array ( [sandbox] => allow-scripts allow-same-origin ) [video] => Array ( [preload] => none ) ) [strip_htmltags] => Array ( [0] => base [1] => blink [2] => body [3] => doctype [4] => embed [5] => font [6] => form [7] => frame [8] => frameset [9] => html [10] => iframe [11] => input [12] => marquee [13] => meta [14] => noscript [15] => object [16] => param [17] => script [18] => style ) [enable_exceptions] => )

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