Want to switch careers but worried about taking the plunge? Want to apply but afraid your experience isn’t enough to get you hired? We get it! There’s no single path to success. Many people have come to Design Ready Controls and found their place here, in manufacturing. We want to do our part to ensure our employees find their pathway to career success. This includes: Training and Growth Opportunities Robust on-site training programs Peer mentor trainers Paid internships and credit hours for externships Tuition reimbursement for qualifying employees Grant funding for specified college programs—including MN PIPELINE Organizational connections that include...

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Design Ready Controls has grown to more than 250 employees just at our Minnesota location, so our 2018 Safety Campaign is growing, too. This includes a number of new initiatives and a uniform approach to scaling safety throughout all our facilities. 5s + Safety Each facility has its unique safety ideas—one location plays Safety BINGO, another plays Safety Trail—but our 5s program is universal. In an effective 5s program, safety naturally follows as the sixth “S.” A cleaner, better-organized workplace is a safer workplace; one blends into the other. Cleanliness and organization remove potential hazards. Color-coded floor tape and bright,...

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I once called Design Ready Controls, “The most automated control panel manufacturer in the world,” without realizing that they’d put it on all of our banners. I had a good laugh about it—and they had to be talked out of putting it on our building—but it’s true. The cornerstone to that claim is our Automated Panel Expert (APE®), a system exclusive to Design Ready Controls. APE communicates technical information for configuration and quotation of control panel builds, using a three step process: Configuration A simple, standard interface allows users to select and order the exact control panel they need. Engineering...

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Some young women might think manufacturing isn’t the right field for them, that it’s a “man’s field,” or that they don’t have the right background. If you’re driven, curious and take initiative—even without a STEM or STEP background—you can succeed in manufacturing. Skills are important, of course, but no matter your background, no matter your education, it’s possible. My bachelor’s is in psychology, not STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production), but I leverage that, as well as my previous experience in sales and customer service. I joined Design Ready Controls in 2014 as...

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With talent shortages rising and the skills gap looming, manufacturers struggle to find the skilled employees they need to keep their businesses growing. Ask any advanced manufacturer about obstacles to growth, and you’ll hear one answer more than any other: finding skilled labor. We’re facing explosive advances in technology—such as virtual reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and automation—that require new and different skills. If you are in manufacturing, here are some of the best ways to address the deficit in skilled labor: things you can start doing right now. Build Relationships First impressions matter. The earlier a relationship is created...

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Growing Engineers

We aren’t in the business of hiring engineers just to squeeze as much work out of them as possible. We’re here to grow and develop engineers, and we consider ourselves lucky when they choose to stay with us.  It’s a two-way street. We need to invest in each other so both sides have a positive takeaway. Growing engineers is critical to the success of our business and the larger industry. Design Ready Controls is different than many others in the industry. We know that we have to invest a certain amount of training into each person new to our engineering...

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If you’re trying to enter the workforce or change careers, you’ve probably faced this problem: Many entry-level jobs require previous experience, but experience is hard to get without a job. It’s a frustrating situation. Still, “experience required” may not be a closed door for these reasons: 1. Experience isn’t always paid A request for two years of experience doesn’t necessarily mean two years of paid employment. Volunteer work, classroom projects, and internships are three examples of commonly overlooked experience. You don’t have to receive a paycheck or a W-2 form to have learned valuable skills. For example, a senior design...

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Training affects everything we do here. A strong training program helps ensure safety and quality, reduces labor and material costs, and minimizes delays and process pains. We train and support our employees through corporate trainers, peer mentor trainers, a designated training dojo, and standardized documentation. These elements form a comprehensive training program so we can manufacture the highest quality products in the industry. Comprehensive Training Each employee receives four training sessions before working on the production floor. These include New Employee Orientation; Safety, Strip and Crimp training; and training for our proprietary software, Automated Manufacturing Expert (AME®). Ensuring each employee...

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Design Ready Controls first purchased a Komax Zeta wire harness crimping machine in 2014, enhancing our capabilities and differentiating us from other advanced manufacturers in the industry. It plays an integral role in our continuous efforts to maximize efficiency and quality. Komax machines are typically used to mass-produce large volumes of a static, unchanging harnesses, such as those commonly produced in the automotive industry. Hundreds or even thousands of identical products are created each day. We use our Komax differently. The bulk of our jobs are mass-customized, with high variability. Most control panels produced at Design Ready Controls are unique....

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The need for a skilled workforce has become urgent. Many employers report challenges in finding qualified workers. The problem is expected to grow, with more than three million new manufacturing jobs expected to open over the next decade—but with not enough workers prepared to fill them. That’s why Minnesota employers and industry leaders have developed a training infrastructure for people to attend school while working for qualifying companies. Known as PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience), this program provides skills training, paid work experience, and school credits in four high-demand industries: advanced manufacturing, information technology, agriculture, and...

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