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Ryan Kiecker

Ryan Kiecker


Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

Personal Information

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School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Years at College Works: 2012

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Enerpac

Title: Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

Industry: Engineering

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Design, costing, and implementation of assembly tooling, fixtures, and equipment utilizing various technologies such as pneumatic controls, hydraulic presses, and touchless hand controls. Support sustaining activities on the assembly lines focusing on process improvement and line layout -Develop assembly and testing procedures for new products.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Acquiring a co-op and securing a summer internship offer for the following summer.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

In a single summer I saw myself mature from a college student to a confident, responsible adult.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It allowed me to approach potential employers with confidence which is something most first-time job seekers cannot do due to lack of any meaningful experience. Most were impressed with the level of responsibility and project management exposure the program provided me.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

There were a number of clients that I enjoyed working with. My favorite was probably Robert Sladky. He was the one who really made me realize how much people care for their homes and how they look since his siding was his pride and joy. He had put up all the siding himself and went to great lengths to research the correct stain and color for his house. The project was completed in 2012.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

The greatest skill that I gained from CWP was managing responsibility beyond myself. Not only do you have to balance your personal life, you need to meet the expectations of clients, your managers, and your employees.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

The people I met in CWP are people that I still talk with today. Some of them are in my program so we consult on classes and such. Others are social relationships and people I look to for advice and references.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Growing individuals through responsibility and trust.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

For potential CWP participants: If you're not willing to give it everything you have, you won't likely have a good experience just like anything else in life. You need to be 100% committed to making it work. To current CWP participants: Stick it out. There are times, particularly in the spring, where it doesn't seem worth it. I can assure you that it is well worth it. Don't give up.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Because I have an engineering background I definitely understand this concern and it is well founded. Industry specific experience is a very valuable thing to have when searching for a career. However, these first experiences are often difficult to obtain. CWP gives you that platform to stand on to get to the next step (industry specific jobs). This is especially valuable if done early in college so you have time left to pursue an internship or co-op.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Hanging out in the Mautz store doing the morning crossword in the paper before meeting my guys at the jobsite.