The right people, doing things the right way
There are lots of tangible reasons we've grown from a small business in a city with a funny name (Kalamazoo) into one servicing steel mills, auto manufacturers, and energy and pharmaceutical companies throughout the Midwest.
But once you get past the advanced technology, the sophisticated systems, the facilities and equipment, it comes down to our philosophy:
"Do it the right way. All the time. Every time."
Whether it's the quality of work, the respect shown to co-workers, or the way challenges are met and overcome, there's a right way and a wrong way. The thing is, you don't get to decide. At HECO, it's the right way each time. Every time. And that makes the work environment here pretty amazing.
It's a place where we don't complain about challenges, we welcome them; where you can be honest in dealing with others, but always respectful; where you can admit mistakes, learn from them, then move on. It's just the right way to do things.
Of course, a dedication to "doing it the right way" is also demanding. There's no room for excuses. No place for "good enough." No being satisfied with what everybody else is doing. That way of working doesn't work here.
If you welcome whatever challenge comes your way, you'll be a great fit. If doing things the right way sounds like you, you'll be a great fit. If you want to be part of a team that is changing the way industry is done and making a real difference, you'll be a great fit. Welcome aboard.
The right people doing the right thing is worth promoting. At HECO, you'll find the opportunities for advancement are plentiful. For example, a former electrician is now a Category 3 Vibration Analyst. When you're ready, the ladder is there for you to climb.
HECO has attracted and relocated people here from across the country, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, and North Carolina — and that's just in the last couple of years. Many have joined us after spending 10 or 15 years at other employers. If the fit is right and you'd like to be here, we'll make it happen.
"I came to HECO from another motor shop and immediately fell in love with the culture. From the first day they treated me like one of their own and not an outsider."
"I choose to work at HECO because they allow me to utilize my specific technical abilities."
“I came to work for HECO because it was leaving the minor leagues and stepping up to the Major League. HECO’s refusal to sacrifice quality really attracted me. I liked that HECO was able to have a small business feel but perform big time work. I continue to work for HECO because I feel like I’m a part of big family and it helps keep me motivated to take care of them the same way they take care of me.”
"I have been at HECO for 7 years. I enjoy the day to day tasks but also enjoy when I need to dig into the numbers for issues to be solve or new projects. Being in the accounting department has taught me a lot of things that I didn’t learn in college."
"HECO strives to do the job the right way...not the easy way”
“Since day one HECO has proven to be a great company that not only wants to succeed but wants their employees to succeed as well. I stay here because they stay true to their word, their positivity and great teamwork. HECO has a very strong set of ethics and core values that I feel align very well with my own.”
"What I like most about my job here at HECO is their focus on quality, and the sense of family around the shop. HECO truly values their employees which gives me great job satisfaction. I enjoy gaining knowledge, working with great people, and creating results to help minimize our customer’s downtime."
I love the feeling of looking at a stator that I have wound… It is awesome to think to myself that this stator looks great, and it is the best quality possible… I am very proud to say that I am a winder for HECO!