Former Auto Worker Utilizes SMART Center for Microsystems in New Career with Greenfield Solar

{mosimage}When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job.

When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job. Little did she expect that she would soon return to work – this time working in advanced manufacturing for GreenField Solar.

The Lorain woman now spends her days processing microchip wafers and working in research and development for the alternative energy company. Working for GreenField Solar – a local start-up company that company that established operations with assistance from Lorain County’s Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) – was a surprising career turn for Vukelic. GLIDE is located on the LCCC campus and is a partnership between LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

"I never expected to be working with solar technology after I left the Ford plant," Vukelic said. "It’s something different and it’s fun to be working with a new and growing company."

{mosimage}GreenField Solar in Oberlin has developed a radically different approach to driving solar energy into mainstream adoption. It pioneered a unique combination of its proprietary solar cell technology and an innovative solar concentrator system that is highly scalable, allowing GreenField Solar to generate solar energy at low costs.

Vukelic and her coworkers frequently use the state-of-the-art packaging and measurement equipment available in the Richard A. Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems to process wafers for use solar in solar cells, as well as investigate the quality of solar cell packaging. The SMART center, housed on the LCCC campus, serves as an open source for university and industry partners to access state-of-the-market equipment and commercialization support in sensor packaging, testing/reliability, and advanced life simulation.

Drawing on her 16 years of traditional manufacturing experience at Ford, Vukelic was able to easily transition to her new position at GreenField Solar. Her past training in ISO 9000 quality management makes her an especially valuable employee for the company.

"I already knew how to be methodical and was able to apply that to my work here. It made the transition easier for me and my training easier for the company," she said.

Her experience in a large manufacturing plant also gives her insight to share with her team at GreenField Solar.

"Sometimes we do things that seem to be working well in the moment, but I can draw on my background and realize that another process would be a better fit in the long run," she said.

For SMART center director Matt Apanius, seeing Vukelic and her coworkers utilizing the SMART machines is a beautiful sight.

"Because of GLIDE and companies like GreenField Solar, the SMART Center envisions Lorain County becoming a hub for microsystems technology," Apanius said.

Coming to work at the SMART center on the LCCC campus is familiar ground for Vukelic. She earned an associate’s degree from LCCC in marketing in 1986 and has continued to take classes ever since.

"I love to learn and take classes anytime I have the chance," she said.

Vukelic is just a few credits shy of a chemistry degree and the knowledge she gained through her science courses helps her on the job at GreenField Solar. She’s also taken courses on a myriad of other subjects, including oceanography and accounting.

"You never know what knowledge you’re going to use in your life, so I try to learn about everything I can," she said. "It’s amazing how knowledge from one area of your life can help useful in new places."

For more information about the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems, visit www.lorainccc.edu/smart. For more information about GreenField Solar, visit www.greenfieldsolar.com.

 

Former Auto Worker Utilizes SMART Center for Microsystems in New Career with Greenfield Solar

{mosimage}When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job.

When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job. Little did she expect that she would soon return to work – this time working in advanced manufacturing for GreenField Solar.

The Lorain woman now spends her days processing microchip wafers and working in research and development for the alternative energy company. Working for GreenField Solar – a local start-up company that company that established operations with assistance from Lorain County’s Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) – was a surprising career turn for Vukelic. GLIDE is located on the LCCC campus and is a partnership between LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

"I never expected to be working with solar technology after I left the Ford plant," Vukelic said. "It’s something different and it’s fun to be working with a new and growing company."

{mosimage}GreenField Solar in Oberlin has developed a radically different approach to driving solar energy into mainstream adoption. It pioneered a unique combination of its proprietary solar cell technology and an innovative solar concentrator system that is highly scalable, allowing GreenField Solar to generate solar energy at low costs.

Vukelic and her coworkers frequently use the state-of-the-art packaging and measurement equipment available in the Richard A. Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems to process wafers for use solar in solar cells, as well as investigate the quality of solar cell packaging. The SMART center, housed on the LCCC campus, serves as an open source for university and industry partners to access state-of-the-market equipment and commercialization support in sensor packaging, testing/reliability, and advanced life simulation.

Drawing on her 16 years of traditional manufacturing experience at Ford, Vukelic was able to easily transition to her new position at GreenField Solar. Her past training in ISO 9000 quality management makes her an especially valuable employee for the company.

"I already knew how to be methodical and was able to apply that to my work here. It made the transition easier for me and my training easier for the company," she said.

Her experience in a large manufacturing plant also gives her insight to share with her team at GreenField Solar.

"Sometimes we do things that seem to be working well in the moment, but I can draw on my background and realize that another process would be a better fit in the long run," she said.

For SMART center director Matt Apanius, seeing Vukelic and her coworkers utilizing the SMART machines is a beautiful sight.

"Because of GLIDE and companies like GreenField Solar, the SMART Center envisions Lorain County becoming a hub for microsystems technology," Apanius said.

Coming to work at the SMART center on the LCCC campus is familiar ground for Vukelic. She earned an associate’s degree from LCCC in marketing in 1986 and has continued to take classes ever since.

"I love to learn and take classes anytime I have the chance," she said.

Vukelic is just a few credits shy of a chemistry degree and the knowledge she gained through her science courses helps her on the job at GreenField Solar. She’s also taken courses on a myriad of other subjects, including oceanography and accounting.

"You never know what knowledge you’re going to use in your life, so I try to learn about everything I can," she said. "It’s amazing how knowledge from one area of your life can help useful in new places."

For more information about the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems, visit www.lorainccc.edu/smart. For more information about GreenField Solar, visit www.greenfieldsolar.com.

 

Former Auto Worker Utilizes SMART Center for Microsystems in New Career with Greenfield Solar

{mosimage}When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job.

When Darlene Vukelic retired from Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake a few years ago, she thought that would be her last manufacturing job. Little did she expect that she would soon return to work – this time working in advanced manufacturing for GreenField Solar.

The Lorain woman now spends her days processing microchip wafers and working in research and development for the alternative energy company. Working for GreenField Solar – a local start-up company that company that established operations with assistance from Lorain County’s Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) – was a surprising career turn for Vukelic. GLIDE is located on the LCCC campus and is a partnership between LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

"I never expected to be working with solar technology after I left the Ford plant," Vukelic said. "It’s something different and it’s fun to be working with a new and growing company."

{mosimage}GreenField Solar in Oberlin has developed a radically different approach to driving solar energy into mainstream adoption. It pioneered a unique combination of its proprietary solar cell technology and an innovative solar concentrator system that is highly scalable, allowing GreenField Solar to generate solar energy at low costs.

Vukelic and her coworkers frequently use the state-of-the-art packaging and measurement equipment available in the Richard A. Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems to process wafers for use solar in solar cells, as well as investigate the quality of solar cell packaging. The SMART center, housed on the LCCC campus, serves as an open source for university and industry partners to access state-of-the-market equipment and commercialization support in sensor packaging, testing/reliability, and advanced life simulation.

Drawing on her 16 years of traditional manufacturing experience at Ford, Vukelic was able to easily transition to her new position at GreenField Solar. Her past training in ISO 9000 quality management makes her an especially valuable employee for the company.

"I already knew how to be methodical and was able to apply that to my work here. It made the transition easier for me and my training easier for the company," she said.

Her experience in a large manufacturing plant also gives her insight to share with her team at GreenField Solar.

"Sometimes we do things that seem to be working well in the moment, but I can draw on my background and realize that another process would be a better fit in the long run," she said.

For SMART center director Matt Apanius, seeing Vukelic and her coworkers utilizing the SMART machines is a beautiful sight.

"Because of GLIDE and companies like GreenField Solar, the SMART Center envisions Lorain County becoming a hub for microsystems technology," Apanius said.

Coming to work at the SMART center on the LCCC campus is familiar ground for Vukelic. She earned an associate’s degree from LCCC in marketing in 1986 and has continued to take classes ever since.

"I love to learn and take classes anytime I have the chance," she said.

Vukelic is just a few credits shy of a chemistry degree and the knowledge she gained through her science courses helps her on the job at GreenField Solar. She’s also taken courses on a myriad of other subjects, including oceanography and accounting.

"You never know what knowledge you’re going to use in your life, so I try to learn about everything I can," she said. "It’s amazing how knowledge from one area of your life can help useful in new places."

For more information about the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems, visit www.lorainccc.edu/smart. For more information about GreenField Solar, visit www.greenfieldsolar.com.

 

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