Up Close and Personal With Wayne "Hollywood" Uhlenberg
Hollywood, why did you choose ARC Services?
After some brief conversations with CEO, Roddy Phillips, and President, Mike Miller, I learned about their desire to expand from specialty welding and do more field machining. I thought it was a great opportunity for me to help ARC Services become one of the best field machining companies in the industry.
It has been a little over a year since I joined the ARC Services family, and I could not be happier with the support I have been given to establish the ARC Services brand within the field machining industry.
Who is your biggest support system within ARC Services and why?
Jared Colon is my biggest support within the ARC Services team. He and I both have a machining background and had worked together in the past. We come together quite a bit to discuss current projects and brainstorm creative solutions to our customers individual needs.
So why field machining?
Well my mother was a machinist and took the time to show me the trade. She gave me my very first 0 to 1” OD Mic., which I still have to this day. I would be amazed how you could take a raw piece of metal and make it into something useful. I knew from a young age that I wanted to follow in her footsteps, so I went to school for machining and was recruited by PCI/Westinghouse shortly after completing my apprenticeship.
What is the coolest project you have worked on to date?
By far it was a job removing boat samples from a reactor cooling system at a nuclear plant in Sweden. The project used a custom built EDM (Electronic Disintegration Machining) head that was lowered into the reactor pool on a 30’ pole. It burned a sample out, that we had to catch it in a basket and bring it to the surface to be analyzed. It was extremely challenging.
Besides your Mother, do you have any mentors?
Yes, Jim Jesko with PCI. I met Jim when I started in the nuclear industry over twenty-five years ago. He spent time teaching me how to navigate through the nuclear industry and how to be leader versus a supervisor. He was tough but fair. Most of the leadership skills I utilize today came from his mentorship. He was the first person to teach me the importance of treating your co-workers with respect. He told me that “You’re only as good as your team because they are your most valuable asset.” I have never forgotten that, and I am so very thankful for the impact he has made on my career.