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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

    183. Hero: Chester Burke - Controls Engineer at Cadence Inc.

    183. Hero: Chester Burke - Controls Engineer at Cadence Inc.

    "I like helping people, learning and leaving things a little better than I found it."  That sums up our hero Chester Burke and he shared his inspirational journey in this hero conversation. At the core he loves to create new things and he provided great insight to how the world of engineering and manufacturing provides so many opportunities for that to happen.  When he is faced with an opportunity to improve a process or engineer automation he loves how that allows him to use his unique skills to build something truly incredible. 

    He shared some of the challenges he sees as a direct front line leader in manufacturing.  There was great advice offered for others to consider as they begin their own journeys and many of the points shared can apply to multiple disciplines of industry. 

    Chester is an all around fun guy and has a passion for everything he does.  Whether he is engineering a cutting edge automation solution, finding peace on the gun range, spending time with his wonderful wife and daughter, Chester will always leave a lasting impact on others as his outlook on life and how he treats others truly makes him our hero!

    It was an absolute treat to hear Chester's story and for those looking for inspiration and encouragement look no further - enjoy the ride with our hero Chester Burke! 

    Guest: Chester Burke

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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    182. Straight Talk with Chris - Internships are Awesome

    182. Straight Talk with Chris - Internships are Awesome

    In this Straight Talk With Chris episode he unpacks his internship journey at EECO that was 20 years ago.   The three areas that he remembered the most were the opportunity he had to explore and learn about distribution.  He also recalled how open everyone was and willing to teach him about the industry.  He concludes with the importance he had with his mentor and how he guided him and truly cared about his path.

    Internships are an incredible way to bring new people into industry and some of Chris' tips are great to consider when getting started. 

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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    181. Straight Talk with Chris - Stop Puking Features and Benefits

    181. Straight Talk with Chris - Stop Puking Features and Benefits

    So Chris got on a roll with this one and spoke to how features and benefit days are over. He stresses the importance of understanding the problems that are trying to be solved.  Another area he suggests is to be succinct in your solution.  The quickest to the answer these days is the one that provides the most value.  Finally he speaks to the power of listening with intent to understand instead of to respond.

    Maybe this is the year you challenge yourself and others around you to focus on solving problems and serving others at the highest level possible. 

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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    180. Straight Talk with Chris - Importance of Networking

    180. Straight Talk with Chris - Importance of Networking

    Our heroes always stress the importance of networking.  Chris wanted to provide some tips he's learned as you work on building your professional network in your career.  He discusses areas such as social media, the importance of sharing ideas and how impactful groups can be.  Networking has shifted in many ways and there are some nuggets of wisdom here that can help you break past the wall and start building meaningful connections in the future.

    Connect with us on LinkedIn and let us know how your networking journey is going. Good luck! 

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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    179. Straight Talk with Chris - Working from Home and Avoiding Burnout

    179. Straight Talk with Chris - Working from Home and Avoiding Burnout

    With a new year comes a new opportunity to build good habits that will help you bring the best version of you at work.  Chris talks about the importance of starting your day off right, the importance of boundaries and how using PTO is in place to help everyone rest and recharge. 

    Here's to a fresh new year of ideas and heroes that make industry great! 

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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    178. Straight Talk with Chris - Issues of 2021

    178. Straight Talk with Chris - Issues of 2021

    In the first "Straight talk with Chris" episode he breaks down some of the craziness of 2021 that he saw.  No doubt the supply chain issues hit everyone hard and made it a challenging year.  His points of communication, patience and the need for more manufacturing in America are areas that will bring us together moving forward.

    Happy New Year from the EECO family and many blessings for you all in 2022!  

    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Podcast Editor: Andi Thrower

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Customer Reviews

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Top shelf

Outstanding podcast, great content!

oliviabaker13 ,

Inspiring and insightful!

Love the personalized approach that Chris and the EECO team take to this podcast! These episodes provide both actionable advice for those in the industry, as well inspiring stories of those continuously working to improve the space. Highly recommend checking it out!

NoahJoh ,

Incredible podcast!

A refreshing approach to staying informed on what people are thinking about in the industrial manufacturing space. Very well done and a pleasure to listen to!

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