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Team roboticist is Success Program 'success'

Zach Bera operates a robot at Team Industries that makes parts for snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles. He began working at Team Industries in 2004 after participating in Teamworks' Success Program. (Anna Erickson, Enterprise)

Zach Bera has made a place for himself at Team Industries in Park Rapids.

The young man started working at Team Industries in 2004 after participating in Teamworks' Success Program as a high school student in Park Rapids. He has continued working at Team Industries over the years and has been making his way through the ranks.

"I'm now working the day shift," he said. He started working the evening shift.

He sets up robots to create certain parts for snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles. He also does welding and machining.

"I've been moving up, slowly but surely," Bera said.

Bera has continued to work hard and has weathered the significant layoffs at Team Industries in the last year.

"I've been learning a lot from my engineer, Jake Volk," he said. "He's a lot like a mentor to me."

The work day is never the same for Bera, which he likes.

"This has been a great job and it keeps me on my toes," he said.

Bera said that he, like many other young people, thought about moving away from Park Rapids. He decided to stay because of his job at Team Industries.

"There are such great people to work with here and I'm always learning something new," Bera said.

He gets to tinker with computer systems and check each part by doing pressure tests and following an inspection report.

"It can take several hours, a day, to set up a grinder to perform a certain task.

Bera credits the training he received through Teamworks in high school for giving him a successful career.

"It's mind boggling to think about what I do sometimes," he said. "You need to pay so much attention to detail."

As he continues to learn and grow at Team Industries, Bera is also raising a family. He has two kids that he likes to spend time with as much as he can.

He also likes to go four-wheeling on the abundant trails in the area.

Bera sees himself continuing to grow in his work and thrive in Park Rapids.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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