Raul Perez Garcia

Raul Perez Garcia

Machine Operator

DuPage Machine product

Bloomingdale, IL USA

Never be afraid. Find something good in every place, time and situation.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Having to work at a very young age; being part of a big family meant once you reached a certain age, you had to also contribute.
Not being able to further my education. Was able to complete and graduate from high school.
Having to leave my country in search of a better future.
Starting all alone in a nation where I had no one and where the language is a huge barrier.
Being able to learn a second language and finally being able to communicate with others.
Starting my family.
Finally being able to obtain a legal status.
Being recognized on my worth, ethics, and credentials.


High School


Machine Operator

I work with metal parts with CNC machinery.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Day to Day

I have to be at work before everyone else. I make sure that each CNC machine has an operator readily available. This operator is in charge of starting up the machine each day. I assist every machine operator in the event that any problems arise with the machines. I'm in charge of productivity as well as quality control.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Never be afraid. Find something good in every place, time and situation. There is always something we can learn if you are willing to allow yourself to learn. If possible, educate yourself first. The better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy what ever you do.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:



The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"I have been advised that this job requires a lot of hands-on work, which makes it a dirty job since you're handling with a lot of oil and other substances."

Challenges I Overcame

Did Not Attend College
First-Generation Immigrant


Are you happy with your current job?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Yes, I enjoy working with my hands and honestly I take lots of pride in what I do.

How hard is the math?

Asked by Anonymous Student

The math can be very challenging, but nothing that you won't be able to handle. Like with anything else, always check your work and if needed double it check just to make sure.

Do you see yourself doing anything else in the future?

Asked by Anonymous Student

No, I have worked for Dupage Machine Products for almost 10 years, I find it rewarding as well as challenging but I hope to one day be able to retire from this company.

How do you deal with the daily work related stress?

Asked by Anonymous Student

I remind myself that some things at times are simply out of my control. I always do my best but when something goes wrong, I don't have any problems asking for assistance or help.

Is there room for growth in this field?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Yes, I started as a sorted, then I went to clean up, now I am a CNC machine operator. There is always room for growth in any field if and only if the person is willing to grow.

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