The UNLV College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, establishes the Lee F. Kramer Mechanical Engineering Award

The memorial has been generously funded the amount of $32,000 by family and friends of Kramer as well as vendors and customers of Xtreme Manufacturing and will support students majoring in mechanical engineering.  The award may be used for scholarships and support student design projects including but not limited to design competitions, developmental projects and student based projects.

Jack Aylor, Director of Development at the UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, stated, “This is the first gift mechanical engineering has received for this purpose. The university considers it very important contribution for the department and students.”

The use criteria allows the fund to support the mechanical engineering program for scholarship and student research purposes as determined by the department chair and approved by the Dean on an annual basis. The first award is being used to support a research project, the Baja car, an annual collegiate competition for engineering students.  Students will be able to apply for the scholarship through an application process on the college website. They will be able to use the award for materials, travel and other related expenses.

Kramer was a program advisor to the UNLV College of Engineering and served as a judge for the department of mechanical engineering in the annual Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition.  He played an integral role in the development of the Las Vegas based Xtreme Manufacturing business serving as president before he passed away on January 2015 at the age of 67.

Lee F. Kramer was born in Waukegan, IL and graduated from University of Illinois in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Lake Forest School of Management in 1983. In 2003, Lee joined forces with Don Ahern to develop the Fresno Engineering Design Group and later the creation of Xtreme Manufacturing, where he served as VP of Engineering.   Lee is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joan Kramer, daughter Jordan and son Justin and wife Kat.

For more information on how to donate to the Lee F. Kramer Mechanical Engineering Award please visit




Ahern Rentals to Host Las Vegas Job Fair

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Las Vegas, NV (15 March 2016) ‒ Las Vegas-based Ahern Rentals, Xtreme Manufacturing, Ahern IT and AX Transportation will hold a job fair for more than 35 job openings on Saturday, March 19 from 8 am to 2 pm at 1401 Mineral Avenue, Las Vegas.

Employment opportunities at Ahern Rentals are available in many areas of the business. Rental store positions include counter/customer service, general rental mechanic, yard/wash rack, field service mechanic, general rental mechanic, and truck mechanic. Ahern is also recruiting for a field service tire technician, and tire service technician, for their dedicated tire distribution brand.

Additional opportunities in HR, Payroll, Finance, Purchasing, Customer Service and Security are also available, including credit service representative, commercial finance analyst, talent acquisition / employment coordinator, inside/inbound sales representative, security officer, security technician, customer sales support and a sourcing agent.

Sister company, Xtreme Manufacturing, is recruiting for mechanics, painters, and an assembly line technician for its assembly process, as well as a receptionist, product design engineer, product development designer, parts clerk and re-buyer.

Ahern IT will be recruiting for an AS/400 iSeries programmer, help desk technician, systems engineer, software developer (Ruby, PHP), telecommunications engineer, PC technician and a web developer.

AX transportation is currently recruiting regional OTR drivers.

The sizable number of job openings is due to the continued growth of Ahern Rentals. As the largest independently owned equipment rental company in the country, Ahern Rentals is pleased to be able to offer these employment opportunities to the Las Vegas valley community.  Ahern Rentals currently has 81 locations nationwide, employing more than 2,100 talented professionals, who help serve thousands of contractor, commercial, industrial and residential customers.

As part of the Ahern family of companies, Xtreme Manufacturing produces a line of heavy-duty telehandlers, including the multi-award winning largest capacity telehandler in North America, which are sold to customers around the World. Ahern IT develops innovative rental management software, security systems and other leading technologies to support the Ahern family businesses as well as many external customers in the construction sector and beyond.

At the job fair, managers from the various departments will be conducting interviews and making job offers to qualified candidates. Doors open for registration on Saturday, March 19th at 8 am. Applicants are encouraged to complete applications at or ahead of the event, and bring copies of their résumé with them on Saturday. It is recommended to schedule appointments prior to the job fair.  For more information, call the Human Resources department at 702-851-3701.

We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.





Vegas with Kids

Las Vegas is a good option when Disneyland gets old and you want to try something you and the kids can enjoy together. The first thing you will need to keep in mind is that you will not be able to do and see some of the adult venues, but you can still have fun.

When choosing some of the tourist venues, be sure to keep the age and tolerance level of your child in mind so that it can be a fun experience for both you and your child. These suggestions will come in handy to help you make Vegas a fun and memorable family vacation!

Where to stay

It’s always best to choose a hotel on the strip. If you book a room off the strip you will have to pay for taxi service to get you back to the room in case the kids (or you) need to rest. This is important to remember especially during the hot summer months in Vegas!

There are many affordable choices on the strip. Book early and you will get the best room at the lowest price, especially if you book a room for a midweek stay. Some popular choices for families are CircusCircus Hotel and Treasure Island Hotel. They are affordable and provide free or cheap entertainment for the kids.

Where to eat

It’s best to pick your kid’s usual favorites. Children can become easily agitated and overwhelmed if you try to introduce too many new things at one time. Denny’s on the strip is a good choice as there are many choices for different diet preferences on the menu. And don’t forget the buffets. These are better than fast food and cheaper than one of the fancy restaurants on the strip. Save fancy dinners for a special night for adults only–that is if you are lucky enough to have a babysitter along!

Where to play

There are many places for kids and grownups to play together. Some of my personal favorites include:

  • Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. A great hit with the kids and parents alike, come see why his Comedy Pet Theater is enjoyable for any and all ages as these animals perform amazing stunts with the perfect combination of humor.
  • The High Roller. Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.. The ride takes about 30 minutes for a full rotation, so definitely a better option for those with older kids.
  • Circus Circus Adventure Dome: Get a day pass and enjoy all the rides for kids of all ages at a reduced price.
  • Madametussauds Wax Museum. The world famous Madametussauds Wax museum give you and your kids the opportunity to get up close and personal with wax replicas of famous celebrities. You never know who might pop up while visiting this venue!
  • Circus Circus Hotel: Free circus acts and fun game room for kids of all ages.
  • Caesar’s Palace: Fall of Atlantis is a free light and animatronic show. Shows every half hour.
  • Cirque du Soleil: There are several shows to pick from that are geared towards entertaining the kids.
  • Paris Hotel: Take a ride up the Eiffel Tower replica to get an awesome view of the Las Vegas Strip.

These suggestions will come in handy to help you make Vegas a fun and memorable family vacation. And always shop around for discount tickets online before attending any of these attractions. Enjoy your visit to Las Vegas!