Who We Are:
Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.
What Makes Us Different?
Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.
Challenge is #PeoplePowered!
Welding Engineer is responsible for developing welding techniques, procedures, and application of welding utilizing knowledge of production specifications, properties and characteristics of metals, metal alloys, and general engineering principles. In addition, Weld Engineers conduct research and development investigation to develop and test new fabrication processes and procedures or improve existing techniques and procedures.
- Maintain existing welding process to Challenge Manufacturing standards.
- Reduce costs through continuous improvement activities that improve safety, quality and productivity.
- Define recommended welding spare parts.
- Develop and maintain weld parameter/setup sheets.
- Support and lead new line launch verification projects.
- Work with Maintenance and destruct staff to maintain and improve weld quality.
- Implement and test and monitor products from time to time in production equipment
- Support in driving standardization across the following joining processes in manufacturing:
- Developing training documentation on the above joining processes in relationship to quality requirements of the customer.
- Trouble shoot welding (GMAW, RSW, and DAW) issue on production tooling.
- Develop welding schedules for (GMAW, RSW and DAW) on ferrous and nonferrous material.
- Participate in design reviews for upcoming new projects.
- Interface with new equipment vendors and customers (internal and external).
- Develops and writes work instructions as they pertain to different welding and inspection operations.
- B.S Welding Engineering or equivalent (required).
- Understanding of resistance welding and arc welding principals and standards, as well as mechanical engineering (required).
- 1-3 years’ experience in a welding manufacturing environment, automotive experience (preferred).
- Welding experience in RSW, GMAW and DAW on a variety of low carbon and high strength steels (required).
- Robotic welding experience, ABB and Fanuc (preferred).
- Destructive testing experience (setting up the process and training others) for RSW, DAW and GMAW (required).
- 5+ year’s RSW, GMAW and DAW experience in welding manufacturing in the automotive industry (preferred).
- Ability to developing and troubleshooting GMAW and RSW on different grades of steel and aluminum (preferred).
- Experience setting up and training with Tessonics RSWA devices or other UT devices (preferred).
- Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Benefits We Offer:
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.