Director of Advanced Assembly Engineering

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544


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!


Position Summary:

The Director of Advanced Assembly Engineering leads the Assembly Project Engineering Group and is responsible for ensuring that new manufacturing process design meets the Challenge and customer requirements for safety, quality and productivity.  The Director of Advanced Assembly Engineering is responsible for the performance of Challenge’s automated assembly equipment from the quoting phase to the production phase.


  • BS degree in Engineering or equivalent experience in similar management role
  • Robotics experience is a plus (Fanuc and ABB)
  • Experience and understanding of Weld schedules (spot, projection, MIG, drawn arc)
  • Experience and understanding of GD&T
  • CAD design experience (Solid works experience is a plus)
  • NAAMS assembly tooling standards
  • Experience and understanding of automotive underbody components
  • Controls Experience (Allen Bradley RSlogix500 and RSlogix5000 programming is a plus)



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.