Joining Manager

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.


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Position Summary:

The Joining Engineering Manager will be responsible for leading a talented group of joining engineers with various specialtiesThis role will be a hands-on role responsible for scheduling, assignment prioritization high-level technical support, and implementation. The candidate will also collaborate with various managers and team members and will need to be capable of influencing others even without direct reporting structure. In concert with the Director of Automation this leader will help direct, document and roadmap the maintenance, and upgrading of the companies joining tools and methodologiesThis role will need to combine solid foundational engineer knowledge with a passion for leading and enabling other team members. This person will need be a continuous learner driven to explore and understand new technologies. 


  • 5+ years of experience in manufacturing industries with a strong focus on Joining Technologies 
  • Lean or six sigma experiences (green or black belt certified preferred) 
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to joining. 
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability. 
  • Must be able to travel up to 30% of the time. 
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment. 
  • Ability and willingness to lead by example. 
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment. 
  • Technical Ability: 
  • Robotic programming experience-ABB/Fanuc/Kawasaki preferred 
  • Destructive testing in all joining applications with the ability to implement new testing equipment and perform training 
  • ACAD/Solidworks and GD&T experience preferred 
  • Ability to troubleshoot joining equipment 
  • Basic PLC, HMI, and robotic troubleshooting 


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.