Robotics Engineer

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:

We have an immediate opening for a Robotics/Controls Engineer (Corporate) at our Walker, MI facility.  Our Robotics/Controls Engineers are responsible for the following: 

  1. Launch
    1. Develop robot launch documentation
    2. Manage robot issues in launch phase
    3. Robot audit lead
    4. Robot technical consultant in design reviews
      1. Provide RIA robot safety standards knowledge
      2. Provide robot hardware and software capabilities expertise 
  1. Machine Standards
    1. Document lessons learned in the field
    2. Develop and submit verbiage to be added in machine standards
    3. Enforce machine standards in launched programs
  1. R & D
    1. Maintain R&D lab robots
    2. Continuously test Challenge standard equipment in all possible scenarios 
    3. Apply field lessons learned in lab robots
    4. Develop robot related drawing sets to be used in launch
    5. Distribute robot lab examples
    6. Test new equipment that interacts with robots
      1. To gain new functionality
      2. To react on phased out equipment




5 years' experience with Fanuc and/or ABB (UAF a plus)

Firm knowledge of Industry standards NFPA/NEC and UL

AutoCAD experience

Must be a Self-Starter and work with minimal supervision

+ for PLC experience

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.