Weld Technician

Location : 2501 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341


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!


$22 - $24 an hour


Position Summary:

Provide production support by performing setup, troubleshooting and operations of automated welding cells within a production facility, as well as implementing best practices and proactively assess welding/robotic applications.




  • Follow all safety procedures and protocols while servicing or maintaining equipment. 
  • Cleans machines. 
  • Performs welding tip changes. 
  • Performs change over process of stationary welders, change out cells, and automated cells. 
  • Performs fixture preventative maintenance tasks. 
  • Follows proper lubrication practices for linear bearings, ball screws, and pillow block bearings. 
  • Able to run Red Rabbit process and troubleshoot issues if a failure occurs (i.e., properly adjust sensors or switches). 
  • Performs basic welding technology troubleshooting (i.e., resistance spot welding applications, weld tip inspection, tip force, shunt cable inspection/replacement, etc.), Inspects and replaces GMAW components (i.e., nozzle, tip, diffusers, goose necks, welding torches, etc.). 
  • Performs basic nut feeder adjustments (i.e., inspection for proper level of nuts, spear alignment, and clearing jams). 
  • Performs basic cell resets (i.e., homing cell, robot, and tooling). 
  • Touches up points/welds within a program. 
  • Troubleshoots and repairs proximity switch issues.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (required).
  • Must be able to understand and follow written and verbal workplace instructions. 
  • Must be able to work up to 12 hours per day, including Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Basic experience with Microsoft applications, i.e., word, excel, outlook, etc. (required). 
  • Basic welding theory and experience with resistance welding, projection welding, GMAW welding, and acetylene torch (required). 
  • Basic knowledge of dispense systems (required). 
  • Must be able to obtain hi-lo license. 
  • Ability to locate and troubleshoot the root cause of issues (required). 
  • Use of hand measuring tools (volt meters, micrometers, calipers, tape measures) (required). 
  • May be required to obtain aerial platform lift license. 
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with automated welding applications (required) 
  • Experience with ABB and Fanuc robots (preferred).



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.