Machine Repair Apprentice

Location : 1401 S. Washington, Holland, MI 49423


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:

Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice position to learn the necessary skills to earn an apprenticeship certificate of completion from the US Department of Labor and provide a skilled trade professional for the company.



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Log 2000 hour of on the job learning each year to gain the necessary skills to advance to the next level of the apprenticeship
  • Complete 144+/- hours of formal training annually outside of at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) with a “C” letter grade or higher
  • Maintain written log book of skills worked on and learned that is validated by the mentor regularly
  • Work side by side a Maintenance mentor for hands on learning and to ensure safe procedures are learned to work with presses, welders, robots, and  other industrial machinery throughout the plant



  • Strong mathematical ability to measure and covert numerical data to improve processes 
  • Mechanical reasoning skills to assess equipment and understand how it functions
  • Knowledge of tool room safety and proper handling of equipment
  • Ability to take direction from multiple mentors and absorb constructive criticism from others
  • Ability to read gauges and measurement devices used to verify dimensions of parts
  • Ability to learn robot interface technology 
  • Learn different welding and fabrication techniques to maintain equipment readiness
  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. 



  • Has high standards of performance for self.  
  • Takes responsibility for actions, results, and mistakes. 
  •  Is thorough, accurate, and reliable when performing and completing job tasks; demonstrates honesty and integrity in all aspects of work.
  • Takes positive action to objectively resolve conflict by listening, staying focused on issue to find resolution, and monitoring progress. 
  •  Maintains positive relationships by constructively resolving conflicts.
  • Uses feedback from others to continuously improve performance and work relationships.
  • Moves within own and/or other work areas (flexes) to support plant flow. 
  •  Works with sense of urgency to meet needs of customers.
  • Has necessary experience, skills, and knowledge to perform all aspects of job; rotates through all job responsibilities.  
  • Maintains knowledge and skills to perform job effectively.
  • Has ability to focus on benefits of change and see it as positive; approaches change or newness in constructive/objective manner; views change as learning opportunity.
  • Looks for good in others; works collaboratively with others; shares information and knowledge.
  • Is at work when scheduled and ensures coverage when absent; takes timely breaks/lunches; uses time wisely.



  • Able to lift 60 pounds and carry across distances of more than 100 feet
  • Running grinders, mills, welders, drill presses, cranes, hilos and other industrial equipment
  • Working on and around high voltage equipment and hardware in a de-energized state
  • Work with technical devices for reading and measuring electricity 
  • Work with gages and instruments to troubleshoot mechanical issues within machines
  • Work with hydraulic and pneumatics systems



  • High School Diploma or GED



  • Some college or technical/trade school



Work with an assigned mentor on existing and future projects, for any and all mechanical devices throughout the plant as needed for the job. Learn the proper use of all tools and equipment and where necessary become licensed on equipment.  Follow all safety rules set forth by Federal, State, and Local jurisdictions.  Diligently adhere to the use of all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Maintain a high level of work and school attendance.  Seek academic help immediately if you feel you are struggling or falling behind in a class.  Demonstrate throughout each phase of the apprenticeship that you have learned all the required skills to the satisfaction of your mentor and classroom instructors.  Maintain a reliable means of transportation to attend both work and classroom obligations.   Keep up a strong communication pattern with your mentor, manager, instructors and training coordinator to ensure everyone is aware of your status and progress in the program. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather an overview of the primary duties and responsibilities.   


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.