Training Coordinator

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!


Position Summary:

The Training Coordinator plays an important role in ensuring Challenge Manufacturing team members are prepared to work safely and deliver quality parts to our customers.  The Training Coordinator partners and communicates with Plant management to identify training needs, schedules training classes to meet those needs, ensures that all training is conducted to Company standards, and ensures the accuracy of training records.  The Training Coordinator also supervises the activities of Plant Trainers.

The Training Coordinator reports to the corporate Director of Learning & Development.




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


  • Partner with Plant Management
    • Determine plant training needs.
    • Train all levels of plant leadership on using Challenge University.
    • Communicate production equipment additions to LMS Administrator for observation checklists.
  • Supervise Plant Trainers
    • Provide direction, train and coach to develop skills, and administer corrective action, as needed.
    • Conduct audits to ensure compliance with processes.
    • Conduct annual performance review.
    • Manage and edit timecards and approve PTO requests.
  • Schedule and Conduct Training
    • Create and maintain training schedule for the plant.
    • Conduct New Hire Training (backup for Plant Trainer), including ensuring each team member has an active identification badge using Alpha Card and C-Cure systems.
    • Schedule and conduct motorized equipment permit and Authorized Lockout Tagout classroom training and testing; coordinate with certified trainers for operational evaluations.
    • Schedule and conduct annual refresher training (backup for Plant Trainer).
    • Assist with external training requests.
  • Manage the OJT Certification Process
    • Complete Common Core (level 1) Observation Checklists (backup for Plant Trainer).
    • Provide training on how to conduct all levels of Observation Checklists.
    • Coordinate with Plant leadership to ensure accurate and timely completion of Observation Checklists.


  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date training records
    • Ensure training sessions are created in Challenge University and attendance is recorded.
    • Ensure necessary documents (example: sign-in sheets, tests) are scanned and saved.
    • Maintain expiration dates for motorized equipment permits.
    • Training records include, but are not limited to, Skills Matrix, New Hire Training, Common Core Observation Checklists, and classroom training for motorized equipment and safety.



  • Strong time management skills
  • Organized and methodical
  • Collaborative / team player
  • Able to confidently communicate with and work closely with all Challenge team members, including multiple levels of management
  • Comfortable presenting in front of audiences
  • Coaching and mentoring others for professional improvement and growth



This position manages Plant Trainers.



  • Some exposure to noise, fumes, dirt, heat, sparks, and smoke
  • May also be exposed to water, vibration, dust, grease, and oil
  • Some exposure to high and low voltage components and systems
  • Frequently walks, bends, twists, turns, and lifts while performing functions of position
  • Moderate-sized equipment used around work area
  • Possible cuts, scrapes, burns or bruises
  • Eye protection required; hearing protection required; cut resistant arm guards required; cut resistant gloves required
  • Exposure to pinch points, rotating equipment
  • Office setting
  • Works a minimum of 40 hours per week



  • Bachelor’s degree



  • Two years manufacturing experience
  • Two years of instructional or formal training experience




  • Professional certification


  • Five years manufacturing experience
  • Five years of instructional or formal training experience
  • Two years of supervisory experience


Other Duties

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.