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Automation Technician I

Location:2501 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341

Who We Are:

Challenge’s mission is to manufacture with operational excellence by empowering our employee-owners. As a leading tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry, we drive innovative solutions for future mobility. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry leaders allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do and embody our core values of safety, ownership, and teamwork every day; they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned automotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #QualityDriven and #PeoplePowered!

Who We Want:

This position maintains, repairs, and assists in upgrades of highly automated robotic and non-robotic equipment. The following processes may be encountered: resistance welding of steel and aluminum, projection welding, MIG welding, robotic dispensing applications of body sealant and adhesive, drawn arc stud welding, flow drill, and various rivet assembly equipment.

What You’ll Do:

  • Read, interpret, and update electrical prints, wiring and ladder diagrams, schematics and other technical literature.
  • Diagnose and repair faulty controls systems with a multi-meter, oscilloscope, or other electrical testing equipment.
  • Troubleshoot electrical, robotic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems
  • Modify, write, and troubleshoot robot programs.
  • Participate in preventative actions where appropriate. Conducts corrective actions and perform problem solving analysis and reporting as required.
  • Ability to apply common sense and deal with a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to understand and carry out detailed written or oral instructions.
  • Maintain and participate in housekeeping for personal work area and shared facility space.

When and Where:

A Shift / 5:00am-3:30pm Mon - Thurs position located at our plant in Pontiac, MI .

What You Need to Have:

  • Technical Skills – Can read and interpret electrical prints, wiring and ladder diagrams, schematics, and other technical literature. Ability to use multi-meter, oscilloscope, or other electrical testing equipment.
  • Understanding of electrical, robotic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems. Ability to create, modify, and troubleshoot robot programs. Ability to disassemble, repair, and reassemble machinery and equipment. Proven mechanical and equipment repair skills.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety, environmental, LOTO and procedural guidelines. Reports potentially unsafe equipment, materials, or situations to supervision or management.
  • Continuous Improvement - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses. Pursues training and development opportunities. Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills while sharing expertise with others.
  • Quality – Understand, explain, and follow the company's Quality Policies while looking for ways to improve and promote quality while cutting cost.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Works well in group or by oneself in problem solving situations.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Keeps commitments. Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person if an alternate plan is needed. Looks for ways to conserve organizational resources.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Gives and welcomes constructive feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Puts success of team above own interests. Able to build morale and group commitments to achieve goals and objectives. Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect, inspires the trust of co-workers, and performs work ethically and with integrity. Upholds the organizational values. Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences of others. Promotes a harassment-free environment.
  • Attendance/Punctuality/ Dependability - Is consistently at work and on time. Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. Follows instructions, responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Initiative/ motivation - Volunteers enthusiastically, demonstrates persistence, and overcomes obstacles by setting and achieving challenging goals. Seeks increased responsibilities. Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict. Maintains confidentiality. Listens to others without interrupting. Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively. Presents numerical data effectively. Able to read and interpret written information.

What 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, Referral Bonus Program, Challenge Incentive Program, and paid time off.

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