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Tool & Die Maker I: Non-Journeyperson

Holland, Michigan
$27.00 to $39.00 Per Hour
Job Type
12 Sep 2022
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 !

$27-39 an hour

Position Summary:

Challenge Manufacturing is looking for Tool & Die Repair, Tool & Die Makers, Repair and Die Setters (Journeyperson or non) Levels I-III for our Holland, MI Location. The Tool and Die positions are primarily responsible for the maintenance of all production dies, assuring that they are in proper working condition and capable of producing quality parts. This includes applying tool making skills to the direct maintenance of dies in house as well as working with outside vendors to build and maintain dies.

The right candidate must be 18 years or older, have good math skills, mechanical skills and basic computer skills. Candidate must be able to work in manufacturing environment with loud machinery, oils and lubricants, cleaning supplies, power tools, overhead cranes and hi-lo traffic. Candidate must be able to do physical work which includes lifting to 50 lbs., using power tools, constant standing and walking, some bending and climbing, pushing and pulling.


Die Repair:

Repair and maintain forms and dies on a regular schedule and through work requests generated by the computerized maintenance management system.
Schedule, negotiate timetables, monitor progress, and validate the quality of work with external mold/die vendors.
Communicate down time status with facilities manager and production managers in line down situations.
production orders in PLEX to weld product per Job Element Sheet (JES).
Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools using machines and hand tools.
Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts References or tools using scrapers, emery cloths or power grinders.
Verify dimensions, alignments and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers and dial indicators.
Studies specifications such as blueprints, sketches, models, or descriptions, and visualizes product to determine materials required and machines to be used to fabricate parts

Die Maker:

Troubleshoot, maintain and repair dies, die components, and tooling used in the production process. Analyzes specifications, lays out metal stock, and sets up and operations machine tools to make and repair dies.
Studies specifications such as blueprints, sketches, models, or descriptions, and visualizes product to determine materials required and machines to be used to
fabricate parts.
Computes dimensions, plans layout, and determines assembly method and sequence of operations.
Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock for machining.
Sets up and operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machine, shaper, and grinder, to machine parts, and verifies conformance of machined parts to
Lifts machined parts and positions and secures parts on surface plate or worktable.
Smooths flat and contoured surfaces using power grinders and fits and assembles parts together and into assemblies and mechanisms.
Verifies dimensions, alignments, and clearances.
Heat treats tools or parts.
Examines standard or previously used dies, tools, and jigs and fixtures, and recommends design modifications regarding construction and function of part.
Troubleshoot tooling analysis and resolve problems to obtain quality level of parts.
Follow all safety precautions and company policies to prevent injury to self and others.
Utilize calipers, micrometers, gauge pins and blocks, various other types of measurement equipment.

Die Setter:

Set up and change dies on small and large (200 Ton to 2500 Ton) progressive, secondary and transfer presses according to prescribed Job Element Sheets (JES) and die set up sheets to ensure quality parts are produced per the company's quality standards, production schedules and engineering specifications.
Position and safely clamp dies/tools, feed guides, and guarding.
Thread metal strip from coils through pinch rollers, and/or loads dies/tools with metal blanks.
Installs part ejection, and air blasts/external oilers.
Installs die protection devices.

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.
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  • Job Reference: 710306138-2
  • Date Posted: 12 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Challenge Mfg. Company
  • Location: Holland, Michigan
  • Salary: $27.00 to $39.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent