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Tooling Supervisor

 

Job Description

Means Industries

Means Industries, headquartered in Saginaw, MI, is a Tier 1 global automotive supplier of high value transformational propulsion-system technologies.  Means leverages its unique process and product design capabilities to produce award winning innovations that improve fuel economy and reduce mass through its Controllable Mechanical Diode (CMD) Selectable One Way Clutch, Advanced Metal-Forming and Joining Capabilities, and our emerging Dynamic Clutch Technologies that are designed to enable efficient Propulsion Electrification. 

Established in 1922, Means continues to foster a culture of collaboration through two business units, Means Propulsion Systems and Means TransForm Products.  Our passion for problem solving drives everything we do and we remain committed to producing high quality innovative technology solutions at our three manufacturing facilities in Saginaw, Michigan; two manufacturing facilities in Sterling Heights, Michigan; a manufacturing facility in Shelby Township, Michigan; a manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, Canada and a Sales and Engineering Office in both Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China.  For more information about our company, please visit our website (www.meansindustries.com).

Means is a division of Amsted Industries (www.amsted.com), one of the world’s largest transportation component manufacturers. Based in Chicago, Amsted specializes in products that serve the rail, heavy-duty vehicle, automotive, construction and general industrial markets. Amsted has 45 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries and employs more than 16,000 people throughout the world. Amsted is one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned companies in the United States.

Propulsion Systems

Means Propulsion Systems, a business unit of Means Industries, designs, tests and produces some of the most sophisticated products for the global Propulsion industry.  Core technologies (traditional and electrified propulsion) include Selectable One-Way Clutches, Mechanical Diode One Way Clutches, Dynamic Controllable Mechanical Diodes and Integrated Shifting Systems.  Our engineers deliver robust engineering and manufacturing solutions by partnering with customers from the conceptual phase straight through to design and integration. Means Propulsion Systems has a manufacturing facility in Saginaw, Michigan and Sales and Engineering Offices in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China.  For more information about our company, please visit our website (www.meansindustries.com).

Means is a division of Amsted Industries (www.amsted.com), one of the world’s largest transportation component manufacturers. Based in Chicago, Amsted specializes in products that serve the rail, heavy-duty vehicle, automotive, construction and general industrial markets. Amsted has 45 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries and employs more than 16,000 people throughout the world. Amsted is one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned companies in the United States.

Means TransForm Products, a business unit of Means Industries, is an industry leading manufacturer of metal-formed products and precision propulsion components utilizing advanced proprietary stamping, machining, laser-welding and assembly processes.  This business is involved in significant advanced research and application of tooling and die equipment, process design and development.  Means TransForm Products has two manufacturing facilities in Saginaw, Michigan; two manufacturing facilities in Sterling Heights, Michigan; a manufacturing facility in Shelby Township, Michigan and a manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, Canada. For more information about our company, please visit our website (www.meansindustries.com).

Means is a division of Amsted Industries (www.amsted.com), one of the world’s largest transportation component manufacturers. Based in Chicago, Amsted specializes in products that serve the rail, heavy-duty vehicle, automotive, construction and general industrial markets. Amsted has 45 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries and employs more than 16,000 people throughout the world. Amsted is one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned companies in the United States.

Company Culture

Means supports and cultivates creativity through a collaborative cross functional work environment.  By nurturing innovation at all levels of the company, Means’ desire for progress and improvement helps launch pioneering, transformative technologies within the automotive industry. 

With a high level focus on people development, you can grow and develop through diverse work experiences and quality training opportunities.  Means is experiencing exponential growth and supports a culture where employees take pride and ownership in their work.  As an employee owned company, you will recognize your direct impact on the business and be part of its success (US Only). 

Benefits

Means offers a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with employer matching, a health savings account with contribution for US employees and an excellent retirement package.

Disclaimer

Means is an Equal Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. 

Job Description 

This position is responsible for supervising the Tool and Die makers and Machinists, and supports the daily operations of the tooling and press shop.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise the daily activities of the Toolmakers
  • Supervise the daily preventative maintenance activities in press die repair to support production.
  • Promote lean manufacturing principals
  • Active participant in the Elimination of Waste Team meetings
  • Support the Company’s Goals and Objectives
  • Keep assigned areas in accordance with 5S standards
  • Assign work responsibilities to Tool and Die Makers
  • Provide Job Instruction for the following:
  • Maintain required safety levels on plant floor
  • Ensure that production requirements are satisfied
  • Ensure that Company policies and procedures and adhered to
  • Problem Solving
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Quality requirements: Authorized to make decisions concerning quality issues
  • Serves in the capacity of waste water handler commensurate with completion of proper environmental training
  • Work closely with the Production Supervisors and Materials Management
  • May give direction to members of the Press Team/Operator Maintenance
  • Other duties as assigned by the Tooling Engineer Manager

Work Requirements

Knowledge and Skills

  • Journeyman status or five year experience as a toolmaker
  • Excellent communication skills for interaction with the workforce, its suppliers and customers
  • Able to adapt to frequent production schedule changes
  • Able to work frequent overtime
  • Possess working knowledge of IATF-16949, ISO 14001, and Q1 compliance criteria

Education

High School Diploma or Equivalent. Degree or certificate in Tool & Die or Machining.

Experience

  • One year of experience in transfer die applications
  • At least four years’ experience in a fast paced, automotive manufacturing environment
  • Experience with the automotive industry requirements for sample submission, such as:  flow diagrams, control plans, SPC, and AIAG standards. 

Working Conditions

Essential Mental Functions

  1. Excellent communication skills – ability to energize others and build strong commitment to results and ability to communicate a multiple levels internally and externally to the company.
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a cohesive team of people to support tool engineering and tool maintenance.
  3. Strong passion for continuous improvement and demonstrated use of lean tools.
  4. Possesses the ability to plan, organize, and monitor tool engineering and maintenance activities.  Detail oriented and demonstrates a keen sense of urgency in planning, communication and execution.
  5. Has a significant mechanical aptitude or the ability to assimilate mechanical and quality concepts in order to manufacture product with exceptional quality.
  6. Has the mental strength and agility to deal with intense situations, multiple time demands, and uncertainty

Essential Physical Demands

  • Work may require extended periods of sitting, standing, lifting, bending, stooping and performing repetitive motion tasks
  • Excellent manual dexterity, ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds frequently
  • Usage of a computer and other productivity machinery such as a calculator and control panels
  • Work is performed in a manufacturing environment with continuous exposure to n