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Cradles Process Engineer

Job Number:  65801
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Inc. - Bld2
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, ALABAMA, US, 35215

Work Style: 



Job Number: 65801 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Inc. - Bld2 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Work Style:  


About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.




 KAMTEK is a premier Tier 1, automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in Class “A” Stamping, Assembly and High Pressure Die Casting that produces Body-side and Door Openings, Roofs, Floor Pans, Wheelhouses, Large Welded Assemblies, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Lift-gates, Aluminum Shock Towers, and Aluminum Rear Rails. Our capabilities include the manufacturing of Class “A” Body Panels along with Medium/Large Stampings, Large Assemblies and Aluminum Stampings and Assemblies, and Aluminum High Pressure Vacuum Die Casting to our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Mer­cedes Benz, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW and Freightliner. As a local distributor and supplier, Kamtek’ s market segmentation to Cosma International, (a division of MAGNA INTERNATIONAL) provides a “state-of-the-art” product that utilizes the most technologically advanced Pressing processes in order to maintain a competitive advantage to other OEM’s within the market. Our company’s culture of team spirit & mutual respect with a focus on fair treatment helps us to embrace our multi-cultural affiliation with Magna International, and supports our mission through process efficiency and competitive product pricing. Furthermore, the culture at Kamtek focuses on Job Security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment. We offer Employee Equity and Profit Participation programs which increase our employees’ ownership within the company. Kamtek, part of Cosma International and a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments - North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa). Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.



About the Role

Applies industry knowledge and experience to manage projects. Utilizes planning, resource, and task management skills in directing internal and external teams to successful implementation of projects. Can delegate and manage multiple projects at any given time.  Responsible for follow-up of mechanical systems designs for a variety of assembly applications including welders, robots, conveyance and transfer systems. Can champion continuous improvement initiatives such cycle time, scrap, downtime and manpower reduction through welding / assembly, and stamping during the manufacturing of steel and aluminum engine cradles. Champion the design, build, and development of assembly processes and tooling required. Manage activities of engineering changes, and VAVE activities. Support quality fast response meetings and trouble shoot production issues on the line. Be able to update and create PFMEA’s, process flows, work instructions and understand the product GD&T.

Your Responsibilities

  1. Responsible to drive and understand customer specifications, both corporate and plan and applies Kamtek standards for use in all aspects of mechanical designs.
  2. Handles medium size projects from inception to completion (timing, concept, feasibility, design, construction, try-out, launch, final buy-off (PPAP and run at rate), prototype programs, and engineering changes) with moderate follow-up by leadership.
  3. Conducts appropriate Manpower efficiency studies – through time and motion studies or standard data. Line balancing manpower, machine charts and analysis 
  4. Prepares reports, charts and other documentation required for engineering records and projects
  5. Works with all departments and customers to design solutions that improve production efficiency, ergonomics, safety, and maintenance related issues
  6. Supports continuous improvement initiatives
  7. Assists in developing material handling logistics (i.e. - Aisle layout, bin placement, dunnage assists, etc.)
  8. Reviews, monitors and co-ordinates tooling design, build, approval process and capital budgets
  9. Responsible to support production personnel in root cause analysis and problem resolution of production quality and cost challenges.
  10. Responsible to estimate content and labor costs for proposals and engineering change quotes.

of manpower plan requirements to complete project within time constraints defined in the project timeline

Who we are looking for

  • Required to possess a mature, consistent attitude towards the responsibilities of the job;
  • Must have strong leadership skills, must be able to lead by example whenever necessary and promote a team approach to problem solving;
  • Must have sound knowledge of employment related legislative requirements;
  • Must be self-motivated and display the skills required to develop and motivate employees;
  • Must be capable of working under pressure and with short completion times on projects;
  • TS16949 awareness and adherence;
  • ISO14001 awareness and adherence;
  • Lean Manufacturing and 5S concepts awareness and adherence.
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Knowledge of MIG welding aluminum and galvanized steel

Your preferred qualifications


EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or GED required,

B.S. degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering (preferred), or equivalent experience

TECHNICAL TRAINING:  AutoCAD and CAD viewer programs



WHAT TYPES?  Engineering experience in an automotive manufacturing environment

HOW MUCH?  5 years

What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.

Site Benefits

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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