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Tool & Die - Casting

Job Number:  10173
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Casting
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, AL, US, 35215





Job Number: 10173 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Casting 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Birmingham 




Group Description


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 Mer¬cedes 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.




To maintain and troubleshoot dies in-house to produce a quality product in a safe manner.





Responsible for maintaining a safe and healthful workplace and keeping tooling maintained to produce quality products.  Also responsible for continuous improvement of tooling, housekeeping, making informed decisions, and having tooling ready for production runs.





  1. Follow and enforce all plant safety rules and policies.
  2. Understand and promote Magna’s philosophies (Magna Operational Principles, Corporate Constitution and Employee’s Charter).
  3. Maintain dies and other tooling to produce quality parts to improve processes to increase productivity
  4. Tig & Mig welding and hand working parts of dies (heat treat of materials)
  5. Performs scheduled preventative maintenance on all tooling and fills out the pm sheet and keep PM schedules up to date.
  6. Operates a variety of small machines, tools and equipment.
  7. Verifies conformance of machined or repaired dies to specifications by checking dimensions, clearances and alignments.
  8. Troubleshoots for problems during production.
  9. Modifies dies and tooling to conform to engineering changes.
  10. Tryout of new die sets and tooling. 
  11. Sound understanding and knowledge of die work/operations
  12. Sound understanding and machine knowledge, able to run all tool room equipment including measuring instruments
  13. Sound understanding and knowledge of Die Casting Operations and Quality procedures
  14. Assist in determining spare parts requirements
  15. Maintain accurate documentation
  16.  Train operators and new employees
  17.  Recommend modifications to existing equipment
  18.  Establish and maintain communication with other team members and support departments
  19.  Support continuous improvement and lean manufacturing processes
  20.  Ensure quality product and know quality procedures
  21.  Perform die changes
  22.  Perform troubleshoot of tooling (in or out of the presses)
  23.  Work to blueprints, CAD data, sketches, and verbal instructions
  24.  Efficiently perform Lock out/Tag out Procedures
  25.  Promotes good housekeeping (5S)
  26.  Perform other duties as required.





SKILL (Ability to do the job)


  • Ability to use all tool room equipment and measuring tools
  • Ability to work unsupervised and make quick decisions
  • Must have good organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshooting in Press
  • Understanding of draw and trim operations and functions
  • Proven ability in aluminum trim die setup including steel entry standards and trap points
  • Ability to weld and restore tooling to original condition
  • Trouble shooting surface quality issues and implementing corrections, stoning, highlighting and perform changes to meet customer expectations in tooling.
  • Must be willing to work extended or flexible hours as needed
  • Must possess knowledge of casting processes
  • Willingness to adapt to change and learn





Some of the physical demands of this position include lifting in excess of 40 pounds. Moving tool boxes around, and lifting and standing for extended periods of time.





Some of the equipment and tools used for the job are a lathe, mills, surface grinders, mig welder.

Arc welder, tig welder, hand tools, hand grinder, band saw, cut off saw, drill presses of all sizes,

­­­­­­heat treat equipment, cranes, and tow motors.






EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or GED equivalent required: 2-year from a technical college or minimum 5 years experience in a heavy industrial manufacturing facility




OTHER:  Journeyman certification is preferred: general knowledge of troubleshooting, materials and methods, machines and tools, and practical application of engineering science. Computer knowledge and CNC or EDM and Tig welding, but not required; CAD/Blueprint reading and shop math; die building experience is a plus, but not necessary. Basic knowledge in automation.






WHAT TYPES?  Tool & Die background in a manufacturing environment; journeyman experience preferred, job shop, hands on; Die Casting background. Welding experience, die construction, basic machining (milling, grinding, turning), sharpening cutting edges, reworking form steels, tig welding, mig welding, arc welding


HOW MUCH?  Minimum 4 years






-Organizational skills

-People skills

-Blueprint reading/knowledge of CAD

-Weld Training






New Hire Orientation, OSHA Required Training, Product and Process Overview, Understanding the Charter, Lean Manufacturing Overview, 5S & Visual Management, Robot Fundamentals, and Basic Workstation Panel views, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, STI, and Business Management System


Role Summary
Key Responsibilities
Key Qualifications/Requirements
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07--Operations F--Permanent/Regular 

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