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DENSO International America, Inc. Lead Machine Operator in Battle Creek, Michigan

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Overview:The role of the Lead Associate is to run highly automated machines for parts production at the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness.

Primary Responsibilities Include (but not limited to):

  • Perform all work safely, following all safety procedures.

  • Operate machines at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness to include: preventative maintenance (PM), machine set-up and changeover, material changes, quality checks, machine adjustments to maintain high level of quality, and monitor and document daily machine performance, and maintain production requirements.

  • Receive training to run any and all aspects of the production line when necessary.

  • Thorough understanding of machine operation, function, and interaction between machine sections in order to perform machine fault recovery

  • Support Kaizen (continuous improvement) activities, train new team members, learn and implement troubleshooting techniques, take all steps necessary to meet the customer’s needs.

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Ideal Associate Must Possess:

  • Strong work ethic

  • Eye for safety and quality

  • Ability to take ownership over individual responsibilities

  • Drive to keep up with fast paced production requirements

  • Positive team orientation

  • Desire to accept constructive criticism and utilize feedback for future growth

  • Good dexterity and be willing and able to work overtime

  • Punctual mentality with a strong attendance history

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • At least one 1 year of experience/general knowledge of mechanical systems (obtained by running mass production equipment in a manufacturing environment or by work in related fields such as automotive repair, etc.)

  • Ability to pass a validated hands-on mechanical aptitude assessment: A timed assessment measuring understanding of mechanisms and mechanical systems, mechanical reasoning, and the proper use of appropriate tools.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Repetitive lifting of 35 pounds

  • Bending

  • Twisting

  • Repetitive gripping with hands

  • Ability to work overtime


  • Starting pay $19.41 an hour, plus overtime and shift premium.

  • This position may earn additional annual bonus for up to 3 years when specific requirements are fulfilled.

  • Benefits include: medical, dental, prescription, vision, 401K with company match, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, paid time off, and more.

  • Employees and eligible dependents receive access to the DENSO Family Health Center, Pharmacy & Recreation Center

Organization: DMMI

Primary Location: US-MI-Battle Creek

Work Locations: DMMI Battle Creek (20005-1) One Denso Road Battle Creek, 49037

Shift: 1st Shift

Job: Production

Req ID: 200000FB