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Stryker Process Specialist - Welding in Portage, Michigan


  • Actively participate in cleanliness and 6S standards team (includes desks, work benches, tooling and equipment, machines, etc.)

  • Documents safety and 6S concerns within immediate area and plant-wide production area

  • Ensuring compliance with established regulatory and quality, legal, corporate, and human resources policies and procedures.

  • Work with minimal direct supervision to accomplish technical production support tasks and troubleshooting

  • Execute tasks on transformational projects for cost, quality, process improvements within operations, maintenance and engineering as it pertains to welding equipment and robotics

  • Work closely with engineering and operation teams to recommend and specify upgrades, replacements and new equipment purchases for welding machinery

  • Documents results of all projects, improvements and opportunities and communicates to team leader and team members as needed

  • Consults and acts as liaison of operations and engineering team with advanced operations to design and plan solutions for implementing new technology on production floor

  • Partner with advanced operations as needed to complete one-off requests in regard to prototypes, fixtures, tooling and process development

  • Work directly with vendors on tooling, process improvements for existing or new applications

  • Assist in material flow layouts and part/fixture/tooling racking solutions within the plant

  • Specify tooling for new or existing processes, work closely with MPLs to guide orders and tooling sustainment

  • Provides training on existing processes as well as new equipment/processes within plant

  • Trains employees on fabrication processes and inspects/tests results and applicants, as needed

  • Assists in developing training structure and programs for fabrication and manufacturing processes

  • Provides line of defense, partnering with MPLs as needed, to address line-down issues regarding equipment and process issues and non-conformances

  • Supports Day-to-day production in operations via technical troubleshooting, problem solving and advising on equipment tooling, operation

  • In-depth technical troubleshooting of problems regarding component issues, quality problems, and equipment maintenance/performance

  • Assists and owns smaller-scale projects as it relates to equipment capacity, part transfers, cost reduction projects

  • Program or assist in programming numerous pieces of NC and/or PLC controlled metal fabrication/welding equipment

  • Assist in validation activities within engineering team, including periodic reviews, equipment qualifications, process validations, PPAPs

  • Complete various day-to-day tasks, as assigned


  • High School Education or Equivalent

  • Technical knowledge and understanding of metal fabricating processes (machining, welding, sheet metal forming, etc.)

  • 5+ years of relevant fabrication experience, manufacturing experience, process development experience, programming experience

  • CWI preferred, but not required

  • Signficant experience with welding process including MIG, TIG and technologies such as Miller, Lincoln, Fronius

  • In-depth knowledge of robotic programming (Fanuc preferred), ability to create, modify and edit robotic code

  • Specialized skill set in on or more of the following: machining, tube forming, sheet metal processing, automation, robotics, or welding

  • Must be proficient in the use of calibrated devices and in the reading of detailed mechanical prints.

  • Competent with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.)

  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Possess attention to detail

  • Must be able to observe and note minute inconsistencies

  • Must be able to follow and explain detailed instructions and inspection procedures

  • Must be able to explain detailed documentation accurately

  • Must be able to communicate extraordinarily to many stakeholders and facets of the business including production, engineering, quality and upper-management


  • May involve prolonged periods of stooping, kneeling, crouching, bending, sitting, standing, and/or crawling as appropriate.

  • May be required to move equipment up to 50 pounds, reach, push, or pull in order to accomplish job accountabilities.

  • Coordination of eye, hand, and/or foot movement with an ability to grasp by hand and meet cognitive demands to include visual and auditory discrimination/memory, reading ability, and memory retention ability.

  • Requires use of safety glasses, hearing protection, safety footwear and other PPE in designated areas.