Hydroform Process Engineer

$80K - $90K
Posted on 08/15/17
Columbus Grove, OH
$80K - $90K
Posted on 08/15/17

About the Company:

The Company was founded in 1956 and began their automotive and stamping operations in Southeastern Michigan. They are now a major manufacturer or metal stamping with plants and facilities in three states and counting. Company specializing in modern metal forming technology, working with customers to develop products and processes to manufacture high-quality parts, including both components and assemblies, primarily for the automotive industry. 

Tier 1 supplier to Ford, GM, and Toyota. Automotive products include:

  • Robotic Weld Cells
  • Paint Lines
  • Trailer Hitch Assemblies
  • Latches
  • Hinges
  • Brackets
  • Floor Pan Support
  • Crossmembers

Company has over 100 Presses:

  • Progressive, Line, and Transfer Presses with capacities ranging from 75 to 2,800 tons
  • Bed sizes: 50" x 30" to 300" x 110"
  • Maximum coil feed width of 78"; Maximum stroke rate of 100 SPM; Hydroform Press - 5,500 ton


  • Stamping
  • Roll Forming
  • Machining
  • Tube and Stretch Bending
  • Welding
  • Assembly
  • Hydroforming
  • Paint (E-coating/Powder coating)

Position Summary:

This role serves as the on-site technical service, maintenance, installation, and training resource. The ideal applicant is a hands-on person who enjoys working with machinery and electronics. This person will be responsible for maintenance, repair, setup and operation of the hydroform processes that include CNC tube benders, preform operations, hydroform stamping presses,

and robotic material handling equipment for production. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Take a lead role, provide instruction, and/or complete maintenance to equipment in the hydroform process per the manufacturer’s specifications and Company requirements.
  • Take a lead role, provide instruction, and/or complete maintenance on hydroform tooling per vendor and Company requirements.
  • Perform moderately complex service and repair where judgment is required in resolving problems and making routine recommendations.
  • Implement design modifications and provide installation support for the modifications.
  • Work with production management and plant engineering to continuously improve uptime.
  • Consult with corporate tooling engineers to determine solutions to unusual problems in product operation and maintenance.
  • Write and/or debug CNC tube bender and hydroform press programs using process-specific programming software.
  • Setup and debug CNC tube benders and hydroform dies.
  • Write, teach, and/or debug programs using robot programming and in-house specific software.
  • Direct production labor upon completion of equipment setup/validation.
  • Operate CNC tube benders and hydroform press equipment to process materials/parts to meet customer specifications.
  • Perform test studies, documenting parameters, tooling, and any additional information as required.
  • Document changes to existing jobs (parameters, tooling, etc.) for future production runs.
  • Perform field testing and data collection in the course of product/process improvement.
  • Develop and follow work instructions
  • Documentation of test results in electronic reports with MS Office.
  • Perform other essential functions as assigned.



  • Two-year technical degree or related experience.
  • Understanding of safety requirements for stamping applications.
  • Knowledge of robot programming and automation.
  • Experience with CNC tube benders.
  • Experience with hydroforming presses.
  • Ability to interpret electrical and hydraulic schematics.
  • Good mechanical proficiency with hand tools including precision tools.
  • High accuracy in work, attention to detail.
  • Knowledge with extensive troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision both independently and in a team.
  • Competent with Microsoft Office products and efficient in email and internet.
  • Strong customer service skills – demonstrated ability to quickly establish professional working relationships and communicate effectively.


Special Skills:

  • Competent with Microsoft Office products and efficient in email and internet
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Team player, including cross-functional/departmental
  • Self-directed/self-starter – able to take initiative to search out information and assistance as needed to resolve issues


Working Conditions:

  • Normal office environment.
  • Normal shop environment, which includes travel to plant sites; use of personal protection equipment; hazards and conditions typically associated with a manufacturing environment.
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