Dakkota Integrated Systems Career Opportunities
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Make an Impact Sharing Your Troubleshooting Expertise with Others in Important Role

Join Values-Based Tier 1 Supplier Committed to Supporting Your Professional Development

If you're a seasoned Controls Engineer who enjoys troubleshooting and mentoring others to do the same, this is an opportunity to make your mark at a large and important plant. In this factory position, you will become part of a team that maintains and provides direction and assistance to assembly and sequencing as well as ship-to-broadcast services for Ford Motor Company; we are a just-in-time supplier with a short lead time.

Your primary responsibility in this new role will be to do everything within your power to problem solve with the maintenance and production staff so there is as little delay as possible. Quick question for you - click here

When you're not resolving production issues or mentoring the Maintenance Technicians (who are hungry to learn), we will look to you to identify and implement process improvements allowing you many opportunities to showcase your abilities on multiple fronts.

This is a fast-paced facility and challenging job, to be sure, but if you are successful it can open multiple doors to advancement opportunities. Our culture is strongly employee-oriented and we support our people's professional development goals. In addition, we value diversity, promote community involvement, and offer top-of-the-line benefits. Relocation assistance is available to the right candidate.

World-class products & services from concept to delivery. Established in 2001, Dakkota Integrated Systems manages the complete assembly and sequencing of integrated automotive interiors for original equipment manufacturers. We deliver vehicle components for our customers using our expert approach that is unparalleled in the automotive industry. Our workforce is unique and helps support the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry.

Video: an overview of our organization, business units, accolades and values.

The Requirements

To be a good fit for the Controls Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • Proven experience in PLC logic and programming with any of the following: Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE Fanuc, Siemens, AutomationDirect, Mitsubishi, Omron, Aromat, Toshiba, HMI or SCADA programming and configuration of any of the following software packages Wonderware, Rockwell, Intellution, GE Cimplicity, Ci-Tech, Iconics, Siemens, US Data, etc.
  • A 2-year college education or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • Good mechanical/pneumatic/electrical skills, including proven strong troubleshooting abilities
  • Experience with:
    • Panel design and layout and wiring schematic capabilities
    • Blueprint reading
    • Conveyor systems
    • Bar code readers
    • Field commissioning
    • Control Net and Device Net I/O systems
    • RS View
    • Industrial controls (photo electrics, motor control centers, etc.)
    • Variable frequency drives
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel) Quick question for you - click here
  • The ability to travel about 20% of the time
  • A valid driver's license
Just as important will be the following competencies and characteristics:
  • Excellent leadership abilities and the ability to coach and mentor others
  • Solid written and verbal communication abilities along with good interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills
We are hiring for the C-shift, which is Friday and Saturday from 6 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday and Monday from 6:30 PM to 4:30 AM. We'll also expect you to be flexible if your shift runs long. Qualified candidates will be required to pass a background check. You will also be required to support special shifts as necessary or to cover for training.

The Role

Who you'll work with

Reporting to the Engineering-Maintenance Manager, you will join a team that includes two other Controls Engineers as well as manufacturing and industrial engineers. During your shift, you will be the go-to troubleshooter and support for the maintenance staff assisting and instructing maintenance technicians on whatever problems are discovered. Just as importantly, we'll look to you to help build the skill set and knowledge of the Maintenance Technicians on the team by answering questions and walking them through how to implement the solutions you identify. Quick question for you - click here

We are looking for a get-the-job-done professional who can interact well with the Maintenance Technicians, as well as interface with the Production and Quality teams and who is readily available to answer questions.

What it's like to do this job

You will divide your time between your office, the production floor and the maintenance crib, remaining continually on-call for maintenance or production calls. The pace of your troubleshooting will vary. You will be on call for maintenance support and any other projects you will be assigned.

When not on production breakdowns and or maintenance support Some examples include:
  • Evaluating problems that came up and designing solutions to avoid them in the future
  • Designing and programming error proofing systems
  • Programming new features in the equipment
Part of your role will be that of change agent. When you notice something that isn't right or could be improved, we will count on you to step up and address it.

More specifically, your responsibilities will include:
  • Utilizing good analytical methodologies, supporting production in reducing/ eliminating equipment and tooling downtime or scrap
  • Responsibility for controls systems design, specification, programming simulation and testing, and start-up assistance
  • Supporting efficiencies via process change, automation, etc.
  • Programming automated equipment to conform with production requirements
  • Designing and quoting electronic controls required to aid in the production processes
  • Receiving quotes for and recommending sources of controls devices
  • Programming automated equipment to conform with production requirements
  • Facilitating/maintaining process controls equipment
  • Developing and designing plant and process improvements (layout, equipment, process, ergonomics)
  • Identifying key process controls/systems and providing appropriate resources to maintain same
  • Compliance with all applicable government safety and environmental standards
  • Advising and mentoring Maintenance Technicians
  • Documenting all activities as required
  • Adhering to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety

What's in It for You

Professional Development
We're committed to helping team members build their careers here through training, mentorship, and a tuition assistance program that exceeds the offerings of most companies. Prove yourself and demonstrate your talent and this could be the first step in a long and successful career with Dakkota. Because you'll take on production troubleshooting and process improvement you will gain a wide breadth of experience that will help you step up later, if you desire. Some opportunities may require relocation.

High Profile Plant
This is a flagship plant for us -- one of our two largest and most profitable. As Controls Engineer here, you'll enjoy wide visibility and enjoy some competitiveness with your peers.

Visible Impact
While the site is running well, there is plenty of room to make a good thing even better. Your changes can make a significant impact and will be noticed at the executive level.

Autonomy and Support
With a company our size, you'll find that we are very close, and everyone helps each other. However, we'll still expect you to drive and manage your responsibilities as a self-starter. That means you'll have the autonomy to thrive and excel, while knowing there's strong support from the Engineering and Maintenance Manager and others, when you need it.

Value-Driven Company
Dakkota CEO Andra Rush has created companies that do more than generate profit: they impact the local community and economy by providing training and putting Americans to work. Rush was honored by the in January 2014, along with GM CEO Mary Barra, for demonstrating the "strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams."

Building Community, Creating Jobs
At Dakkota we strive to enhance the communities where we live and work by being environmentally and socially responsible and ensuring fair and equitable employment. We provide multiple opportunities for employees to make a positive impact on their community by devoting volunteer hours and resources to local charities, as you can see in the pictures here. We're always looking for new ways to make a difference. Our employees have supported organizations like the United Way, Salvation Army, and Autism Speaks, as well as local food banks and schools.

Great Environment
We enjoy working together toward common goals here at Dakkota. In fact, we have vision and culture committees to help clarify and communicate those values. We are also strongly committed to diversity and have been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Console (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year Award for the last three years. We are a close-knit team, and we celebrate with birth announcements, seasonal picnics and parties, employee service awards, and more.

Excellent Compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and discretionary bonus, we offer comprehensive benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance programs; a 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; tuition assistance; in-house training; company-paid employee life insurance and short-term disability insurance; voluntary employee life insurance and long-term disability insurance; voluntary spousal/dependent life insurance; paid holidays; and paid vacations.

Keys to Success

One of the challenging parts of this role have to do with providing critical support when a production line is down and the superintendent and his crew are feeling the pressure. You'll need the ability to work calmly and effectively with others when the stakes are extremely high.

Your technical knowledge will be essential, but these other qualities are just as important:
  • An eagerness and ability to take on responsibility and solve problems without a lot of hand holding
  • Pride in completing projects and meeting deadlines
  • A drive to find better ways to do things
  • A proactive approach -- when you identify a process improvement, you'll take care of it without fanfare and then report the results
We have established best practices that are distinctive to our organization and culture, and you'll need to respect those practices. Just the same, we are open to new ideas.

About Us

Dakkota Integrated Systems was formed in 2001 to create a minority contract supplier that could thrive in a fast-paced, cost-competitive environment to support automotive original equipment manufacturers. We have excelled at delivering quality, process control and innovative solutions for warranty and sustainability concerns to address our customers' needs.

Outstanding customer service and agility have propelled Dakkota from one facility with one customer to 13 facilities with GM, Ford, Chrysler, and many other customers in 13 years, earning launch and supplier partner awards along the way. Dakkota was among the first automotive suppliers to be awarded complete interior integration programs for General Motors. We dedicate resources to each new program and co-locate with our customers for a fully integrated approach.

Our in-house capabilities include:
  • Extensive use of proven engineering disciplines: DFMEA, GD&T, FEA, VE/VA, and PFMEA
  • Development of assembly tooling and fixtures
  • Packaging development and validation for complete systems, including customer-directed components
We are a team of more than 1400, from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, with a passion for our customers and their products. Our mission is clear: provide innovative solutions, quality parts and flawless execution.

Our vision and culture are firmly based on our high regard for our customers and solid respect for our employees. Dakkota strives to be considered to be one of the best places to work in North America, to maintain our reputation for best-in-class customer service, and to be known as a company that is "built to last."

Video: The May 2017 edition of Driving Dakkota, our video blog, provides an overview of our company's current activities including Business Updates, Great Ideas and Community Service.

Make an Impact Sharing Your Troubleshooting Expertise with Others in Important Role

Join Values-Based Tier 1 Supplier Committed to Supporting Your Professional Development

If you're a seasoned Controls Engineer who enjoys troubleshooting and mentoring others to do the same, this is an opportunity to make your mark at a large and important plant. In this factory position, you will become part of a team that maintains and provides direction and assistance to assembly and sequencing as well as ship-to-broadcast services for Ford Motor Company; we are a just-in-time supplier with a short lead time.

Your primary responsibility in this new role will be to do everything within your power to problem solve with the maintenance and production staff so there is as little delay as possible. Quick question for you - click here

When you're not resolving production issues or mentoring the Maintenance Technicians (who are hungry to learn), we will look to you to identify and implement process improvements allowing you many opportunities to showcase your abilities on multiple fronts.

This is a fast-paced facility and challenging job, to be sure, but if you are successful it can open multiple doors to advancement opportunities. Our culture is strongly employee-oriented and we support our people's professional development goals. In addition, we value diversity, promote community involvement, and offer top-of-the-line benefits. Relocation assistance is available to the right candidate.

World-class products & services from concept to delivery. Established in 2001, Dakkota Integrated Systems manages the complete assembly and sequencing of integrated automotive interiors for original equipment manufacturers. We deliver vehicle components for our customers using our expert approach that is unparalleled in the automotive industry. Our workforce is unique and helps support the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry.

Video: an overview of our organization, business units, accolades and values.

The Requirements

To be a good fit for the Controls Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • Proven experience in PLC logic and programming with any of the following: Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE Fanuc, Siemens, AutomationDirect, Mitsubishi, Omron, Aromat, Toshiba, HMI or SCADA programming and configuration of any of the following software packages Wonderware, Rockwell, Intellution, GE Cimplicity, Ci-Tech, Iconics, Siemens, US Data, etc.
  • A 2-year college education or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • Good mechanical/pneumatic/electrical skills, including proven strong troubleshooting abilities
  • Experience with:
    • Panel design and layout and wiring schematic capabilities
    • Blueprint reading
    • Conveyor systems
    • Bar code readers
    • Field commissioning
    • Control Net and Device Net I/O systems
    • RS View
    • Industrial controls (photo electrics, motor control centers, etc.)
    • Variable frequency drives
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel) Quick question for you - click here
  • The ability to travel about 20% of the time
  • A valid driver's license
Just as important will be the following competencies and characteristics:
  • Excellent leadership abilities and the ability to coach and mentor others
  • Solid written and verbal communication abilities along with good interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills
We are hiring for the C-shift, which is Friday and Saturday from 6 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday and Monday from 6:30 PM to 4:30 AM. We'll also expect you to be flexible if your shift runs long. Qualified candidates will be required to pass a background check. You will also be required to support special shifts as necessary or to cover for training.

The Role

Who you'll work with

Reporting to the Engineering-Maintenance Manager, you will join a team that includes two other Controls Engineers as well as manufacturing and industrial engineers. During your shift, you will be the go-to troubleshooter and support for the maintenance staff assisting and instructing maintenance technicians on whatever problems are discovered. Just as importantly, we'll look to you to help build the skill set and knowledge of the Maintenance Technicians on the team by answering questions and walking them through how to implement the solutions you identify. Quick question for you - click here

We are looking for a get-the-job-done professional who can interact well with the Maintenance Technicians, as well as interface with the Production and Quality teams and who is readily available to answer questions.

What it's like to do this job

You will divide your time between your office, the production floor and the maintenance crib, remaining continually on-call for maintenance or production calls. The pace of your troubleshooting will vary. You will be on call for maintenance support and any other projects you will be assigned.

When not on production breakdowns and or maintenance support Some examples include:
  • Evaluating problems that came up and designing solutions to avoid them in the future
  • Designing and programming error proofing systems
  • Programming new features in the equipment
Part of your role will be that of change agent. When you notice something that isn't right or could be improved, we will count on you to step up and address it.

More specifically, your responsibilities will include:
  • Utilizing good analytical methodologies, supporting production in reducing/ eliminating equipment and tooling downtime or scrap
  • Responsibility for controls systems design, specification, programming simulation and testing, and start-up assistance
  • Supporting efficiencies via process change, automation, etc.
  • Programming automated equipment to conform with production requirements
  • Designing and quoting electronic controls required to aid in the production processes
  • Receiving quotes for and recommending sources of controls devices
  • Programming automated equipment to conform with production requirements
  • Facilitating/maintaining process controls equipment
  • Developing and designing plant and process improvements (layout, equipment, process, ergonomics)
  • Identifying key process controls/systems and providing appropriate resources to maintain same
  • Compliance with all applicable government safety and environmental standards
  • Advising and mentoring Maintenance Technicians
  • Documenting all activities as required
  • Adhering to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety

What's in It for You

Professional Development
We're committed to helping team members build their careers here through training, mentorship, and a tuition assistance program that exceeds the offerings of most companies. Prove yourself and demonstrate your talent and this could be the first step in a long and successful career with Dakkota. Because you'll take on production troubleshooting and process improvement you will gain a wide breadth of experience that will help you step up later, if you desire. Some opportunities may require relocation.

High Profile Plant
This is a flagship plant for us -- one of our two largest and most profitable. As Controls Engineer here, you'll enjoy wide visibility and enjoy some competitiveness with your peers.

Visible Impact
While the site is running well, there is plenty of room to make a good thing even better. Your changes can make a significant impact and will be noticed at the executive level.

Autonomy and Support
With a company our size, you'll find that we are very close, and everyone helps each other. However, we'll still expect you to drive and manage your responsibilities as a self-starter. That means you'll have the autonomy to thrive and excel, while knowing there's strong support from the Engineering and Maintenance Manager and others, when you need it.

Value-Driven Company
Dakkota CEO Andra Rush has created companies that do more than generate profit: they impact the local community and economy by providing training and putting Americans to work. Rush was honored by the in January 2014, along with GM CEO Mary Barra, for demonstrating the "strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams."

Building Community, Creating Jobs
At Dakkota we strive to enhance the communities where we live and work by being environmentally and socially responsible and ensuring fair and equitable employment. We provide multiple opportunities for employees to make a positive impact on their community by devoting volunteer hours and resources to local charities, as you can see in the pictures here. We're always looking for new ways to make a difference. Our employees have supported organizations like the United Way, Salvation Army, and Autism Speaks, as well as local food banks and schools.

Great Environment
We enjoy working together toward common goals here at Dakkota. In fact, we have vision and culture committees to help clarify and communicate those values. We are also strongly committed to diversity and have been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Console (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year Award for the last three years. We are a close-knit team, and we celebrate with birth announcements, seasonal picnics and parties, employee service awards, and more.

Excellent Compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and discretionary bonus, we offer comprehensive benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance programs; a 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; tuition assistance; in-house training; company-paid employee life insurance and short-term disability insurance; voluntary employee life insurance and long-term disability insurance; voluntary spousal/dependent life insurance; paid holidays; and paid vacations.

Keys to Success

One of the challenging parts of this role have to do with providing critical support when a production line is down and the superintendent and his crew are feeling the pressure. You'll need the ability to work calmly and effectively with others when the stakes are extremely high.

Your technical knowledge will be essential, but these other qualities are just as important:
  • An eagerness and ability to take on responsibility and solve problems without a lot of hand holding
  • Pride in completing projects and meeting deadlines
  • A drive to find better ways to do things
  • A proactive approach -- when you identify a process improvement, you'll take care of it without fanfare and then report the results
We have established best practices that are distinctive to our organization and culture, and you'll need to respect those practices. Just the same, we are open to new ideas.

About Us

Dakkota Integrated Systems was formed in 2001 to create a minority contract supplier that could thrive in a fast-paced, cost-competitive environment to support automotive original equipment manufacturers. We have excelled at delivering quality, process control and innovative solutions for warranty and sustainability concerns to address our customers' needs.

Outstanding customer service and agility have propelled Dakkota from one facility with one customer to 13 facilities with GM, Ford, Chrysler, and many other customers in 13 years, earning launch and supplier partner awards along the way. Dakkota was among the first automotive suppliers to be awarded complete interior integration programs for General Motors. We dedicate resources to each new program and co-locate with our customers for a fully integrated approach.

Our in-house capabilities include:
  • Extensive use of proven engineering disciplines: DFMEA, GD&T, FEA, VE/VA, and PFMEA
  • Development of assembly tooling and fixtures
  • Packaging development and validation for complete systems, including customer-directed components
We are a team of more than 1400, from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, with a passion for our customers and their products. Our mission is clear: provide innovative solutions, quality parts and flawless execution.

Our vision and culture are firmly based on our high regard for our customers and solid respect for our employees. Dakkota strives to be considered to be one of the best places to work in North America, to maintain our reputation for best-in-class customer service, and to be known as a company that is "built to last."

Video: The May 2017 edition of Driving Dakkota, our video blog, provides an overview of our company's current activities including Business Updates, Great Ideas and Community Service.
Dakkota Integrated Systems is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
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