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Machine Assembler and Installer

Ken-Bar Tool & Engineering, Inc.

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Posted on 04/30/2023


Muncie, Indiana


The Company:

We, at Ken-Bar Tool & Engineering, Inc., are an innovative provider of diverse manufacturing solutions.  Our employees design and build tooling and equipment that help our customers maximize their production efficiency and quality.  With a broad product portfolio that includes assembly equipment and test equipment for the automotive, appliance, industrial goods, medical device and other industries, there is a lot of variety in the work we perform, creating a stimulating work environment.  Our automation and robotics solutions pose challenges that require creativity and skill from our workforce, but provide the satisfaction of advancing the state of manufacturing.


Job Summary:

The Machine Assembler and Installer is responsible for executing all aspects of the assembly and installation of complex manufacturing equipment, which includes assembly equipment, test equipment and robot cells.  He/she performs mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic assembly work, testing, and debug work and makes final adjustments to assure that performance requirements are met.  The Machine Assembler and Installer also assists with minor manufacturing and fabrication work as needed.


The Machine Assembler and Installer travels to the customer for installation and commissioning of the equipment, including trouble-shooting as needed, tuning for maximum performance and training of customer personnel.  This may also involve mechanical and electrical repairs and modifications in addition to software installation and executing programming changes under the direction of a controls engineer.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute machine assembly activities
  • Follow mechanical and electrical drawings and the direction set by the engineers and designers
  • Skillfully operate various manufacturing and assembly equipment in a safe manner
  • Collaborate with other department members and with other company departments
  • Follow project timelines
  • Follow company processes and procedures and assist in improving them
  • Validate equipment designs during and after build completion
  • Make adjustments to the assembled equipment as needed and properly document any changes to make sure product documentation is up-to-date
  • Break down equipment at the build facility and reassemble, set up and connect equipment at the customer’s facility
  • Participate in equipment run-off activities at Ken-Bar and at the customer facility
  • Document lessons learned
  • Travel: up to 50%
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Skills & Abilities

Skills & Qualifications – Required:

  • Highschool diploma or GED
  • Minimum 3-5 years of work experience in machine assembly and installation or equipment maintenance
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings, electrical drawings and pneumatic and hydraulic schematics
  • Basic machining and fabrication skills (i.e. drilling, cutting, milling, turning and welding)
  • Experience with production and assembly processes
  • Familiarity with automation equipment and components
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical information with good attention to detail
  • Understanding of common industry safety standards and safety concepts and requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet project timing and to work under pressure
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Understanding of ergonomics concepts and requirements
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds


Skills & Qualifications – Preferred:

  • PLC programming experience
  • Robot programming experience
  • Experience with leak testing and other test equipment
  • Experience with welding processes
  • Experience dealing with customers
  • Problem-solving experience
  • Fork truck certification

Minimum Education & Experience

Skills & Qualifications – Required:

  • Highschool diploma or GED
  • Minimum 3-5 years of work experience in machine assembly and installation or equipment maintenance

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