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Technical Operations Specialist (TOS) - MAN0022393

Brownstown, Michigan, US

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General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) is a globally renowned mobility technology company with roots tracing back to 1908. Today, with 215,000+ employees spread across 396 facilities in more than 100 countries around the globe, GM offers exciting careers designing, engineering and building some of the world’s most advanced vehicles and personal mobility solutions.

At the new General Motors, we are passionate about designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles.  This vision unites us as a team each and every day and is the hallmark of our customer-driven culture.  Making the world’s best vehicles can only happen with the world’s greatest employees. GM is in the process of reinventing our industry with innovative products like the Chevy Volt and OnStar.

Our culture is centered on being Made For More. It’s a concept reflecting our constant pursuit and confident expectation for more out of life—for our company, for our planet, for our customers, and for ourselves. Because our work goes beyond making cars; it’s about allowing people greater access to and more meaningful interactions with the world around them. From designing and engineering state-of-the-art plants and developing new vehicles and technologies to creating new marketing programs, our team members are valued for their unique contributions.  We are seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in one of the world’s most iconic companies.

As state-of-the-art technologies continue to transform the automotive industry, GM is committed to maintaining its position as an industry leader and establishing its innovative vision for the future of transportation. Learn more at

Mission: Design, build and sell the world's best vehicles.

Brownstown Battery Assembly produces lithium-ion batteries for General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, Malibu Hybrid, Silverado eAssist, GMC Sierra eAssist, Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. It the first high volume battery assembly plant in the U.S. operated by a major automaker, and is a new business enterprise for GM. The battery facility was converted from an empty warehouse to a production-ready battery manufacturing site in just five months. It is part of a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM called GM Subsystems Manufacturing LLC. It opened in summer 2009, after a $43 million investment to manufacture lithium-ion batteries.


The plant includes three primary areas: battery module pre-assembly; final assembly; and battery main assembly line.

Responsible for design, development, testing, and control of major engineering projects involving tools; equipment, plant and manufacturing processes in a centralized manufacturing engineering activity where a considerable amount of creativity and initiative is exercised as well as a high level of independent judgment. The project engineer may supervise or exercise technical direction over other engineers or engineering support personnel with specific engineering objectives.

The Technical Operations Specialist (TOS) will:

  • Provide technical support in a complex production assembly environment.
  • Technical SME (Subject Matter Expert) advising on planning and scheduling predictive, preventative, and reactive maintenance activities. 
  • Define the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) standardized work task and ensure the technical enablers are available to support production operations.
  • Support all production operators, systems & tools to enable the production organization to own the process and achieve all throughput and uptime targe
  • Assume mechanical and electrical responsibilities for all Plant Floor Systems (PFS). 
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and perform tasks on all equipment
  • Organize, plan and execute maintenance and process projects including process system upgrades and new installations (design, build & debug as required).
  • Support weekend and off-shift needs as required
  • Advise on planning, scheduling and execution of maintenance activities in support of Total Productive Maintenance process (TPM) including TPM driver for operator maintenance, technical maintenance and design for reliability and maintainability activities.
  • Support TPM process implementing all technical training requirements to ensure technical proficiency of the workforce
  • Implement and maintain a detailed change control process emphasizing documentation and communication
  • Champion point of use cribs, locations, parts, inventory and replenishing process.  Also indirect material process (spare parts) champion.
  • Institute 100% GMS Compliance, BPD process, and the global BUGM process. 
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement, FMEA and PFMEA workshops.

Basic Required

  • 4-year technical degree preferred (BSME, BSEE) or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and ability to lead Throughput Improvement Process (TIP) and Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) to attain maximum Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) required
  • Strong knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems including: Electricity and Electronics, Controls and Instrumentation, Programmable Logic Control (PLC), Robotics, Mechanical Drives and Power Transmission Systems, Fluid Power and Pneumatics
  • Working knowledge of process equipment operations, sequence, error proofing and diagnostic capabilities required\
  • General knowledge of Preventative Maintenance and Predictive Maintenance principles, Blueprint Reading/schematics and welding.
  • Ability to grasp complex systems easily
  • Outstanding problem solving and analytical skills
  • Detailed planner achieving objectives through active listening and customer focus
  • Ability to multitask in a highly flexible environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work well with others

Basic Preferred

  • Strong computer skills

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.


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