KIK Custom Products

Mechanical Technician (18 month contract temp to perm)

3 months ago
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As one of North America’s largest independent manufacturers of consumer packaged goods (“CPG”), KIK helps a large portfolio of brands and retailers bring their products to life. With leading positions in the multibillion household and personal care, over-the-counter, and pool additives categories, we maintain close relationships with over 70 global CPG customers and virtually every relevant major North American retailer. We have full-service capabilities covering end-to-end contract manufacturing, including project management, innovation and R&D, sourcing and procurement, blending and compounding, filling and packaging, supply chain and distribution, and quality control. Our manufacturing model is highly flexible and we consistently add value to our customers by leveraging our range of services and expertise.

KIK has over 5,000 employees and operates 19 manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout North America and over $1 billion in sales; KCP (operating as KIK Custom Products) is one of North America's largest custom manufacturers of both National Brand and Retailer Brand consumer products. KCP's product lines include Laundry, Household Cleaners, OTC Medicated, Pharmaceutical and Health & Beauty Care, all supported by KCP's in-house technical expertise and value-added services.

This position will drive and execute the daily tasks for Prestone Branded Performance Chemical product development, innovation discovery, brand strategy development & execution, planning and portfolio management to help Prestone to become the global leader in performance lubricants.


Prestone® Products Corp: North American Manufacturer of Antifreeze / Coolants, Brake and Power Steering Fluid, Windshield Wash Solutions, Cooling System Treatments, and many other Performance Chemicals based out of Lake Forest, IL. Our proprietary portfolio of underhood innovations spans multiple distribution channels inclusive of Mass & Auto Retail, Traditional WD, OEM/S, and the Heavy Duty Aftermarket. Prestone® is the #1 consumer brand of engine protection that has constantly improved vehicle life since 1927 and is in search of dynamic people who will thrive in a growth oriented environment both personally and professionally.

Essential Job Functions

This position will support the preparation, documentation, and routine maintenance of fleet test vehicles as well as various ASTM tests. Duties include, but are not limited to: fleet and other test setups and teardowns, obtaining fleet samples (both coolant and hard parts), making observations, tabulation, accurate documentation and reporting of test data in laboratory notebooks, spreadsheets, and written reports. Fabrication and assembly of custom test equipment used to evaluate automotive products. Assistance with the maintenance and/or repair of lab equipment as well as building systems may be required. Job assignments are varied, thus high attention to detail, excellent written communication, diverse knowledge and flexibility are essential.


Required Skills (Qualifications)


  • Two-year mechanical (AAS) degree or equivalent, with 2 or more years of experience in a similar mechanical position is required.
  • Clean drivers license
  • Must be able to safely follow detailed mechanical procedures, making observations, recording test data into spreadsheets and laboratory notebooks, and summarizing data into presentable form.
  • General automotive knowledge for both gas and diesel applications.
  • Laboratory work experience including general safety practices and notebook recordkeeping is a plus.
  • Operational knowledge of shop equipment (lathe, mill, saws, drill presses, welders, etc.) is a plus.
  • Knowledge in Photography, Computer skills (Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), Statistical analysis (greenbelt certification a plus).
  • Ability to follow instructions, and work independently and within teams is required.
  • Possess good organizational skills, have good written communication skills and the ability to safely work on multiple projects at the same time in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Follow standards of safety and housekeeping and support initiatives to improve laboratory practices.
  • Genuine expereience/interest in the Automotive industry is a great asset


A Career with KIK Offers:

KIK offers very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including health, wellness, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. You can plan for your future with KIK's retirement savings options including employer match. KIK also recognizes the importance of continuing education and offers Education Assistance to our employees to encourage continued personal development and growth.

Thank you for your interest and consideration of a position with KIK Custom Products.

KIK is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Accommodation available upon request.

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