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Back To Diesel Products>Detroit Diesel prepares to hire
Staff writer

MTU Detroit Diesel now owns the former SKF building in Sage Mill Industrial Park, and the manufacturer expects to begin hiring soon.

MTU recently acquired the 302,668-square-foot facility through The Hart Corp., which represented SKF in facilitating the sale. The sale price of the space, located on 50 acres, was not disclosed.

On the heels of the completion of the sale is the news that MTU - a subsidiary of the Germany-based Tognum Group - will hold its first pre-employment training session on Monday, May 10, at Aiken Technical College and it will continue through May 24. A second class starts on June 7.

"The application deadline is May 3," said MTU Senior Public Relations Manager Jennifer Riley. "People will be chosen from the pre-employment training session and we will send them to Germany to complete additional training. Those people will end up training the trainees. Completing the pre-employment training does not guarantee a position."

The pre-employment training will cover basic knowledge, skills and abilities. The classes will include team building, effective communication, safety, blueprint reading, quality and torque topics, according to the manufacturer's human resources department.

MTU expects to start on-the-job training around the middle of August.

Through April 23, MTU received 1,308 applications - 639 online and 669 paper applications, according to the human resources department.

"This is an overwhelming response, which we are confident will yield the 60 or so qualified candidates we need to fill this wave of pre-employment training," Riley said.

At the same time MTU announced it would open its new North American manufacturing facility here, it made a commitment to a $45 million investment and the creation of 250 jobs over the next four years. The Aiken facility will replace the existing assembly plant in Detroit.

Currently, MTU seeks to fill maintenance positions in pipe fitting, electrical and multicraft and team member positions in assembly, test, paint, quality and materials.

MTU will produce its Series 2000 and Series 4000 off-road engines for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial and defense markets.

According to Matthias Vogel, CEO of MTU Detroit Diesel, production capacity is anticipated to be 3,000 of the Series 2000 engines and 4,000 of the Series 4000 engines. Production at the new plant - what MTU has called its North American "cornerstone" - is scheduled to begin mid-October.

Workers will manufacture the several thousand components that make up one engine, such as cylinder heads, high-volume engine attachments and fittings, while others will work on the 450-foot-long assembly line. Engines will then run in test cells to ensure they work before being shipped to their final destinations.

Applications will be accepted through May 3. To apply online, visit

MTU is generally looking for:

* High school diploma/GED and two years in a mechanical, engine or automotive trade school or equivalent associate's degree; or two years of experience in a durable goods assembly or manufacturing environment

* Basic knowledge of manufacturing and production processes, raw materials, paint, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture of goods

* Basic knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance

* Basic knowledge of engine control systems, design, assembly and function

* Basic knowledge of OSHA safety requirements and the ability to use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations or standards

* Basic troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

* Basic interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with other employees in a team atmosphere

* Basic ability to interpret control plans, blueprints, build documents, schematic drawings, layouts, documents regarding engine assembly and testing and quality requirements (Quality Alerts, Second Checks, etc.)

* Basic oral and written communication skills

* Basic reading, writing and math skills

* Basic PC knowledge and the ability to efficiently operate computer terminals and scanning devices
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