Careers at Kenmode

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Career Opportunities

Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping offers a wide variety of opportunities in the metal stamping industry. We work hard to reward and retain our valuable employees by offering a competitive compensation package, group insurance, 401(K) plan, training and tuition reimbursement, as well as a culture that encourages continuous improvement for employees at every level.

Job Openings


Sensor Specialist (1st Shift)

Date Posted:  6/26/19

Location:  905 W. Algonquin Rd., Algonquin, IL 60102

Position Summary
This person will be responsible for the die-sensor program at our facilities. This includes the design, construction, maintenance, modification and repair of all sensors and related components used in tooling and automation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and document bench testing of sensor applications.
  • Research, analyze and test various sensor applications that provides the most effective protection for the dies, providing the documentation for rationale to the Engineering management team.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Tool Room regarding tooling and process issues during die fabrication and debugging. 
  • Master the die protection programs and as resident expert, be able to develop and deliver the required training to the production personnel.
  • Maintain a sensor laboratory, catalog / library of required / related equipment and tools and proper levels of sensor inventories for production and development work.
  • Develop production drawings of sensor installations for the Tool Room.
  • Assist when required on sensor related problems during production and/or prototype runs.
  • Compile and analyze test data. Track, document and report on the effectiveness of various sensors in various applications. 
  • Evaluate failures and work closely with Design, Tooling and Production teams to correct the issue as quickly as possible, track lessons learned and avoid a recurrence of issues.
  • Works with Engineering management, Quality Assurance team, tool designers, toolmakers and production personnel in order to evaluate, incorporate and modify state-of-the-art die sensors on the front end of tooling designs and video based in process technologies. 
  • Manage multiple projects, establish milestone goals, evaluate progress and expenses.
  • Works closely with the QA Director and QA Manager to implement a state-of-the-art video based measurement system at the presses where applicable.

Educational Requirements
AS in Electronics (or comparable experiences)

Experience Requirements
Minimum of 3 years in Machining (Tool & Die Related)

Technical Requirements
Knowledge of Sensor Technology (a plus)
Competent in designing with CAD software
Experience with SolidWorks (a plus)
Experience working with sensor testing techniques (a plus)
Interpret electrical schematics, mechanical drawings, blueprints and diagrams
Troubleshoot, analyze, test, calibrate and repair electronic circuits
Ability to design for manufacturability / production (a plus)
Knowledge of machining, tool building and tool maintenance (a plus)

Computer Skills
Competent with Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint

Special Sills / Competencies
Competent in proximity sensor technology and its application in stamping tools (a plus)
Competent in bench testing sensor simulations (a plus)
Competent in working from verbal instructions and concepts (a plus)
Competent in training individuals in set-up and usage of sensors (a plus)
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong teamwork ethic

Tool & Die Apprenticeship (a plus)

To Apply, please send your resume to


Senior Tooling Designer (1st Shift)

Date Posted:  5/15/19

Location:  905 W. Algonquin Rd., Algonquin, IL 60102

The Sr. Tooling Designer will be part of a team tackling stamping tooling design, build, debug and production support. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in, and be responsible for:  the design of progressive stamping tooling, stand-alone single operation tooling, secondary tooling, gauges, prototype tooling, support for tool debugging (new & existing), tool-room support, estimating interaction, collaboration and support by way of tooling strip layouts and conceptualization of metal stampings produced by tooling to be built in our facility.

Candidate must be proficient in the advanced use of SolidWorks to enhance 3D capabilities both from a part development design standpoint as well as design for manufacturability in stampings and required tooling. A background and familiarity in utilization of the Quick Press application SolidWorks would be extremely helpful, in addition to familiarity with Dynaform simulation software.

To Apply, please send your resume to


Tool & Die Maker (Contact Dies)

First Shift (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (OT Mon. - Fri. and Saturday mornings)

Date Posted:  10/29/18

Location:  820 W. Algonquin Rd., Algonquin, IL 60102

Job Summary:  The primary focus will be on high speed contact dies which utilize thin raw materials and extremely close tolerances in order to consistently: work to the tenths on piece parts; work with thin materials from .001 - .008; grind (carbide and/or steel) down to the tenths; dress diamond wheels properly; work at speeds up to 1500 SPM on high speed presses; and maintain and/or repair dies in order to have products come off the dies that meets the job specifications. Specific duties include: plan the entire process needed for repairing a variety of complex, intricate to extremely intricate tools and their components for high speed contact dies while working to extremely close tolerances; know the safest and most efficient set-ups on all machine shop equipment needed for die building or repair (i.e. grinders, mills, lathes, saws, drills, etc.); perform work from blueprints, sketches, verbal description and/or specifications of tool requirements, production problems and required finish part dimensions and tolerances; perform close to extremely close tolerance work where no design is available or has been proven effective; with extreme care and precision, manufacture components to extremely tight tolerances and inspect finished dies for timing accuracy and defects; fit and assemble parts to make, repair or modify dies, jigs, gauges and tools, using machine tools or hand tools; capable of troubleshooting/de-bugging of the tools in an accurate and timely manner; plan, devise and/or construct temporary fixtures and holding devices to accommodate unusual tooling sizes and finished surfaces located at unusual relationships to each other; with extreme care and precision, perform hand "bench work" or use machine tools to bring tooling to exact specifications and efficiency. Involves hand polishing, filing, sharpening and radiusing tool surfaces to precise tolerances to facilitate conforming part production and minimize "trial and error" adjustments at the press; with extreme care and precision, rework, repair, sharpen and modify tooling to correct deficiencies, accommodate tool wear, or adapt obsolete tooling to perform permanent or emergency "duty" as a replacement for broken, missing or necessary duplicate tools; assist press room personnel, and other tool room personnel, in the analysis of tooling and part quality problems, the development of solutions and the implementation of corrective actions related to ineffective tooling and/or machine malfunctions; with extreme care and precision, demonstrates an ability to change the dimensional requirements or tolerances of new tooling that is found ineffective in which process may involve "trial and error" and small incremental adjustments to eliminate defects, press malfunctions and to prove new tooling on products and processes where no company performance history is available.  

Requirements: Journeyman's Certificate for Tool & Die and 10 years of experience in the job offered or 10 years of experience in tool & die making. Employer also accepts: 15 years of experience in the job offered or 15 of experience in tool and die making. Special Skills: 6 years of experience in tight tolerance contact dies; 1 year of experience with Solidworks 3D for Tool & Die applications; and 1 year of experience with MS Excel and Word.

Send Resume to: or fax to 847-658-9150


   Summary of Benefits

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – 401(k)
  • Direct Deposit
  • Vacation
  • Service Recognition
  • Holiday pay

Additional Details

  • Kenmode is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.
  • Positions subject to change based on business need and recruiting efforts.
  • Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping is committed to a drug free workplace.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old.