Careers

Automotive Painter

The Automotive Painter works together with a team of Production Assistants to ensure that assembled products (winches, cranes, toolboxes, service bodies and/or accessories) are properly prepared for the coating being applied, whether the coating is a prime paint coat or a top coat. The Automotive Painter is committed to applying our prime paint to properly prepared products and assemblies in a manner that reduces the preparation work required of our customers who finish those products to an absolute bare minimum. The Automotive Painter who topcoat/finishes a product for our customer in our factory must produce an "automotive quality finish" every time. Painters are also responsible for properly cleaning and maintaining their paint equipment, personal protective equipment, paint booths and finishing areas. The ideal candidate must have a minimum of two years experience as a painter and be familiar with a variety of prime paint and top coat materials and application methods. Please note that this position requires heavy lifting and working up to 10 hours on your feet.

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Clerical Assistant

The Clerical Assistant must possess good "people skills" to be able to interact well with our customers and vendors by telephone and/or in writing in a fast-paced small office staff setting. The Clerical Assistant must be able and willing to work alone or eventually with minimal help, often in a variety of different areas during the same workday as needed to help with Purchasing, Order Processing, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Customer Service, Freight/Shipping contacts and documentation and occasionally, even as a Receptionist! Proficiency with computer software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Sharepoint, InDesign and Act! CRM is extremely helpful and, eventually, required.

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Fabrication Machinery Operator

The Fabrication Machinery Operator is responsible for the setup and operation of sheet metal cutting, punching and forming equipment, and may work alone or with a production assistant. The ideal candidate has two or more years of experience and is qualified to safely operate sheet metal cut-to-length lines, shears, hydraulic stamping and punch presses, iron workers, band saws, forklifts, spot welders, plasma cutters and brake presses with mechanical stops and CNC controls. The position requires the ability to complete simple calculations and understand basic engineering parts and assembly drawings, work up to 10 hours on your feet and safely perform heavy lifting.

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Fabrication Supervisor

The Fabrication Supervisor is committed to improving the productivity, quality, efficiency and safety, of a 35 to 45 person department while maintaining accurate personnel and production records. The Fabrication Supervisor must be able to operate and give proper operating instructions for all of the equipment in their department including an overhead crane, a sheet metal cut-to-length line, shears, hydraulic stamping and punch presses, brake presses with mechanical stops and with CNC controls, programmable laser sheet metal cutting machines, forklifts, spot welders, plasma cutters, etc. A minimum of three years experience with this type of equipment is required for all candidates. The ideal candidate must also be able to perform basic mathematical calculations and comprehend (and be able to explain to others) basic engineering drawings for the production of a wide variety of metal parts. A minimum of two years experience successfully motivating and supervising a production team in a manufacturing setting is preferred.

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Human Resources Assistant

The Human Resources Assistant works closely with the Plant Manager to identify candidates for open production positions. This involves performing detailed phone screens on applicants as directed by plant management, holding in person interviews and ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed by applicants. The HR Assistant is also responsible for entering newly hired employees in to our mainframe system and starting the initial files for them. The HR Assistant must also field outside phone calls regarding employment opportunities as well as be the person of contact for various trade schools and staffing agencies. The HR Assistant is also responsible for documenting voicemails left in the personnel mailbox, facilitating forklift and respirator certifications, and delivering messages left for shop employees to the appropriate supervisor. RKI provides a team based environment and the Personnel Assistant will be required to participate in GEMBA (manufacturing improvement method) training, team projects on the shop floor, as well as assisting the technical writers by working with shop supervisors to produce standard operating procedures. The HR Assistant may also assist in other areas of the company as dictated by the Plant Manager. Human resources or administrative experience preferred. Must have a high school diploma or GED and be functional in Microsoft Office.

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Inside Sales

The Inside Salesperson works as part of our sales group team to support our current distributors and customers and respond to potential new customers while promoting the sale of the company’s products and services from our home office in Houston. The Inside Salesperson receives customer orders by telephone, fax and email and helps to process those orders. They are trained to assist our customers and end-users on using our web portal, to provide answers regarding product application and to provide them with pricing, availability and information about all of our standard products, repair or replacement parts and custom product solutions. Our inside sales people answer all incoming calls and redirect them to the appropriate departments and commonly receive training to be able to assist in other related departments as needed. An RKI Inside Salesperson represents the finest commercial grade truck equipment available in the market as well as a lot of extremely conscientious, proud and dedicated employees. They are expected to be courteous and professional and always represent our products and our people with honesty and integrity. Personable, highly motivated individuals who are punctual, willing to work in a structured environment but flexible about helping as needed in different areas with multiple tasks and who have a pleasant voice, a positive attitude and the computer skills to work well with Outlook, Microsoft office and the Internet generally are preferred.

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Maintenance Mechanic

The Maintenance Mechanic must be dedicated to the timely repair and preventative maintenance of all the plant equipment and facilities including everything from clogged drains and spent light bulbs to malfunctioning brake presses and forklifts. The Mechanic must be committed to the principle of "fixing it right the first time." Similarly, the Mechanic must keep in mind at all times, the primary purpose of the position is to maintain the highest level of productivity in the plant at least in regards to the functioning of its facilities and equipment.

  • At least one year of service in mechanical/automotive repair, or industrial machine repair such as brake press punch, shear, welder repair, or installing indoor maintaining electrical service in an industrial plant or machinery application.
  • Ability to work well with ones hands, ability to read and understand simple equipment repair manuals, and schematics and the ability and desire to take direction from the supervisor to maximize equipment and facility operation.
  • Ability to lift 100 pounds and to climb ladders and stairs.
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Maintenance Supervisor

The Maintenance Supervisor's primary responsibility is to organize and work with a team of 5-8 employees, and the materials at their disposal, to minimize loss of productivity in the factory due to poorly functioning or broken equipment. The Maintenance Supervisor is dedicated to the timely and proper repair of all plant facilities and equipment and the development, and faithful adherence to, an appropriate facility and equipment preventative maintenance program. They must be able to properly organize and prioritize maintenance requests, read and comprehend a wide variety of equipment and manufacturing facility related repair manuals and electrical schematics, and they must be able to communicate effectively with engineering/service technicians in order to perform some of the equipment repairs with assistance via telephone. The ideal candidate has a minimum of two years experience with mechanical and/or automotive type repair and electrical repair work and three years experience maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing other kinds of sheet metal manufacturing type equipment from handheld grinders and sanders, welding machines, shears, pneumatic and hydraulic presses, laser machines, pumps, small motors and a variety of proportioning paint equipment to hoists, overhead cranes, conveyors, lathes, machining centers and a variety of other CNC equipment and machinery. Local candidates are preferred.

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Manufacturing Department Supervisor

The Manufacturing Department Supervisor is dedicated to improving the productivity, quality, efficiency and safety of their department while engaged in the timely production of RKI Commercial Grade Truck Equipment. To that end, the supervisor must direct the activities of, as few as 5 or as many as 45, employees to safely produce only the highest quality assemblies. All of our supervisors are working supervisors meaning that they are expected to be able to perform all of the functions and tasks performed by those that work for them and they may expect to help them with the manufacturing work as needed. The Supervisor must be able to provide safe and proper operating instructions for all of the equipment used in their department. The supervisor must review daily reports of production batches provided from the scheduling office in order to provide daily lists of the parts required to maintain timely production. The supervisor is responsible for maintaining an inventory of parts and supplies used in their department at appropriate levels to facilitate smooth and timely production flow with a minimum of investment in idle parts or materials. The supervisor must prepare throughput reports and maintain certain daily personnel reports. The supervisor, as part of the management team, is dedicated to improving the product and procedures in their department whenever possible. The position requires a person with a minimum education level of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, at least one year experience supervising 5 or more people in a manufacturing environment and a record that demonstrates their ability to organize and prioritize work, materials and supplies to meet or exceed production goals. Candidates who are able to perform basic mathematical calculations and comprehend (and be able to explain to others) basic engineering drawings are preferred.

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Mechanical Engineer

As a member of the Engineering team, the Mechanical Engineer works with the Design, Manufacturing and Sales teams to design, develop, test, and introduce new products at RKI. Additional responsibilities include day-to-day engineering related support for Production, Sales, and other departments. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated problem-solver, experienced in product development, able to manage several projects at the same time and able to prioritize their tasks. They must be familiar with FEA tools, ePDM, Project Management, and manufacturing processes, and be able to travel a few times a year for customer support, conferences, and attendance at industry shows. Candidates must have a 4-yr Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minimum of two years experience in a relevant engineering field, and two years experience with SolidWorks CAD software.

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Network Administrator / Senior Support Specialist

The Senior Support Specialist position provides internal support for computer equipment. This position is responsible for providing desktop, laptop, cell phone, printer support, trouble shooting and resolving problems related to Windows Desktops and Servers.

Formal Education Required and/or Equivalent Experience: Bachelor's Degree in IT preferred, or related field or four years equivalent work experience.

Materials & Equipment Used:

  • Windows 7, Server 2008, 2012
  • Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013
  • Desktops, laptops, and Servers
  • Printers
  • System Imaging
  • Cisco Firewall
  • Training or Certifications:
  • Microsoft Certifications preferred
  • Work Environment/Physical Activities:
  • Able to handle situations under pressure
  • Able to meet tight deadlines
  • Able to physically move PC's, printers and other computing assets
  • Technical/Task Statements:
  • Respond to internal requests for support in order to resolve IT/Network issues
  • Recommend and implement necessary IT hardware and software changes/improvements
  • Utilize hardware and software utilities and troubleshooting tools to isolate and resolve computing problems
  • Manage information, accurately document procedures and resolutions
  • Train co-workers as necessary, on proper use of hardware and software products to maximize user efficiency and productivity
  • Demonstrate technical expertise and methodical trouble shooting skills for personal computer, server, hardware and software problems, with the ability to convey information as needed
  • Knowledge of network environments and networking concepts, Active Directory, and Hyper-V - some scripting knowledge is helpful
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Imaging software
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Exchange
  • Some knowledge of Linux or Unix
  • Monitor server, firewall, and security software logs for security or other problems
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Production Assistant

The Production Assistant will work individually or as part of a small team to safely complete production tasks that may include working with a press operator to produce sheet metal parts, putting together small mechanical assemblies, hanging or removing parts and products from an overhead paintline conveyor, sanding or preparing assemblies for final prime paint touch-up and finishing assembly or packaging of products. This entry-level position requires mechanical aptitude and the willingness to learn physical skills, as well as some heavy lifting and the ability to work on your feet for extended periods.

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Production Manager

The Production Manager is responsible for developing, documenting and implementing improvements that increase safety, efficiency, productivity, product quality, and employee retention, and they are able to develop, promote and lead employee effective training and development initiatives. They must also demonstrate excellent organizational and leadership skills, have a strong record of conceiving, implementing, and sustaining manufacturing improvements, and they must be capable of tracking and measuring those improvements. Candidates with a 4-yr Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and formal training in various manufacturing improvement methods are preferred

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Regional Sales Manager

The Regional Sales Manager works hand-in-hand with RKI’s inside sales staff. RKI’s Regional Sales Manager travels to the places of business of our current customers, and of potential new customers, and promotes the sale of the company’s products and services through personal contact and through demonstrations of the many benefits of our commercial grade quality products and by providing training and support for their sales staff. The Regional Sales Manager’s travel schedules are developed in concert with the Sales Management and the needs of our customers. A typical travel schedule would be in a company owned demonstration truck. The Regional Sales Manager is required to complete timely and accurate sales call reports about their contacts, submit detailed and well documented expense reports, representing the finest commercial grade truck equipment available in the market as well as a lot of extremely conscientious, proud and dedicated employees back at our facilities in Houston. You are expected to be courteous, professional and to represent our products and people with absolute integrity at all times. Previous sales experience in truck equipment is required. The successful candidate will work from home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Sales Representative

The Regional Sales Manager works hand-in-hand with RKI’s inside sales staff. RKI’s Regional Sales Manager travels to the places of business of our current customers, and of potential new customers, and promotes the sale of the company’s products and services through personal contact and through demonstrations of the many benefits of our commercial grade quality products and by providing training and support for their sales staff. The Regional Sales Manager’s travel schedules are developed in concert with the Sales Management and the needs of our customers. A typical travel schedule would be in a company owned demonstration truck. The Regional Sales Manager is required to complete timely and accurate sales call reports about their contacts, submit detailed and well documented expense reports, representing the finest commercial grade truck equipment available in the market as well as a lot of extremely conscientious, proud and dedicated employees back at our facilities in Houston. You are expected to be courteous, professional and to represent our products and people with absolute integrity at all times. Previous sales experience in truck equipment is required. The successful candidate will work from home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Sales Representative (Extended U.S Travel - Regional)

The Sales Representative works hand-in-hand with RKI's inside sales staff while reporting to the company's Sales Director. RKI's Sales Representatives travel to the places of business of our current customers, and of potential new customers, and promotes the sale of the company's products and services through personal contact and through demonstrations of the many benefits of our commercial grade quality products and by providing current sales literature and training and support for their sales staff. The Sales Representative's travel schedules are developed in concert with the Sales Director and the needs of our customers. A typical travel schedule would be in a company owned demonstration truck. The Sales Representative is required to complete timely and accurate sales call reports about their contacts, submit detailed and well documented expense reports, representing the finest commercial grade truck equipment available in the market as well as a lot of extremely conscientious, proud and dedicated employees back at our facilities in Houston. You are expected to be courteous, professional and to represent our products and people with absolute integrity at all times. Previous sales experience is required. The successful candidate will work from the Houston office near US290 and I610.

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Shipping Supervisor

The Shipping Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and organizing a team of 3-5 employees in a fast-paced shipping/receiving department. They must be able to work together with their team to safely and effectively organize, stage and load for customer pickup and various freight haulers, large orders of service bodies, packaged metal toolboxes and other kinds of truck equipment accessories with maximum efficiency, attention to detail and always in strict accordance with the shipping documentation provided. The ideal candidate is a team player with excellent organizational and customer service skills who is able and willing to work overtime on short notice. A minimum of two years of successfully motivating and supervising a warehouse/shipping team and at least four years of warehouse/shipping and receiving experience is preferred.

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Software Developer

The Software Developer is responsible for creating reliable, secure, and trustworthy software, working with their supervisor and software users to determine requirements for changes, and then applying these changes to existing software, testing all system changes, and documenting all changes made. This individual is highly skilled at recognizing logical inconsistencies in processes and at devising effective resolutions, and strives to make the software users life as easy as possible. Familiarity with AP, AR, payroll, sales and manufacturing, and experience with COBOL, Progress and Python Languages, and unix-like operating systems are preferred. Candidates must have four or more year's experience in software development.

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SolidWorks Mechanical Designer

The Mechanical Designer at RKI is a design and drafting position that requires a thorough understanding of mechanical drawing. The solid works mechanical designer must be able to complete part and assembly level models and drawings to current ANSI standards with a minimum amount of supervision in a timely and accurate fashion per customer and company specifications. Candidates must have an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering, or at least two years work experience in this field, strong communication, design intent and SolidWorks skills, and a basic understanding of sheet metal and welded fabrication processes. Familiarity with ePDM and DriveWorks is preferred.

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Tool Maker / Machinist

The Tool Maker is responsible for producing the individual parts and components to construct complex metal forming dies, in accordance with the drawings and sketches provided by the Engineering and/or Tool Maker Supervisors. The Tool Maker/Machinist's attention to the quality of the part the tool is designed to make, the longevity and ease of maintenance of the tool itself and the safety of the operators who will be using the tool is crucial. The Tool Maker/Machinist assists in the sharpening and repair of tools already in service as well as assisting in the production of new dies. Candidates must be able to demonstrate fluency with complex mathematical equations, be comfortable reading calipers, micrometers, and other tools of the trade, and have a minimum of two years experience in the production of progressive dies and/or complex tooling for sheet metal parts manufacturing.

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Welder / Fitter

The Welder/Fitter is responsible for safely fitting, welding, and finish grinding various top-of-the-line quality truck equipment sheet steel or aluminum products. The Welder/Fitter must produce high quality, consistent and cosmetically appealing welds on the products they assemble. Welder/Fitter positions may be paid an hourly rate or, in some departments, by the number of pieces they produce per shift. Candidates must be able to use a handheld finish grinder/sander, read and comprehend basic engineering drawings and assembly instructions and perform simple mathematical calculations. A minimum of six months verifiable work history as a Mig welder is required. Please note that some of these positions require heavy lifting and working up to 10 hours on your feet.

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Welding Supervisor

The Welding Supervisor is committed to improving the productivity, quality, efficiency and safety of a 15 to 25 person welding department while maintaining accurate personnel and production records. The Welding Supervisor is dedicated to the timely production of industry-leading, commercial quality metal toolboxes, service body components, fully assembled service bodies and/or accessories. They collect and organize parts on a daily basis for their department and direct their welder's production. They review daily shop reports provided by production scheduling in order to provide them with lists of the parts needed from the fabrication department in order to maintain timely production. The ideal candidate must also be able to perform basic mathematical calculations and comprehend (and be able to explain to others) basic engineering drawings for the production of a wide variety of metal sub-assemblies and truck equipment products. A minimum of two years experience successfully motivating and supervising a production welding team in a manufacturing setting is preferred. The ability to operate a forklift, handheld grinders and sanders, spotwelders and Mig and Tig welding machines on both sheet steel and aluminum is also strongly preferred.

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