Kohler Co. has hundreds of job openings at its Sheboygan County Wisconsin plants and resorts, and some of the greatest opportunities are in well paying skilled trades roles.
People who pursue or might want to consider a job in the skilled trades like to use their hands. They are technical, and they are problem solvers and troubleshooters, said Cassie Zinkel, senior manager-talent sourcing, who oversees Kohler’s recruiting.
Tyler Kleinhans works as an electrician with Kohler’s Global Maintenance division, and he said: “Every day as an electrician I learn something new. Whether it’s wiring a control panel or servicing high voltage power lines.”
Skilled trade jobs are a great place to start at Kohler for those with the right skills or a way for current Kohler employees to move up both in terms of skills as well as in terms of pay. Entry level manufacturing roles at Kohler start at $32,000 or more than $15 an hour, while skilled trade roles start at $52,000 or about $25 an hour.
Kleinhans loves the opportunity for advancement. He said: “One of the many features Kohler offers is that the sky is the limit. No matter what your goal is in life, Kohler has a job for you and with a little hard work anything can be achievable.”
And the chance to try different roles is a real draw for many workers including Kleinhans. He said: “I feel others would enjoy working at Kohler because of the vast career choices and endless possibilities. Careers can range from welder and machinist to mechanic or electrician.”
Skilled trade positions are open across all of Kohler’s divisions: Pottery, cast iron, faucets, generators, engines and in the distribution center. The company is currently looking to fill electricians, electro mechanics, machinists, utility repair staff and maintenance mechanics, Zinkel said.
“Electro mechanics and electricians are currently our hardest positions to fill. That’s where we really see the greatest gap between our needs and available candidates,” she said.
Kohler has a great relationship with and recruits heavily from technical schools in the area including Lakeshore Technical College.
They also recruit from within their general manufacturing workforce, Zinkel said, adding: “For those who are interested and have the aptitude, we can help with tuition reimbursement for training programs.”
If a worker applies and is selected for a tuition reimbursement program for skilled trades, reimbursement is based in part on how well they do in their studies.
One of the benefits of working while studying is that employees can get the skills they need to advance with little or no debt.
“With the ability to be flexible with school it makes getting a good education and the hands-on experience a breeze,” Kleinhans said.
Workers with skilled trades training and experience are always in demand at Kohler, and the need will increase in the future as skilled trade workers retire, Zinkel said.
If interested, you can apply online to the role that matches your skills. In addition to an interview, you will also be tested in your skill area, she said.
As with any employee, Kohler is looking for people who have a strong work ethic, take pride in their work and have good interpersonal and communication skills, she said.
With skilled trades, successful candidates also need the right skillset and experience, she added.
Skilled trades allow people to take a step up in their career and be rewarded for it. It is only one of many paths forward. Some workers at Kohler have pursued college degrees and become engineers after starting in a manufacturing position. Next week, we’ll look at some of the engineering opportunities at the company.