Toyota supplier now taking applications

TUPELO – Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi, a Toyota supplier, is now taking applications for about 250 hourly jobs at its Baldwyn facility.
The job listings were posted on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday, the jobs were open only to military veterans. Today, anyone is allowed to apply.
“We are looking forward to having many local people join our team,” said APMM General Manager Kiyoshi Tsuchiya. “The people in the area have a great work ethic and we hope that many team members will apply. Our goal is to build a strong and diverse corporate family that will combine the best qualities of Mississippi and Toyota Auto Body, Japan, culture.”
The plant will supply stamped body parts, plastic bumpers and plastic instrument panels for the Corolla sedans to be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, starting in fall 2011.
APMM will begin hiring production workers in November, with the first start dates at the end of November. Hiring will continue through February.
The plant will work two shifts Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 2 a.m. Employees won’t rotate shifts and won’t work weekends unless overtime is needed, according to APMM.
To apply for an hourly job, applicants have to physically go to a WIN Job Center location in Mississippi. Job titles and descriptions are posted online at mdes.ms.gov, but job applications will not be accepted online. APMM also is not taking any applications at the plant or over the phone.
The applications will be forwarded from the WIN Job Centers to the Baldwyn plant. APMM officials then will schedule a computerized general skills test for the first round of applicants. If people make that cut, they will be scheduled for a hands-on work simulation test.
Pay for team members – APMM’s name for hourly production workers – will start at $12.50 with increases as employees learn their jobs, Tsuchiya said. Pay will increase to $13 after three months, $13.50 after six months and $0.50 each six months after that for a top rate of $15.80 after 36 months.
For team leaders – APMM’s term for hourly workers who have additional responsibilities such as training – pay will be the production rate plus $1 extra per hour.
APMM also is taking applications for salaried management positions, which APMM calls group leaders. Applications for the 50 positions will be accepted online for those jobs via the MDES site and CareerBuilder.com.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the three positions listed on CareerBuilder.com were production group leader, production engineering and production control manager. More management positions will be posted over the next month.
The base pay, according to the posting on CareerBuilder.com, for a group leader is $43,000.
Group leaders must have at least three years of work experience.
However, hourly team members are not required to have manufacturing experience, Tsuchiya said.
“We will have training available for each new team member,” he said.
APMM will test for basic skills during its application process. The general skills test looks for general knowledge, such as attention to detail and the ability to follow directions.
It doesn’t include high-level math and it doesn’t require extensive computer skills, said Joetta Gay, an assistant manager of human resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, who is assisting APMM.
If applicants make it past that test, they will go through a hands-on work simulation test.
“You’ll actually be doing tasks that are similar to what you’ll be doing” while working for APMM, Gay said.
Tasks may include moving material from one place to another or installing screws.
“There will be instruction on how to complete the task and what you are supposed to do,” Gay said. “There’s no previous knowledge needed.”
During the second test, APMM will look for applicants who focus on quality and who follow directions.
In general, Gay said, APMM will look for applicants with a good work ethic.
APMM also will look for people who are willing to work in a team environment and for people who are interested in problem-solving.
“We are looking for people who really want to be involved and want to be part of the family,” she said.

How do I apply?
- Toyota supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is taking applications for hourly and salaried positions at its Baldwyn plant.
To apply for one of the 250 hourly jobs, you have to go a WIN Job Center.
No applications will be accepted online, over the phone or at the plant.
In Northeast Mississippi, WIN Job Center locations are in Amory, Corinth, Fulton, Holly Springs, Houston, Iuka, New Albany, Oxford, Pontotoc, Ripley and Tupelo/Belden.
To apply for one of the 50 salaried management positions, you can go to a WIN Job Center location or go online to CareerBuilder.com.

What’s the pay?
Pay for team members – APMM’s name for hourly production workers – will start at $12.50 with increases as employees learn their jobs. Pay will increase to $13 after three months,
$13.50 after six months and $0.50 each six months after that for a top rate of $15.80 after 36 months.
For team leaders – APMM’s term for hourly workers who have additional responsibilities – pay will be the production rate plus $1 extra per hour.
Management positions are salaried. The pay will be dependent on experience. Group leaders, according to CareerBuilder.com, have a base pay of $43,000.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal