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Grow with us! Surprise the world!!

Grow with us! Surprise the world!!

Company Profile

Name of company THK CO., LTD.
Established April 10, 1971
CEO Akihiro Teramachi
Head office 2-12-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8506, Japan
Major products Linear motion systems (e.g. LM Guide and Ball Spline), Ball Screw, XY Tables, Link Balls, Rod Ends and Seismic Isolation Devices
Capital 34,606 million yen (as of December 31, 2018)
Corporate website www.thk.com/eng

THK in Numbers

Establishment year 1971

Employee count 3,581. Total employees in THK Group companies 13,364. as of Dec 31, 2017

Locations outside Japan 100

Global market share over 50%

Over 10% growth for 5 consecutive years

Number of patents 1,555. outside Japan, 788 in Japan. Total patents 2,343. as of Dec 31, 2017, including pending patents

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Our Business

Industrial Machinery Business

We have continued to expand the scale of our business by supplying LM Guides and other products that are essential components of industrial machinery such as machine tools and semiconductor production equipment. In addition, we are actively engaged in the manufacture and sale of electric actuators and unit products that combine many machine elements. In this manner, we are bringing increased precision, rigidity, and speed to the industrial machinery field, while at the same time addressing automation needs at the production line.

Industrial Machinery Business (Other)

We are committed to cultivating opportunities in consumer goods-related fields, such as seismic isolation and damping systems, medical equipment, aerospace, robotics, and renewable energy, as part of our efforts to promote the development of new business areas. To this end, we draw on the underlying strengths of our accumulated core linear motion system technology and ample expertise in the industrial equipment field. The applications of our compact and highly rigid products have expanded into many fields where they help people live safe and comfortable lives.

Automotive & Transportation Business

We develop and supply automotive components that support the basic functions of automobiles as a part of our Automotive & Transportation Business activities. We strive to make our mark as a supplier by promptly addressing changes in the global automotive market. In addition to the L&S (Linkage and Suspension) business we have worked to develop since our establishment, we are accelerating our efforts to expand the use of linear motion components in a variety of mechanisms such as next-generation steering, braking, and suspension systems.

THK’s Highlights

Pioneer of the LM Guide

THK developed the world’s first LM Guide based on an original concept, and it still commands the leading share in the global market today. LM Guides are employed in mechanical equipment and play a major role in the ongoing development of industry.THK developed the world’s first LM Guide based on an original concept, and it still commands the leading share in the global market today. LM Guides are employed in mechanical equipment and play a major role in the ongoing development of industry.

Know-How

THK has acquired the knowledge and ability to be successful in the field of industrial machinery. In addition, THK has expanded to encompass fields related to consumer goods.

Medical Equipment

THK products are increasingly being used in the medical field, especially in analysis and measurement equipment that require a high level of reliability and quality. They are also expanding into next-generation medical equipment, including surgical robots.

Robotics

THK is developing and marketing optimal components for use in robots across a broad range of fields. This extends from industrial robots that contribute to the automation of production lines to next-generation robots that are expected to be used in consumer-related fields.

Automobiles

Suspension

THK capitalizes on the link ball technology and other expertise it has developed since its founding, as well as its strengths as a global supplier, to provide suspension components to a wide range of customers.

Linear Motion

THK is expanding linear motion products for next-generation suspension, steering, brakes, and other components, with mass production of some components beginning in 2018. Spurred by the development of electric cars and self-driving technology, THK is aiming to further expand in the future.

Meet Our People

go to interview 1

  • Background and reason for joining THK
  • What are your current responsibilities?
  • From the work you’ve done until now, what was a moment when you felt a sense of accomplishment?
  • What are you looking forward to working on in the future?

go to interview 2

  • Reason for joining and past responsibilities at THK
  • What kinds of products have you developed? What skills have you put to use?
  • From the work you’ve done until now, what was a moment when you felt a sense of accomplishment?
  • What are you looking forward to working on in the future?

Internship Program

1. Internship period

Remote preparation
June 9, 2020 ~ June 23, 2020
On-site project
June 24, 2020 ~ July 24, 2020

2. Location

THK CO., LTD. Headquarters
2-12-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8506

3. Overview

Project title: Proposal of a new application utilizing THK products

  • We will explain the technology behind our linear motion components as well as show examples of its major applications.
  • You will think up and propose a new application for the THK product based on either 1) a societal problem in either your home country or the world, or 2) an automation or improvement to machine performance that could lead to a business opportunity.
  • You will gain knowledge in linear motion technology as well as gain experience in application development.

4. Schedule / program

internship Schedule

  • Remote preparation (7 days)
    • We will explain via Skype about our products and their applications. (2 days) *We will lend you product samples.
    • You will explore new application ideas and prepare a proposal. (5 days) *We will answer questions you have via email or Skype.
  • Interim review (2 days)
    • We will review your new application proposal and provide professional advice.
  • Proposal details (16 days)
    • After approval of the new application proposal, you will do a technical investigation, draw diagrams, and do strength calculations, etc.
    • To the extent possible, you will also do cost calculations and market research.
  • Final proposal (1 day)
    • Executive members, the technical division, and HR will review your proposal.
  • Reflective report (1 day)
    • You will write a report reflecting on your entire internship experience.

5. Qualifications

  • Must be studying mechanical or electrical engineering and specializing in the automotive or mechatronic field.
    *Preferably have hands-on experience designing and constructing device on own.
  • Must expect to graduate with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree by spring 2021.
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or equivalent (B's and above).
  • Must have business-level proficiency in English or Japanese.

6. How to apply

Submit the following documents in either English or Japanese to: global-recruiting@thk.co.jp

  • Resume or CV
  • Copy of university transcript
  • Short essay on reason for applying, no more than 1 A4-size page

7. Selection process

You may go through multiple levels of screening, including a Skype interview or online assessment, depending on the number of applicants.

8. Number of interns

2 interns

9. Financial assistance

  • Roundtrip transportation (ticket class etc. based on company regulations)
  • Accommodations (company housing, house-share or hotel room, etc.)
  • Cost of living (the actual cost of living expenses)

10. Agreements

  • THK and your university shall sign an internship agreement.
  • The intern shall sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • The intellectual property rights of the new application proposal will belong to THK.

Job Information

Position 1

Title

Product Development Engineer

Develop and design automotive products that utilize our linear motion technology.

  • Mechanical design of linear motion products for automobiles
  • Strength analysis
  • Development of manufacturing technology

Qualifications

  • Must have studied mechanical or electrical engineering and specialized in the automotive or mechatronic field.
  • Requirements:
    • Experience using 3D CAD
    • Knowledge of machining, measurement, and test evaluation
    • Knowledge of electrical wiring (motor, driver, controller, sensor, etc.)
    Additionally useful to have:
    • Experience using CATIA V5
    • Experience using CAE for strength calculation, analysis, and simulation
    • Knowledge of FTA (Fault Tree Analysis), FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
    • Knowledge of NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) and oscillation analysis
    • Knowledge of tribology (lubrication, wear, friction)
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree or plan to graduate with such a degree within the current academic year.
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or equivalent (B's and above).
  • Must have business-level proficiency in English or Japanese.

Position 2

Title

Product Development Engineer

Develop new next-generation automotive products that utilize our linear motion technology for autonomous and electric vehicles.

  • Product planning
  • Mechanical design and dynamic simulations
  • Motor/driver design
  • Sensor design, especially with LiDAR technology
  • Software development for motor control, communication, etc.

Qualifications

  • Must have researched and gained in-depth knowledge of a field of study related to at least one of the above job responsibilities.
  • Must have studied mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, or computer science with specialization and research focused in the automotive or mechatronic field.
  • Requirements:
    • Experience using 3D CAD to design a device and then assemble it
    • Experience wiring own device (motor, driver, controller, sensor, etc.) and operating it
    • Experience using MATLAB Simulink
    Additionally useful to have:
    • Experience using CATIA V5
    • Experience designing and assembling a student formula or solar car
    • Experience building RC (Radio Control)
    • Knowledge of Flex Ray and CAN communication protocol
    • Knowledge of IATF16949
    • Knowledge of MBD (Model Base Development)
    • Knowledge of LiDAR and sensor equipment related to autonomous driving
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree or plan to graduate with such a degree within the current academic year.
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or equivalent (B's and above).
  • Must have business-level proficiency in English or Japanese.
General information for both positions
Number of open positions 1 each
Work Location Tokyo, Japan (head office)
Length of contract 5 years (2-year contract followed by three 1-year contracts), with eligibility to transition to a full-time regular employee thereafter upon agreement by both parties
Work hours Full-time 8:30–17:30 (includes 1-hour lunch), with possible overtime
Remuneration The package offered for each position (salary, vacation, etc.) is aligned to THK CO., LTD employment policy. Other benefits include visa assistance, housing assistance, relocation allowance, and Japanese language lesson reimbursement, etc.
Candidates must 1. Possess good interpersonal and communication skills
2. Be receptive to other cultures/diversity and value teamwork
3. Be driven and enthusiastic about their work and persevere in the face of challenges
Application and selection process •Applicants must submit their Resume or CV, a copy of their transcript issued by their university, and a short essay on their reason for applying (no more than 1 A4-size page) to the e-mail address designated below. All documents must be in either English or Japanese.
•Applicants who have passed the screening will participate in several interviews (through Skype, etc.), undergo testing of their English or Japanese ability, and present on their area of study. The results of each stage of the process will be examined comprehensively in order to make a final decision.
E-mail address global-recruiting@thk.co.jp
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