Grand Rapids, MI

Surface Development Lab Technician (Automotive Wood Trim)


We are currently seeking an Automotive Wood Trim Surface Technician to provide service for the North American Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Grand Rapids, MI. The successful candidate will work closely with the Surface Development Engineer to develop color and trim for interior decor trim parts, from customer design ideas to final production.


1. Assist in determining materials for color and lacquer testing

2. Support the Surface Development Engineers in:

  • Selecting base veneer color
  • Determining veneer grain and structure
  • Developing surface treatment designs for veneer
  • Creating color samples
  • Applying color, primers, and lacquer systems

3. Assist in the creation of master books for color, veneer structure, haptics, and gloss levels


· Previous work experience in wood, veneer, lacquer, and color development

· Ability to withstand aging effects such as heat, sun, and humidity

· Skills in wood machining and treatment

· Experience with applying lacquer and stain

· Keen eye for color

Personal Characteristics:

Strong attention to detail

Dedication to providing excellent customer service

Ability to solve problems effectively

Strong team player with excellent communication and coordination skills, self-motivated

Fluent in written and spoken English

4. Support the Surface Development Engineers in transitioning to series production, including training employees and ramping up production at the plant


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in working with wood stain and color mixing
  • Skilled in lacquering and woodworking
  • Experience with wood veneer
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