Automotive Wood Trim Surface Technician

Location: Grand Rapids, MI


This position is located in Grand Rapids, MI and involves providing service to NA OEMs. The Automotive Wood Trim Surface Technician supports the Surface Development Engineer in the development of color and trim as well as veneer for interior decor trim parts. This includes working from customer design ideas to create final series master samples and release final parts that meet all customer requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Support the definition of BOM for color and lacquer (UV- Stabilizer, wood stain, lacquer system, carrier fabrics, adhesive, veneer type) prior to testing.

2. Assist Surface Development Engineers with surface development, including:

  • Base veneer color
  • Veneer range in terms of grain and structure
  • Veneer surface treatment for design
  • Color development
  • Application of color, primers, and lacquer systems

3. Support Surface Development Engineers with the preparation of master books (color, veneer structure, haptics, and gloss level range).


  • Work experience with wood, veneer, or lacquer and color development
  • Resistance against aging (heat, sun, humidity)
  • Wood machining and wood treatment
  • Application of lacquer and stain
  • Good eye for color

Personal Characteristics:

  • High quality awareness
  • Customer and service-focused
  • Problem-solving oriented
  • Team player with communication and coordination skills
  • Executive ability and self-motivation
  • Excellent English language skills (both written and oral)

4. Support Surface Development Engineers with transfer to series production location, including employees' training. Support ramp-up at the series plant.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Know How In:

  • Work experience in the definition of wood stain (mixing of base color liquids)
  • Craftsmanship in lacquering and wood
  • Work experience with wood veneer
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