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Paint Shop Process Engineer


Paint Shop Process Engineer

Our electric future is now! Factory ZERO is an automotive assembly plant at the cutting edge of product and manufacturing processes.  We strive for excellence in developing and sustaining the manufacturing enablers to quickly bring to market the most advanced and innovative automotive products to date.  The products being built at Factory ZERO encompass General Motors corporate vision of “Zero crashes, Zero emissions, Zero congestion.” This requires us to employ the most energetic, capable, and innovative talent to ensure we meet the challenges of developing the new manufacturing processes required to assemble amazing products.

We offer a progressive and inclusive work environment that questions the status-quo daily to strengthen our reputation of being an incubator for new manufacturing processes and automation.  We value community outreach and have a strong presence in our neighborhoods. 

Selected candidates will have the opportunity to learn new skills as well as influencing the development of manufacturing processes to support this historical and game-changing progression to electric and autonomous vehicles.

Job Title: Paint Shop Process Engineer

Factory ZERO is currently seeking a motivated and accomplished Paint Shop Process Engineer to join the Paint Shop team in executing all maintenance and engineering related activities inside Factory ZERO.

This position is a 6th/7th level lateral opportunity


The Paint Shop Process Engineer has responsibility for engaging in machine and plant maintenance along with process control activities in a department, group of departments, shift or plant operations. Work involves a considerable amount of initiative in decision making and is accompanied by a high level of independent judgment.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Promotes, educates, communicates and follows up on safety initiatives 

  • Maintain safety culture through audits, observation and incident investigation

  • Promotes, educates, communicates and follows up on safety initiatives 

  • Maintain safety culture through audits, observation and incident investigation

  • Ensure that paint processes are maintained and running effectively for vehicle production

  • Problem-solve (analyze data, determine root causes, develop implementation plans) and resolve issues which are affecting paint shop metrics and document appropriately

  • Support implementation of new processes and equipment

  • Maintain process documentation

  • Supervise all assigned indirect process personnel and production personnel

  • Complies and resolves disputes with the terms of local and national labor agreements

  • Build and maintain working relationships with employees, union, management and suppliers

  • Proactively identify and pursue opportunities to improve operations by reducing costs, reducing energy usage, improve quality, etc.

  • Supports the design and engineering of maintenance, utility and construction projects to meet existing and projected requirements

  • Interface with production/maintenance personnel, plant leadership and others outside the plant (Manufacturing Engineering, suppliers, etc.) as needed to resolve issues, implement improvements and communicate status and opportunities, etc.

  • Coordinates input from internal/external customers to better understand customer needs and/or perceptions

  • Provide technical support for specific plant operations

  • Keeps abreast of current product developments and trends in areas of expertise

  • Actively identifies new areas for learning and takes advantage of learning opportunities

  • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills 

  • Must be willing to rotate shifts, and be available to work overtime including weekends.

  • Communicate status to following shifts

  • Understand and execute PFMEA, Process Control Plans, manufacturing processes, and management systems as they relate to production operations

  • Support implementation of Global Manufacturing Systems (GMS) 

  • Support Department Business Plan Deployment (BPD) activities

  • Ability to interpret blueprints, engineering drawings and learn new systems

  • Supervise represented process team members


Additional Description


  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing related field or equivalent experience

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult 

  • Knowledge of Automotive Paint Process areas (PTED, Sealer, Topcoat, and Paint Mix Room)

  • Knowledge of Fanuc robots (P-500, P-700), PaintPro software, Versabell III preferred

  • Demonstrated technical and professional skills in job-related area required

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others

  • High level of oral and written communication skills

  • Experience/knowledge of GM Global Manufacturing System (GMS)

  • Knowledge of continuous improvement processes

  • Knowledge of mechanical and/or electrical concepts

  • Knowledge of tooling and manufacturing processes required 

  • Knowledge of computer software as it pertains to manufacturing preferred

  • Knowledge of Red X, Six Sigma, or other problem-solving techniques preferred

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.