Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC - Painting Technician - Multiple Openings

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Painting Technician - Multiple Openings



Applications will start being accepted May 2nd



Shape the future today.  


The world is changing. The question is, what will be our contribution to the outcome? We have set the pace in the field of mobility from the very beginning, and we will continue to do so. At Mercedes-Benz Vans, interdisciplinary teams are developing the mobility of tomorrow. Our goal is to make mobility safer, simpler, and more sustainable for people across the globe. Put your pioneering spirit to good use: This is your opportunity to make a contribution that extends far beyond your job title.


At Mercedes-Benz Vans, we offer you the perfect environment for your professional and personal growth. Cutting-edge training and promising career opportunities will help you to foster and expand your professional skill set as well as your individual strengths. Think, try, and thrive with us in collaborative work environments that spark game-changing concepts.




  • Paint Technician 1

  • Paint Technician 2

  • Paint Technician 3

The position for each candidate will be based on skills, knowledge, experience, and business needs.


The Paint Shop is responsible for ensuring corrosion protection and topcoat application to the body. The Body is cleaned, conditioned, and coated for protection. A primer coating is applied to create consistency in the surface prior to paint and topcoat is applied robotically to complete the final appearance of the body. Seams of PVC sealant and cavity wax are applied for additional rust protection.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Retrieve and provide material, workpieces, tools, work documents, device parts, auxiliary materials, etc. according to the specified min/max stock. Arrange for disposal/treatment

  • Prepare the workplace for manual activities ensuring that the area is clean, organized and up to 5S standards

  • Prep cars and car bodies for paint process

  • Mask/unmask parts and car bodies and areas to be coated

  • Spray wax for cavity preservation

  • Perform visual inspection for completeness and proper execution of standard and record defects into the quality reporting system

  • Seal interior and exterior seams

  • Spray or lay out PVC protection and sika, taking into account the required surface quality on the visible parts of the shell

  • Fix minor issues with paint tools/equipment (such as through filter cleaning, changing of nozzles)

  • Monitor and control coating/painting processes

    • Set order sequence

    • Analyze end-of-process items, and adjust the coating process accordingly

    • Monitor production flow and buffer levels

    • Coordinate with upstream/downstream areas

    • Propose corrective measures for bottleneck situations, and coordinate with the foreman if necessary

    • Accumulate manufacturing data and evaluate

  • Analyze system errors, if necessary by the use of diagnostic systems. Identify vulnerabilities in advance

  • Develop and implement corrective measures

  • Carry out spot repairs (partial surface repair/coating)

    • Adhering to painting standards, inspect, detect, classify, determine corrective measures and fix localized damage and defects outside of the normal painting process

    • Act as the final coatings/paint quality point, and conduct repair work so the product will be released to the customer

  • Refinish seam seals for finished painted vehicles

  • Participate in the Continuous Improvement Program



Paint Technician 1 - Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED strongly preferred

  • 1+ years relevant manufacturing experience or Lean Manufacturing Certificate preferred.

  • Candidates should possess basic craftsmanship and technical understanding.

  • Basic hand/power tool familiarity

  • Experience in automotive paint environment preferred.

  • Ability to stand, use hands, arms to finger, and reach for long periods of time

  • Ability to push, pull, squat or bend and turn repeatedly

  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing over 35lbs

  • Ability to use close vision, color vision, and depth perception for extended periods

  • Required to complete essential job functions

  • Willing to complete a drug screen, background check, and pre-placement medical exam

  • Willing to work overtime

Paint Technician 2 - Additional to Paint Technician 1:

  • Required: 2+ years of relevant manufacturing experience; OR Relevant certificate and 1+ years of relevant experience

  • Preferred: 3+ years of relevant experience; OR Relevant certificate and 2+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience using buffers/sanders on automotive paint preferred


Paint Technician 3 - Additional to Paint Technician 2:

  • Required: 4+ years relevant experience; OR Relevant certificate + 3 years relevant experience; OR Relevant associates degree + 1 year relevant experience

  • Preferred: 5+ years relevant experience; OR Relevant certificate + 4 years relevant experience; OR Relevant assoc. degree + 2 years relevant experience

  • Must possess intimate knowledge of paint, chemical, and coating processes

  • Knowledge of automotive paint and coating systems, data processing, chemical handling, and painting equipment

  • Experience controlling automated painting systems in a manufacturing setting ASE B2 Painting and Refinishing Certification or similar preferred

  • Formal Education in Automotive Body Repair or similar preferred


We offer Competitive Compensation & Benefits!

  • Medical, dental, life, and vision insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation
  • Long and short-term disability
  • 401(K) plus matching
  • Career development
  • Employee Vehicle Program


We are all in for change. Are you too? Apply now.   


Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC (“MBV”) is a plant in Ladson, South Carolina that produces Sprinter vans for the U.S. and Canadian market under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. The midsize Mercedes-Benz Metris vans are also reassembled at this location.

Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC invested 500 million U.S. dollars in the construction of a new Sprinter production plant in addition to an expansion of the previous assembly operations. In September 2018, MBV officially opened its new plant, located next to existing operations in the North Charleston area. The MBV facility will provide up to 1,300 jobs by the end of the decade and is expected to create at least 600 additional jobs in the region through its suppliers.


More than 120,000 Sprinters have been assembled in North Charleston and delivered to destinations in the U.S. since 2006. The U.S. is now the second largest market for Sprinter vans, after Germany.     


Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that appreciates and leverages the diversity of our team. We provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), age, national origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, physical or other disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER NOTICE The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors, and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and are not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. The Company reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business, competitive considerations, or the work environment change.  





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