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Powder Coating Technician - 2nd Shift

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0029474
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Production & Skilled Trades
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

We are looking for an experienced Powder Coating technician who will be responsible for preparing and powder coating metal parts to meet and/or exceed Sullair’s standards. Must pass pre-employment evaluation for respiratory protection.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate, adjust, and monitor an automated electrostatic powder coating booth.
  • Visually look for flaws and inconsistencies and perform touch ups by operating a manual spray gun.   
  • Direct line activities and manage line parameters for production pace.
  • Determine appropriate preparation of surfaces and application of powder coating.
  • Perform surface prep, masking, and plugging.
  • Inspect parts for quality/defects before and after coating.
  • Operate and maintain the 5 stage zirconium wash system.
  • Operate and maintain both the cure and dry off ovens.
  • Operate controls and functions of powder coating equipment.
  • Clean, maintain, and store tools and powder coating equipment.
  • Follow all safety procedures and protocols. Able to understand and adhere to safety warnings and guidelines.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on powder coating equipment.
  • Ensure work order sign off and inspection are complete.
  • Interpret technical documentation to determine correct paint application and surface finish.
  • Determine appropriate preparation of surfaces and application of paint.
  • Disposes properly of paints and other hazardous materials.
  • Safe material handling processes, including forklift driving and overhead crane operating.



  • High School Education or equivalent.
  • Experience in a sheet metal environment.
  • Certificates in relevant courses that cover mixing and applying paint, corrosion, drafting and CNC machinery preferred.

Professional experience:

  • Minimum 1-3 years of verifiable experience operating and maintaining a powder coat system.
  • Understand technical blueprints.
  • Computer skills required (i.e., spreadsheets, data entry, email).
  • Ability to use precision measurement device to work within tight tolerances.

Key behaviors:

  • Lifting up to 35 lbs.
  • Lifting over 35 lbs. requires a lifting device, crane, or assistance from another associate.
  • Standing and walking minimum of 8 hours.
  • Must be able to bend/stoop, squat/crouch, kneel and twist.
  • Working with cranes, sharp edges on machined parts and moving parts by carts.
  • Working with high air pressure, chemicals and solvents and at times extreme noise.
  • Must understand and comply with Sullair Safety Standards.
  • Participate in EHS quarterly audits, if required.
  • Required to wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for the work area.
  • Required to attend scheduled toolbox and safety meetings.
  • Must immediately report injuries or unsafe conditions to the supervisor.
  • Ability to work flexible shifts and overtime.
  • Assertive
  • Critical Thinking
  • Process Driven
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Team Oriented
  • Passionate

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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