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Lead Automotive Upholstery Technician

Kindred Motorworks

Kindred Motorworks

Vallejo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Position Summary

We are seeking a skilled and experienced Lead Automotive Upholstery Technician to join our team. As Lead Automotive Upholstery Technician, you will be responsible for producing interior components for our line of vehicles, including vintage cars and trucks. Your expertise in upholstery techniques and materials will be crucial in transforming the interiors of vehicles to meet the unique preferences and needs of our clients. If you have a passion for automotive craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work closely with the Program Manager to ensure the Upholstery Team is coordinated to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lead the Upholstery Team with confidence. To give guidance, train, and demonstrate best practices
  • To help identify and implement process improvements in coordination with the Program Manager
  • Remove existing upholstery and prepare surfaces for installation
  • Pattern making of both seats and other components. Pattern tuning
  • Cut, sew, and install new upholstery, ensuring proper fit and alignment
  • Installation of interior components such as door panels, dashboards, headliners, and tops
  • Utilize various tools and equipment, including sewing machines, heat guns, staple guns, and foam cutters, to complete upholstery work
  • Ensure high-quality workmanship and attention to detail in all upholstery projects
  • Adhere to safety protocols and maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Collaborate with other team members, including designers and mechanics, to ensure seamless integration of upholstery work with overall vehicle modifications

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • High school diploma or equivalent; vocational training or certification in automotive upholstery is preferred
  • 5 years minimum proven experience as an Automotive Upholstery Technician, with a strong portfolio showcasing your work
  • In-depth knowledge of automotive upholstery techniques, materials, and tools
  • High proficiency in pattern making both seats and components
  • Proficiency in sewing, cutting, and fabricating upholstery components
  • High familiarity of working with leather
  • Strong attention to detail and an aesthetic sense for color, texture, and design
  • Familiarity with different types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and classic vehicles
  • Good problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for automotive restoration and modification
  • Enjoy the process of hands-on creative problem solving
  • Must be comfortable using technology
  • Positive attitude
  • Sense of humor
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Neat and organized
  • Strong communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Work experience in various forms of upholstery (furniture, etc), not necessarily automotive

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Walking, sitting, standing, bending, and stooping. Lifting, carrying, or pushing/pulling supplies, materials, equipment and/or items weighing up to 75 pounds. Clean and well-organized unconditioned shop environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but at times requires ear plugs, use of eye protection, and/or occasional use of a respirator.