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Are you looking to join a pioneering team working in the evolving world of heavy trucks? Do you experience with Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) Processes?

If yes, then apply to be the Process Engineer with STS North America and launch our 1st brand new facility in the US!

The STS Group is a stock listed, globally leading supplier of components and systems for the commercial vehicle and automotive industries headquartered in France. The Adler Pelzer Group, a global Tier 1 supplies recently acquired STS group to expand its target market. STS is pioneering operations of Class A surface components for the heavy trucks in the USA. We are seeking an experienced Process Engineer for the bonding process in the opening of the brand new STS facility near Salem, Virginia in the Roanoke, VA area. 

The Process Engineer – Bonding will work closely with a launch team from our France, Mexico and Michigan locations to assure a successful process in the manufacturing of class A surfaces for heavy trucks. The person in this role will have previous SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) specifically the bonding process that is part of the manufacturing for the sleeper roof part on heavy trucks.

The Process Engineer will be based out of the Virginia facility. This role will require some initial travel for pre-launch activities. Relocation to Virginia is available.

Benefits for the Process Engineer - Bonding:

  • Competitive pay and benefits package, including relocation if needed

  • Opportunity to be a part of a brand new launch pioneering STS North American class A surfaces and grow one’s career

  • Specific salary is commensurate with experience and factors such as relevant experience, education, certifications and licenses, skills, and training.

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance options from day 1

  • Generous and flexible paid time off

  • 401(K) match, fully vested

  • Company provided life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance, employee assistance program

  • Variety of automobile purchase discounts (BMW, Ford, GM, Subaru-many others)

  • Tuition reimbursement and professional development

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Responsibilities of the Process Engineer:

  • Follow the installation and setting of bonding equipment and peripherals in the newly STS Salem plant to get full equipment knowledge

  • Welcome, train and support new operators while making good quality products

  • Ensure daily the proper functioning of the bonding equipment (2 bonders, adhesive dispenser, drilling station, paint repair section) and the proper use of this by the operators

  • Analyze defects & problems (quality, safety, environment, OEE inefficiencies) and propose action plan with possible solutions to manager

  • Provide feedback through lessons learned and participates in machinery / equipment / product continuous improvement activities.

Note: This section is not inclusive. Other duties as assigned as necessary to support team goals.

Ideal Candidate Profile for the Process Engineer - Bonding:

  • Professional experience of 5 years min. in the Engineering area within Automotive Supplier industry or similar.

  • Able to understand in detail functioning of the bonding equipment (2 bonders, adhesive dispenser) and surrounding areas (drilling station and paint repair station)

  • Experience and knowledge with plastics, polymers, paint, class A / exterior surfaces

  • Experience and knowledge of thermoset or thermoplastic is a plus

  • Problem solver and solutions provider with a capacity for innovation - Outside the box thinker

  • Well organized, reliable & participate in other workshop when required

  • Clearly report problems, failures while providing possible solutions

  • Adaptable to a new environment (new plant, new people, new processes)

  • Engineering degree or equivalent. Education may be substituted with equivalent experience.

Please respond with resume.


We are an equal opportunity employer. APG and STS participate in the E-Verify Program.




  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject


  • Job Security: Inspired to perform well by the knowledge that your job is safe

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business

  • Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization


Bachelors or better in Engineering or related field.


  • 5 years: Experience with bonding equipment (2 bonders, adhesive dispenser) and surrounding areas (drilling station and paint repair station) that are part of the SMC process

  • 5 years: Professional experience of 5 years min. in the Engineering area within Automotive Supplier industry or similar, preferably with Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) processes

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