Sunstrand is on track to become the leading supplier of biomaterials for the technical non-wovens industry, with goals aimed towards creating a more sustainable composites industry. We are proud to be the only operational industrial bast fiber processor in the United States and are excited to expand our portfolio of products and services to provide for this very young industry.

Sunstrand is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Open Positions

  • Materials Engineer/Research and Development Engineer

    Description

    Sunstrand is currently seeking a multifaceted engineer to plan and maintain projects and see that deliverables are fulfilled when required. We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

    • Develop experimental and production methods that can be scaled up for manufacturing purposes
    • Contribute to the design, development, commercialization of new products and existing product line documentation.
    • Provide direction and motivation to technician team to adhere to project guidelines and see that tasks are done correctly.
    • Work with sensitive lab equipment and just as comfortable in a loud industrial space
    • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required, willing and able to push a broom when needed.

    Required Qualifications

    • B.S. in Materials or Chemical Engineering
    • Experience in project/experiment design, implementation, testing and reporting of material characterization
    • Experience in research work conducting literature reviews to build knowledge base and relay information to a team.
    • Experience with MS Word, Excel, Project, Powerpoint
    • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team and lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision
    • Self-motivated, comes to work with a great attitude ready to work

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Some experience in composite hardware layup/assembly
    • Basic knowledge in polymer chemistry and subsequent laboratory testing
    • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines
  • QC/QA Lab Technician

    Description

    Sunstrand is currently seeking a full-time Lab Technician to implement our daily Quality Control and Quality Analysis programs for our raw materials. This position will work with the production manager and engineering to produce quantitative reporting for production tracking and quality assurance. The daily duties will include, but not limited to: manual and automated material characterization, data collection, inventory management, and documentation/ reporting. The position will report to the engineering.

    We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

    • Work in technical environments and communicate accordingly.
    • Adhere to internally developed data tracking and information tracking procedures.
    • Provide consistent detailed reporting to technical teams and/ or production managers.
    • Effectively produce repeated daily as well ad hoc analysis.

    Required Qualifications

    • Previous research lab or quality control experience
    • Experience in testing and reporting for material characterization
    • Work with sensitive lab equipment and in a loud industrial space
    • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required.
    • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
    • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team.
    • Lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous experience with natural materials
    • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines
    • Experience in research work including literature reviews to build knowledge base
  • Plant Operator

    Job Description

    This is a line operator position for first or second shift depending on the company needs. This position will operate various plant equipment to produce finished products. Training will be provided, but any production experience will be an asset. The operator will start-up, monitor, and shut down the line operation. There is bulk and small bag packaging as well as palletizing. There is also product sampling for quality.

    Mechanical aptitude will be a benefit in understanding, running, and adjusting the equipment. The ability to keep a neat, clean, and safe work environment is important.

    The operator position is a key part of our company success. This position interacts with company operators, managers, and engineers in a very positive and engaging atmosphere.

    Position Skills/Experience

    • Some production experience
    • Fork lift/pallet jack experience is a plus
    • Mechanical aptitude
    • Ability to lift and palletize 25 lb bags
    • Understanding and use of basic hand tools is an asset
    • Basic writing skills to fill out production logs, inventories, etc.

    Other Key Skills/Abilities

    • Good communicator
    • Basic math understanding
    • Mechanical experience a plus
    • Dependable and enjoy a positive work environment
    • Flexible in learning new skills
    • Safety minded
  • Engineering Intern

    Sunstrand is a sustainable materials business here in Louisville (Irish Hill area). We specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in plastics, animal bedding, textiles, and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

    Our team is actively seeking an intern(s) for our engineering/product development team. The intern will report directly to the projects lead. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper-level entities, i.e. the CEO, engineering leads. It is expected that the Intern will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction.

    Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the project lead. The intern will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of their ability.

    We are looking for a candidate who has shown an ability to:

    • Work in technical environments and communicate accordingly.
    • Adhere to internally developed data tracking and information tracking procedures.
    • Provide consistent detailed reporting to technical teams and/or production managers.
    • Effectively produce repeated daily as well as ad-hoc analysis.
    • Perform hands-on work.
    • Work with sensitive lab equipment and in a loud industrial space.

    Required Qualifications

    • Previous research lab or quality control experience.
    • Experience in testing and reporting for material characterization.
    • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required.
    • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
    • Organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team.
    • Lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous experience with natural materials.
    • Understanding of proper safety guidelines.
    • Experience in research work including literature reviews to build a knowledge base.
    • One or more years of college courses in engineering, material science or other scientific or technical field.

    Pay is $12/hour.

    Please email info@sunstrands.com with interest or questions.

     

  • Plant Manager - Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

    Job Description

    The plant manager must have previous management experience in an industrial setting. Eligible candidates need previous experience in managing plant maintenance, line operators, quality assurance, safety, and various plant training programs. The plant manager will have good people skills to optimize efforts and lead the employees to support the plant initiatives. The person should have some experience in handling personnel needs around performance evaluations, salaries, attendance, discipline, employee motivation, interpersonal problem solving, interviewing for job positions, hiring, etc. Also, some mechanical aptitude will help in understanding and improving the line operation.

    A philosophy of continuous improvement is critical for this position. This plant manager will inspire and motivate the plant employees to strive for excellence and develop a world-class operation. The plant manager will also work with outside entities such as customer audits, operating permits, utilities, contractors, government agencies, and others. Skills in understanding plant cost accounting, budgeting, expense reports, production reports, etc.; is important for this position.

    Skills and Experience

    • At least 10 years management experience
    • A 4-year college degree in a related field
    • Should have a history of progressive management responsibilities and successes
    • Understanding of quality programs, MRP, plant safety programs, preventative maintenance, project management, resources for operating a plant, etc.
    • Understand how to build an effective team
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    Other Abilities

    • Good leadership skills
    • Some travel requirements
    • Good computer skills are important to the success of this position
    • Solid analytical skills will enhance this position
    • A positive can-do attitude
    • Lead by example

    Reporting

    The plant manager will report directly to the Suntrand CEO. All plant operation functions will report to the plant manager.

  • Assistant Plant Manager - Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

    Job Description

    The assistant plant manager is focused on production, employee safety, job training, some operational planning, implementing of GMP’s, ordering some supplies, and coordinating between various departments to maintain high-efficiency production. This person works to support the plant initiatives whether it be production, trials, maintenance, employee training, project work, etc.

    The assistant plant manager is one of the most versatile employees able to fill-in as needed for the plant manager or for key positions around the plant. This person is a good verbal and written communicator, and has the ability to flex and work with all employees to optimize their performance. This is a very positive person who represents Sunstrand by bringing out the very best in his team. Excellent organizational skills are paramount to this position because of the many varying details that need to be addressed on a daily basis.

    Skills and Experience

    • An energetic positive person
    • A good active listener – great for improving the operation
    • Strong analytical skills for reviewing data, production sheets, line operations, etc.
    • Physically able to work operator jobs in order to teach good manufacturing practices
    • Some mechanical aptitude for problem-solving and having equipment repaired
    • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of management
    • Ability to train employees and delegate work to optimize operations
    • Should have at least three year’s experience in an industrial production environment

    Other Abilities

    • Leadership skills
    • A team player who makes everyone better around him
    • Some related courses or schooling is a plus
    • Good computer skills are important to this position
    • Potential to move into a plant manager or other department manager roles

    Reporting

    This position will report directly to the plant manager. The position will plan work for and supervise Sunstrand operators. This is a key role within the organization for both growth and development.

  • Maintenance Manager - Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

    Job Description

    The Maintenance Manager has a good overall mechanical aptitude. The person is a working manager with physical skills in equipment repairs; and knowledge of piping, electric, welding, and various fabrication work is a plus. Knowledge of preventative maintenance is an important skill set for this position.

    This person will also have good planning and organizational skills. Some computer skills are an asset. These skills are critical in setting repair schedules, prioritizing work, and communicating key information. The maintenance manager will be able to define various projects and work with contractors to complete these. This person will also be able to troubleshoot equipment problems and communicate with the right resources to solve the problems. This position will also order, track, and maintain a sufficient parts inventory. The ultimate goal is to keep the plant equipment running in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

    Skills and Experience

    • Should have at least 5 years experience in the maintenance field
    • Understand preventative maintenance such as stocking key parts, lubrication, equipment calibration, etc.
    • Have basic electric knowledge and/or skills
    • Piping fitting, welding, and machining knowledge and some skill sets in these areas
    • Experience working in a production environment
    • Ability to communicate effectively with operators, management, and contractors

    Other Abilities

    • Supervisory experience is a plus
    • Computer skill sets will be helpful
    • Leadership skills
    • Ability to multi-task numerous projects
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Training skills

    Reporting

    This position will report directly to the plant manager. The position will also supervise and set work for the maintenance staff.

  • Team Leader - Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

    Job Description

    The team leader position plays a key role at each plant. This person leads the shift operation efforts to produce high-quality products according to a daily production schedule. The team leader manages the equipment operation and controls the operator crewing to optimize the production. The training of employees is critical to this position. Ultimately, Sunstrand wants each operator to be multi-functional in not only operating the line but also in making the best possible operational decisions.

    The team leader is responsible for the plant operators, the equipment operations, safety, product quality, line efficiency, daily production reports, coordinating work with maintenance, and a host of other items involved in the daily operations of the plant. The team leader operates the plant, setting the best possible example for the other employees. This person should be a good communicator and a positive can-do attitude. Good time management and organizational skills are critical to the success of this position. The team leader represents Sunstrand and in many ways is seen as Sunstrand by the operators.

    Skills and Experience

    • Works smart with a positive attitude
    • Trains people around themselves and makes them better
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Physical skills to be on the floor 8 hours per day
    • Some mechanical aptitude to support the line equipment
    • Some industrial experience preferred
    • Able to evaluate operators performance

    Other Abilities

    • Leadership skills
    • Some related schooling or special courses is a plus
    • Computer literate
    • Ability to prioritize and delegate work
    • Good interactive listening skills
    • Sees themselves as part of the solution to issues

    Reporting

    This position will report to the plant manager. This is a key position within Sunstrand. The team leads on 2nd and 3rd shift, are the acting leaders for all plant operations during these shifts. They will also have a contact list for specific questions or issues as they arise.

To apply, email your resume to info@sunstrands.com. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and the name of the position for which you are applying.