Manufacturing Quality Engineer

Company Name:
Career Transitions, LLC
Key Responsibilities
Seeking a hands-on Quality Engineer to ensure that the quality of the product meets customer expectations. The Quality Engineer will be responsible to identify opportunities for product and process improvement and to lead improvement activities with cross-functional teams.

Key Deliverables of Position
Implement a "measurement" philosophy. Moving away from an inspection philosophy that only leaves you with "good or bad" results towards a measurement philosophy that provides "actual" results. Then automate the collection, statistical analysis, and presentation of the results in a way that is useable by the operator & mfg. engineers.
Implement automated measurement technology that will allow inspection of all characteristics as they are being manufactured within the cycle time of the operation. Resulting in reduced inspection labor by the machinist, no parts going to floor inspection and sitting in "queue", no dimensional inspections by final inspectors, reduced gage inventory, reduce gage calibration labor, and eliminate the possibility of entire orders being nonconforming for an out of tolerance characteristic.
Utilize statistical methods to analyze inspection data and make recommendations for process improvements.
Improve the process to achieve a capability at or below 75% of print tolerance for all characteristics.
Reduce inspection frequency based on the expected percent defective
Facilitate and uses PFMEA (Failure Modes Effects Analysis) to establish approval criteria to identify quality failure concerns for both manufactured parts and assemblies
Facilitate cross-functional teams to implement corrective action and continuous improvement.
Document processes (manuals, flow chart, work instruction, etc.).
Develop control plans

First Year Success Factors
Inherently drive down NCRs created and scrap dollars
Create robust and accurate Quality inspection criteria
Identify key variables in each production phase of a composite product in order to stabilize process; which leads to,
Clearly documented processes with inputs controlled and outputs measured
Fully trained on bench inspection of key components on all Composite product lines

Required Experience
BS in Quality or Manufacturing Engineering preferred; a minimum of five years of relevant experience.

Required Technical Competencies
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in Quality Engineering
Layout Inspection - ability to inspect parts utilizing manual gauging - understands inspection instructions.
Automated Inspection Methods - CMM inspection and new automated technology.
Ability to create an inspection plan (instruction). Keep current on inspection planning options and technologies.
Print reading - ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, datum structures, and process dimensions.
GD&T - ability to read and interpret GD&T symbols and callouts.
Statistics - application of statistical principles such as SPC, capability studies and histograms.
PFMEA - ability to generate and maintain PFMEAs in a team environment.
Control Plans - ability to generate and maintain Control Plans in a team environment.
Design for Manufacturing - validate that a manufacturing process is capable of meeting the design intent and can run to capability limits (1.33 CPK)
GAGE R&R - ability to organize, perform, and interpret a Gage R&R
Ability to lead initiatives to develop manufacturing standards to ensure consistent machining methods
Ability to work with multi-functional teams to develop processes, dimensions, and tolerancing that does not need to be deviated for process variation.
Able to develop an inspection frequency plan based upon ANSI/ASQ Z1.4, tolerancing, and placing inspections at appropriate operations.
Ability to provide feedback to engineering on print changes and deviations based upon manufacturing needs.
Ability to initiate engineering change methods to change drawing revisions.

Structured problem solving skills to determine root cause
Ability to develop a plausible root cause and implement effective corrective action.
Familiarization with the principles of Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc.

Knowledge of Manufacturing
Automation - understands the capability of automated machine tools and inspection methods.
Metal Cutting - understands metal cutting operations, fixturing, tooling and machining.
CNC - understands CNC programming and applications.
Raw Material Processing - understands the processing of raw materials (casting vs. forgings, etc.)
Materials - basic understanding of material characteristics (Aluminum, Steel, Titanium, Composite, etc.)

Organization skills
Familiarization of LEAN principles

Proficient in Project Management Skills - Ability to create & report out on project schedules.

Proficient Computer Skills - Proficient in Microsoft Visio, Word, Power Point, Access, and Excel ? has examples of projects requiring competency with these programs.

Required Behavioral Competencies
Builds Strategic Working Relationships - Develops and uses collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
Facilitates Change - Encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
Initiates Action - Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives; takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required; is proactive.
Meeting Leadership - Ensures that a meeting serves its business objectives while using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods and considering the needs and potential contributions of others.
Continuous Learning - Demonstrated ability to learn continuously and apply newly gained knowledge and skill on the job.
Manages Work - Effectively manages one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

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