The Davis Companies is helping a manufacturer who specializes in defense and aerospace work to identify a Quality Engineer for their plant in the Twin Cities.
- Review customer Purchase Order and Contract requirements to communicate quality requirements to responsible departments.
- Review product discrepancies in manufacturing, perform investigations and coordinate with manufacturing and engineering to resolve problems.
- Perform statistical analysis, identify trends, and implement changes related to defects in supplier, manufacturing, return goods and customer data.
- Develop/write protocols, coordinate the testing and write reports for validation activities, component qualification activities, IQ/OQs, gauge R&R studies.
- Understands and applies the manufacturing quality toolset including sampling plans, control plans, process capability, SPC, DOE, process data analysis to ensure that quality is designed into products and processes.
- Review pre-released technical data from Engineering for compliance to customer requirements, approved OSV processers, contract requirements and identify the customer requirements of onsite source inspection.
- Be a technical resource for the initiation and implementation of cost improvement plans on new and existing programs.
- Lead development and review of inspection plans and protocols.
- Validate process effectiveness and lead continual improvement of system and manufacturing processes.
- Manage the qualification of processes performed by suppliers; troubleshoot, lead corrective actions relating to supplier’s performance; define processes for supplier data submission to reduce internal inspections
- Facilitate communication between process owners, Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality to reduce internal process variability, by development and implementation of statistical incoming and in-process sampling / quality control plans.
- Partner with quality and engineering to create robust receiving inspection plans focused on critical process attributes. Ensure strong supplier controls are in place for reduced and dock-to-stock inspection receiving plans are in place.
- Coordinate with key personnel to identify and implement corrective actions to eliminate internal, supplier and manufacturer defects.
- Identify and develop high quality suppliers utilizing supplier audits, evaluations, and ongoing continuous improvement to ensure companies supplier quality standards are being met
- Develop, implement, and assist with training on continuous improvement methods.
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline.
- Minimum 10 years of experience in a quality assurance function within the aerospace and defense industry.
- Demonstrated experience in supplier development.
- Expertise with statistical process control methods, monitoring and control, data and defect analysis, variance reduction, and capability analysis.
- Comprehensive knowledge of internal and external auditing methods and quality system procedures.
- Understanding of PPAP and AS9102 Processes.
- Strong knowledge of gage critical, general issue and calibration certification program.
- Comprehensive knowledge of quality at the source techniques, root cause analysis, corrective action, continuous improvement, lean and six sigma.
- Strong knowledge of heat treat, metallurgy, machining, chemical processing, and applicable special processes.
- Basic knowledge of ITAR/EAR regulations.
- This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
- CQE, CQM, CQA certification, or Six Sigma Green Belt is highly desirable.
All employees must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, Political Asylee, or Refugee.