Quality Engineering Specialist
Plan, develop and implement quality projects for improved process and product quality. The prime objective of this position is defect prevention through a systems approach to process control to assure quality at the source. Second, this position is responsible for the identification and analysis of chronic quality problems and for ensuring corrective action is implemented and effective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Application of Process Controls
Determine, coordinate approval and implementation of process controls.
Monitor effectiveness of process controls and revise as needed.
Discuss intent and necessity of process controls with all concerned to ensure effective implementation.
Training and Development
Train employees how to effectively utilize quality improvement tools, such as PFMEA, RCCM or 8 Step Problem Solving, 5-Why Analysis, Fishbone Diagrams, SPC and statistical analysis.
Development & Implementation of Quality Program
Interpret Toro quality specifications.
Perform design reviews for manufacturability & necessary process control.
Develop quality plans which may involve design of new quality systems.
Coordinate approval of quality projects and inspection equipment.
Develop and maintain proactive quality tools, i.e. PFMEA, PPAP, SPC, etc..
Lead cross functional quality teams to improve quality metrics, i.e. DPMO, PPM, scrap, etc..
Align quality program requirements to the Toro Lean Enterprise and Quality Management System to assure quality at the source
Application of Quality Equipment
Determine and specify inspection equipment based on its accuracy, repeatability and efficiency.
Ensure that specialized inspection equipment designs are adequate for the checks intended.
Determine, justify and implement upgrades in equipment technology to improve process capability.
Data Analysis & Application of Statistical Techniques
Determine statistical techniques to solve manufacturing and engineering problems.
Participate in development of product inspection procedures which ensure quality requirements are met and which may contain unique inspection techniques.
Support of Product Cost Improvement
Analyzes failure costs and initiates corrective action.
Analyzes quality costs and implements efficiency improvements.
Submits product and process improvement and cost reduction proposals.
Quality Improvement Reporting and Presentations
Documents and reports quality metrics daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually.
Presents plant results via web conferencing or onsite using current software packages.
Attends and reports at annual company quality conference.
Participates in relevant cross plant or divisional continuous improvement kaizen team for quality.
Presents results of corrective action teams utilizing the RCCM A3 process.
General Position Characteristics
Assignments involve independent judgment and creativity in making adaptions and modifications to standard engineering techniques.
Work is performed under limited supervision with latitude for unreviewed action.
Objectives are usually well defined and methods of achieving are usually known to a reasonable degree.
Incumbents may assist supervisors in planning & scheduling the assignments.
May train and direct the work of other personnel.
Supports other quality functions in technical areas as needed.
Supports and participates in employee involvement groups.
Must be able to effectively supervise department personnel on an as needed basis.
Facilitates and support employee involvement, line quality, warranty and self-directed work teams.
Participates in quality development training such as CQE certification or other relevant training.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Science in Quality Engineering or related field strongly preferred
Technical experience in a similar manufacturing environment required.
An understanding of quality-engineering requirements; quality systems; diversified fabrication process; and product acceptance techniques, as applied to mechanical devices required
Experience in an ISO 9000 certified facility strongly preferred.
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