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Industrial Quality Engineer

Portland, OR

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Summary: The Quality Engineer is responsible for shop-floor operator interaction, data analysis for continuous improvement of products, processes, and operator knowledge. The Quality Engineering function is the core of the quality group innovation. Resources tasked with this function should be true engineering minds who can see inefficiencies, understand the metallurgy of the product and thrive on the shop floor working to solve problems alongside the operators. They should be proficient in mass scale data analysis and interpretation and can communicate with and can relate to the mindset of an operator. Resources in these positions should be highly proficient in training and coaching. 

Only in-state applicants will be considered.



  • Daily Shop Floor Problem Solving: Works almost exclusively on the shop floor daily alongside operators infusing quality thinking and local problem solving for cultural transition.
  • Identifies Internal Issues: Daily Gemba walks to scour the site for visible issues in the product and process. Coordinates immediate resolution.
  • Leads Improvement Teams: Leads formal Optimization Team / kaizen initiatives related to product quality alongside Genesis and OpEx. Listens to operator feedback on issues that need resolved. Gets it done through site resources.
  • Trains / Coaches Shop Floor Personnel: Supports learning organization initiative through daily teaching / coaching on the shop floor. Imparts technical knowledge of the process and reactionary logic based on process deviation observation.
  • Becomes Technical Process Expert: Becomes a subject matter expert in area of coverage (extrusion, paint, fab., etc.).
  • Supports FSE in Customer Claim Resolution: Supports internal investigation of customer claims and complaints.
  • Manages / Mitigates Process Variation: Develops SPC tools and works to manage the output response to special cause variation. Mitigates deviations in R2R.
  • Conducts Shop Floor Trials: Coordinates internal product / process trials and serves as NATC liaison for new product development initiatives in the plant.
  • Analyzes Data Mass Scale: Utilizes mass scale data analysis and statistics to identify and resolve process issues at their root cause. Measures the process.
  • Supports Product Dispositioning: Works with TSE and Process Technicians to ensure held material is dispositioned appropriately. Provides direction to the techs.
  • Engages in Benchmarking: Works with counterparts across the organization to benchmark and standardize best practices. Works to define True North performance levels for KPIs at each unit.
  • Compliance & Ethical Behavior: Demonstrated high standard for excellence and core belief in quality compliance, accuracy in reporting and ethical behavior within a manufacturing environment (laboratories, in particular). Must be capable of coaching and training direct reports on subjects of compliance and ethics.

Job Location: Portland, OR


Shift: Full Time – Day


Compensation: $90,000 to $95,000.00 Annually


Notices: All candidates are subject to pre-employment physical and drug screenings and a background check.

Job Requirements

  • Ability to work openly and collaboratively with a diverse leadership and department teams
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in manufacturing.
  • BS degree in an Engineering discipline.

Functional/Technical Knowledge

  • Experience with AIAG Core Tools
  • Experience with PPAPs
  • Experience with CMMs preferred
  • Strong computer skills with various packages including statistical packages, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Machine Shop experience preferred


  • Strong leadership skills and can work across functions
  • Strategic thinker, good planning, forecasting and presentation skills
  • Highly motivated, creative, and results oriented
  • Transparent communicator and team player
  • Demonstrate a willingness and adaptability to change
  • Ability and willingness to acclimate to the company culture and development goals


Education required: BS degree in an Engineering discipline.

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