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Quality Improvement Engineer – Test Systems (1st shift)

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-9494


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Quality Improvement Engineer – Test Systems (1st shift)

The Challenge

The Manufacturing Quality Engineer executes operational and strategic efforts focused on product quality improvement, with primary oversight of the product/component testing and manufacturing control plan (MCP) auditing processes in an assigned manufacturing area. The primary focus of this position will be in the area of Test Systems defect analysis product problem solving & backup to Test Engineer.

What you will Do

  • Provide Factory test support as key backup to Test Engineer Leader.
  • Analyze test failures and work with QIE's and area repair operators to determine if the root cause of the failure is due to a part assembly issue, design, or test method, then own overseeing the corrective actions.  Solicit input for project ideas and issue resolutions. Communicate with Lead Test Engineer.
  • Work closely with Process Engineers and Maintenance personnel for repairs and improvements involving any quality test equipment or information equipment.  Advise EHS of any safety and/or ergonomic implications related to product testing.
  • Ensure PM processes are being followed including proper documentation and that all test equipment parts are available.
  • Maintain, analyze and correct issues Final Functional & WIFI test equipment (Leak/Flow transducers), hose connections, electrical connectors.
  • Maintain, analyze and correct issues with hermetically sealed system restriction, reverse valve test equipment.
  • Maintain, analyze and correct issues with Delta T & Model Marry testers.
  • Troubleshoot complex electronic controlled equipment.
  • Champion ESD equipment & Calibration.
  • Provide technical leadership and advice for the shop and plant management pertaining to testing and test equipment for product acceptance.
  • Own all aspects of the Final Assembly testers including data analysis to drive yield, COQ and scrap metrics. Ensure MCI is followed on 2nd shift and audit the test process & the pass/fail limits. Drive immediate actions/projects to improve metrics.
  • Own calibration and PM for all test equipment and gages. Conduct Gage R&R's as needed.
  • Analyze SPC for key metrics per the MCP.  Monitor data trends and identify root cause if out of control and lead corrective actions.
  • Communicate hand-off between shifts ensuring seamless transition & status of projects.
  • Collaborate with factory operations team to improve product quality through the identification and elimination of root cause of issues. Utilize Lean manufacturing concepts to facilitate the success and validation of manufacturing processes. Communicate opportunities and project status with Quality Subsystem Leader (QSL) and cross-functionally.
  • Respond to abnormalities in product and component testing results.
  • Coach Team Leaders and Controlman to ensure escalation processes are followed for quality-related issues.
  • Partner with plant operations personnel to promote a team that reacts aggressively to factory inefficiencies, and escalates issues as necessary, to drive their resolution.
  • Live, promote and support the Appliance Performance System (APS) philosophy and drive continuous improvement in the quality area.
  • Work with QSL to determine projects & quarterly goals to improve yield, scrap, SCR and other COQ’s.
  • Support work station documentation process; create, update and maintain Manufacturing Control Instructions (MCI’s), visual aid and alerts (single point lessons) as needed.
  • Provide guidance to the broad New Product Introduction (NPI) team regarding manufacturing process capabilities for application to new designs, processes or geometries. Evaluate and implement new testing technologies to support new product innovations, while improving outgoing quality.
  • Coordinate with subsystem and testing teams to modify/improve testing logic. Work with Change Control Team to coordinate deviations and issue BCR if changes are implemented.

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Electronics degree or comparable experience required.
  • Excellent project tracking, project management and detailed planning skills
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in manufacturing/operations
  • Proven ability to influence and drive change.
  • Solid verbal/written communication skills coupled with strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced computer skills - high proficiency in Microsoft products (especially Excel) and ability to grasp new systems quickly.
  • High initiative, self-starter, proactive, dedicated, results oriented, a team player.
  • Early and/or late hours often required to work around the manufacturing schedule/ timing.
  • Some Limited travel required.

Desired Characteristics          

  • Electronics experience or experience in Electronics failure analysis.
  • BS Electrical Engineering
  • Experience & training in Lean manufacturing practices
  • Six Sigma training and experience
  • Prior experience in a union environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Quality assurance experience (SPC, trend analysis, root cause, poke-yoke)

Working Conditions

  • Travel to suppliers and other manufacturing locations as needed

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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