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Advanced Quality Engineer – Refrigeration

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-10473


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Advanced Quality Engineer – Refrigeration

The Challenge

As an Advanced Quality Engineer, you'll own the quality initiatives on a new part, or NPI product design to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success. You'll manage problems utilizing APQP processes that requires independent problem solving and self-direction. We'll rely on you to guide entire projects for a work area and executes/implements quality systems primarily on an NPI. We'd like you to be very data driven and makes decisions based on the data.

What you will Do

NPI Execution Planning:

  • The AQE role has minimal involvement with the issues affecting current production but does require an extremely strong understanding of the people and how the current processes work.The role is to work with a cross functional team to implement a new part, product, or process that is new, with a ‘turnkey’ sustainable quality process at product launch for the factory to agree to and take ownership of executing.

  • Balance the communication between product design and manufacturing to ensure all issues get addressed with minimal surprises to achieve world class manufacturing goals.

  • Responsible for the NPI iP checklists (SI 900001S020P001_i Program Assessment) and completing/reporting out on Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items prior to the reviews.

  • Steer COQ improvements: scrap, factory yield, concessions, damage and service calls.

  • Work cross-functionally with Design, Quality, Manufacturing, LEAN, marketing, EHS, service, etc. teams.

  • Provide technical leadership & in-depth expertise to investigate, initiate and drive the development, procurement, and implementation of equipment & processes for manufacturing.

  • Project-manage the scoping, definition, and implementation of quality improvement for strategic and operational programs.

  • Must work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment with both salaried and hourly personnel to meet the needs of the operators, the program, and the business.

  • Lead cross-functional team PFMEA’s to understand the risks of new part/product/process changes, ensure team agrees to the mitigation accordingly and is implemented prior to product launch.

  • Interfacing with team leaders to develop job instruction and define what is critical. Define the jobs through standard work and job instructions.

  • Oversee drive/strip/torque studies are executed for new joints.

  • Responsible for all QMS documentation meets or exceeds all ISO standards for the changes being implemented.

CIB Execution:

  • Follow the same responsibilities and duties mentioned above for NPI programs, but also for new part/product PCTO related projects introduced at CIB.

  • Support for total cost take out and run the plant projects.Collaborate with CIB chair for quality improvement and project execution.

  • Be an advocate for trial runs for new changes to ‘practice like you intend to play’ that contains clear pass/fail criteria to validate during the trials to ensure full production is a success.

  • Own the APQP process for newly introduced in-house manufactured parts, assemblies, and processes (SC4, SC5, & SC6 parts):

  • Responsible for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with a NPI without significant direction.

  • Plan, specify, procure, certify and implement into production high quality, cost effective, right-sized manufacturing processes including fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, DC guns and equipment.

  • Develop and implement quality test plans for the factory to execute ensuring sustained control of Critical to Quality and Critical Process features.

  • Ensure all process involvement meets or exceeds ISO, UL, and GEA standards

  • Understand GEA technical drawings, both MBD/GD&T and linear dimensions, and ensure the quality plans established meet the drawing specifications.

  • Develop and implement all technical documentation or modifications for the new items they introduce including the quality control plan required for an ISO certified plant (MCP’s, MCI’s, FRM’s, etc.)

  • Independent part scanning and/or CMM, and caliper measurements may be required at times, although CMM tech additional resources are available to collect most measurements.

What you need to Succeed


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering

  • Experience in a manufacturing plant environment.

  • Experience with manufacturing equipment and processes.

  • Dependable and trustworthy to count on while traveling without immediate oversight.

  • Leadership and effective communication experience in the definition, design, implementation, and troubleshooting of manufacturing processes.

  • Self-starter and influencer – metric-driven and willing to work with cross-functional teams and hourly workforce.

  • Excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills are required.

  • Computer literate and highly skilled in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and others.

  • Influencer and team player – drive quality metrics but willing to look at the bigger picture.

  • Good communicator – data-driven, makes decisions based on the data. Speaks up in meetings along with leading meetings with a strong passion for world-class quality.

  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.

  • Proactive to seeing a problem and wanted to drive an innovative sustainable long-term solution without significant direction.


  • Experienced using, programming, and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.

  • Significant experience in implementing Lean process improvements in high-volume manufacturing operations.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification proficient with Minitab

  • Experience in metrology/measurement systems.

  • Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings

Working Conditions:

  • 5-10% travel.

  • 70% office leading meetings / scoping / planning / etc.

  • 30% factory environment understanding the people / processes / troubleshooting / coordinating part qualifications / etc.

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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