Quality Assurance Inspector

Location: Waupun, WI, US

Company: Tenneco

SUMMARY:  Tests and inspects products at various stages of incoming, production and SPDC processes. Supports the value streams in suspecting, containing and dispositioning non-conforming product. Compiles and evaluates data to determine and maintain the quality of products.


  • Reads control plans, routers, blueprints, and procedures as established for incoming, in-process and final audits.
  • Performs metallurgical testing according to established procedures and compares results against standards and Materials Certification of Compliance.
  • Utilizes statistical data to determine product status.  Records and reacts to the results.
  • Analyzes and monitors scrap and nonconforming product to aid in determining cause of failure.
  • Properly identifies, dispositions and analyzes test results for non-conforming material.
  • Performs PPAP/ISIR dimensional inspection layouts. 
  • Conducts capability studies requirements. 
  • Assists in performing measurement system analysis (GR&R studies).
  • Performs blank audit analysis.
  • Completes all inspection requirements for annual dimensional layouts.
  • Supports and completes SPDC inspection and dimensional layout requirements.
  • Interprets engineering drawings, GD&T requirements, specifications and/or formulas and confers with management and/or engineering staff to determine quality conformance.
  • Selects products at specified stages in production process, and audits products to confirm specifications are met, i.e. dimensional, visual and mechanical characteristics.
  • Prepares data for presentation and evaluation through the use of software tools (excel, Minitab, GageTalker, etc).
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of all computer applications, measurement equipment (CMM, Contracer, Comparator, Roundness Tester, Surface Tester, Hardness Tester, Microscopes, etc.) in the quality lab and on the shop floor. 
  • Performs set-up of various sorting equipment: weight sorter, snap gages, hard gages, air gages, etc.  Works with metallurgy to identify the weight sorter parameters.
  • Trains personnel on sorting requirements and acceptance criteria.
  • Maintains 5-S organizational status of the Quality department and hold area.
  • Performs incoming inspection on raw materials and subcontracted services per identified procedures and control plan requirements.
  • Trains and mentors all operators, inspectors and auditors on the proper inspection methods and gauge applications. 
  • Identifies all part features and corresponding defects associated with those features.
  • Perform Layered Process Audits (LPA) per supplied schedules.
  • Comply with legal and other requirements to avoid injury and/or ill health to themselves and others.
  • Understands preventative measures and creates a safe environment by having the ability to identify potential emergency situations and reports all incidents to supervisor/ manager.
  • Adhere to the facility’s current management systems for quality, environmental, health and safety
  • Other duties are assigned.
  • Attendance is required.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED plus a minimum of two years of on-the-job experience with exposure to quality related requirements, inspections, measurement devices and/or systems. Knowledge of SPC and Blueprint Reading is a plus. Prior CMM experience is a plus. Experience in a powder metal manufacturing setting is a plus

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write simple reports and correspondence (email, shift notes, short written descriptions etc.).

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rates, conversions and ratios. Knowledge of the metric system.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Inspectors must be highly motivated with ability to work independently yet be an effective team player with other members of the Quality Assurance Department and co-workers involved in the production process. Inspector must have above average mechanical ability. Must have working knowledge of computer operations and relevant software.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to hold and feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk and hear.  The employee is required to walk and climb or balance.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Responsible for working safely, adhering to the facility’s environmental, health and safety policies and procedures and continually monitoring the work environment to identify and communicate to supervisor / manager current or potential environmental, health or safety concerns.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to extreme heat. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.

Safety glasses, steel toe shoes and hearing protection are required

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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