Quality Engineer

Location: Waupun, WI, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.


We are looking for a Quality Assurance Engineer. The Quality Assurance Engineer provides quality expertise for internal and external customers.  Facilitates corrective action activities from initial identification through closure to prevent recurrence.  Communicates directly with the customer and supplier base and manages corresponding portals to ensure proper and prompt responses. Drives continuous improvement activities and capital investment projects for the quality.   

Our recruiting team is ready to act immediately. You’ll first hear from someone in Talent Acquisition to schedule a phone screen, and then the next step will be a personal interview with our Hiring Manager. We pride ourselves on moving through the process quickly, and you can be sure of transparency and prompt communication.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for ensuring a quality product is being produced by the plant that meets and/or exceeds customer requirements and Tenneco standards.
  • Responsible for working safely, adhering to the facility’s environmental, health and safety policies and procedures to avoid injury to themselves and others. Comply with legal and other requirements.
  • Monitors the work environment to identify and communicate to supervisor / manager current or potential environmental, health or safety concerns.
  • Understands preventative measures and creates a safe environment by identifying and reporting potential emergency situations to the supervisor/ manager.
  • Completes all safety layer processed audits and mitigates potential issues on-time.
  • Provides problem resolution leadership regarding internal and external product performance and conformance to the specified requirements.
  • Coordinates and facilitates cross-functional problem resolution teams to determine root cause (utilizing core tools – 5-why, fishbone, Is / Is Not, etc), implements corrective action measures and verifies the effectiveness to prevent problem reoccurrence and ensure timely closure. 
  • Communicates customer concerns throughout the organization including the use of quality alerts in the area of generation.
  • Manages and completes all steps of the corrective action process and formalizes the corresponding required documentation and responses.
  • Leads customer communication regarding external customer and supplier related concerns associated with their assigned value stream.
  • Monitors and updates customer related portals with required actions and responses related to customer concerns and customer specific requirements.  Customer Specific training requirements can be located on Customer Portals.
  • Provides detailed reports and presentations by evaluating and analyzing returned material from the customer and determines the potential failure modes and corrective actions.
  • Presents information, documentation and requirements to internal and external audiences.
  • Updates and presents daily performance data (customer concerns, scrap, internal failures, OAE, etc.) during Tier 2 meetings.
  • Prepares and communicates recommended nonconformance dispositions during the Tier 3 meetings. Acts as a back-up facilitator of the Tier 3 meeting in absence of the quality supervisor.
  • Manages the nonconformance suspected product for the value stream to ensure material is dispositioned correctly and in a timely fashion.
  • Initiates corrective action for significant internal quality concerns and failures.
  • Identifies and drives continuous improvement opportunities in relation to the assigned value stream product, product characteristics, manufacturing processes and quality performance metrics.
  • Implements capital projects associated with the quality assurance department and value stream.
  • Communicates and coordinates the PPAP approval process with new suppliers and/or supplier change requests that support their assigned value stream.
  • Facilitatesproblem resolution and corrective action with suppliers of service for the value stream.
  • Supports the APQP process for new/existing programs and processing applications.
  • Confers with program planning and design engineering to ensure product feasibility.
  • Reads, evaluates and interprets blueprints, drawing specifications and customer specific requirements to develop methods of inspection and to establish frequency of inspection for incoming, in-process and final product.
  • Reviews and updates PFMEAs for potential failure modes and assesses associated risks.
  • Reviews Control plans for process and inspection improvements.
  • Provides training to personnel in quality and production team members on measurement equipment, tools and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains related work instructions and procedures.
  • Utilizes statistical methods and quality related tools during product evaluation and analysis.
  • Extracts and utilizes the data from the data collection system in determining the quality status and appropriate dispositions. 
  • Evaluates data to determine process capability and corresponding next steps.
  • Provide backup support to others in the Quality Department (e.g. Quality Supervisor, Quality Engineers and Quality Manager).
  • Develop presentations used in various settings and meetings including, but not limited to, customer visits, All Employee Meetings, Quality Toolbox and new hire orientation.
  • Complete required layered process audits, process audits and product audits on time.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Attendance is required.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

EDUCATION: Associates degree from a college or technical school; and/or five years related experience.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Five years related experience and/or training in a quality system. IATF 16949, ISO 9001 or VDA 6.3 Internal Auditor Certification, Certified Quality Engineer or equivalent is desired. 
  • Metallurgical degree and experience in a powder metal manufacturing setting is preferred, but not essential. Knowledge in sintering, heat treating powder metal materials and powder metal processing is a bonus.

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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