Drives improvement and corrective action in the quality of components sourced from outside suppliers. Provides technical support in the selection of suppliers, acceptance criteria for materials and component qualification at the supplier. Provides technical support to drive supplier corrective action, manufacturing yield issues and field failures. Project focused, specifically on cost and risk reductions. Component Engineer role is integral to new supplier/component development.
In support of New Product Introduction (NPI) efforts, work with design engineers and suppliers to optimize design drawings and supplier manufacturing processes so that high quality parts are consistently delivered.
Provide engineering oversight, support and consultancy to suppliers on process validations, design for manufacture (DFM), material selection, and process development.
Identify and prioritize parts (components and assemblies) requiring supplier development activities.
Review, understand and incorporate technical design risk assessments into the part evaluation process.
Lead the technical aspects of Problem Solving, Failure Analysis, and Corrective and Preventative Actions with suppliers.
Promote a culture of structured problem solving with suppliers.
Monitor and control the progress of supplier engineering projects to ensure sound application of engineering principles are used and design intent is being followed.
Assist Supplier Quality Engineering and suppliers to develop Component Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (CFMEA). Responsible for filing the completed documents.
Assist suppliers in developing final test requirements to ensure products meet specifications.
Work with the Incoming Quality Control department to evaluate parts and resolve issues.
Provide technical support to product cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives.
Escalate potential supplier manufacturing and compliance issues.
Provide technical support in failure analysis, re-design and drawing updates for discrepant production components, assemblies and field returns.
Travel to supplier sites as necessary.
(Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors.
Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
Has a broad knowledge of technical alternatives and an understanding of their impact on the systems environment.
(Influence/Leadership)(Influence/Leadership) Establishes and cultivates an extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments.
Participates in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and work direction, and offering counsel.
May lead a project team.
Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects.
Influences middle management on technical or business solutions.
(Planning/Organization) Plans and organizes non-routine tasks w/approval.
Initiates or maintains work schedule.
Establishes priorities of work assignments.
(Decision Making/Impact) Exercises judgment in selecting innovative, practical methods to achieve problem resolution.
Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure of resources.
(Supervision Received) Works under only general direction.
Independently determines and develops approach to solutions.
Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
(Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Wide application of technical principles, practices, and procedures.
Strong understanding of business unit function and cross group dependencies/relationships.
Will perform this job in a quality system environment.
Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.
Bachelor's degree Engineering (Chemical/Manufacturing/Mechanical preferred) plus 6+ years of related work experience with a strong understanding of specified functional area, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Advanced degree preferred.