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Quality Engineer


Traverse City, MI, US

REQ ID:  33706

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Quality Engineer

Responsible for manufacturing quality activities at Traverse City plant and meeting customer requirements, including quality inquiries.
This job would cover both programs on-site: dimensional quality and WC / ceramics materials quality.
Develop quality procedures and manufacturing processes for new products.
Leads in the resolution of internal and external quality issues with the focus on improving customer satisfaction (customer returns).
Oversee and approve material qualification for incoming powders and production samples.
Drive quality improvement and manufacturing lean projects and track the results.

Job Description - Tasks
This position is responsible for:
• Creating Quality Procedures and Standards/ Instructions for products manufactured at Traverse City
• Responding to and resolving issues related to discrepancies of materials and products.
• Communicating with internal and external customers on quality issues and performance.
• Coordinating QMS functions to assure compliance with the requirements of Kennametal quality management system, including preparing the annual
audit schedule, assuring these audits are conducted, verifying corrective action, and the final closure of these audits.
• Reporting performance of the QA function.
• Developing programs for inspection equipment and other machinery and/ or processes.
• Initiating projects targeting internal and external quality improvements as well as Lean projects to improve manufacturing, productivity, and cost.
• Providing training and direction to production personnel to resolve quality / in-process inspection problems.
• Reduce the variability of the process through statistical techniques.
• Optimize quality process parameters namely through LEAN initiatives to reduce LEADTIME and lower costs

Required Skills:
• Must have great problem solving and analytical skills
• Must have sound organizational and planning skills
• Must be a self-directed and solutions-oriented person
• Must have project management and matrix management expertise
• Must demonstrate effective communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
Desired Skills:
• QA background
• basic programming understanding
• LEAN background in VSM and/ or 6 Sigma
• Familiarity with ISO and its requirements
• Familiarity with SAP - business software
• Minitab statistical software program

Education and Experience Requirements:
• High school, 4 -year secondary degree, Engineering degree preferred.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in quality manufacturing/quality engineering

As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer

Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan

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