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Quality Engineer

Job Number:  6702
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Inc. - Bld1
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, AL, US





Job Number: 6702 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Inc. - Bld1 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Birmingham 




Group Description


Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


 KAMTEK is a premier Tier 1, automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in Class “A” Stamping, Assembly and High Pressure Die Casting that produces Body-side and Door Openings, Roofs, Floor Pans, Wheelhouses, Large Welded Assemblies, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Lift-gates, Aluminum Shock Towers, and Aluminum Rear Rails. Our capabilities include the manufacturing of Class “A” Body Panels along with Medium/Large Stampings, Large Assemblies and Aluminum Stampings and Assemblies, and Aluminum High Pressure Vacuum Die Casting to our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Mer¬cedes Benz, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW and Freightliner. As a local distributor and supplier, Kamtek’ s market segmentation to Cosma International, (a division of MAGNA INTERNATIONAL) provides a “state-of-the-art” product that utilizes the most technologically advanced Pressing processes in order to maintain a competitive advantage to other OEM’s within the market. Our company’s culture of team spirit & mutual respect with a focus on fair treatment helps us to embrace our multi-cultural affiliation with Magna International, and supports our mission through process efficiency and competitive product pricing. Furthermore, the culture at Kamtek focuses on Job Security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment. We offer Employee Equity and Profit Participation programs which increase our employees’ ownership within the company. Kamtek, part of Cosma International and a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments - North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa). Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.

The Quality Engineer is required to work with all departments on the development of new products in order to meet customer and TS 16949/governmental requirements. This includes all quality related aspects of PPAP, pre-production and on-going product development
The Quality Engineer works on Advanced Product Quality Planning, Cosma scorecards and with cross-functional teams on the development of new and existing components to meet critical customer deadlines. Implements new procedures and processes in pre-production stages of product launches in compliance with customer specific requirements. Coordinates, prepares and implements new program fixture builds including cost, design, timing and quality to meet customer, and Kamtek standards. Develops and maintains Control Plan documentation and procedures and actively participates in the development of PFMEA’s. Performs statistical studies, reports data and communicates to shop floor for customer problem resolution and continuous improvement. Plans and prepares PPAP submissions on new products and engineering changes to meet customer deadlines and customer specific requirement.


1)    Follow and enforce all plant safety rules and policies. 
2)    Understand and promote Magna’s philosophies (Magna’s Operational Principles, Corporate Constitution and Employee’s Charter).
3)    Administer timely resolution of customer complaints.
4)    Accountable for APQP, especially deliverables as per program requirements
5)    Accountable for PPAP requirements (including appearance submission) to the specific customer ensuring specified requirements are met and maintained for subsequent configuration
6)    Accountable for maintenance, accuracy and completeness of customer concerns 
7)    Accountable for ensuring updates and maintenance of D/PFMEA and control plans and RPN glide path reductions on PFMEA with assistance from the rest of the multi-disciplined team members
8)    Accountable for analyzing statistical data, especially for continuous improvement and/or corrective action initiatives
9)    Accountable for setting internal boundary samples on attributes and where applicable obtaining Customer sign off
10)    As Quality Engineer (QE), accountable for product related quality issues on assigned commodity parts for specific customer
11)    Accountable for validate review with approved Lab on all metrics, especially during APQP and Eng. changes.
12)    Extensive contact with Customer and internal team group members is required (technical, quality and manufacturing disciplines). In addition a close working relationship with all levels of the plant organization is required 
13)    Coordinates the Company’s problem solving activities and responds to externally and internally generated non-conformances. This includes the disposition of suspected material, analyzing non-conformances, investigating causes and initiating team meetings to implement corrective actions and to prevent non-conformances
14)    Train members of operations team in specific quality disciplines as required
15)    Participates in quality systems audits with customer and external auditors as required
16)    Promotes good housekeeping (5S)
17)    Perform other duties as required.


SKILL (Ability to do the job)

•Knowledge and understanding of the Automotive Industry requirements (AIAB/Core Tools, etc.) •Must have good organizational skills. 
•Must be proficient in computer operations. 
•Must exhibit high integrity and honesty. 
•Ability to read, write, analyze, and interpret internal procedures, documents and processes, internal and customer requirements, flow diagrams, and business correspondences. 
•Ability to effectively and appropriately present information and respond to questions from various groups. 
•Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
•Must be able to work well individually or in a team environment, effectively interacting with all levels of the organization. 
•Project management skills to work on several projects at once, driving each to completion. 
•Ability to view all aspects of the system, seeing how each aspect interrelates within the organization

Some of the physical demands of this position include the ability to lift 20 pounds, standing and walking for extended periods of time, and occasional bending or stooping.

Some of the equipment and tools used are: a computer, Checking fixtures, caliper, micrometer, 
Indicator, personal protective equipment

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required

•    Prior experience with ISO/TS 16949, 14001 processes 
•    Prior experience with Advanced Product Quality Planning, Production Part Approval Process submissions, Geometric Dimensions & Tolerance,  Flow Diagrams, FMEA’s, Control Plans, Statistics, and fixture development based on part GD&T 
•    Demonstrated ability to use basic measurement tools (Caliper’s, micrometer, indicator, etc.) 
•    Demonstrated ability to conduct root cause analysis using various problem solving techniques including Drill Deep, 8D, 5 Phase.
•    Thorough knowledge and clear understanding of the TS16949, ISO14001 and customer specific requirements through training and/or experience.

OTHER:  Experience with basic Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook


WHAT TYPES?  Automotive, or similar, Quality Engineering experience with new program launches

HOW MUCH?  Minimum of three (3) years


•    Quality training 
•    Ability to communicate to all levels of plant personnel with ease 
•    Good organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills 
•    Ability to coordinate and facilitate cross-functional team meetings 
•    Strong attention to detail 
•    Ability to work to meet deadlines and multiple demands
•    Ability to uphold confidentiality 
•    Demonstrates the ability to work effectively in a team environment


New Hire Orientation, OSHA Required Training, Product and Process Overview, Understanding the Charter, TS16949, ISO14001


Performance Assessment conducted by Supervisor and/or Department Manager


The Quality Engineer will drive Advanced Product Quality Planning process, Production Part Approval Process submissions; establish boundary samples with internal and external customers.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

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