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Otter Tail Corporation Supply Quality Engineer *1st shift* in Washington, Illinois


New Starting Wages!! Up to $23.49 starting!Shift differentials of 20%-30% *up to 3 weeks of vacation, plus paid holidays *Paid Weekly!Benefits starting 1st of the monthSafety Boots, Prescription Safety, Glasses, and Hearing Protection discounts401(k) match and discounted stock Tuition ReimbursementUp to $2,700 annual HSA BTD contribution*Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short Term, Long Term, Accident, and Critical Illness insuranceBTD has a wide variety of shifts. Apply today. Got to to see all our openings in MN, IL, and GA.

Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 1100+ employees work from four facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: Serve as main quality contact person in regards to part acceptability for supplied parts or services and works directly with production, sales and engineering to meet customer expectations. Respond to calls from production, sales, engineering and the customer to resolve issues regarding product quality from supplied parts or services. Assesses, develops and maintains suppliers through strategic selection, data driven assessments, issue resolution, lean policies and value analysis. Is a resource to train and improve supplier awareness in regards to achieving customer quality expectations and requirements. Communicates all improvements made to supplied product and services to ensure future estimates and processing plans of current product are accurate.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provides suitable options to leadership that ensure BTD quality reputation and cost control when questions or concerns are brought up in regard to part quality and customer expectations.

  2. Is a resource for suppliers at the quoting stage to ensure supplier quotes are meeting customer specifications and expectations

  3. Gives guidance to quality auditors and inspectors to answer questions regarding quality for specific customers and is able to perform inspection of products to confirm status of suspect material.

  4. Maintains familiarity with customer’s specifications, part application, inspection methods, production processes and all other factors affecting the production of the customer’s parts.

  5. Identifies weaknesses in processes that negatively affect part quality and contributes ideas for corrective action.

  6. Execute issue resolution through BTD Corrective Action system including reviewing and approving supplier Corrective Action plans and, when needed, getting customer QE involved in the approval process.

  7. Works closely with supplier to ensure that processes are capable of producing a quality product that meets the customer’s requirements; assures process changes made to improve quality do not negatively affect productivity.

  8. Works in combination with sales, purchasing and supplier to identify cost savings projects.

  9. Promotes safe work environment, conducts self within company mission, vision and values.

  10. Complies with BTD’s management system and processes.

  11. Performs audits to validate adherence to BTD management system; assists with developing appropriate corrective actions.

  12. Travels to all company locations and to customers as requested.

  13. Can perform all Quality Engineer 1 requirements.

  14. Performs other work related duties as requested.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Graduation from high school or equivalent and two or four year technical college or university with degree or certificate in a technical field with a minimum two (2) years directly related experience; six (6) years directly related experience may substitute for advanced degree. Must possess a valid Driver’s License.

Experience and Skills Required: At least two years of recent BTD experience in operations, manufacturing engineering or quality (outside experience in similar organizations with similar processes may substitute) which include the following skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to effectively communicate with computer, phone, drawings and written skills.

  2. Basic knowledge of the BTD management processes and procedures system and the ability to enforce company standards.

  3. Ability to read, interpret and understand the use and application of production blueprints and specifications.

  4. Can provide, communicate and implement ideas that improve safety, quality, delivery and cost in part processing.

  5. Trained in systematic problem solving and able to teach suppliers the process.

  6. Adhere to BTD’s employee safety manual.

  7. Ability to establish, encourage and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)