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Special Process Q.A. Engineer at NTN Bearing of America

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full Time
Location: Elgin, Illinois

Job Description:


The special process quality engineer will be responsible for ensuring quality for internal/external special processes steel making, forging, heat treatment, electroplating, coating and NDT.


Coordinate special process related quality audits, internally and with third-party vendors.
Develop and validate special process related PPAP and initial production packages.
Work directly with special process vendors to address issues and improve quality.
Oversee in-house heat treatment quality and metallurgical testing. Participate in the correction of production and quality issues.
Utilize root cause analysis and take appropriate corrective/preventative actions to ensure closure of audit findings or quality problems.
Develop and maintain standards, drawings and other documents to communicate special process requirements and specifications internally and to third-party vendors.
Work directly with staff from the NTN technical center to aid in warranty analysis, special testing, and other areas where metallurgical expertise is required.
Work with internal manufacturing and engineering departments to make samples and collect data. Implement improvements when necessary.
Work directly with the production departments to address internal and vendor special process related quality issues.
Train and mentor heat treat personnel on fundamental principles of heat treatment.
Oversee magnetic particle inspection and ensure that procedures follow industry standards. Attain level II certification and train level I inspectors.
Ensure that laboratory and other equipment are regularly checked and calibrated for proper operation and perform routine and preventative tasks.
Maintain a clean and safe work environment by utilizing 5S methodology.




Understand the manufacturing flow of each special process.

Analyze and validate the quality of product made from special processes such as steel bars, heat treated parts.

Apply metallurgical knowledge to determine root cause of quality issues.

Complete internal and external audits.

Complete corrective actions, from root cause analysis to final validation.

Read and understand technical drawings.

Use automotive quality core tools APQP, PPAP, FMEA, MSA, and SPC.

Develop standards and drawings related to special processes.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, background and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelors degree in engineering is a must; materials science engineering degree is strongly preferred.

3 to 5 years of special process manufacturing experience strongly preferred; heat treatment experience is a plus.


Spanish or Japanese is a plus


High school level math skills, statistics


Ability to solve problems involving manufacturing processes that can influence or change metallurgical properties of a material


Microsoft Office
Experience with Minitab or similar statistical software is a plus.
Experience with drafting software (i.e. MicroCADAM, Solidworks,etc.) is a plus.




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 this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and 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 this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Bump caps, steel toe safety shoes, and safety glasses are required in all production areas. Hearing protection is encouraged and may be required in specific areas.

NTN offers a competitive salary and a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life, 401K, paid holidays & vacations.


NTN Values a diverse workforce and is an EOE..