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Supplier Quality Engineer Palo Alto, CA


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Posted by Adam Hickman on October 08, 2008 at 17:54:55:

Ausra develops and deploys utility-scale solar technologies to serve global electricity and thermal energy needs in a dependable, market competitive, environmentally responsible manner. Amid growing public demand for clean energy, Ausra offers solar thermal electric power stations that provide large-scale low-cost, reliable, renewable energy. Unlike competing approaches, Ausra's technology is proven, easily manufactured and installed, and scalable to high volume.

Responsibilities:

-Applies diversified knowledge of quality engineering practices, and machining and metal forming, to produce and coordinate solutions to complex manufacturing problems.
-Liaison to Purchasing, Engineering, Manufacturing, and suppliers to resolve quality or throughput issues, and provide technical support.
-Implement the qualification and certification process with suppliers, and monitor their quality systems, and the release and tracking of technical specifications.
-Improve quality performance of suppliers by conducting workshops at supplier locations, providing technical assistance in developing quality systems, or other technical support.
-Establish part-critical characteristics and required process controls, and review tool, fixture, and part design. Train, support and facilitate suppliers in Advanced Product Quality Planning process.
-Significant travel to various suppliers and to Ausra's Las Vegas factory.

Qualifications:

-Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent).
-At least 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment making metal parts.
-Extensive knowledge of the benefits and limitations of many different component machining and metal forming methods.
-High proficiency in print reading interpretation, part measurement and gage analysis.
-Thorough knowledge of probability, statistical quality control, and design of experiments.
-Knowledge of manufacturing and assembly plant process, facilities, and equipment.
-Expertise in investigating complex quality problems and applying sound technical judgment to develop possible solutions.
-Ability to perform multiple tasks and ability to effectively manage conflict.
-Highly proficient in oral and written communication.

Must be willing to submit to a drug screen and background investigation (motor vehicle record, criminal, education and prior employment).

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Adam Hickman at ahickman@ausra.com.


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