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Tower International

Quality Engineer

Tower International - Shepherdsville, KY


Provide quality assurance system support to achieve optimal safety, quality, productivity and delivery to assure internal and external customer satisfaction.


Intermediate to advanced level position where colleague has reached competency in the discipline. Understands and applies concepts. Performs varied and more complex tasks, using independent judgment with minimum supervision. Makes decisions within broad parameters. May mentor less experienced colleagues.

- Support the Company''s mission, vision, values and goals in the performance of daily activities.

- Provide key input into the development of departmental strategic goals along with identifying key measurable to support the departmental goals.

- Responsible for performance feedback and leadership of all direct reports including mentoring, coaching, counseling and corrective action when situations dictate.

- Ensure product and process compliance to customer and TS 16949 requirements.

- Support corporate in standardization activities.

- Serve as focal point of contact for internal and external customers either directly or through the Customer Liaison.

- Serve as main contact for external customer concerns. Monitor, respond, initiate corrective actions, follow up, close and track customer complaints.

- Performs research, design and development for quality processes and controls.

- Evaluates designs, drawings, project plans, specifications and other documents.

- Maintenance of the Process Sign Off Books, and job books (for manufacturing).

- Work in conjunction with engineering; coordinate the PPAP (Product Part Approval Process) for new programs, program moves, engineering changes and process improvements.

- Travel to customers, vendors and suppliers as necessary. Generate and distribute visitation reports along with any other customer communications.

- Analyze SPC data for process improvement, corrective actions and other activities.

- Initiate, facilitate and participate in cross-functional teams in pursuit of problem solving and mistake proofing quality problems.

- Drive implementation of a progressive quality system to prevent defects and meet or exceed customer expectation.

- Drive implementation of all quality policies and required operating procedures and work instructions.

- Develop and maintain Company performance metric data, prepare charts and summaries for applicable measureables as required.

- Directs colleagues engaged in measuring and testing product and tabulating data concerning materials, product, or process quality and reliability.

- Provide training and support for the Quality Technicians and manufacturing colleagues, including gage training.

- Ensure effective containment actions are in place to protect customers when a quality issue is identified

- Support plant activities towards achieving customer awards and Quality registration (ex. TS 16949, ISO 14001, Pentastar, etc.)

- Assist with plant activities to achieve quality, productivity and cost reduction goals.

- Provide guidance to the plant for internal rejects and rework procedures.

- Interface as required with the CMM programmers on layout issues and the Weld Assurance Technician on weld issues.

- Support all quality systems, both development and maintenance per TS16949 requirements.

- Generate quality alerts and communicate alerts to the production floor.

- Responsible for reporting all accidents, however minor, and all workplace hazards to the supervisor immediately.

- Responsible for ensuring the entire team has the necessary tools and materials to properly perform their roles safely and efficiently.

- Assure all safety devices are properly in place and utilized, and to verify individual usage of personal protective equipment by the entire work team.

- Comply and oversee compliance with all internal and OSHA required safety procedures in the performance of daily activities and hold all direct reports accountable for enforcement.

- Maintain high standards of housekeeping in work area.

- Maintain a positive working relationship with all levels of the organization.

- Adherence to all company policies and procedures (ex. Quality Policy Manual, Colleague Handbook, Level II Procedures, etc.)


Reports directly to the Quality Manager. Interfaces on a frequent basis with Operations, Tool & Die, Materials and Engineering. Interfaces on an as needed basis with IT, Finance and HR.


- Provides direct leadership and supervises Quality Techs or Inspectors.

- Ability to identify, select, train and coach quality talent.

- Provides model behavior to demonstrate corporate values.


- Bachelor''s Degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent industrial design experience. A.S.Q.C. certified quality engineer preferred.

- Minimum three (3) years in quality engineering or supplier development preferred.

- Knowledge of standard quality practices, ex. FMEA''s, SPC, DOE, etc.

- Large & medium metal stamping and assembly background.

- Knowledge of resistance and MIG welding processes.

- Familiar with GD&T.

- Solid working knowledge of PPAP processes.

- Ability to work in fast pace team environment.

- Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills.

- Root cause problem solving ability.

- Familiar with lean manufacturing concepts.

- Good working skills with Microsoft Office software

- Computer literate with customer required software (i.e.: Powerway, Covisint, IMDS) and SPC software literate.

- Ability to read and write in English and perform mathematical calculations.


Duties include but are not limited to: stand, walk, twist, bend, lift, see, talk and hear. Ability to travel. Frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, vibration and hazardous materials.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by colleagues assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, qualifications, or working conditions.

Job Location

Shepherdsville, Kentucky, United States

Position Type


12 days 7 hours ago

Tower International


Quality Engineer Tower International - Shepherdsville, KY, United States


Location: Shepherdsville, KY

Company Profile:
Tower International is a leading integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies. The company supplies the automotive industry with body-structure stampings, frames and other chassis structures, as well as complex welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups and SUVs. We are well diversified geographically, which positions us to participate in growth opportunities as they occur over time around the world and mitigates the impact of regional production fluctuations on our business.