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  • Associate Engineer, Quality

    Location US-NJ-Carlstadt
    Job ID
    Quality & Mission Assurance - Quality Engineering
  • Overview

    ARDE, Inc., an Aerojet Rocketdyne Company, designs and manufactures pressure vessels (tanks) for aerospace applications.


    We are seeking an Associate Quality Engineer with aerospace experience for our location in Carlstadt, NJ.


    This position will work in a metal manufacturing environment, so we are seeking candidates who are familiar with manufacturing methods including heat treating, welding, composites, NDT and inspection methods.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Work is closely supervised.

    Develop, implement and administer various methods and procedures to ensure product quality. Design and plan product inspections to assure potential defects are minimized and product and system quality levels are maintained. Investigate root cause and implement corrective actions to assure efficient and effective system execution. Audit product and processes as required including vendor surveillance.

    40% - Review procedures, purchasing documents, drawings, manufacturing travelers, process data, certifications for completeness and adequacy.

    10% - Prepare and review product data packages.

    5% - Establish and provide written procedures for quality assurance activities as related to product. Generate non-conformance reports based on inspection results.

    5% - Generate inspection method sheet for inspectors.

    5% - Participate in review and disposition or nonconforming materials.

    5% - Investigate causes of system and hardware non-compliances.

    5% - Prepare and maintain quality assurance program plans in accordance with prescribed standards.

    5% - Administer the audit system using prescribed audit methods and checklists.

    5% - Participate in customer audits and source inspections.

    5% - Participate in technical, quality and commercial meetings with customers and suppliers.

    10% - Perform other related duties as assigned.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in appropriate discipline (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). Degree in an engineering discipline preferred, but not required.


    US Citizenship required.  Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


    Knowledge of:

    • Pertinent codes, rules and regulations related to the area of assignment.
    • Quality engineering and mission assurance principles.
    • The principles of quality planning and creating a quality plan.
    • Failure investigation and cause and corrective action processes.
    • Nonconformance reporting and the Material Review Board (MRB) process.
    • First Article Inspection (FAI) reports and processes.
    • Hardware acceptance reviews.
    • Quality management system standards.
    • Engineering milestone reviews.
    • Qualification process and testing.
    • Risk management process.
    • Engineering drawing formats and processes for review and change.
    • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) techniques.
    • Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility and difference between accuracy and precision.
    • Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) and Standard Measuring Inspection (SMI) equipment.
    • Lean, Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Six Sigma concepts.
    • Design of Experiments (DOE), Design to Cost (DTC) and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA).
    • Applicable machine shop, weld, composite, propellant, electrical and assembly processes.
    • Budget and proposal support.
    • Safety rules and regulations.

    Ability to:

    • Audit, interpret and evaluate data and processes.
    • Use a variety of test, inspection and measurement equipment.
    • Read and interpret blueprints and related specifications.
    • Apply and interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
    • Operate effectively in a team environment.
    • Conduct investigation, studies and research.
    • Create management, process and program metrics to evaluate the health of the management system.
    • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
    • Deal with multiple tasks and deadlines set by management.
    • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.



    Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

    Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a manufacturing environment, as well as standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. Work requires the ability to change into or out of personal protective equipment when entering or exiting manufacturing, laboratory, or other areas. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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