Precision Castparts Corp. Quality Engineer in Kent, Washington

Quality Engineer

Company Profile:

Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) is a leading worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, and forged components used in jet aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The Company is also a leading producer of highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace and other general industrial markets, manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications, and supplies metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries. PCC is a high quality business with dominant positions in most segments of the markets in which it serves. The company has a history of superior earnings growth and was the fourth best performing stock in the S&P 500 during the last decade, up 1580%.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over $10 billion publicly traded company (NYSE: PCP) employs more than 29,500 people worldwide. PCC has over 160 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Effective early February 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffet, acquired Precision Castparts Corp. Mr. Buffet stated, “I’ve admired PCC’s operation for a long time. For good reasons, it is the supplier of choice for the world’s aerospace industry, one of the largest sources of American exports. Berkshire’s Board of Directors is proud that PCC has joined Berkshire.”

“We are very pleased to be joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway,” said Mark Donegan, PCC’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We see a unique alignment between Warren’s management and investment philosophy and how we manage PCC for the long-term. We believe that as part of Berkshire Hathaway, PCC will be exceptionally well-positioned to support our customers’ needs into the future. This transaction offers compelling and immediate value for our shareholders, and allows PCC’s employees to continue to operate in the same manner that has generated many years of exceptional service and performance to our customers.”

Location Profile:

Located in Kent Washington, Protective Coatings Inc. is a leading provider of full service finishing for the aerospace, electronics and medical industries in both commercial and defense applications. Services include but are not limited to non-destructive testing such as fluorescent penetrant and magnetic particle inspection and a wide variety of surface enhancement processes such as shot peening and abrasive blasting, passivation, cadmium and nickel zinc plating, chromic, sulfuric and boric sulfuric acid anodizing and the application of chromate conversion coating on ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Organic coating includes the application and testing of multiple resin systems such as epoxies, phenolics, polyurethanes, polyesters, elastomerics, intumescents, lacquers, alkyds, acrylics, dry-film lubricants, powder coatings and Teflon. Current approvals include the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, (NADCAP), Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company, Boeing Defense and Space, Boeing/Philadelphia, Boeing Long Beach, Grumman, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Goodrich, Bombardier, Cessna and Sikorsky among much else.

Founded in 1976, Protective Coatings Inc. was later acquired by Precision Castparts in 2012, and became part of the Aerostructures Division. Staffed with approximately 300 employees, the facility generates annual revenues in excess of $26 million. As a defense contractor Protective Coatings Inc. is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls as a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp and is fully compliant with all relevant facets of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations.

Position Summary: Responsible for supporting the Quality Department in the plan, coordination, and execution of quality control activities to assure that the Operation delivers sheet metal products that meet all company and customer Quality requirements.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and assimilating work instructions specific to paint type, dimensional tolerance and thickness considerations.

  • Loading, adjustment and light maintenance of conventional HVLP coating equipment in remote pressure, siphon and gravity fed variants.

  • Reviewing and assimilating work instructions relating to cleaning, masking, and abrasive blasting operations.

  • Perform receiving inspections (before processing) as needed and immediately report any damage or discrepancy.

  • Abrasive blasting production parts and hardware using Aluminum Oxide, Plastic Media, and Glass Beads.

  • Gathers supplies such as racks, tooling, baskets, carts (etc).

  • Oiling and/or packaging of parts for protection.

  • Cleaning of production parts which include degreasing or manual solvent cleaning.

  • Routine blast cabinet/machine maintenance.

  • Work closely with area leadership to complete work and prioritize tasks.

  • Understanding and maintaining best safety practices in accordance with prescribed directives.

  • Will be exposed to chemicals/solvents, occasional fumes, and moderate noise level.

  • Will at times require heavy lifting.

Required Skills:

  • Responsible for developing, updating and maintaining the total Quality Control System that conforms to customer and company requirements.

  • Conduct part specific quality planning of new parts in accordance with customer and company requirements.

  • As part of Contract Review process ensure that customer supplied specifications match Klune NH operational capabilities.

  • Develop work Instructions from customer-supplied specifications.

  • Review, and approve part router/traveler instructions to ensure they meet company and customer contract requirements, procedures and specifications.

  • Review all non-conforming material for disposition, utilizing the report of non-conformance.

  • Review customer quality complaints to determine appropriate corrective actions and implement sustainable corrective actions.

  • Initiate request for corrective action (RCA) from internal and external customers

  • Work proactively with Manufacturing and Engineering to determine root cause and corrective action on all internal non-conformances.

  • Submit non-conformance to customer and negotiate disposition

  • Provide leadership and/or support of plant quality and continuous improvement programs, including Six Sigma, SPC and various customer focused programs.

  • Works with Quality and Operations teams to maintains 3rd party accreditations (NADCAP, AS9100).

  • Proactively engage with Operations department to minimize scrap, rework, escapes and customer returns.

  • Drive cost improvement/productivity initiatives throughout QC/Inspection departments.

  • Conduct internal and external audits of Klune NH suppliers, processes and Quality System

  • Release product to be shipped as an authorized Quality Representative of the customer.

  • Supports and enforces all plant safety requirements and policies.

Required Experience:

  • BA or BS Degree in Related Field

  • Prior Experience using Root Cause & Analysis, Problem Solving Tools & Techniques, and Corrective Actions

  • Experience with ISO 9001, AS 9100, NADCAP

  • Experience with Internal and Customer Audits

  • Must be able to interact with multi-functional teams and Lead assigned task to resolution

Level of Education:

  • General Standard education including the ability to read and write in English.

Precision Castparts Corp. is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job categories without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID: PCC-US.202496