Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Corona, CA at CIRCOR

Date Posted: 1/10/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Sr. Quality Engineer






About CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense 

CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense is focused on the design, development, and manufacture of specialty fluid and motion control products for demanding aerospace and defense applications. CIRCOR products are flying on most commercial and military aircraft, including single and twin aisle air transport, business and regional jets, military transports and fighters, and commercial and military rotorcraft. Other markets include unmanned aircraft, shipboard applications, and military ground vehicles.

Business units are in Corona, California; Warren, Massachusetts; Hauppauge, New York; Paris, France; Uxbridge, UK; and Tangier, Morocco. Parent company CIRCOR International is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts and CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense is headquartered in Corona, California. 



Position Summary

The senior quality engineer shall support the business in the areas of new product development, lean implementation, process capability improvement, daily production support, project management, technical data interpretation/analysis (engineering drawings, specifications, technical publications, component maintenance manuals, purchase orders, etc.), and quality system management.

Principal Activities

  • Supplier Performance Ownership- Responsible for supplier DPPM/OTD Performance.
  • Supplier Quality Improvement Projects – Work with procurement team to understand issues (data/fact driven), formulate documented plans, execute, continuously report results to leadership.
    • Develop/drive other supplier process improvement projects.
  • Supply Chain Performance – Ability to manage/publish supplier performance metrics, develop projects to improve processes and incorporate automation into our day to day workflow.
  • Conduct product appraisal/Source inspections as required.
  • Interface with customer site Customer Quality issues associated with procured parts to drive solutions, minimize customer impact, and eliminate issue/s.
  • Drive manufacturing process capability improvements through variation reduction, error-proofing, and implementation of statistical process control.
  • Provide leadership to other functional areas such as planning/purchasing on problem solving teams to drive root cause analysis and Corrective/Preventive Action (CAPA) plans.
  • Review and approve First Article Inspection reports per AS9102.
  • Perform Purchase Order review for sustaining programs.
  • Review customer Source Control Drawings, Specifications, and Quality requirements.
  • Work with sourcing group on supplier selection.
  • Conduct Supplier Process Verification Audits, document results, publish information.
  • Witness the tear down and evaluation of the customer-returned products in the MRO area.
  • Develop process flow charts/diagrams and Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA).
  • Use lean and six sigma tools to drive process and product variation reduction.
  • Conduct and participate in the internal and external quality system, process, and product audits.
  • Provide technical leadership to inspection team and support daily activities in Quality Clinic.
  • Develops, monitors and analyzes product/process trend data in order to optimize manufacturing performance and minimize product and process variability and associated production costs.
  • Develops and establishes problem/process root cause and definitive corrective action plans necessary to reduce Supplier Scrap, Rework and Repair costs. Document information using applicable tools, forms, etc…
  • Coordinates / makes modifications to existing procedures, production processes, engineering specifications, and inspection techniques/plans/procedures.  Monitors results necessary to validate improvements.
  • Develops product quality plans and inspection methodologies.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by Quality Management.


Job Requirements


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proven business/technical writing, presentation, planning, problem solving, organizational, project management and judgement skills.
  • High ethical standards: Models and supports organization’s goals and values; adapts to changing conditions; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Detail oriented, should have excellent documentation, and communication skills.
  • Product Appraisal – Expert interpreting and conducting product inspections. 
  • Experience: Minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in quality and manufacturing (preferably Aerospace). Experience in blueprint reading and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Working knowledge of various raw materials (specifically Aluminum, Brass, and Stainless), and associated manufacturing and quality inspection processes (machining, heat treating, anodizing, painting, NDT, etc.).
  • Understanding of Business Intelligent Tools such as Micro strategies, Microsoft Power Products, etc..
  • Understanding of government contract requirements.
  • Understanding of major aerospace prime customer requirements (i.e. Boeing, AIRBUS).
  • Six sigma tools and methodology; green belt or black belt experience is a plus.
  • Lean manufacturing practices to improve product/process quality.
  • Excellent problem solving skills aimed at identifying and correcting the root causes of problems
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of problem solving tools: 5-Whys, Failure mode and effects analysis, 8-D, Pareto, fault tree analysis, and Ishikawa diagrams.
  • Aerospace Quality Management Systems: ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9110, FAR 21, FAR 145, and Nadcap requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement statistically valid control plans and audit plans
  • Working ability of inspection metrology and proper application of automated measuring equipment
  • Excellent understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Ability to create and/or review failure analysis reports and perform dimensional tolerance stack up analyses
  • Experience in industrialization processes such as PPAP, PVI (DVI) with FAI per AS9102
  • Thorough understanding of Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio, Project, and other application software


Education: Bachelor of Science degree in technical field extensive verifiable experience in lieu of degree.   Master of Science is a plus.

ASQ Certified- Certified Quality Auditor/ Certified Quality Manager


CIRCOR is an EEO Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities