Job Title Quality Engineer
Location Lincolnwood, IL
Job Description

A supplier of cold-formed and machined components is searching for a Quality Assurance Engineer for their Northern Illinois facility.

The Function Quality Assurance Engineer will work within the Quality Assurance Department to assist manufacturing in maintaining/improving quality at the source by eliminating quality problems at the source while working with customers in understanding their needs and reducing their problems. 

Our client is a global manufacturer of precision cold-formed and machined components and assemblies. From the stockyards of Chicago’s West Side, this humble supplier of surplus World War II military fasteners grew and transformed itself to serve the Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial and Wind Power industries, and become a leader in the design and manufacture of tight-tolerance metal components, assemblies and engineered fasteners.

As a family owned old line manufacturing facility for 80 years, their reputation for innovative products, superior quality, and highly capable processes establishes their engineering expertise and unmatched industry experience and is the ultimate value for their customers.

If you are interested in working with an established organization in the machined components industry, please read further to see if you qualify.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead/participate in manufacturing group problem solving.
    • Initiate “8-D’s” when required for customer or internal rejects and follow up with effective problem solving efforts by creating teams to determine root cause (5whys3x, Ishikawa Diagrams, etc.), corrective action and verification.
  • Assist with follow-up to implementation regarding corrective actions.
  • Verify effectiveness of corrective action.
  • When needed visit customer facilities.
  • Communicate status of quality issues to customers regularly.
  • Disposition as part of the MRB, customer returns, and internal reports
  • Implement improvements on manufacturing floor, work with internal quality issues
  • Provide training to operators
  • Manage appropriate data and publish accordingly for companywide quality performance levels.
  • Generate studies, DOE’s, etc. to improve quality on a preventative basis.
  • Cooperate with ATF CI team
  • Enhance the culture of mutual respect and professional behavior
  • Follow all safety rules and practices.
  • Perform other tasks as directed by supervision.

Primary Requirements

  • Proficient blue print reading.
  • Knowledge of SPC.
  • Knowledge of ISO9000/TS16949
  • Knowledge of quality tools (5why3x, fishbone diagram, etc.)
  • Mature; able to handle pressure and work well with others.
  • Proficient use of PC and business programs, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Knowledge of Micrometer, caliper, comparator and hardness checker.
  • Good verbal and listening skills - speaks clearly, easily communicates thoughts.


Experience / Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related degree


  • Minimum 3 years experience in fastener or similar industry
  • Technical Degree

Additional Requirements

  • S. and fastener experience would be a plus.
  • Work experience with automotive company or supplier.
  • Able to effectively handle confrontational issues.

About Us

Cutting Edge Connect is an executive consulting firm with the goal of bringing talented individuals into quality organizations.

To speak with us directly, please contact:

John Graf, Partner

Phone: 847-257-6892

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