The Fastener Engineer will be responsible for working closely with the customer’s engineering groups as well as the internal team members regarding daily operations, including but not limited to fastener-related issues, joint problems, and technical objectives. In addition, the Fastener Engineer will support cost saving and product development projects. This position reports directly to the Engineering Manager, North America, and works closely with the FSP operations and other business units. Compensation includes a competitive benefits package [including paid time off, health insurance, 401(k), etc.] along with the opportunity for continuous professional growth and development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Direct point of contact for both internal and external customers, collaborating with the customer’s team of engineers regarding technical problem-solving.
Responsible for the technical aspects regarding fastener-related issues and joint problems, developing fastener applications, driving results to align with customer objectives, as well as cost and lead time information for changes and/or projects.
Facilitate and advise regarding the customer fastener release process (i.e., functional builds, CAD data, etc.) while promoting and investigating new fastener technologies for customers.
Provide on-site support as needed.
Identify and implement continuous improvement projects regarding processes, procedures, systems, leveraging VAVE principles where appropriate; escalate market and organizational needs and opportunities as needed.
Maintain the Management System as defined by role and existing processes; support the internal audit process and manage assigned actions.
Actively support and serve as a role model for company mission and core values.
Additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
Successful completion of at least two (2) co-op assignments and/or internships required for recent graduates; 1-2 years’ experience in an engineering role preferred, but not required.
Experience in cross-functional teams or project management is a plus.
Ability to read technical drawings and specifications required; knowledge of automotive quality processes and tools (e.g., VAVE, PPAP, G8D, FMEA) preferred; experience with relevant quality standards and adherence requirements needed (e.g., ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001, etc.).
Excellent quantitative and analytical capabilities; ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex information and apply to practical situations.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills; proven track record of building and maintaining relationships with both internal and external customers is a must.
Proven history of personal initiative, efficiency, attention to detail, managing multiple projects simultaneously, and performing quality work within deadlines with or without supervision.
Flexibility in working time and working schedule.
Willingness and ability to travel to customer sites in various geographies in the U.S.; approximately 5% estimated travel.
PC proficiency required, including MS Office.
Knowledge of CAD software tool and/or other industry-specific or custom software a plus.
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.
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