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Engineer, In Process Control Paint

Date: May 15, 2019

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

The Engineer, In Process Control Paint is responsible for the following functions:

  • Interpret color, appearance quality, and filmbuild data and correlate to complete vehicle concerns.
  • Monitor sealer/PVC/dampcoat, blackout/wax, foam, and pretreat/ED process outputs to ensure all drawing/standard requirements are met.
  • Request and verify process countermeasures when needed.
  • Actively pursue new ways of analyzing and communicating data to improve quality.
  • Develop and maintain list of critical product and process indicators. 
  • Conduct process audits to ensure that process indicators are being properly tracked and maintained when requested.
  • Lead improvement plans to validate production processes to achieve department & plant targets for both new model and current production. 
  • Create and maintain project schedules and quality punchlists. 
  • Support and/or lead Paint Shop in root cause analysis of any paint quality concerns. 
  • Actively participate in cross-functional teams to recommend and countermeasure plant-wide issues. 
  • Create professional documents to record and track measurement results. 
  • Lead and/or support continuous improvement activities to improve paint functionality, filmbuild, appearance, and color match/color harmony.
  • Support hourly associates and ensure that best practices are being used for measurement/auditing activities. 
  • Aid and support Paint Production, Process Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or New Model Pilot Team in process validations as needed.
  • Evaluate all Paint Shop processes and implement drawing changes or Inspection Standard updates to improve application or understanding.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in technical field (i.e. Industrial, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering/Technology).
  • Knowledge in basic statistics and statistical process control. 
  • Demonstrated past experience using data to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to communicate complex/detailed information to a wide/general audience.
  • Ability to interpret two-dimensional design drawing prints. 
  • Familiar with metrology equipment. 
  • Possess strong analytical troubleshooting skills.
  • Proven experience with Plan Do Check Act method (PDCA cycle).
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel/VBA and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent team-building and interpersonal skills.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment, ideally a paint/coatings application and/or a quality-related role
  • Paint application/mix room experience
  • Previous chemistry/lab experience - optical microscopy, FTIR, and physical property testing will be most important                
  • Maintain inventory of parts for relevant equipment                                                            
  • Experience with Catia, Solidworks or other similar 3D CAD software.


Join a team where our associates are the most important part of our company.   We take an active interest in our associates’ wellbeing and great pride in offering one of the best benefits packages in the community.  We offer premium free medical, dental, and vision insurance. Yes, you read that correctly – premium free! Our 401(k) retirement plan includes a generous employer match, in addition to an annual discretionary contribution paid by SIA.


We’ll make life easier with our on-site health and wellness center, an on-site recreation center (with free personal trainers), and our on-site daycare for the little ones.


We know how important time away from work is as well, which is why our time off program includes a two week summer shut down in addition to the week between Christmas and New Years off, allowing you to get the R&R you deserve when you need it most.


Last, but not least, we are proud to offer tuition reimbursement and professional development programs to our associates, including access to on-site programs through Purdue Polytechnic College, Ivy Tech, and Vincennes University.   

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette