Date: Mar 27, 2021

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru


IPC Paint Pro Staff

In-Process Control Department

Direct Hire salaried role with Premium-Free benefits


Company Overview: Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. or “SIA”, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is the only Subaru vehicle manufacturing facility outside of Japan. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot automotive OEM – meaning our manufacturing process begins with coils of steel and ends with the high-quality vehicles you see out on the roads. We employ 6500+ Associates, both production and administrative, all under one roof.

SIA is the safest automotive manufacturing plant in the United States and is also a staple in the community due to its numerous fundraising activities held onsite, donations to local charities and plentiful volunteer opportunities. SIA is a frontrunner in environmental conservation being the first Zero-Landfill automotive manufacturing plant and the first to have its campus designated a backyard wildlife habitat. SIA has grown tremendously since its 1989 beginnings and continues to be an example of success within the automotive industry.


Outline of duties:

  • Interpret color, appearance quality, and film build data and correlate to complete vehicle concerns.
  • Monitor sealer/PVC/damp coat, 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 punch lists.
  • 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, film build, 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) or equivalent work experience.
  • 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.


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette