Quality Control - IPC Assembly Engineer

Date: Jun 2, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Quality Control – IPC Assembly

IPC Assembly Engineer

Reports to:  Group Leader                                                                                                                  Position Type: Full-time


Career Track:  Professional                                                                                                                 Shift:  Administrative


Classification:  Manufacturing Engineer                                                                                            FLSA:  Exempt



The In-Process Control (IPC) Assembly Engineer is responsible for the quality of trim and engine shops. This role identifies issues and optimizes productions processes and equipment through root cause analysis to achieve the safety, quality, output, and cost goals of the organization. Collects production data and applies scientific and statistical methods to analyze, document, and diagram production processes. This role is responsible for identifying production problems and likewise identifying methods for resolution. The IPC Assembly Engineer evaluates quality, then recommends and implements changes to equipment, work methods and other aspects of production to improve the utilization of all relevant resources.


Essential Job Functions

The essential functions described below are intended to broadly define the expectations of the role.


  1. Lead, prioritize and assign problem solving activities for chronic or repetitive defects affecting plant performance 
  2. Determine and implement corrective actions. Follow up on corrective action reports to assure adequate response from responsible shops
  3. Collect and analyze data from the manufacturing process or sampling groups that are causing a negative impact on SIA’s manufacturing processes
  4. Performs studies to identify root cause on complex issues involving function of various automotive systems to resolve issues
  5. Serves as subject matter expert for department and plant as applicable for cross functional teams, audit groups, and training
  6. Creates and leads cross-functional task teams to recommend and countermeasure plant-wide issues
  7. Participates in ISO and safety management activities of the section
  8. Manages projects as assigned


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Associate for this role.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  1. Teamwork – Takes initiative personally and corporately to meet the shifting needs of our fast paced and dynamic workplace. Communicates clearly and honestly at all times with respect to all stakeholders. Supports co-workers providing useful collaboration in areas of expertise and competency.


  1. Job Knowledge – Supports the business function of SIA as an expert in their field. Participates in continued growth to remain current of developments in areas of responsibility. Communicates professionally in a fashion that instills confidence in skills/expertise and trust in the SIA brand. Executes job duties to standards of quality and quantity as defined by Manager and SIA leadership.


  1. Professionalism – Leads through ethical and responsible decision making in the best interest of the SIA brand. Possesses a demonstrated ability to positively influence the work productivity of others. Presents a professional and organized image to all internal and external customers/stakeholders. Represents service leadership through enthusiasm, honesty, and diligence.


  1. Critical Thinking – Applies critical thinking to challenges in the workplace. Successfully breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complicated issues, and effectively differentiates between critical and unimportant facts. Utilizes principles such as Kaizen, root cause analysis, SWOT, PDCA, 5 Whys, effective communication, and other relevant skills. Demonstrates understanding/ability to interpret data and appropriately applies findings to workable solutions.  Implements continuous measurement processes to guard against problem reoccurrence.


Required Education, Experience and Qualifications


Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, or related field
  • 3 or more years of experience in automotive manufacturing engineering
  • Demonstrated experience using data to solve assembly problems
  • ASQ, Six Sigma Black Belt or similar certifications
  • Experience with 3D Magic, PC Dimis, Polyworks or other measurement software.
  • Experience with Catia, Solidworks or other similar 3D CAD software. 
  • Experience with the PDCA cycle


Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Strong analytical troubleshooting skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, parts, and assembly drawings
  • Familiar with measurement equipment
  • Ability to effectively multi-task, adhere to deadlines, and be able to work collaboratively within a team as well as autonomously.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This role will not supervise other Associates.

Work Environment

This role operates in a professional open office environment subject to frequent interruptions and distractions, particularly during heavy customer service periods (e.g., in-between production shifts). Required to work in an industrial manufacturing setting that will include moving and/or assembly lines. This role is required to utilize manufacturing equipment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. The role frequently collaborates with colleagues, internal customers/Associates, external contractors, and management. 


Physical Demands

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an Associate with or without a reasonable accommodation to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. While performing the duties of this role, the Associate is required to be at work as scheduled consistently and dependably, talk, and hear. The Associate is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger for keyboarding, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. 

  • The ability to lift 20lbs regularly. 
  • The ability to sit, stand and walk for up to two hours at time.  
  • The ability to respond quickly to sounds. 
  • The ability to move safely over uneven terrain.
  • The ability to move safely in confined spaces.
  • The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations. 
  •  The ability to climb ladders while carrying up to 20 lbs.
  • The ability to wear personal protective equipment. 


Work Hours

This role generally works administrative hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday) and is subject to occasional overtime to meet demands of production, which may include multiple Saturdays per year and occasional daily overtime. This role does not currently allow for remote work opportunities.



Occasional travel, including overseas travel, may be required mainly for off-site training or business collaboration purposes.






Nearest Major Market: Lafayette