• Title

  • Engineer, In Process Control Paint

    Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.
    Job Description

    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.