APQP Product Quality Engineer
Talascend - Auburn Hills, MI

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Talascend is currently seeking an APQP Product Quality Engineer for a long term contract opportunity located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


The APQP Engineer manages the interface between the OEM customer and the Tier I supplier through the Advanced Product Quality Planning process. Conducts or participates in meetings with Tier I and OEM personnel to proactively manage and communicate program issues and status. Establish and maintain APQP documentation. The products are articulating, wrapped armrests with integrated storage bins. The position is based out of Auburn Hills, MI with up to 60% travel to manufacturing plants located in the Southern USA.


Responsible for managing the APQP process to support a successful launch from inception to end of production.

Responsible and accountable for ensuring the proper application of APQP procedures. This involves chairing regular APQP meetings, pushing for decisions to be made / actions taken, setting up and maintaining issues lists, creating internal and external timelines, compiling and reporting lessons learned and maintaining and distributing meeting minutes.

The APQP Engineer will act as the primary launch contact, compiling the necessary inputs from the other team members and negotiating with the customer as necessary. This requires proactive management of the customer relationship and consistent dialogue with various customer representatives.

Responsible for communicating and formally reporting program activities and status to senior management. Additionally, the APQP Engineer is responsible for escalating or elevating issues to management and for requesting management support as required for program issue contingencies.

Coordinate Tier I involvement with the OEM's platform/program management groups (buyers, SQE, consuming plant parts readiness, etc.)

Responsible and accountable for ensuring that the customer launch related deliverables are met on time and in accordance with customer specific requirements and launch timing. Documents to be created include: Manufacturing feasibility assessment, Timing plan for tooling, fixtures, testing, run at rate, appearance approval, Tooling capacity and cycle time documentation, 8-step problem solving documentation for quality issues, Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, and Lessons learned.

Process flow diagram & manufacturing floor plan

Manufacturing control plans

Part inspection standards / boundary samples

Incoming and outgoing material certification plan

Parts handling plan

Operator instructions

Supplier tool record

First production shipment certification plan

Error and mistake proofing plan

Layered process audit plan

Supplier readiness evaluation plan

Measurement system plan

Parts packaging and shipment plan

Gauge R&R reports

Production equipment preventative maintenance plans

Initial process study (Pp/Ppk calculations)

Appearance approval / color harmony plan

Support and follow up documentation

Part delivery plan for all pilot builds


Bachelor of Science in an Engineering discipline

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