Incoming Inspection Quality Engineer

Cepheid - US
Job Location
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Job Description

The Incoming Quality Engineer will support incoming inspection by developing new/improved inspection methods and provide appropriate training to staff.


  • Work with the INC Supervisor to help improve the process of incoming inspection to include:
    • Identify ways to increase inspection productivity by designing and fabricating inspection fixtures, techniques and methods.
    • Work with engineers to identify and have inspected Critical To Function dimensions for each production part.
    • Assist in the set up of Quality metrics for the INC Group and identify ways to track the group's productivity and quality of inspections.
  • Initiate the resolution of nonconforming materials identified at Incoming Inspection, working with the consumable and instrument engineers and coordinating with representatives from other technical groups.
  • Provide assessment of inspection capabilities to new product design teams and enhance inspection capabilities and toolsets where required to support new product launch.
  • Implement efficiency and automation improvements to facilitate better data collection within the available resource pool.
  • Understand and apply the manufacturing quality toolset including GR&R/measurement system analysis, control plans Cpk, Cp, SPC, hard gauging applications, computer-based inspection methods.
  • Participate in cross-functional meeting involving Production Engineers, Process Engineers, and R&D Engineers.
  • Work with product support teams, engineering and others on component quality issues and supplier initiatives.
  • Direct vendor interactions including travel to supplier sites to coordinate and calibrate inspection techniques which will include gage R & R studies.
  • Review drawings to evaluate quality requirements including correct application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), proper use of engineering, process and material specifications, and identification of key characteristics for inspection plans and methods.
  • Review engineering change orders to ensure inspection viability as well as develop inspection technique.
  • Some group management skills in terms of supervising individual contributors and help with the development and skill set improvement.



Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering discipline is preferred). Or, equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in similar position within a regulated industry (medical device, biotechnology, FDA/ISO, etc.).
  • Highly knowledgeable in AQL sampling plans.
  • Advanced skillset with Excel, Word, Minitab, and PowerPoint software.
  • Hands-on experience working with MicroVu automated inspection tool with the ability to program.
  • Ability to read and review mechanical drawings.
  • Experience with Gage R&R studies.
  • Experience in Incoming Inspection processes and management.
  • Experience in the application of production and process controls including process validation, process control plans and statistical process control.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and build strong working relationships.
  • Ability to constructively challenge concerns and engage in transparent conversations.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems with minimal direction and make decisions with confidence.
  • Foster an environment that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to successfully balance and prioritize multiple on-going projects/tasks (Project Management skills).
  • High degree of initiative and self motivation.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Travel requirements up to 10-20% to Lodi as appropriate.


How to Apply

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