Quality Technician I

BTD Manufacturing, Inc.

Lakeville, MN

Company Overview: BTD is a fast-growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 1400+ employees work from five facilities throughout the Midwest. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: Assists production personnel with technical questions, inspection equipment, QCPs, blueprint reading, and written instructions; creates operator inspection sheets; serves as an inspector in all areas of production; uses inspection data to create ISIRs and First Article Inspections.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) strictly follows safety policies, rules, and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions

  1. Capable of completing/training all Quality Technician 1 essential functions.
  2. Identifies problems affecting the production of quality products and works collectively with engineering and operations to solve them.
  3. Capable of managing gauge calibration system and coordinating with outside calibration resources as needed.
  4. Capable of leading off-site sorting activities as needed.
  5. Assists Quality Engineers and Sales with customer visits as needed.
  6. Capable of creating/updating inspection software (PolyWorks) programs as needed.
  7. Capable of participating in audits as needed.
  8. Is a resource for BTD in regard to knowledge of parts, prints, inspection methods, production processes, and any other information affecting the production of quality products.
  9. Adheres to Company values, Quality Policy and Department work standards.
  10. Complies with BTD’s Quality System and processes.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: High school diploma or equivalent and two years of technical training or two years of manufacturing or quality experience.

Experience and Skills Required: At least two years of recent BTD manufacturing production/quality experience, or two years of quality experience in similar organizations with similar processes, which includes the following skills and abilities:

  1. Considerable knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods and practices used in manufacturing operations.
  2. Basic knowledge of ISO 9001 quality assurance systems.
  3. The ability to effectively communicate company standards.
  4. Basic knowledge of improvement methodologies (for example histogram, Pareto, PDCA, root cause analysis).
  5. Considerable knowledge of inspection equipment used in a manufacturing environment.
  6. Working knowledge of gage preservation, calibration, traceability, and correlation.
  7. Working knowledge of computer-aided inspection equipment.
  8. Working knowledge of WINDOWS, MSOffice and E-mail.
  9. The skill to identify problems and collectively use available resources to solve them.
  10. Working knowledge of corrective and preventive actions.
  11. The ability to understand, follow and issue routine oral and written instructions.
  12. The ability to perform basic math and trigonometry functions.
  13. The ability to accurately read, understand and interpret blueprints (including GD&T) and specifications.
  14. The ability to establish, encourage and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  15. An understanding of the importance of a safe work environment.
  16. The ability to be a technical resource for Level I Quality Technicians.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.