Quality Technician II

Company Overview

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

The Quality Technician II will perform duties in:

1. MRC and Physical Test Labs

2. Product Evaluation Lab  

All of these positions will require the ability run various test equipment; make accept/reject decisions of cured tires, in-process or raw material.  These positions will require communication with appropriate supervisors, managers, teammates and other laboratories.  The incumbent will act as a lead technician within their specific assignment, directing work flow, setting priorities and assisting management in safety investigations, non-conformance investigations and perform roles outside of their normal scope of work when required and directed.  Independent thought and action, as well as self motivation and priority setting are key skill requirements.

Responsibilities

MRC/Phys Test/Analytical: This position is responsible for assuring that all rubber compounds utilized in the production process meet BFNT standards and specifications. MRC and PT Labs are the major control points for compound identity and integrity. The function of this job is one of many gate keepers to prevent non-conforming products from entering into or proceeding in the process. The position encompasses making decisions that impact our plant and company cost.

LEADING AND DIRECTING – The incumbent will act as a lead technician within the MRC/Phys Test and Analytical Labs, directing work flow, setting priorities and assisting management in safety investigations, non-conformance investigations and perform roles outside of their normal scope of work when required and directed.

TESTING & ANALYZING –

Collects, organizes, prepares, and tests compounds and materials for conformance to specification and for adherence to company quality standards. (Daily)

Uses sophisticated technical test equipment including automated Rheometers, specific gravity testers, Mooney viscometers, Brookfield viscometers, Instron Tensile testers, High Speed Blowpoint Testers, Carbon Black Dispersion Analyzers, Toyoseiki Gravity Tester supported by Windows PC programs and a statistical server program requiring PC literacy and ability to read charts and graphs. (Daily)

Analyzes results and determines release status. (Daily)

Contacts production and Initiates hold activity for non-conforming materials, contacts Tech Service for disposition, and communicates disposition to production. (Daily)

RECORDING & RECORD KEEPING

Accurately records and maintains records of all testing and analysis data (daily)

Edits all inputs to insure accuracy and integrity before releasing data into computerized information system (daily)

Machine Calibrations & Checks

Performs testing with standard stock on lab equipment to assure accuracy before testing.

Notifies plant Maintenance, Lab supervisors or Sr. QA Lab Technicians of out of calibration equipment.

HOUSEKEEPING AND SAFETY

Maintains housekeeping in all test areas (daily)

Assures that safety inspections are completed and that all safety guidelines and procedures followed without exception (daily)

 

Product Evaluation: The incumbent monitors, evaluates, classifies and reports cured tire quality and abnormal conditions by operating test wheel(s), radiographic (x-ray) equipment, by performing both destructive and non-destructive testing operations in order to assure a dependable product which meets tire construction standards from entering into Customer Service.

LEADING AND DIRECTING – The incumbent will act as a lead technician within the Product Evaluation Lab and classifier work area, directing work flow, setting priorities and assisting management in safety investigations, non-conformance investigations and perform roles outside of their normal scope of work when required and directed.

TESTING AND ANALYZING – 

Tests and analyzes product for conformance to specification and for adherence to Federal and Company quality standards (daily)

Analyze and assigns performance grade to all tests (daily)

Maintains and assures proper calibration of all test equipment (daily)

RECORDING AND RECORD KEEPING –

Accurately records and maintains records of all testing and analysis data (daily)

Edits all inputs to insure accuracy and integrity before releasing data into computerized information system (daily)

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND REPORTING –

Statistically analyzes testing and analysis data for changes in product or performance levels and publishes reports to superior, technical departments, factory supervisor and Corporate QA office (daily)

Reports testing analysis problems and trends to superior, technical departments, factory supervisor and Corporate QA office (daily)

Reports any test equipment problems to maintenance (as required)

INVESTIGATING AND CONSULTING – 

Uses accepted problem solving techniques to investigate and assign probable cause of test failures, trends and/or performance shifts (daily)

Consults with other technical departments, factory supervision, and factory teammates in an effort to generate ideas and methods for improving techniques, equipment and workmanship related to the evaluation and performance of the product (daily)

Coordinates with other technical and factory personnel concerning special projects and studies to improve customer satisfaction or quality and to reduce costs (daily)

PLANNING –

Plans analysis and testing schedules to assure that all objectives and commitments are met (daily)

Details suggestions for improving testing and analysis methods and for improving product quality, safety and reducing costs (daily)

HOUSEKEEPING AND SAFETY –

Maintains housekeeping in all test areas (daily)

* Assures that safety inspections are completed and that all safety guidelines and procedures are posted and followed without exception (daily)

 

Working conditions continued:

Abnormal Handling Procedures must be followed with care to insure abnormal product is either not used or does not go further in the process. There is always a risk of cuts and burns and heavy lifting of rubber slab and molds (up to 80lbs max.). Nights and weekends there is little supervision so that decisions to contact supervisors, management, and technical departments must be careful and timely. Must have the ability to understand, follow and explain policies and procedures. The incumbent must report to work on a regular and timely basis as 12 hour rotating shifts (nights and days) is required for a 24 hour 7 day plant operation. Overtime to complete shift work or cover shifts due to shift coverage deficiency is required. Housekeeping of the laboratories, the equipment and work area is an everyday requirement. Must be able to operate fax machines, PC's that operate test equipment and various “state-of-the-art” equipment.

KNOW HOW: This position requires knowledge of raw materials, processed rubber, tire construction, tire codes and standard practice. Must have good oral and written communication ability, as well as some experience on computer.

PROBLEM SOLVING: This position must be able to analyze abnormality trends and make recommendations or countermeasures to resolve the abnormality problems. Resolutions to problems are not clearly defined, therefore, must rely on experience level and knowledge to make recommendations.

ACCOUNTABILITY: This position reports to the Quality supervisor, but must work with or accept direction from the crew leaders. The holder of this position must be able to maintain good production flow by processing materials and tires promptly and reacting to non-compliances and changes quickly.

OTHER: The work load of this position depends to a great deal upon the production level and quality of the tires/material. This position works independent of other department members and requires the incumbent to be self-motivated and take initiative.

The physical activities of this position require: feeling, handling, bending, reaching, normal vision (determination of colors), pulling, pushing, rolling, standing, writing, reading, talking, carrying, climbing, lifting, high pace, moving objects, turning, walking, stooping, minor mechanical hazards, odor from raw materials and freshly cured tires, hot material, some noise, fumes and vibrations.         

 

 

Qualifications

3 Years QA Lab Experience (MRC, Phys Test, Analytical) OR 3 Years Lab Experience (Product Evaluation) OR 3 Years Classifier/X-ray Experience OR 3 Years Related Factory Experience

OR

Associate: Technical with 2 years experience as a Quality Tech I

Qualifications preferred: Experience in a Manufacturing Environment

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GLASSDOOR

*INDEED

 


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