Quality Compliance Engineer

Dec 02, 2021
Dec 06, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
WMATA is looking for a qualified Quality Compliance Engineer to join and assist the Railcar Quality Assurance and Warranty Compliance (RQAW) Team with the next generation railcar procurement. The focus will be on supporting the efforts for the Quality Assurance and Quality Control on this important project for WMATA.

As the Quality Compliance Engineer, you will be involved in various activities to enhance and improve the processes and procedures for the 8000 Series Project within CMOR. Most importantly, the Quality Compliance Engineer will be engaged in the daily quality control / quality assurance activities that will undertake auditing, identifying, analyzing, and recommending solutions to problems related to all phases of the 8000 Series Project. You will support the efforts to improve the CMOR operations and report directly to the Project Manager Supplier Quality, for the 8000 Series Project. Our team is completely autonomous with a direct report to the Chief Mechanical Officer for Rail (CMOR).

This position will directly support the Project Manager Supplier Quality in the development and maintenance of the audit schedule and will perform audits on the Contractor and its subcontractors/suppliers as required to assure that the OEM is in compliance with all the project quality requirements. This will require from twenty-five to fifty percent travel. In addition, this position will support the reviews, approvals, and provides disposition on the Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) (Car Builder's OR RMM Builder's) Quality Assurance Program (QAP), including all plans, procedures, and manuals, as provided in the contract, scope of work, and 8000 Series technical specification.

As part of our team, your input and suggestions are more than just welcomed, we expect and will respect your ideas for improvement with the objective of developing world class operations for the Authority.

Be a part of this exciting team and provide your expertise and become a change agent today.

Both challenges and rewarding accomplishments await - are you the 8000 Series Quality Compliance Engineer with the Quality Engineering Aptitude we are looking for?

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in mechanical, civil, electrical, industr i al engineering , engineering management or related engineering discipline.
  • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, an Associate's Degree in mechanical, civil, electrical, industr i al engineering , engineering management or related engineering discipline and two (2) years of progressively responsible engineering experience in a Quality Assurance quality , industrial, or manufacturing engineering environment, in addition to experience stated below, will be considered.

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsibility and experience in a quality or engineering field in a manufacturing or industrial environment.

  • N/A

  • ASQ (American Society of Quality) certification as a QCE (Certified Quality Engineer) within 2 years of hire is desired.

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Quality Compliance Engineer performs routine to complex quality activities and employs project management principles to develop quality programs; assess and observe work processes and procedures; test systems and assemblies; diagnose and identify issues; and analyze and recommend solutions for CMOR. The Quality Compliance Engineer ensures successful implementation and sustainability of quality programs and internal reviews, in accordance with the department's Annual Internal Review Plan/Schedule. The incumbent also ensures the effectiveness of implementation and the alignment of programs with the mission, safety, reliability and customer success of the enterprise. Reviews, provides feedback and approves, all CENV Engineering Documents.

Essential Functions
  • Records inspection data, maintains accurate records and delivers data/results from inspection activities to direct supervisor, utilizing standard report structure and standardized templates to ensure the provision of accurate and trackable data and maintain compliance with internal and external requirements for reporting and records maintenance.
  • Assigns work directly to Quality Inspectors (WMATA or Contractor Personnel) and/or provides guidance with oversight of the assignments given to Quality Inspectors (WMATA or Contractor Personnel) during the FAI and other inspection processes.
  • Utilizes engineering documents that define the First Article Inspection (FAI) or Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) part/component/equipment design, specifications and configuration to validate the part/component/equipment under consideration.
  • Provides CMOR/PMO/Qualified Parts Group (QPG) an independent review and approval of the Supplier First Article Inspection reports. Completes Internal First Article Verification (IFAV) that will provide approval for the submitted supplier first article inspection report.
  • Reviews, provides feedback and approves of all CENV Engineering Documents through the workflow process. This includes but is not limited to ETP's, (Engineering Test Plans), EMl's (Engineering Modification Instructions), ECN's (Engineering Change Notices), SB's (Service Bulletins), MSI's (Manufacturing Service Instructions), SMD's (Schedule Maintenance Documents) and other related documentation. Provides the quality control check for the documentation, correcting errors and making sure the work product meets and follows standard operating procedures.
  • Provides written recommendations and modifications to existing maintenance and personnel procedures, processes, equipment configurations and work methods to improve the overall efficiency, effectiveness and safety of functional offices.
  • Recommends and participates in the development of Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) programs for CMOR. Edits procedures and policies that will be used for the CMOR Quality Management Plan
  • Represents WMATA on offsite Manufacturer and/or Supplier audits. Monitors contractor inspection and testing plan for all elements of the contract and provides assurance that the final product or service meets contract, operational, and safety requirements.
  • Recommends improvements in the areas of observation, in the performance of machines and personnel.

  • Complies with the reporting of any violation of WMATA safety policies, procedures, guidelines and established rules, to prevent incidents and ensure consistent operation of business functions.
  • Monitors contractor performance to ensure compliance with contract requirements and provides FTA required oversight of the quality plan. Performs periodic audits and verifies that the contractor is implementing and maintaining the quality plan.
  • Performs root cause and statistical analysis against audit finding discovered during quality control, inspection, and test procedures. Develops reports highlighting cause, formulates quality improvement strategies and implements solutions.

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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