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Do you want to shape a sustainable future?

We are Hydro, a global family of 30,000 people, present in a broad range of market segments for aluminium and metal recycling, and energy and renewables, offering a unique wealth of knowledge and competence.

We have a proud history and are committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future by developing natural resources into innovative products and solutions. In doing so, we truly believe that our people matter the most to make the difference.

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Quality Engineer Co-Op

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Summary: As a Co-Op Quality Engineer, you function as a part of the quality group innovation. Resources tasked with this function should be of an engineering mindset to engineering minds who can see inefficiencies, understand the metallurgy of the product and thrive on the shop floor to solve problems alongside the operators. This should be proficient in mass scale data analysis and interpretation and can communicate with and can relate to the mindset of an operator. Resources in these positions should be highly proficient in training and coaching. They should understand the metallurgy of the product.  


Job Responsibilities: 

  • Works almost exclusively on the shop floor daily alongside operators infusing quality thinking and local problem solving for cultural transition
  • Daily Gemba walks to scour the site for visible issues in the product and process. Coordinates immediate resolution.
  • Participates in formal Optimization Team / kaizen initiatives related to product quality alongside Extrusion Business System (EBS) and Operational Excellence (OpEx) personnel. Listens to operator feedback on issues that need resolved. Gets it done through site resources.
  • Becomes a subject matter expert in area of coverage (extrusion, paint, fab., etc.).
  • Supports learning organization initiative through daily teaching / coaching on the shop floor. Imparts technical knowledge of the process and reactionary logic based on process deviation observation.
  • Supports internal investigation of customer claims and complaints.
  • Develops SPC tools and works to manage the output response to special cause variation. Mitigates deviations to established process parameters.
  • Coordinates internal product / process trials.
  • Utilizes mass scale data analysis and statistics to identify and resolve process issues at their root cause. Measures the process.
  • Works with TSE and Process Technicians to ensure held material is dispositioned appropriately. Provides direction to the techs.
  • Works with counterparts across the organization to benchmark and standardize best practices. Works to define True North performance levels for KPIs at each unit.
  • Demonstrated high standard for excellence and core belief in quality compliance, accuracy in reporting and ethical behavior within a manufacturing environment (laboratories, in particular). Supports compliance to all industry specifications (e.g. ASTM) and Business Systems (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, etc.).


Job Requirements: 

  • Active process towards bachelors, masters or terminal degree in Engineering, Metallurgy or Material Science.


Care, Courage, & Collaboration

At Hydro We care about our People!

We care about Safety!

Hydro is heading in a new and exciting direction, and we depend on different perspectives to solve our tasks and meet customer needs. Building on our three core values – Care, Courage and Collaboration – we target a high performing and sustainable work environment based on inclusion of our differences.  Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.   

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If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please let us know by completing the form below or by calling +1 (412) 643-3602.

Posted on:  Jan 23, 2023

Rosemont, IL, US, 60018

Department:  Quality Engrg
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Internship

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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