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Valmont Industries, Inc. Quality Assurance Technician in Valley, Nebraska

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Quality Assurance (QA) Tech provides the needed quality-related assistance and expertise within the assigned area of responsibility to assure the engineering specifications, process requirements, and quality objectives for material, parts and products are consistently met at a minimum cost to the company. This position supports company improvement initiatives such as Lean methodology, RCA’s (root cause analysis), SCOT (Ship Complete on Time), global sourcing through membership and interaction with related work teams. The Quality Assurance Technician represents the appraisal function of the Operation’s group. The incumbent monitors the quality of raw materials, parts, components and assemblies to established specifications and standards. The QA Tech performs visual and dimensional inspections and tests on material and components as they are received from the suppliers and in the completed state. The compliance of the operators and supervisors are audited to established quality policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for testing and evaluation of new products to ensure conformance to company and customer specifications

  • Assure that corrective and preventative actions are implemented when non-conformities are found

  • Identify, investigate, and communicate process non-compliances and product nonconformities

  • Perform incoming and first article inspections, corrosion tests

  • Initiate process control techniques

  • Collect and compile process control and capability data, communicating the data to the relevant personnel

  • Prepare and deliver training to production operators on measurement, use of gauging, inspection procedures as well as Valmont procedures

  • Design check fixtures

  • Order gauging as needed

  • Develop work instructions, process aids, and forms

  • This position reports into the Quality Assurance Manager and has no direct reports

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • High School diploma and 5+ years of work/educational experience or Associates Degree with 2+ years experience or Bachelors Degree

  • A valid U.S. driver’s license

  • The ability to safely lift up to 20 pounds frequently throughout the shift

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) accreditation from the American Society for Quality (ASQ-CQI) or Certified Quality Technician (CQT) certification from ASQ or AWS (American Welding Society) or Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) accreditation

  • The ability to properly use a measuring machine, an optical comparator, a salt fog tester and standard measuring equipment

  • Competence in basic quality assurance disciplines including the use of dimensional inspection and gauging equipment

  • A level of technical competence to enable him/her to intelligently communicate on a wide range of technically-oriented subjects

  • An Associate’s Degree in Quality, Business or related field

  • AWS certification

  • NDT (non-destructive testing) experience

  • Engineering background (education or experience)

  • Experience operating QAD Enterprise Application (formerly QAD MFG/PRO) software in a professional environment

  • Experience interpreting engineering specifications such as ASTM

  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Access

  • A high awareness for safety at all times

  • Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional result

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in a manufacturing plant environment and the incumbent needs to be able to move about the office, shipping area and all areas of the plant which are producing product line for the company. There is a relatively constant exposure to somewhat disagreeable work conditions such as dust, dirt, heat, fumes, and cold as well as noise levels above 80 decibels. Work conditions vary throughout the week depending on the area of the plant the QA Tech is assigned to work in. There will be visits to both indoor and outdoor locations during all seasons of the year. When necessary, the Quality Assurance Technician must be willing and able to travel to supplier’s factories and other Valmont site when needed for business needs (up to 5%, domestic only). There is no international travel required for this position. The work environment can be fast-paced and demanding at times.

Many of the tasks are physical and the Quality Assurance Technician has to be able to lift up to 50 lbs. although the most frequent amount of weight lifted is 20 lbs. The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, feel, as well as balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

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Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment email EEOCompliance@Valmont.com.

Valmont Industries is a leading producer and distributor of products for the infrastructure and agriculture markets.

Valmont Industries began in 1946 when our founder, Robert B. Daugherty combined his $5,000 savings and wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. Since that modest start more than half a century ago, our company has grown to be an international leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving irrigation equipment for agriculture.

From the lighting and traffic structures that guide your way, to communication towers and utility structures that power your home and business, to irrigation equipment that waters the croplands on which your food is grown, Valmont products improve lives worldwide.

Valmont Industries operates in five primary business segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, Energy and Mining, and Irrigation. Valmont (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.

We focus on two global markets: infrastructure and agriculture. Valmont Industries is present in 23 developed and developing countries, offering 27 brands from more than 80 facilities. International sales represent a significant portion of our revenues.

Valmont’s employees are passionate about the products we make. Along with our customers, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our products and processes to new markets, introducing new products to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that Valmont solutions are second-to-none.

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