Quality Engineer in McCook, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

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75 South Hwy 83 McCook Nebraska 69001-8569

Why Valmont

We’re Here to Move the World Forward.

Valmont impacts millions of people around the world every day, yet they might not realize the many ways. Our technology is helping feed the growing population, supplying the world with more reliable energy and access to renewables, enhancing connectivity in remote and urban locations to create a sustainable future and so much more. Simply put, Valmont is advancing agricultural productivity and reimagining vital infrastructure to make life better.

Join a Fortune 1000 company that respects hard work, honors diversity and invests in our employees as we focus on creating the world of tomorrow, today. We are the modern workforce. Are you ready to move the world forward? Apply now.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Quality Engineer (QE) is responsible for developing, managing and/or supporting quality engineering related efforts within the Quality Assurance (QA) and/or Quality Control (QC) organizations.  The area of focus spans all QA/QC functions ranging from process development and documentation, root cause and corrective action, implementing alternatives to existing methods, and project management.  Additionally, this Individual Contributor will work directly with multiple departments, and interact with managers, supervisors, and other individual contributors, such as design engineering, operations, and customers to drive continuous improvements as they relate to quality and the overall operations performance which include establishing and achieving quality metrics.  At times this position may be called upon to assist with supplier evaluation.

Essential Functions:

  • Based on the location of the position this position could require up to 50% travel
  • Identifies and eliminates and/or mitigates risks as they pertain to achieving codes, engineering specifications, and customer specifications.  This includes ensuring proper processes and procedures are documented, implemented, and executed.
  • Serves as a quality liaison between QA, supply chain, operations, and design engineering when quality problems exist that affect product quality
  • Interprets Valmont quality requirements, including but not limited to, quality management system (QMS) documents, specifications, engineering prints and specifications, and external standards (e.g., AISC, ASTM, AWS)
  • Leads and participates in formal problem-solving events.  This includes leading team members who do not report to the QE position.
  • Drives quality improvement processes using the appropriate tools (PFMEA’s, process flow charts, control plans, capability studies, part layouts, MSA/Gage R&R, SPC, etc.) as required
  • Utilizes LEAN principles to minimize waste as it pertains to QC activities
  • May be called upon to define quality processes for new product introduction
  • Lead quality teams through process improvement events
  • Develop, communicate, and implement best practices as they pertain to quality
  • Interface with customers as needed to eliminate any nonconformance.  This may, at times, include jobsite visits.
  • Work directly with QA and Operations management to establish quality metrics and ensure the metrics are achieved
  • Seek cost savings opportunities related to quality improvements
  • Prepare and report quality activity updates for management to keep them apprised of quality initiatives and concerns
  • Participate in customer specification reviews
  • Conducts business on behalf of the Company in full compliance with the laws of the many jurisdictions in which we operate
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to occasionally lift to 50 pounds, although most frequent lift is up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to perform manual labor while in the field, wear all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and work in an environment where there is exposure to various weather elements

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

  • Bachelor’s with 3+ years of relevant experience or an Associate’s degree with 5+ years of relevant experience or 9+ years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001:2015
  • Experience with quality improvement tools and techniques:
    • Statistical Process Control / SPC / GR&R
    • Prints/GD&T/Process Flow/FMEA/Control Plans
    • Doc Control & LPA
    • Customer Complain Reactions:  CAPA, Fast Track, Containment, Quality Alerts, RCA
    • Root Cause Analysis:  8D or A3, Quality Control Circles
    • Supplier Quality Reactions
    • APQP phased gate approach
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification
  • In-depth understanding and practical application of statistics as they relate to quality such as sampling plans, data analysis, SPC, process capability analysis, etc.
  • Proficient with Six Sigma tools such as pFMEA, CP, root cause analysis, MSA, etc.
  • Ability to utilize MiniTab or equivalent statistical analysis software.  
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering prints and specifications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to lead projects involving cross-functional team members including mid-level managers
  • Ability with work with people at all levels throughout the organization, as well as certifying body auditors
  • Ability to work directly with customers as needed to support quality efforts
  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills, as well as organizational and follow-up skills
  • Proven ability to create and deliver effective group presentations and training
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to perform manual labor while in the field, including lifting 50 pounds and working in an environment where there is exposure to weather elements

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering with 5+ years of relevant experience in a metals manufacturing environment which includes structural welding
  • Five years of experience working with QA or QC
  • Experience in metals fabrication including structural welding
  • Relevant manufacturing experience as it pertains to transmission, distribution, traffic and lighting, communication, and substation products
  • Knowledge and experience working with DOT certification requirements by state jurisdiction
  • Experience dealing with customers and auditing agencies
  • Detailed understanding of AISC, ISO, and DOT requirements
  • 6-Sigma Green, Black or Master Black Belt
  • Experienced in MiniTab
  • NDT experience - particularly VT, MT, and UT


Valmont offers employees and their families a comprehensive Total Wellbeing benefit package to ensure their individual and family’s overall wellness needs are met. Some offerings are dependent upon the role, work schedule, or location and can include the following:

  • Healthcare (medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision)

  • 401k retirement plan with company match

  • Paid time off

  • Employer paid life insurance

  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability including maternity leave

  • Work Life Support

  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,250 per year

  • Voluntary programs like tobacco cessation, Type 2 diabetes reversal, one-on-one health coaching, mortgage services and more

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.