Principal Quality Engineer

Requisition Number:  4755
Company:  Westinghouse Electric Co

Columbia, SC, US, 29061

Are you interested in being part of an innovative team that supports Westinghouse’s mission to provide clean energy solutions? At Westinghouse, we recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset and we seek to identify, attract and recruit the most qualified talent while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the global workplace.



Are you interested in being part of an innovative team that supports Westinghouse’s mission to provide clean energy solutions? At Westinghouse, we recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset and we seek to identify, attract and recruit the most qualified talent while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the global workplace.


If this sounds like an environment you would thrive in, we have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Quality Engineer

Your Day-to-Day:

  1. Be an individual contributor in a dynamic Quality Assurance team which contains quality professionals with a range of experience and expertise that support the varied manufacturing operations at the Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility.  Manufacturing processes at the site include:  Continuous chemical operations, analytical services laboratories, powder handling and pressing, sintering, welding, machining, cleaning operations, coating, non-destructive testing, manual as well as automated dimensional inspection processes,  in-house Tool and Gage calibration services,  human visual inspection, automated visual inspection systems, receiving and inspections of sub-supplied components or services,  applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, manual assembly processes, semi-automated assembly processes, and recovery/recycling services.
  2. Collaborate with other engineers in the Columbia Quality Assurance Team as well as professionals from other Westinghouse manufacturing locations, Westinghouse Product Design and Westinghouse Supply Chain to address complex Quality issues that arise in the course of manufacturing products at the Columbia site, or which impact products at the site or previously delivered to Customers.
  3. Actively monitor available process, inspection, nonconformance and corrective action process data to identify quality trends.  Promote proactive solutions and process improvements to prevent product nonconformities from happening.  Lead, where needed, the development of automated inspection systems or streamlined data collection to make quality trends evident.
  4. Identify product nonconformances or safety/environmental hazards in operational areas where assigned. Work as team member with cognizant operations personnel to identify, implement and monitor corrective actions.
  5. Work with Westinghouse Supply Chain Management to identify and address issues with the quality of supplied products and trends in supplier performance to assure best cost/value for procured products and services.  Develop Columbia Site receiving inspection procedures and strategies which make the most effective use of in-house receiving inspection resources.
  6. Support new nuclear fuel product design activities by providing quality engineering feedback regarding new product requirements (e.g. manufacturability, ease of inspection).  Interpret product drawings and specification requirements into new or revised product inspection instructions.
  7. Lead the development of inspection processes and procedures, including the selection of the appropriate equipment, gages, measurement methods and accuracies to meet product design and customer requirements.  Provide oversight of the development of software associated with inspection systems.  Perform and document the necessary independent verification and validation to accept controlled inspection software which will be used for product acceptance or as part of the calibration of QC controlled tools and gages.
  8. Serve as quality lead on major capital investment projects which will install new process or inspection equipment or otherwise upgrade manufacturing plant systems which affect quality.  Monitor project progress and provide solutions that will result in maintaining acceptable product quality while also achieving established budgetary and schedule constraints.
  9. Stay abreast of changes in industry standards as well as the Westinghouse Quality Management System and higher level procedures in order to flow down necessary changes to site quality program implementing procedures and practices.  Propose changes to the quality program and administrative procedures as needed based on lessons learned or corrective actions.  Communicate to the site and train colleagues on quality programmatic changes as applicable.
  10. Participate as a technical specialist on internal audits, self-assessments or peer reviews when assigned.  Interface with external, customer or third party audits to provide object evidence related to specific aspects of the quality program or execution in production in areas where assigned.  Serve as the Columbia site external audit coordinator when assigned.
  11. Coach, mentor and enable the success of Quality Assurance technicians, inspectors and other engineers in topic areas related to your assigned area of responsibility or your particular expertise.

Who You Are:
As a successful candidate, you will bring the following to the team:

* Technical Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

* Typically, 8+ years of professional experience

* In-depth knowledge of national consensus standards of quality, such as, ASME B&PV Code, ISO, Six Sigma, ANSI/ASME NQA1, Supplements and Appendices, IEEE Standards and U.S. NRC Regulatory Guide series.

* Must have demonstrated quality or engineering experience in a nuclear, or other highly regulated industry

* Must have demonstrated experience achieving results by leading projects to address and prevent quality issues



Why Westinghouse?

Westinghouse Electric Company is the global nuclear energy industry’s first choice for safe, clean, and efficient energy solutions. We enable our delivery of this vision by living our value system:

  • Safety and Quality
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Customer Focus and Innovation
  • Speed and Passion to Win
  • Teamwork and Accountability

Westinghouse offers competitive benefits to all our employees around the globe to keep them healthy and enhance their well-being.  In the U.S. the following are representative of what we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Health, Wellness and Income Protection Benefits
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacations and Holidays
  • Opportunities for Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Referral Program

While our Global Headquarters are located in Cranberry Township, PA, we have over 9,000 employees working at locations in 19 different countries. You can learn more by visiting

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Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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