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Supplier Quality Engineer  

About the Organization Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

Astronics Subsidiary Astronics CSC  
Location Waukegan, IL  

Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (formerly Telefonix PDT and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace) serves as the experienced, global market leader for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft. As a systems certification provider, Astronics CSC has worked on over 100 projects for industry partners to upgrade commercial and business aircraft with new passenger power systems, IFEC navigation, communication and flight safety systems. Additionally, Astronics CSC offers proven IFEC hardware systems, flexible design platforms, high customer satisfaction, and long-term relationships with industry leaders to help make the connected aircraft a reality. The company now employs over 300 employees, and is a six-time recipient of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Employers to Work For award.


This position is a critical link between supplier quality, incoming inspection and production activities. In this position the SQE shall investigate, analyze and resolve supplier quality problems by conducting audits, analyzing defect trends and leading continuous improvement plans. The person in this role will ensure that the customer flow down requirements and engineering specifications are being met by the suppliers. Responsibilities will include taking appropriate action where it becomes necessary to improve quality performance, meet agreed deadlines and production targets. Manage relationship between Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification and suppliers to drive supplier improvement in areas of quality, delivery and compliance.

Essenitial Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with team to qualify first time suppliers as required and maintain ongoing supplier approval.
  • Visits supplier locations to evaluate quality standards and processes.
  • Help define and flow down Supplier Quality Requirements to suppliers and ensure flow down requirements are met upon receipt of products.
  • Analyzes supplier performance both in-house on supplier premises as required and support management of the approved supplier list.
  • Participate in Material Review Board and manage supplier action items for product improvements.
  • Manage regular supplier monitoring and review meetings.
  • Manage supplier quality relations.
  • Oversees and participates in the development and initiation of inspection, testing and evaluation techniques for incoming goods.
  • Evaluates inspection techniques and recommends changes, as needed.
  • Works with Production, Quality Assurance, Materials and other departments to define quality standards and procedures.
  • Work with Quality Engineers to ensure that supplier discrepant material is handled in a timely manner.
  • Work with vendors to supply compliance documentation as needed (such as Process Flow Diagrams, Process FMEAs, Control Plans and Inspection plans).
  • Communicates with appropriate Astronics CSC personnel regarding supplier significant changes.
  • Assist in controlling nonconforming material in accordance with Astronics CSC procedures.
  • Supporting and leading continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Supporting internal audit requirements in accordance with Astronics CSC procedures.
  • Other duties & functions may be assigned to this position as needed.
  • Experience with special processes and/or electronic assemblies.
  • Understanding of J-STD-001 and other IPC standards.
  • Willingness to travel locally and nationally to supplier site.
Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3 years of quality experience working with quality systems.
  • Experience with Dock-to-Stock Programs.
  • Experience with Supplier Improvement Programs.
  • MRB, supplier performance, supplier corrective actions experience.
  • Working knowledge of AS9100, ISO 14001 and FAA Requirements.


  • Internal Auditor Experience.

An offer of employment is contingent on successfully passing a drug test and background check, and applicants who do not successfully pass both the drug test and background check will not be considered for employment.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Travel Requirements  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.  

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