Sr. Advanced Quality Engineer

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


Challenge is #PeoplePowered!


Position Summary:

The Sr. Advanced Quality Engineer accepts a leadership role within the Advanced Quality/ Launch group. Assists Advanced Quality Engineers in decision making, problem solving and helping to provide direction while managing their own programs in launch. Works with Program Managers/ Launch team to ensure all APQP documentation, customer specific requirements, and Challenge plant needs are met for a successful start of production.




  • Handles all quality related launch activities and acts as the voice for internal and external customers. Prepares all APQP and PPAP documentation for product in launch.  Works with Quality and Engineering departments on new programs to verify all customer requirements are met.  Communicates with suppliers to ensure products and services are meeting Challenge and customer requirements.
  • Attend all assigned program team meetings. Help other Advanced Quality Engineers and support their program team meetings when assistance is required.
  • Have, or be willing to obtain detailed product knowledge in a quick manner.
  • Work with Project Engineers to ensure FMEAs are completed in time to impact tooling designs.
  • Assist the Supplier Quality Engineers with supplier PPAP review and be able to assist in supplier selection.
  • Development of Control Plans.
  • Support team and provide guidance with evaluation and approval of dimensional tolerancing and specifications.
  • Support, and when necessary, lead the evaluation and approval of fixture and gage requirements.
  • Participate and or lead fixture and gage reviews and buy-off meetings.
  • Attend all assigned die and weld tool runoffs, internally and externally, to approve part quality and highlight potential risk. Support other Advanced Quality Engineers when requested.
  • Support the Safe Launch process in the early stages of launch through the hand over to plant quality personnel.
  • Support the communication between external and internal suppliers and customers.
  • Own the document storage process to ensure all documents created during the launch phase are complete and accessible.
  • Assist program teams and Advanced Quality Engineers with understanding customer PV test requirements and specifications.
  • Have a willingness and strength to engage and negotiate with the customer when requirements are open to interpretation or not feasible.
  • Able and willing to lead training of team members.


  • Advance GD&T knowledge.
  • Understanding of the Specific Customer Requirements.
  • Strong knowledge or AIAG.
  • Expertise in APQP.
  • Expertise in PPAP requirements.
  • Ability to analyze and understand dimensional data in varying formats.
  • Confidence to suggest tooling moves or explain non-conforming data to other engineering teams.
  • Knowledge of and experience using problem solving and core tools.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Plexus experience.
  • Microsoft Office.



    • S degree from an accredited college or university.



    • 5 Years in related experience and or training.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience.




    • S degree from an accredited college or university.



    • 10 to 15 years related experience and or training.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


    Other Duties

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.