Saab - Associate Quality Engineer, First Article Inspection (FAI)

POSTED: March 22, 2023
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, IN, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Redhawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity by 2027, Saab will employ over 250 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing.The new flagship facility will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques and leverage research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio.

As Saab continues to expand their new operation in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking an Associate Quality Engineer, First Article Inspection (FAI) to help manage FAI’s and mediate root cause corrective actions. The FAI Engineer is responsible for organizing the FAI tasks and priorities for the advanced manufacturing operation.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure compliance with the Quality Management System principles and processes for this new site.

  • Determine FAI Schedule and scope and communicate with Production Management.

  • Plan and lead FAI review meetings and ensure necessary documentation and data availability.

  • Appoint and facilitate FAI review team on regular cadence.

  • Ensure compliance with all FAI documentation, verify Action Report documents have been accounted for and filled in correctly.

  • Review FAI recordings of non-conformance reports (NCR) identified during manufacturing and inspection and track all issues.

  • Ensure that change requests are written when necessary.

  • Ensure that root-cause corrective actions are registered and dispatched.

  • Complete, verify and sign the FAI Report (FAIR).

  • Initiate performance of Partial FAI.

  • Follow up on root-cause corrective actions and archive the FAI.

  • Train future team members in quality principles and systems.

  • Contribute to a people-first culture in alignment to Saab values, demonstrating core Company values: Trust, Drive, Expertise, and Support.

  • All miscellaneous tasks as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, or related field.
  • Technical degree or certification in the field of aviation is preferred but not required.

  • 0-3 years of qualified experience in aeronautics, automotive manufacturing, or related industry.

  • Knowledge of AS9102 and internal requirements applicable for FAI is preferred.

  • Experience working with customer specific requirements, applicable for FAI is preferred.

  • Working knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes and inspection methods.

  • Excellent communication and experience working in a team environment.

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to lead and drive change will be critical to the role

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.


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