Saab - Quality Engineer, First Article Inspection (FAI)

POSTED: October 12, 2022
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Job Description:

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered

technically possibly. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who share our challenge - to make the world a safer place.

At Saab 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 US Air Force. As we continue to build our new operation in West Lafayette, we are seeking a Quality Engineer, First Article Inspection (FAI) Coordinator to manage FAI's and mediate root cause corrective actions. The FAI Coordinator is responsible for organizing the FAI tasks and priorities for the advanced manufacturing operation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • 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.
  • All miscellaneous tasks as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Technology or related field.
  • Technical degree or certification in the field of aviation is preferred but not required.
  • 3+ years of qualified experience in aeronautics, automotive manufacturing, or related field.
  • Understanding of how FAI is a part of the overall Quality Management System.
  • Knowledge of AS9102 and internal requirements applicable for FAI.
  • Experience working with customer specific requirements, applicable for FAI.
  • Working knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes and inspection methods.
  • Direct experience with Quality Management Systems, testing and inspection methodologies.
  • Excellent communication and team building experience.
  • 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).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen and (ii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


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, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

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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