Process Control Engineer - Wax Center (Portland, OR)

United States of America
Wax Center
Full Time



With more than 120 operations and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aero structures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, we are the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. We also manufacture extruded seamless pipe, fittings, and forgings for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aero structures; and metal alloys and other materials for the casting and forging industries. With such critical applications, we insist on quality and dependability – not just in the materials and products we make, but in the people we recruit.

PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

In 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by Chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett, acquired Precision Castparts Corp.

This position commonly reports to the Engineering Program Manager and may perform one or more of the following engineering functions:  Part Engineering, Dimensional Engineering, Quality Engineering, Process Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering.

Incumbent provides expert consultation in one or more areas for the design, development and implementation of products, processes, plans and procedures.  Is recognized as a technical leader and resource. Recommends alterations and enhancements to improve quality of products and/or procedures.  Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. May provide consultation on complex projects and is considered the top-level contributor/specialist.

Based on their independent judgment and within the scope of their engineering expertise, incumbent is vested with the authority to stop the manufacturing process.

Effective decisions will typically result in successful part programs and considerable financial benefit to the company.

May supervise other engineers and/or technicians on an ongoing basis or as needed for the term of assigned projects.

Essential Job Functions:

Keep Process in Control


  • Review and respond to department quality data on a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis.
  • Update and review control charts, control limits, and process control cookbooks.
  • Audit and update PCP’s SOP’s and Purchase Specifications, as well as Audit Plans and Reports.


  • Process control is a key source of process information and process expertise for process and part troubleshooting. Immediate customer and quality excursions are a high priority.

Reduce Variability (Continuous Improvement)

  • Improve measurements and capability for raw materials, input variables, process yields, and response variable using SPC and NEI methods. Focus on key departments metrics such as scrap, rework, and process yield.
  • Improve the use and integration of SPC tools and techniques to improve process predictability.
  • Conduct gauge repeatability and reproducibility studies to correct gauge error greater than 30%
  • May supervise other engineers or technicians on assigned projects.
  • Identify and address safety considerations within the scope of their job responsibilities.
  • Responsible for annual cost savings projects totaling 3x the employee’s salary

Reporting Relationships:

This position will be reporting to the Plant Manager with dotted line to the Engineering Director. 

Education and Qualifications:

  • Requires a BS degree in Engineering/Technical Science (preferred) with at least 3-5 years of experience in engineering related work.
  • Experience with data analysis and statistical process control.
  • Experience with writing technical processing requirements for manufacturing or equivalent.
  • Broad knowledge of materials science engineering, manufacturing processes and investment casting technology.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability in engineering principles and disciplines.
  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with various levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated high degree of objectivity and integrity in the evaluation of people and problems
  • Demonstrated ownership of an area and while partnering with other stakeholders
  • Experience with data collection and analysis using excel

Desired Skills:

  • PFMEA, Control Plan, process mapping
  • Dashboarding and Statistical Process Control implementation and sustainment
  • Injection molding experience (preferably ceramic)
  • Investment casting experience
  • Ceramic processing experience
  • Excel (including VBA), JMP, Minitab, WebFocus and/or Statistica.