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Northeast Pennsylvania Section
(Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton)
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Northeast Quality Council (NEQC)


MISSION STATEMENT

"The Mission of ASQ Northeastern Pennsylvania is to promote the use of the principles and tools of Quality in Northeastern Pennsylvania's businesses and public institutions and become a source of Quality related expertise for our membership and community."

Announcements

CALL FOR PAPERS (ASQ-NEQC)

Dear past Presenter:

 Your are receiving this email letter because you may have presented at either the 58th, 59th, or 60th ASQ-NEQC Quality Conferences.  We are in need of keynote speakers and presenters for the 61st Conference being held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Mansfield, MA (Intersection of RT 495& 95)

Submission deadline is March 1, 2016.  Only those proposals received before the deadline will be considered.

·         We do not pay monetary payments including expenses to program session speakers.

·         We pay only for full day Seminar instruction per our policy.  Expenses are paid to Keynote speakers.  All speakers and instructors will be able to attend the conference at no charge.

·         All Submissions should be in the form of an abstract, including title, purpose, topic outline (minimum of 500 words), and the speaker’s bio (minimum of 100 words).

·         Program committee’s decision will be Final

·         Acceptance notifications will be issued by April 15, 2016 with guidelines for full presentation due by June 1, 2016.

·         Track sessions are 60 to 75 minutes, 32 sessions will be 60 minutes duration, 4 sessions are 75 minutes duration and to be practical hands on workshop oriented.  All sessions must include 10 minutes for questions.

·         Final papers will be reviewed before final acceptance.  The program committee has the right to reject any paper on topic or details related matters any time until Final presentation submitted in PowerPoint.  Program committee may modify for consistency and improving aesthetics as appropriate.

 

Kind Regards,

Helen E. Van Diver

Helen E Van Diver, ASQ-CQA, Srmbr

ASQ-NEQC 2016 Conference Programs Chair

Email: (h) helen.vandiver721 "at" gmail.com

 


"ISO 9001:2015 Transition and Implementation" offered by the Reading PA Section, 
on December 16 and 17

Note: Changes in Recertification Journal fees

Fees

  ASQ Member ASQ Non-Member
1 certification $69 $109
2 or more certifications $89 total $109 each




Job Openings

Posted Feb. 5 2016

Quality Assurance Manager – Hazelton, PA

 

           

Graham Packaging is a worldwide leader of custom rigid blow molded plastic containers servicing the most recognizable brands within the food and beverage, household, personal care and automotive markets.  Our focus is to be the leading global source for innovative and sustainable plastic packaging solutions. 

 

Specifically, Graham Packaging, a leading innovator in plastic packaging is looking for a dynamic, solution-oriented individual to join our team as Quality Assurance Manager.   

 

This position will be located in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and will be responsible for ensuring that a quality product is produced 100% of the time by meeting PPM and CPK goals.  You will have responsibility to upgrade Quality System to ensure that best practices from other plants and industries are being used and the customer sees quality as a competitive advantage.  While maintaining a satisfactory score on the Corporate Quality Audit and keeping return sales percentage below budgeted yearly goals.  This position will also be responsible for attainment of budgeted line speeds and efficiencies while maintaining a quality product, maintaining regrind inventory below yearly targeted levels, leading HACCP within the plant and ensuring that the Product Qualification Procedure (PQP) is followed on all or changed products as outlined in corporate procedures.

 

 

Job Description:

  • Understand and interpret customer requirements
  • Convert customer requirements into manufacturing requirements (define necessary inspection and critical process control points and required methodologies)
  • Define, implement and monitor the systems required to ensure compliance (GMP’s, required certifications, sanitation, customer audit requirements)
  • Monitor complaint type and frequency to verify effectiveness of corrective actions
  • Initiate corrective/preventive and continuous improvement opportunities through defined/document channels, and actively participate in developing, implementing, and verifying corrective/improvement actions
  • Define, develop, implement and monitor in-plant inspection points and frequency necessary to achieve customer compliance
  • Develop operating procedures and controls for all automatic inspection devices
  • Develop, implement and monitor process control points and improvements necessary for defect elimination
  • Communicate regularly about customer issues and overall plant quality performance with management, staff and plant personal
  • Lead quality defect analysis and elimination efforts
  • Hire, train, and direct the daily activities of the plant quality staff
  • Continuously evaluate procedures for best practices, particularly in the areas of Safety and efficiency
  • Involve customer in Quality Improvement Teams
  • Implement training programs in SPC and Quality Systems for plant personnel
  • Act as the internal and external audit management representative for any plant quality audits
  • Report as required on the quality status of the plant to the plant staff as it relates to yearly goals
  • Hold management review sessions with the entire plant staff to review quality performance corrective actions, and areas for improvement as required
  • Interact directly with Production Manager and Maintenance Manager to ensure effective preventive maintenance and a reduction of changeover times
  • Provide support to ensure that the Plant meets EBITDA
  • Utilize the project management system to drive plant projects by maintaining an active and updated management system
  • Ensure plant is maintained at a high standard of housekeeping
  • Provide a safe working environment for all employees to ensure a zero accident rate
  • Work as required with Engineering, Sales, and Customer Service in completing the above responsibilities.
  • Work with suppliers as required, defining customer and plant requirements and ensuring
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned by Plant Manager.

 

 

 

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel,  and Outlook)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to seek resources as needed
  • An approach to work that includes initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to drive process improvement
  • Collaborative interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with hiring managers, candidates and peers
  • Very strong organizational and business process skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to accurately determine deadlines and ask for help if needed
  • Willingness to seek professional growth and development as the scope of the position increases
  • Uncompromised commitment to team focus and exceptional customer service
  • Demonstrated integrity, maturity, professionalism, and sensitivity

 

Education/Experience:

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in quality related roles (in a manufacturing environment)
  • Strong statistical process control (SPC) experience and knowledge
  • Strong math background
  • Understanding of HACCP and GMPs
  • Ability to understand product prints and written specifications
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.  Ability to train others.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to seek resources as needed
  • An approach to work that includes initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to drive process improvement
  • Collaborative interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with production staff, management, corporate staff, customer representatives, etc.
  • Very strong organizational and business process skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to accurately determine deadlines and ask for help if needed
  • Willingness to seek professional growth and development as the scope of the position increases
  • Uncompromised commitment to client focus and exceptional customer service
  • Demonstrated integrity, maturity, professionalism, and sensitivity

 


While we manufacture to perfection, we understand that what’s inside our bottles is what consumers are truly purchasing.  The same is true for our organization.  It’s the people inside Graham Packaging that make us successful.  Step inside our workplace and you will discover an organization that is built around timeless principles like talking straight, getting stuff done and hiring the best people.  Join our Graham Packaging team and together we will continue to build a culture that is driven by:   

      

  • A belief that integrity is paramount--that promoting ethical behavior is a prerequisite for success and must grow from the bottom up, flow from the top down and be modeled throughout the entire organization.
  • An operational approach where innovation, driven by original ideas and solutions, creates not only a culture of empowerment for employees but is the key to solving customer’s problems
  • A working environment that focuses on teamwork and treating everyone as a valuable voice. 
  • Hiring strategies that embrace diversity, passion and directness. 

 

Contact Dave Westerman at Graham Packaging:

717-849-1858 Direct Dial

Dave.Westerman "at" Grahampackaging.com

 



Posted November 16 2015

Job Title:

 

QC Inspectors & Quality Auditors – 1099/Contract (Multiple Industries)

 

Job Description:

Pro QC has over thirty years of experience as an international third party quality consulting and engineering solutions organization. With operations in over 38 countries, our services include but are not limited to QC inspections, product testing, corrective action, and supplier audits (ISO/TS 16949, SA8000, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, etc).

Pro QC is currently seeking qualified local quality contractors to represent our clients at their local contract manufacturing locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Inspections generally include quantity verification and random sampling for visual/workmanship evaluation, functional testing, and packaging integrity verification. Sampling employed follows ANSI Z1.4 specifications (MIL105E). 

Audit requests vary depending on industry, with a focus on automotive, medical device and general QMS.

Requirements:

·         Flexible schedule.

·         Experience as a quality inspector, engineer and/or auditor.

·         Inspectors: BS in mechanical or electrical engineering or CQE/CQI preferred.

·         Auditors: CQA or ISO 9001 experience preferred.

·         Ability to prepare and submit electronic reports, including digital photos.

Compensation:

Pro QC provides a competitive hourly rate for 1099 contractors.  The rate depends on the project and service required. Contractors are compensated for time on-site and travel time.  Mileage is reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

Contact Information:

For more information regarding 1099 quality opportunities, please send your resume and applicable details to info "at" proqc.com.  Or, contact Jennifer Stepniowski directly at 813-428-3277. 

Learn more about Pro QC International on our website at www.proqc.com.

 



Posted November 6 2015

From: Deron Hiles <DHiles masonite.com>
Date: November 6, 2015 at 3:53:50 PM EST

 
One of the plants that I cover near you has an opening for a Quality Manager.  This facility is located in Northumberland, PA, near Lewisburg, and has approximately 200 employees.  It produces doors for architectural and commercial applications such as hotels, hospitals and offices.  We do have relocation assistance available for this position. 
 
I have attached a link to a more detailed description.  I was hoping you might forward to any of your chapter members that might have an interest.  There is contact information for applying and questions, plus I am available if anyone has an interest and has further questions after visiting the link
 
https://careers-masonite.icims.com/jobs/3295/quality-manager/job?mode=view
 
 
Thanks for your help.
 
Regards







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Exam date Note that the application must be filed about two months before the exam.

Quality Inspector (CQI) (formerly CMI?)  March 5, 2016
October 1, 2016
Quality Technician (CQT)  March 5, 2016
October 1, 2016
Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQOE) March 5, 2016
October 1, 2016
Reliability Engineer (CRE) March 5, 2016
October 1, 2016
Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)  March 5, 2016
October 1, 2016
Calibration Technician (CCT)
 June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016
Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)
 June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016
Quality Engineer (CQE)
June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016
Quality Auditor (CQA)
 June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016
Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)
 June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016
Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
June 4, 2016
December 3, 2016


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