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Joep

| Quality engineer
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George

| Quality engineer
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Ruud

| Quality engineer

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Joep

| Quality engineer

My working day is always different. I try to start my day with a cup of coffee, but in most cases, that’s combined with the first meeting or phone call of the day which could be about anything.

Today I started with a call from the production floor because a Technician saw deviations in the soldering process. Together with Process Engineer and the Team Leader on the production floor we defined the actions to take. Afterwards I have a call with a customer who has technical questions about a defective power amplifier. In meantime, I try to keep my mailbox up to date, which is challenging sometimes.

After lunch, I join a meeting about the reliability of our gradient amplifier family. This amplifier generates extreme peak power while being extremely accurate and reliable. These machines make my heart beats faster. For these kinds of systems, it is all about the smallest details. All disciplines are involved. This is not a one man show, it’s team effort. Being part of that, makes me proud.

At the end of the day, I have some time left to prepare myself for tomorrow. We have a kick-off meeting for another new power conversion project. I start digging in the database to identify weak spots in previous designs. Analyzing production and field failure data might sound boring but it gives a lot of insights and knowledge which can be used in new product designs to improve our products and reduce development time.

Creating state-of-the-art technical solutions for market leading customers in a high-tech production environment gives me energy

Quality engineer profile

  • BSc, BEng or MSc in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Industrial Engineering or Applied physics or a related technical education

Pros and cons

  • Flexible working times
  • A lot of freedom (which doesn’t mean you’re not responsible)
  • With the available gym, it is easy to combine work with sports
  • No temptation from smelly ‘kroketten’ and pizza slices in the canteen
  • Because of the low average age, sometimes I feel old, while I’m not of course
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George

| Quality engineer

Working as a Quality Engineer has been a fun and interesting challenge since the beginning and guarantees one thing: You never get bored!

My day nearly always starts according to plan, but in most cases a new un-anticipated challenge will occur later and will require attention. This variety is what makes this job so rewarding, as you learn new things and help improve yourself and people around you daily.

Today, everything went as planned:

I started my day with a review meeting regarding a water-cooled computing cabinet’s mechanical design. In close collaboration with the System architect and the mechanical designers, we helped identify areas with room for improvement in the design, in order to optimize both our production flow, but also product’s reliability and customer’s satisfaction. Being part of such multi-disciplinary teams where your input is valued is something that really makes me love my job.

After this, I finish my statistical analysis on production data of a complex embedded computing processing board. Results indicated that recently there was increased failure rate on one of the production tests. After a close investigation together with the process owner, test architect and service engineer we were able to identify the root-cause and setup the improvement plan.

In the afternoon, I have a meeting with a service engineer in order to analyze some defective motion controller boards as part of an 8D investigation.

At the end of my day I’ll have to prepare for a call with the customer in order to discuss the performance of our products on the field and align on whether all the goals for our customer satisfaction are met or improvement actions will be required.

Quality is always about team effort and being part of the Prodrive Quality team makes this part even better. This is not a routine job where data monitoring is the only task.

It is also about multi-disciplinary tech investigations, great collaboration and knowledge exchange with engineers, project leaders, process owners and technicians. It is about using all kinds of equipment from microscopes to x-rays, all kinds of input from database analysis tools that help identify failure patterns and increase one’s critical ability. You learn new things and also have the chance to feel your impact on the organization’s improvement every single day and this is what always keeps my motivation high and makes love my job.

You never get bored

Quality engineer profile

  • BSc, BEng or MSc in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Industrial Engineering or Applied physics or a related technical education

Pros and cons

  • Not a routine job
  • Working together with many different people across Prodrive
  • Learning new things every day
  • Being part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • My planning throughout the day changes often
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Ruud

| Quality engineer

As a Quality Engineer I’m involved in almost all aspects of the design and manufacturing of our products during the complete lifecycle of a product. This means that on day to day basis I support our departments on improving the quality of our products to meet both the customer requirements and our own high standards. This can be achieved by analyzing our production data and customer complaints, joining design reviews, PFMEA sessions or guiding the teams to resolve an issue that occurred in design, manufacturing, at our supplier or at the customer.

Together with my colleagues I also identify improvements for our products and our processes and lead the team that will improve the overall performance of our company. Another important aspect of this job is to lead quality discussions with our customers about the quality related requirements for new projects and quality performance of running projects.

In the morning my agenda can consist of discussions about new projects and design choices with our R&D department, while at the afternoon I’m in our production facility for investigations to verify if the improvements are giving the expected results. The next day I might need to reschedule all planned events as my attendance is required at an internal or external location for quality topics that cannot wait. This is also what makes this role very interesting and challenging.

I’m involved in almost all aspects of the design and manufacturing of our products during the complete lifecycle of a product

Quality engineer profile

  • BSc, BEng or MSc in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Industrial Engineering or Applied physics or a related technical education

Pros and cons

  • Very nice environment and facilities
  • Interaction with complete organization
  • Broad range of projects & customers
  • Freedom & flexibility in my work
  • Free lunch & dinner
  • Running around between all our buildings

The Prodrive Technologies Mindset

Responsibility

You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project

Flexible

You decide when, where and how much you want to work

Manufacturing

You like to think about manufacturability when designing

Initiative

You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality

Have you got what it takes to become a Prodriver?

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What we offer

  • Perfect environment for people willing to take full responsibility in a project
  • Unlimited growth opportunities and freedom in taking different roles in different projects
  • We are open 24/7 and provide lunch, dinner and a company gym
  • Young and dynamic culture
  • Unlimited personal budget for training courses, classes or studies
  • We keep management positions to a minimum, so there is virtually no hierarchy
  • Create your future with your own personal development plan
  • Tools and equipment such as an iPhone, iPad and laptop
  • The flexibility to work wherever and how much you want
  • Salary that grows with your performance
  • Opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur in the company
  • Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive
  • 31 Holidays
  • Money for retirement
  • Distribution of profits

Application steps

  1. We’ll take a look at your application as soon as possible.
  2. You will receive a link to Prodrive Technologies’ online aptitude test to see if you’re up for the challenge.
  3. We will set you up for a personal interview to ask you difficult questions about yourself. Afterwards, others will ask you some more difficult questions about your expertise. We will immediately decide if we will make you an offer after the interviews.
  4. When there’s enough time left, we will discuss employment conditions directly after the interviews.
  5. If you survived everything, only your signature stands between you and being a Prodriver.