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Director of Quality & Reliability
Company Overview

Solecta is an exciting early-stage, high-tech company focused on using its deep membrane technology, robust element designs, and applications know-how to solve in-process separations challenges for large, well-respected industrial companies. The company is backed by True North Venture Partners, an investing firm that specializes in commercializing and scaling disruptive innovations in clean water, clean energy and sustainable manufacturing.

Position Summary

  • The Director of Quality and Reliability will serve as a key member of the COO staff. This individual will oversee the quality department and build/maintain the quality management system and systems to enable continuous improvement while training and mentoring the quality team. They will build and lead a reliability function including establishment and execution of a reliability improvement plan. Working with the VP R&D, this individual will implement equipment and protocols for assessing membrane and module reliability and build predictive lifetime models.

Essential Functions

  • Strategically align the Quality and Reliability group and functions with the company strategy
  • Develop and roll out a Quality Management System (QMS) compliant with ISO 9001 standards
  • Sponsor a quality-focused culture throughout the entire organization through quality focused leadership and coaching in continuous improvement/Lean tools
  • Develop Supplier Quality Program/Process in conjunction with Supply Chain team to ensure purchased materials, components, finished goods and services meet company quality standards
  • Establish and support methods for advanced process quality planning (APQP). Oversee measurement system accuracy and the calibration system
  • Coordinate and lead activities for Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions as necessary to resolve quality problems
  • Develop, train and manage the quality, reliability, incoming and final inspection teams
  • Oversee the review process of customer complaints and warranty claims to determine root cause and preventative actions needed to prevent recurrence of the problem
  • Ensure that all training standards required by the Quality Management System are put in place and continuously updated
  • Work with VP R&D to establish membrane and element validation and verification testing equipment, test methods and protocols
  • Perform accelerated testing of membrane and elements to develop models to predict lifetime under application conditions

Position Qualifications

  • B.S. in Engineering
  • 10+ years of quality and/or reliability experience with minimum 5 years directly managing teams
  • Experience in managing quality and reliability in a manufacturing company supporting commercialization of innovative technologies from conception to high volume production
  • Expertise in ISO quality standards, APQP, SPC, pFMEA, Lean manufacturing. Must have diverse knowledge of inspection and control methods, techniques, documentation. Expertise in DFSS, Robust Engineering a plus
  • Expertise in reliability planning and reliability modeling with methods like HALT/HASS/MTBF/Weibull predictions, DFMEA etc.
  • Experience working with customers and suppliers and external testing partners
  • Ability to recruit, build and lead high performing team
  • Ability to influence and gain alignment and commitment through excellent interpersonal, communication, and planning skills
  • Able to work with all levels of the organization
  • Self-starter with the ability to anticipate various outcomes and potential solutions
  • Ability to keep pace in a fast moving and dynamic business environment
  • Hands-on with an ability to dive into details when necessary

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Maintenance Technician
 

The maintenance technician position is responsible for performing highly diversified duties to safely install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain production and facility equipment according predictive and productive maintenance systems and processes that support the achievement of the site’s business goals and objectives.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform highly diversified duties to install and maintain production machines and the facility equipment.
  • Provide emergency/unscheduled repairs of production equipment during production and performs scheduled maintenance repairs of production equipment during machine service.
  • Perform simple machinist duties and responsibilities.
  • Perform mechanic skills including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, troubleshooting and repair of production machines.
  • Read and interpret equipment manuals and work orders to perform required maintenance and service.
  • Diagnose problems, replace or repair parts, test and make adjustments.
  • Perform regular preventive maintenance on machines, equipment and plant facilities.
  • Perform a variety of plumbing maintenance and carpentry functions.
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools, electric meters and material handling equipment in performing duties.
  • Detect faulty operations, defective material and report those and any unusual situations to proper supervision.
  • Identify and escalate issues to the Equipment Engineering Manager that affect safety, quality, delivery, cost, or cycle time.
  • As needed, operate independently to research and write purchase orders for spare parts, hand tools, and equipment required for maintenance duties.
  • Participate in Task Force Meetings providing insight for Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Plans for equipment.
  • Provide regular feedback about how to Continuously Improve maintenance operations.
  • Participate in the creation of and/or independently write Preventative Maintenance, Corrective Maintenance, and Troubleshooting Procedures.
  • Comply with safety regulations and maintain clean and orderly work areas.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment with shifting demands and priorities.
  • Support installation and facilitation efforts for assigned equipment. Execute test plans for execution at vendor factory sites and onsite in company production facilities.
  • Ability to gain an understanding of manufacturing processes and key inputs and outputs of the manufacturing process. Use that understanding to guide decision making and prioritize projects.
  • Work with fellow maintenance personnel, equipment engineers, and internal teams to reduce defects, improve process and product yield and quality. Work with Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing, Maintenance, and Supply Chain teams to ensure that required personnel and material support is available when performing preventive and corrective maintenance, troubleshooting, and when supporting equipment installation, facilitation, and qualification and acceptance testing.
  • Other tasks/duties may be assigned outside the items described expressly here.
Skills/Qualifications:
  • High school diploma/GED and completion of craft apprenticeship, or an equivalent number of years of education and production maintenance experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, HVAC and industrial skills, with some PLC experience.
  • Experience with web handling equipment and fluid distribution systems (pumps, piping, etc.).
  • Formal or on-the-job training in welding and machining. Welding stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, and plastic. Machining those same materials using a lathe, mill, and hand tools.
  • Ability to read and understand detailed technical schematics and line diagrams.
  • Experience or interest in simple drafting & mechanical design using CAD (SolidWorks, Inventor, etc.).
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot complex problems and address root causes.
  • Strong partnering and teamwork skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task multiple complex projects and execute based on priority.
  • Proven ability to engage large groups and single individuals on highly technical material.
  • High energy. Able to communicate up, down, and laterally across the organization.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely to audiences with varied educational and technical backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration.
  • The noise level of the work environment and job sites can be loud.
  • The employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouch, crawling, and climbing all day.
  • Must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 lbs. (with help if required).
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule both in facility location and start time. We have two shifts, this is for 1st shift; however, may be required to rotate through the two shifts at the two facilities.
  • Very occasional travel is expected. Equipment testing acceptance at vendor sites and supply runs to local stores/vendors along with rapid mobility between our two facilities, in Oceanside and Carlsbad.
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Manufacturing Intern

Solecta is an exciting early-stage, high-tech company commercializing polymeric industrial filtration products with manufacturing facilities in Carlsbad and Oceanside, CA.The company is backed by True North Venture Partners, an investing firm that specializes in commercializing and scaling disruptive innovations.

Job Description:

 The Manufacturing Intern will lead and/or assist with the following:

  • Creating and updating work instructions
  • Conducting Cycle Times studies
  • Performing new product Tests
  • Participating in Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Participating in 5S program
  • Creating BOM
  • Creating Routers
  • Conducting Root Cause Analysis
  • Assisting Equipment and Process Engineers
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a 4 year College/University, in a Science related discipline such as Engineering (Industrial or Mechanical), or Life Sciences, required
  • Manufacturing experience, a plus
  • Lean Six Sigma experience, a plus
  • 5S program knowledge and experience, a plus
  • Conducting Root Cause Analysis experience, a plus

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Hands-on approach and methodology
  • Thrives in a fast-moving entrepreneurial culture
  • High energy and motivation with a strong work ethic
  • Proficiency with MS Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, required

 

 

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Senior Process Engineer

The Senior/Staff Process Engineer is responsible for improving existing membrane manufacturing processes and developing processes to support new products. The Process Engineer will use lean thinking, statistical and robust engineering methodologies to improve process capability, reduce scrap and setup and improve plant throughput.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Compile and evaluate test data to determine appropriate limits and variables (CTQs) for process or material specifications. Perform materials characterization.
  • Review processing techniques and methods applied in the manufacture, fabrication, and evaluation of membrane and element products. Develop new or modified processes. Qualify and document process recipes for turnover to manufacturing for execution.
  • Conceive and execute projects for continuous yield improvement and setup time reduction. Define and select of new processing concepts. Develop and execute plans to support these goals.
  • Analyze existing capacity and make recommendations of process and equipment improvements to maximize capacity and throughput. Oversee and drive associated projects into manufacturing through the change control board, documentation and training.
  • Use technical problem solving skills while driving multiple projects to completion. Use statistical process control, DOE, robust engineering methodologies and engineering analysis tools.
  • Regularly monitor equipment and process performance to ensure operation meets safety and quality requirements. Troubleshoot problems in the manufacturing production process including equipment problems if necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in an Engineering discipline or Materials Science plus 8-15 years of engineering experience in a manufacturing environment. Master’s or PhD preferred. Experience in Polymer Engineering a plus.
  • Demonstrated record of solving problems using structured problem-solving methods (8D, Kepner-Tregoe, 5 Whys etc.) Ability to drive root cause analysis while implementing short term fixes and long- term solutions.
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced rapidly changing environment.
  • Record of defining and managing manufacturing process improvement projects to completion. Ability to facilitate process and behavior change.
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills with statistical packages such as JMP, Minitab, SPC, Matlab, etc. Expertise in DOE methodologies. Experience in Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and Taguchi methods highly desirable.
  • Able to communicate (written and oral) technical concepts clearly and concisely to audiences with varied levels of educational and technical backgrounds. Able to develop clear written instructions and procedures and train staff.
  • Must be “hands-on” and comfortable spending time on the shop floor working with operators and technicians.
  • Conduct engineering tests and perform detailed experimental testing to collect design data.
  • Strong interpersonal and project management skills, as well as the ability to influence others.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 

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Staff Engineer, Element Development

Company Overview

Solecta is an exciting early-stage, high-tech company commercializing polymeric industrial filtration products with manufacturing facilities in Oceanside, CA.The company is backed by True North Venture Partners, an investing firm that specializes in commercializing and scaling disruptive innovations.

Job Description:

The Staff Engineer, Element Development will have the ability to apply their mastery of mechanical engineering and fluid dynamics to solve problems and develop solutions in a variety of contexts including new Element product development, Element performance improvement, Element performance characterization, and optimization of manufacturing methods. The nimble environment of this company will allow for this scientist to push their ideas rapidly from conception to reality. Over time the right person in this role has the potential to develop into a leader in one of the most watched segments of the membrane industry.

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience (one of the following):

  • BS in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering and 15+ years relevant experience
  • MS or PhD with 10+ years relevant experience

Skills:

  • Research experience with flat sheet polymeric RO/NF/UF/MF membranes
  • Demonstrated capacity to prove/disprove/improve models based on laboratory data
  • Knowledge of Element design and configurations, including but not limited to:
    • Design (use of modeling tools e.g., AutoCAD, Solidworks, stack up tolerance design and modeling statics/column loading)
    • Materials (e.g., adhesives, plastics including molding and extrusion methods)
    • Components (e.g., Spacer, Tricot)
    • Testing (cross flow-delta P testing, Bubble tests, destructive mechanical testing)
    • Assembly methods
    • Working knowledge of modeling, including CFD, Statics/column loading models
  • Experience with developing products using a “Stage Gate Development Process”
  • Experience in taking an innovative mechanical or fluid flow oriented new product from the product design phase into volume manufacturing with consistent performance and high yields
  • Project Management – ability to manage projects to meet deliverables on time
  • Familiarity with Robust Engineering/Taguchi Methods, Theory of Constraints a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze data using statistics and statistical packages like MiniTab or JMP
  • Membrane materials, processing and testing knowledge a plus
  • Orientation to “get things done”, works well in teams
  • Hands-on approach and methodology
  • Thrives in a fast-moving entrepreneurial culture
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Staff Engineer, Membrane Development

Company Overview

Solecta is an exciting early-stage, high-tech company commercializing polymeric industrial filtration products with manufacturing facilities in Carlsbad and Oceanside, CA. The company is backed by True North Venture Partners, an investing firm that specializes in commercializing and scaling disruptive innovations.

Job Description:

The Staff Engineer, Membrane Development filling this role will have the ability to apply their mastery of chemistry and engineering principles and skills to solve problems and develop solutions in a variety of contexts including new membrane product development, membrane performance characterization, and optimization of manufacturing conditions. The nimble environment of this company will allow for this scientist to push their ideas rapidly from conception to reality. Over time the right person in this role has the potential to develop into a leader in one of the most watched segments of the membrane industry.

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience (one of the following):

  • BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science and 15+ years relevant experience
  • MS or PhD with 10+ years relevant experience

Skills:

  • Research experience with flat sheet polymeric RO/NF/UF/MF membranes
  • Demonstrated capacity to prove/disprove/improve models based on laboratory data
  • Knowledge of membrane chemistry, manufacturing methods (e.g., Interfacial polymerization, nonsolvent-Induced Phase Separation, membrane fouling/fouling resistance).
  • Knowledge of Membrane Performance Testing and Quality Assurance Testing and characterization methods e.g., SEM, FTIR, TEM, EDX, AFM etc.
  • Experience with developing products using a “Stage Gate Development Process”
  • Experience in taking a membrane product from the laboratory into volume manufacturing with consistently high and predictable yields
  • Project Management – ability to manage projects to meet deliverables on time
  • Familiarity with Robust Engineering/Taguchi Methods, Theory of Constraints a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze data using statistics and statistical packages like MiniTab or JMP
  • Element Design and Element Engineering knowledge a plus
  • Orientation to “get things done”, works well in teams
  • Hands-on approach and methodology
  • Thrives in a fast-moving entrepreneurial culture

 

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WHAT'S IT LIKE WORKING AT SOLECTA?

Our Environment

Be part of a high energy, fast-paced work environment that is challenging and team oriented.

 

How we Work 

Work with a company who has a clear purpose and focused initiatives that will have meaningful impact on a global scale.

 

Tools of the Trade

Utilize a powerful set of engineering tools that will enable us to create transformative capabilities in our technologies.

 

Our Future

Join us while we revolutionize the membrane separations space and position ourselves for a clear market leadership role.

 

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  • Director of Quality & Reliability
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Intern
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Staff Engineer, Element Development
  • Staff Engineer, Membrane Development

Contact Us

Headquarters

4113 Avenida de la Plata
Oceanside, CA 92056

760.630.9643

info/at/solectamembranes.com

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