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Vanguard EMS, Inc. Selective Solder Inspector in Beaverton, Oregon

The Manufacturing Associate collaborates directly with Team Coordinator and department supervisor to ensure surface mount and through hold solder meets or exceeds IPC standards. This position is key to company quality standards.

Vanguard EMS, Inc. is in the service business. Even with Vanguard’s state of the art technology, vast manufacturing capability, and leading-edge information tools, we wake up every day thinking about how best to serve our customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we live.

What you’ll do:

  • Inspect boards produced from hand or machine assembly processes and ensure that all customer and regulatory requirements are met.

  • Perform WIP transactions in Vanguard’s software system to assure proper traceability.

  • Communicate quality issues to the appropriate team, Manager and Engineer as needed.

  • Stop work flow as needed to stop the repeated manufacture of defective products.

  • Motivate team and create a positive team working environment.

  • Ensure benches, tools and equipment are maintained and in good working condition

  • Drive continuous improvement by looking for opportunities for improvement and working projects

  • Maintain a clean and highly organized area and perform other duties as assigned.


What you’ll need:

Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma, GED or Equivalent

  • Ability to obtain J-STD and IPC certification within 90 days.

Other Skills

  • High-level critical thinking, analysis, attention to detail, and excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated highly motivated strong leadership and teambuilding skills with self-motivation, problem solving abilities, team spirit and a “hands on” mentality.

  • Ability to use microscope and effectively manipulate small and/or fragile components for extended time.

  • Ability to use visual aids, complicated drawings to verify quality products.

  • Communicate in person, over the phone, email, internet or in writing in a positive, professional manner.

  • Knowledge of common Manufacturing processes and/or equipment operation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in Electronic or Mechanical engineering

  • J-STD and IPC Certification

  • Experience of SMT, through-hole, wave and/or selective solder processes and/or equipment operations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses his/her hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. The employee uses production equipment. Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

This Job Posting is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities associated with this position. Management reserves the right to modify and assign other duties as necessary


Employees enjoy a highly competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision

  • 401K (with employer match)

  • Up to 120 hours earned paid time off in the first year of employment

  • Paid holidays