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Thuraisinkam Varatharajan

Adv. Quality Planning Manager

Senior Quality professional with diversified and progressive experience in Quality Assurance, Program Management and Manufacturing in the Automotive, Medical device, Aerospace / Defense, plastics, and consumer goods industries. Involved with processes such as metal stamping, welding, machining,...
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experience

PSO / AQP Manager  
Chrysler, August 2011 to Present

Lead Program Launch at Warren Stamping Plant.

Quality Manager  
Adavanced Assembly Products Inc., March 2011 to August 2011

Managing Quality Dept. at Plant 1 & 2.

Senior Quality Engineer/ Quality Supervisor  
Cosma International Group of Magna International, December 2009 to March 2011

Responsibilities included developing quality systems, performing process capability studies, Control plans, APQP, PFMEA, PPAP submissions, quality training, quality audit, preparing Process and quality instructions, continuous improvement, dealing with customers and Suppliers on quality issues and working on new launches with advanced engineering in Body Systems. In-charge of Quality Laboratory.

Supplier / Quality Engineer  
Johnson Controls, JCIM, November 2008 to February 2009

Responsibilities included developing quality systems, performing process capability studies, Control plans, APQP, PFMEA, PPAP submissions, quality training, quality audit, preparing Process and quality instructions, continuous improvement, dealing with customers and Suppliers on quality issues and working on new launches with advanced engineering in Injection Moulding, and Assembly of polybond headliners.

Corporate Supplier Quality Engineer  
Metaldyne Corporation, January 2006 to August 2008

Working for Corporate Global Purchasing Group. Responsibilities include managing suppliers for Power train / NVH plants. Involved in supplier selection, risk assessment, Quality System audits, PSO, APQP, PPAP submissions, Program / Product launches at suppliers, quality issues, and Continuous Improvement activities at Suppliers. Managed Suppliers for Six (6) including Plants in Mexico, and China.

Quality Engineer  
Metaldyne, Detroit Plant, May 2003 to December 2005

Responsibilities included developing quality systems, performing process capability studies, control plans, APQP, PFMEA, PPAP submissions, quality training, quality audit, preparing process and quality instructions, continuous improvement, dealing with customers and suppliers on quality issues and working on new launches with advanced engineering in machining, cold and warm forming.

Supplier Tech. Assistance / Warranty Engineer  
Ford Motor Company, January 2001 to March 2003

Responsibilities included launching of Warranty Reduction Program at suppliers, and performing as a liaison to interface with suppliers / dealers and Ford management, tear down analysis, serve as a technical expert on evaluation of warranty parts for charging back dealers, interface with Supplier Technical Assistance Engineers on service / production parts' warranty issues, supported Quality Systems ( Q1 / QS9000 / ISO9000 ) effort within PS&L, performed facility reviews at potential new program suppliers, followed-up corrective actions ( 8-D ) with suppliers, and provided technical support to engineering, sales / marketing,& purchasing. • Reduced Warranty cost by 1.0 million every year for two (2) years on Engines / Transmissions by launching Warranty Reduction Program at Suppliers.

Quality Engineer  
Johnson Controls Automotive, September 1999 to November 2000

Responsibilities included developing quality systems, PPAP submissions, performing process capability studies, control plans, PFMEA, quality training, quality audit, preparing process and quality instructions, continuous improvement, dealing with customers and suppliers on quality issues and work on new launches with advanced engineering. • Maintained zero PPM on Toyota program. • Successful launch of two Toyota programs. • Passed QS 9000 audit every six months. • Implemented effective training program for operators to reduce scrap by 30%.

Quality Engineer  
TORAL CAST, Division of TESMA International Inc. ( Magna International), Canada, May 1998 to July 1999

Responsibilities included performing process capability studies, PFMEA, PPAP submissions, process control plans, G R & R studies, APQP, quality training, quality audit, continuous improvement and working with customers and suppliers on quality issues. • Reduced scrap by 30% through problem solving activities and training programs.

Program Manager  
Tamil Arts and Technology, Canada, January 1998 to Present

Program Manager and Instructor for Certificate in Quality Assurance Program. Subjects: • Quality Concepts • Statistical Process Control ( SPC ) • Management of Quality Assurance • Reliability of Quality Assurance • Quality Auditing • Advanced Statistical Methods • Inspection, Test, Metrology, and Blue Print Reading • Problem Solving Techniques • Quality Engineering

education

American Society for Quality (ASQ)  
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Jan, 2009 to Jan, 2009


University of Michigan-Flint  
MBA, Business Administration, Jan, 2002 to Jan, 2006


American Society for Quality (ASQ)  
Certified Quality Engineer, Jan, 1992 to Jan, 1992


Ryerson University  
Quality Assurance, Jan, 1988 to Jan, 1989


Ahmadu Bello University  
B. Eng.( Hons), Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1983 to Jan, 1986


Certifications

  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
    American Society For Quality (ASQ) 
    June 2010  - June 2013
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
    American Society For Quality (ASQ) 
    December 2009  - December 2012