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Quality Engineering Intern


Middletown, Iowa (IA), US, 52638

Category:  Engineering
Work Area:  Onsite
Requisition ID:  1185



About American Ordnance

At American Ordnance, we know the stakes and We do what we say! ® We’re the team working behind the scenes to make sure our nation’s front lines have safe, high-quality ammunition. As a trusted premier manufacturer of ammunition to the U.S. Military, some of our capabilities range from production of direct and indirect fire, warheads, to special projects and beyond. With more than 70 years of experience and Day & Zimmermann behind us, it’s no surprise that our teams consistently exceed expectations. Come join in on our purpose – We put people to work, we protect American freedoms, and we help our customers power and improve the world!

Position Description

We’re looking for a full-time, staff Quality Engineer Intern to join our American Ordnance team located in Middletown, IA. You will get to work under the supervision of an experienced employee. Continuously improve processes and systems under their control and meet customer needs, both internal and external. The internship tasks will be focused in the area in line with your education and ability.

As the Quality Engineer Intern, here’s the work you’ll do:

  • Provides direct Quality Engineering support, practices and promotes safety. Plans and executes innovative, preventive methods to 'build in' product quality and improve processes. Manages inspection staffing. Interfaces with internal and external customers, represents their perspective on quality issues.
  • Recommends and supports continuous improvement projects using structured, team problem solving strategies and methods. Implements preventive actions, optimizes processes to prevent critical and other defects. Uses statistical methods to improve process capability, stability and reliability.
  • Supports corrective action responses using root cause analysis and preventive strategies. Coordinates and approves corrective action responses. Responds through the AO Program Manager to customer requests for data.
  • Reviews TDP, ECP's, contracts, technical specifications, etc. and provides input to the Configuration Control process. Generates documents, procedures. Maintains and reports on Quality metrics for the business unit. Communicates quality issues throughout AO.
  • Leads Quality Planning activities utilizing Initial Quality Planning (IQP), FMEA, Control Plans, staffing and resource planning and data reporting. Supports AIE/AAIE review, test, R&R studies and approvals for AO ammunition items and component suppliers.

This role is for you if you have these skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and procedures of CP2/ISO Quality Systems and continuous improvement tools such as DOEs, SPC, FMEA, and Control Plans.

And if you have these qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university in engineering, quality, or science with some core classes completed.
  • Great attitude and team player.
  • Successful completion of background screening process.


In compliance with this state’s pay transparency laws, the salary range for this role is $20.00/hr. This is not a guarantee of compensation or salary, as final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to experience and geographic location. (The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire, schedule type, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements).


We care about our employees and it shows!  Our staff receive a competitive salary and 401(k).

Position Description

To ensure a safe work environment while meeting the physical demands of the job, you must be able to perform the following physical and mental tasks, with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Visual acuity (e.g., needed to prepare and analyze data, to transcribe documents, to view a computer, to read, to inspect objects, to operate machinery.
  • Balancing (e.g. maintaining equilibrium when walking, climbing, crouching, etc.)
  • Reaching (e.g. reaching the arms or legs in any direction)
  • Lifting motion or lifting objects more than 15 pounds
  • Walking
  • Repetitive motion of any part of the body
  • Manual Dexterity (e.g. picking, pinching, typing, or other working that uses fingers)
  • Grasping (e.g. use of hand to apply pressure)
  • Feeling (e.g. perceiving an object’s size, shape, texture, etc.)
  • Climbing (e.g. ascending/descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, pole, etc. using feet and legs and hands/arms to climb)
  • Hearing
  • Talking
  • Capacity to think, concentrate and focus for long periods of time.
  • Ability to read and write complex documents in the English language.
  • Capacity to reason and make sound decisions.
  • Capacity to express thoughts orally.
  • Expertise in: Office 365, Minitab, SAP
  • Ability to regularly perform all job functions at Company’s office or worksite.
  • Ability to withstand environmental conditions (e.g. extreme heat or cold, grass, wind, sand, fumes, odors, gases, extreme noise, etc.)


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Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity


American Ordnance, a Day & Zimmermann Company, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. Diversity, and Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity: American Ordnance is committed to maintaining an inclusive workforce, where employees are hired, retained, compensated and promoted based on their contributions to our Company. Our collective strength is rooted in over 110 years of diverse employees and businesses, commitment to success, and delivery on promises made. Federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status and disability status. American Ordnance is committed to providing an equal opportunity work environment in full compliance with these laws. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation in the application process, please email

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