Director of Quality and Reliability



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success. Give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team!


Aprilaire is currently seeking a Director of Product Reliability & Quality Engineer. In this role you will execute product quality and reliability strategy by working cross-functionally to develop and build a high performing team and coach and mentor the organization to deliver products as reflected by the best six-sigma practices.



Your day will include:  

  • Building a high performance team & leading them to implement Design for Quality, Design for Reliability, Design for manufacturing using Six Sigma and robust product design principles throughout RP organization.
  • Leading, staffing, coaching and developing a team of professional engineering resources is a key accountability, driving career development of the team
  • Staying current on industry Best Practice and deploy as needed
  • Accountability for daily workload management, developing and managing resource plans as well as the engineering and validation budgets, and prioritization of projects.
  • Delivering products with quality, reliability and robustness through fundamental reliability studies and physics-of-failure approaches.
  • Guiding product development team to deliver robust products through translation of customer requirement to product specifications (at component, subsystem & system level), leading to development of FMEA and test/field test plans.
  • Being the final authority for validation of product approval for performance and reliability.  In addition to the new product qualification, responsibility extends to design and execution of the on-going product testing platform. Responsible to conduct quality compliance & product safety for products
  • Building and lead Failure Review Boards, oversee Failure Mode Analysis, Risk Management & Hazard Analysis, and Worst Case Analysis.
  • Development of company’s quality & reliability metrics and programs to systematically increase reliability- Product Quality & Reliability Health assurance for all platforms
  • Developing strategy & execute plan to build World Class Testing facility. Develop & execute plans to deliver UL and other code & agency requirements through RP labs to achieve accreditation by UL, ETL, CSA, etc. Lead laboratory team to achieve control and automation of laboratory equipment to maximize equipment utilization.


If the below describes “Me!”, apply today:

  • BS in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Physics, or a related technical field
  • Black Belt training & certification is preferred
  • HVAC, appliance, air purity, filters, embedded controls & IoT experience preferred 
  • 7-10+ years of people management experience
  • Thorough understanding and practical use of FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), DFR (Design for Reliability), DFSS(Design for Six Sigma), and DFM (Design for Manufacturability), Awareness of FRACAS and Living FMEA is important.
  • Success in planning, commissioning, operating & managing reliability and/or failure analysis labs
  • Failure Review Board experience, including Root Cause and Corrective Actions
  • Strong analytical skills and statistical knowledge including Design of Experiments, Statistical Process Control, Reliability Life-Time Predictions, Weibull, etc…
  • Thorough understanding of quality and reliability standards and requirements for consumer, industrial and automotive markets
  • Experience in materials and parts engineering
  • Supplier source selection (technical basis)
  • Ability to present technical information to stakeholders and to customers
  • Ability to train and mentor staff in reliability and quality disciplines
  • Strong Leadership skills, proven history to lead and manage engineering teams
  • Participate in manufacturing MRB (Material Review Board) to drive root cause, implement corrective action and disposition discrepant material.
  • Experience leading failure investigations and/or performing failure analysis leading to root cause and corrective action
  • Resourceful, hands-on, problem solving individual with initiative and drive to work around technical obstacles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated managerial, leadership, and/or project management experience


A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation, our employees are our most important resource. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits and unique perks, and why we create a shared purpose in giving back to our communities.


We care about your health by providing...

  • a comprehensive health insurance plan 
  • dental and vision insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • progressive wellness programming for you and your family (including fitness programs and incentives) 
  • paid sick leave
  • a safe working environment that protects you during the COVID pandemic

We care about your wellbeing by providing...

  • vacation and holiday pay
  • summer hours
  • dress for the day (casual dress code)
  • free coffee and popcorn
  • employee discounts on Aprilaire products
  • a fantastic team environment

We care when you need it most by providing...

  • company-sponsored short and long term disability plans
  • employee assistant program
  • identity theft protection
  • bereavement pay

We care about your financial wellness by providing...

  • 401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing
  • three types of life insurance coverage
  • college savings plan
  • scholarship awards

We care about your growth by providing...

  • tuition reimbursement program
  • learning and development opportunities

We care about our community by...

  • giving back to local charities through fundraising, volunteering, and charitable events
  • sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events


Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company 



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