Volkswagen: Cold Test Engineer

Job Title: Cold Test Engineer
Job Type: Strategic Talent Pool
Location - Town / City: Uitenhage

What is the Strategic Talent Pool?

Volkswagen Group South Africa is continuously looking for individuals with expertise in the Engineering field.

The aim of the strategic talent pool is to build a database of skilled individuals in the Engineering field. Please note that there may not currently be positions available and screening will only commence once positions become available. Individuals will be notified via email as soon as a position in their field of expertise becomes available.

Job Description and Responsibilities:
Take responsibility for in line test facilities and analyse data related to testing. Control the batch release of engines through the hot test process to customer by means of analyzed data from production test facilities.
Take responsibility for the running, maintenance and TPM of test facilities in conjunction with production supervision and management.
Establish contacts in VW group cold test operations for continuous benchmarking and improvement.
Control the failure catalogues provided and establish a plan to improve and increase data recorded.
Recruit and train suitable personnel to operate the cold test facility on a shift basis. Train and develop a stand-in cold test engineer
Compile various reports of a business and analytical nature detailing recommendations and improvements in order to keep supervision and management apprised of progress of cold test activities.
Carry out various administrative functions in order to facilitate and execute projects within the Company’s administrative requirements and standards.
Maintain knowledge of and keep abreast of cold test technologies within the VW group.
Ensure production and quality targets are met and improved in line with VW group targets.
Maintain quality standard of product through data analysis and parameter optimization.

Education and Experience:

Engineering degree in mechanical or electrical
At least 5 years in an engineering or automotive field
Knowledge of combustion engines would be advantageous

Skills, Attributes & Other requirements:

Leadership Skills
Good Communication skills
Strong analytical skills
Strong PC Literacy, including an understanding of various PLC programmes
Knowledge and experience in pneumatics, hydraulics and electronic control and interface systems, would be advantageous
German language ability would be advantageous

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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