Darren Powers
APQP, FMEA, MSA, PPAP , 8D, ISO 9001:2008 , IATF 16949:2016 , Lean, Label Error Proofing and PFMEA

Professional Experience

Darren is a certified and award-winning quality and operations professional possessing extensive hands-on lean manufacturing methodologies and leadership experience in automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, consumer products, marine, and financial industries.


He has been a quality manager, regional quality manager, plant manager, director of operations, consultant, and university adjunct professor.



Doctorate of Business Administration in Management and Leadership

Grand Canyon University


Post-Masters in Accounting and Finance

Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration


MS in Business Administration, Management and Operations

Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration


BA in Management and Organizational Development

Spring Arbor University


Areas of Expertise


  • Automotive Core Tools APQP, FMEA, MSA, PPAP
  • Effective Problem Solving using the 8D Model
  • Error Proofing
  • ISO 9001:2008 Internal Auditor & Lead Auditor
  • IATF 16949:2016 Internal Auditor & Lead Auditor
  • Lean Overview
  • Print Reading Cost of Quality
  • GM Workshops – Label Error Proofing and PFMEA


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