Mechanical Inspector I, Inspection and Advanced Technologies Group
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Pasadena, CA

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of discipline:
Performs inspection of mechanical parts, electronics parts, printed wiring boards/assemblies, subassemblies and other mechanical/structural hardware using a variety of tools and equipment (microscope, gages, Coordinate Measuring Machine, etc). Interprets manufacturing drawings, diagrams, specifications to assess products’ conformance to those documents. Types of inspection include dimensional, visual, receiving, source or final. Perform non-destructive evaluation using various techniques (x-ray, penetrant inspection, magnetic particle, etc). Maintains inspection reports and records.
• Follows established procedures for routine work, and detailed instructions for new assignments.
• Works on routine assignments. All aspects of routine work and new assignments are reviewed by others throughout the entire process for adequacy and accuracy.
• Takes responsibility and ownership of own work.
• Follows applicable policies, procedures, and practices in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.
• Refers complex problems to higher levels.
• Inspects printed wiring boards, electronic assemblies, subassemblies, parts, components, and mechanical piece parts or larger structures for defects using various types of inspection equipment and an understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
• Understands and interprets blueprints, schematics (printed wiring assemblies or mechanical blueprints, ASME -Y-14.5).
• Understands MIL spec or NASA Workmanship Standards (NASA-STD-8739 series).
• Verifies dimensions of parts using standard tools and gauges.
• Examines unit for physical defects or any condition that violates blueprint, schematics, inspection standards, purchase orders, contracts, or other requirements.
• Compares hardware on assemblies, subassemblies, and parts to parts list to verify correct installation.
• Uses basic measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, depth and height gauges, microscopes, etc.
• Sorts defective components and parts for salvage or scrap.
• Documents inspection results using the Inspection Report. Clearly identifies inspection results, discrepancies, and the requirements used.
• Communicates results of inspection to customers – usually Cognizant Engineers or lead inspector.
• Reviews and approves engineering disposition.
• Rejects faulty assembly, part, or component and records type and quantity of defects.
• May participate on team within own organization.
Skills Required Skills:
• Typically requires a High School diploma with 3 years of general work experience; related required training.
• Moderate understanding of general job aspects including inspection practices, documentation of hardware quality and use of drawings and specifications. Broad understanding in: quality principles.
• Acquires job skills and uses opportunities to learn routine work techniques.
• Must have experience in writing inspection reports and nonconformances
• Must be proficient in MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Desired Skills:
• Ability to inspect both mechanical and electronic components.
• Ability to identify process weaknesses and improve them through the use of quality tools.
• Ability to occasionally provide periodic QA source inspection support at contractor’s facilities requiring overnight travel.
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