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The Quality Assurance Office provides confidence that hardware and software products work in the extreme conditions of space by providing independent verification that the critical requirements are implemented correctly during fabrication, integration, test and launch. The group is team based, improvement oriented and believes that work can be fun.
JPL's Hardware Quality Assurance Group is seeking a Hardware QA engineer to provide end-to-end hands-on Quality oversight of our spacecraft products. You will work with our global QA team supporting ongoing and future initiatives from spacecraft sub assembly integration and test to launch site operations. You will apply Quality principles and best practices for spacecraft assembly and testing including participation in build oversight, discrepancy resolution and risk management. This position will contribute to efforts in providing effective and efficient solutions by consistently meeting key project objectives while adhering to quality standards.
This position will be responsible for participating in the implementation of a Hardware Quality Assurance program specific to each project's needs. Under general supervision, candidate will team with others in verifying that Quality Assurance (QA) requirements (e.g., specifying inspection points, workmanship standards, electro-static control standards, source inspection requirements, etc.) are implemented wherever the hardware is being built. Monitors and tracks the status of hardware during procurement, manufacturing, assembly, integration & test, and through launch. Reviews test procedures and audits tests and inspection results for compliance to requirements.
Quality Assurance Engineers collaborate with all organizations that design, build, assemble, test, deliver, and operate unprecedented robotic space missions in support of NASA's vision. We are a world-class organization with highly skilled and motivated people that minimize project risk by ensuring hardware is built as intended. We demonstrate technical excellence in hardware quality assurance throughout the project lifecycle.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 1 year of related experience, or Master's degree in similar disciplines. Possesses knowledge in Quality Assurance, along with one or more of the following areas:
Inspection techniques (nondestructive, electronics, mechanical)
Hands-On hardware experience
Candidate must have demonstrated ability to be a member of strong, cohesive teams and to interact well with employees at all levels of an organization. Has general knowledge of systems thinking and the interdependencies of elements within a system as well as Process Variation, Deming's approach to Systems and an Understanding of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, AS9100, etc.) are plus.