Hardware Quality Assurance Engineer III - TS-SCI

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


We are looking for a strong Quality Assurance Engineer with an active TS/SCI clearance who is interested in working at a subcontractor’s site in Denver, Colorado for approximately 1-2 years after completing about 3-4 months of work at JPL’s facility in Pasadena, California.  At the end of the temporary remote assignment in Denver, this position will then be based in Pasadena. 

As a QA Engineer, you will be a member of the Hardware Quality Assurance Project Implementation Group (5123).  You will be responsible for creating, implementing, and managing the Hardware Quality Assurance Program for selected JPL mission(s) as a JPL QA resident in Colorado that is commensurate with the project risk posture and will be responsible for creating, negotiating, and managing the project-specific QA budget. You will also implement and ensure the consistent execution of a defined set of QA functions and processes including overseeing inspections, monitoring and witnessing fabrication, test, integration, assembly operations, reviewing JPL and supplier documentation, documenting work activities through various reporting mechanisms including Inspection Reports, Inspection Plans, logs, Assembly Inspection Data Sheets, routers, and using various institutional applications to perform work; applying advanced knowledge in field to review suppliers plans (Workmanship Standards, ESD, Quality Assurance Implementation approaches, etc.), identify alignment issues and provide feedback and recommendations on plan; assesses adequacy of supplier's corrective actions. Candidate will also assess risks real-time and use engineering judgment to call a Halt/Stop work when risks are deemed to be unacceptable during fabrication, integration, and test. Will create and guide storyboard and graphics concepts on Proposal or Concept Study Report (CSR) Development and serve as subject matter expert (SME) reviewer on proposals or CSR reviews.



Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience. Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Quality Engineering, Configuration Management, Supplier Management, Audits, Inspection techniques (non-destructive, electronics, mechanical), or Manufacturing processes. Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in the above areas in support of a large aerospace company. Advanced knowledge of applicable industry and standards in design, engineering, fabrication, integration, test and launch of space-flight hardware. Demonstrate proficiency in both mechanical and electronic hardware assurance methods (inspection, test, analysis). Experience in developing and maintaining Quality Assurance processes, plans and procedures. Understanding of risks and risk management approaches. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to write reports. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and leadership skills.


Desired additional qualifications for the position include: understanding of electronic/electrical/electromechanical, optical and mechanical manufacturing processes and associated inspection methods, understanding of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, AS9100, etc.), Process Variation, and Deming’s approach to Systems and experience in fabrication and inspection of ASICs hybrid microcircuits, MCMs, crystal oscillators and relays. Previous experience as a Quality Assurance Engineer, manufacturing engineer, process engineer, test engineer, design engineer is a plus.

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