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Quality Inspector Lead, 3rd Shift 

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RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


The Quality Inspector Lead serves as a resource to the group Manager, providing on-the-job training and technical assistance to shift personnel in Quality Inspection. Through first-hand observation and work with the Inspectors of an assigned crew, the Lead evaluates personnel performance and makes recommendations as necessary to the group Manager. The Lead organizes daily tasks for personnel in an assigned shift and monitors for adjustments as required to support Operations, ensuring that all instruments / tooling required are available to the assigned crew, are in working order and returned to storage at shift completion in an orderly manner.

Additionally, The Lead serves as a function inspector capable of:
• Verifying that composite, electro-mechanical parts and assembled hardware meet drawing, models, specifications, and work procedures through review of product build documentation and end-item data packages to determine if as-built meets as-designed.
• Generate nonconformance reports for discrepancies discovered during inspection processes.
• Perform audits of work areas to ensure compliance with AS 9100 and Company procedures
• Use and/or coordinate services for precision inspection techniques to inspect products, processes and procured items to ensure compliance with quality and safety standards.
• Develop and execute audit plans to assure the processes are being followed, equipment is being maintained and calibrated and materials meet all requirements including shelf life. Coordinate with maintenance, supervision and/or operations team in the set-up and calibration of equipment and tooling.
• Examine painted and/or coated parts, assemblies and subassemblies visually for conformance with drawings and specifications.
• Monitor and report on material logs, including freezer and out time records for composite materials.
• Direct communication with customers and DCMA as needed, while infrequent, clear and concise presentation of data and explanation of Quality Assurance methods in these communications is required.
• Ability to create or oversee set ups for accurate inspections with little to no assistance.


Requirements/Skill Set:
• Minimum 10 years’ experience in Quality Assurance in aerospace – defense industry, relevant experience in Electrical or Mechanical field of work in performance of technical job function may be considered if also in aerospace – defense.
• Associates (2 year) degree in engineering discipline or non-technical 4 year degree from accredited institute – High School degree with relevant experience in aerospace – defense industry or applicable military experience may be considered as replacement for degree.
• Experience with standard hand-held gauges and measurement instruments – mechanical & electrical is required with CMM and/or laser tracker systems [stationary or articulated arm type] considered a plus.
• Composite materials product inspection experience is preferred, either in-process on completed structures in application.
• Demonstrated experience interpreting drawings, GD&T per ANSI Y14.5 [Y14.41 preferred but not required], assembly schematics, and specifications in inspection of complex aerospace hardware and prepare hand written or computer generated inspection reports.
• Ability to adapt to a dynamic condition on the floor with start-up activity for the facility and individual programs.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; an ability to develop documentation clearly conveying non-conformances and process history for internal and external use is a key position requirement.
• Ability to work in cross functional team and international settings.
• Experience with AS9100 quality systems, AS5553 counterfeit prevention, and AS9102 first article inspection preferred.
• Certification in IPC-610, IPC-620 and J-STD-001 inspection methods is considered a plus, but not required.
• Experience working with flight critical hardware in an ESD / FOD sensitive environments, witnessing critical assembly operations and testing of electrical cables and components and other complex assemblies.
• Intermediate level PC skills in Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point required; CAD, analysis or math software experience considered a plus.
• SAP knowledge is considered a plus.


RUAG Space USA must comply with federal vaccine mandates, therefore all employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation approved prior to starting work.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

RUAG Space USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

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Trinity, AL, US

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Quality Management

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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