Sep 18, 2023

Mechanical Inspector (Day & Swing Shifts)

  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • $22.00 - $45.00 hourly
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leader in providing high-performance aerial target systems and advanced unmanned tactical aerial platforms, is looking for career-minded team players for our Sacramento manufacturing plant as we continue to grow our business to meet customer demands.

With precision in execution and meticulous attention to detail, performs inspections at various stages of assembly and manufacturing, including first article, in-process, and final inspections, of complex machined/molded parts for conformance to specifications. Maintains accurate records..

Mechanical Inspector ALL
The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Mechanical Inspector.  Each level of Mechanical Inspector has additional duties and responsibilities as listed.
1.    Prepare required inspection documentation such as written descriptions of inspection results including deviations from engineering specifications.
2.    Generate Discrepant Material Reports (DMR), process materials / items into and out of hold areas.  Verifies remediation actions completed per DMR instructions.
3.    Perform Quality transactions in various systems:  ERP (Cincom), DMR Log, Continuous Improvement Action Log.
4.    Cooperate with and support Engineering and Manufacturing efforts.
5.    Maintain a clean work area ensuring strict adherence to the 5S Standards.
6.    Comply with established safety directives.
7.    Familiar with KUAS Quality Management System requirements and follow procedures as applicable to Mechanical Inspector responsibilities.
8.    Maintain accurate time keeping.

Mechanical Inspector I
1.    Work with complex inspection plans, mechanical drawings and electrical drawings. 
2.    Use of common gages and measurement instruments for inspection purposes.
3.    Perform AQL sampling and procedures.
4.    Specific skills and responsibilities for this level include:
•    Performing basic math calculations.            
•    Operating Inspection Tools.        
•    Demonstrating an understanding of KUAS quality policies and standards.
•    Adhering to and following a wide variety of internal procedures.
•    The ability to read, understand and create/update required documentation.

Mechanical Inspector II
1.    Perform critical quality-testing activities on projects covering mechanical installations and hardware testing.
2.    Perform First Article (FA) inspection to validate product requirements with little to no assistance. 
3.    Apply established inspection procedures and recommend changes to inspection formats and procedures to improve quality process.
4.    Inspect complex machined and molded tools, fixtures, and parts using advanced measuring and layout instruments and equipment and visual and mechanical inspection methods.
5.    Present hardware and documentation for source inspection review to customer and/or government representatives.
6.    Assist in the training of other personnel as required.
7.    Perform or assist with internal QMS audits.
8.    Read and understand supplier performance data.
9.    Operate the manual CMM.
10.    Perform calibration process.

Additional Desired Skills for Inspector II
1.    CWI Weld inspection Certification/ NDT Experience

Mechanical Inspector III
1.    Assist Engineering with special validation requirements (prototypes, pre-production builds; all of which may have limited information).
2.    Work from written or verbal instructions, detailed engineering drawings and 3D models. 
3.    Able to set up, load program and run a programmable CMM.
4.    Participate when needed in design reviews on cross-functional teams to ensure that conformance to specification, inspect-ability, reliability, safety and quality system objectives are met.
5.    Provide Manual CMM On-Job-Training to Mechanical Inspector II.

Additional Desired Skills for Inspector III
1.    CMM Programming using PC-DMIS or other application language.
2.    A&P (Airframe and Power plant) certification.
3.    ASQ or Industry certification such as Mechanical Inspector, Auditor, or other quality function. 
4.    Knowledge of Statistical Process Control tools (SPC).

Mechanical Inspector IV
1.    Create CMM and NC inspection programs using PC-DMIS software, to include set-up instructions.
2.    Assist engineers with qualification and validation of prototype, pre-production, new or changed tooling or parts. 
3.    Verify the PC-DMIS report covers all inspection requirements.
4.    Recommends and implements improvements to inspection processes.
5.    Work from written or verbal instructions, detailed engineering drawings and 3D models.
6.    Participate often in design reviews on cross-functional teams to ensure that conformance to specification, inspect-ability, reliability, safety and quality system objectives are met.

Each successive level of Mechanical Inspector builds on the identified typical qualifications listed for the previous level(s) Mechanical Inspector.  

Mechanical Inspector I
1.    High school education or equivalent.
2.    Minimum of 1 year related experience.
3.    Demonstrated ability to accurately use common inspection instruments.
4.    Must be able to understand & follow KUAS quality processes and procedures.
5.    Must be able to demonstrate accurate basic math skills.
6.    Working knowledge of MS Office software with the ability to navigate around files. 
7.    Ability to learn ERP system and input accurate transactions.
8.    Exceptional organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize multiple assignments.
9.    May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). 

Mechanical Inspector II
1.    Mimimum of 2 years related experience.
2.    Works under minimal supervision.
3.    Understands the use of common gages and measurement instruments.
4.    Proficient in surface plate tools and techniques. 
5.    Previous application of quality tools including CMM, open set-ups, and a variety of hand inspection tools to ensure parts conform to all drawing requirements and specifications.
6.    Experience working with QMS, AQL, Mil, aerospace and other industry specifications. 
7.    Proficient MS Word and MS Excel.
8.    Basic understanding of GD&T.
9.    Must be able to research traceability and construct data packages.
10.    Must understand calibration systems and traceability to standards.

 Mechanical Inspector III
1.    Mimimum of 4 years of related experience as a mechanical or senior process inspector. May consider formal QA/QC training or certification in lieu of experience.
2.    Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision.
3.    Willing and able to train/mentor team members as needed.
4.    Must be able to work from written or verbal instructions, detailed engineering drawings and 3D models. 
5.    Must be very fluent in GD&T (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing) and the application of AMSE Y14.5M.
6.    Able to use team skills and add value when participating on problem solving and process improvement teams.

Mechanical Inspector IV
1.    High school diploma and 10+ years related experience; Minimum of 2 years of PC-DMIS programming experience, equivalent experience or approved development / succession plan to obtain skills (approved by Quality Control Manager and Sr. Quality Manger).
2.    Aerospace industry experience preferred. 
3.    Good working knowledge of 3D Modeling. 
4.    Must be able to work independently as a problem solver with excellent verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to finish projects in a timely manner. 

•    AA degree or some college credits preferred.
•    Security Clearance preferred.

•    Office and or manufacturing environment. 
•    May work extended hours or weekends as business needs. 
•    Possibility of exposure to noise and hazardous chemicals.
•    Standing on a hard surface, walking, some lifting (not over 50 lbs). 
•    Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.

•    0-5% May be required between KUAS locations