NDT Inspector - IRSan Diego, California
Job Summary General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for an NDT Inspector to join our Quality Assurance group within the ASI Division. The position is location in Poway, CA.
Under limited supervision, this individual is responsible for inspecting a wide variety of parts, assemblies, tooling fixtures and material to ensure compliance with customer requirements, company specifications and quality requirements. Good judgement is required for evaluation and assessment of test or inspection results to resolve highly complex issues directly related to product conformity, condition, or serviceability.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Performs Nondestructive testing (NDT) and inspections of various non-metallic (composite) and metallic materials, parts, assemblies, or structures utilizing a variety of NDT instruments, methods and techniques, with Infrared Thermography (IR) of composites being the primary method utilized. Additionally performs inspections using one or more of the following methods of inspection: Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Electromagnetic Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), Radiographic Testing (RT), and Laser Shearography (ST) as necessary
- Sets up and calibrates Nondestructive inspection instruments prior to, during, and at the completion of inspection processes as directed by approved inspection techniques
- Performs with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, NDT/NDI inspections
- Documents inspection results and provides various electronic and hard copy test and inspection reports to appropriate parties, including project engineers for product disposition
- May observe third party inspection processes to provide oversight and ensure compliance with requirements
- May be required to interact with regulatory agencies and customers, their auditors or inspectors during audit activities and provide responses to their inquiries related to inspection and calibration activities
- Schedules and routes instruments and other equipment or tools requiring calibration to calibration laboratory or vendor to ensure proper performance, accuracy, and reliability
- May prepare, update, or maintain a calibration database
- Monitors and verifies quality by means of statistical process or other control procedures and compiles related quality matrix reports
- Coordinates the procurement of equipment, consumable materials, and services as necessary to maintain uninterrupted inspection capabilities
- Expected to work in a safe manner according to established operating procedures and practices.
- Required to observe all applicable laws, regulations, and other obligations whenever or wherever business is conducted on behalf of the company.
- Performs duties with minimal supervision, must maintain excellent attendance, and be willing to work overtime or adjust to shift changes when required to support production requirements
- Performs all essential functions for continuous effective and efficient operation of the NDT program
- Responsible for maintaining communication with managers, engineers, production control personnel, section supervisors, and NDT group leadership to effectively support production objectives and proactively address concerns or limitations
- Inspector works in laboratory and manufacturing environments and adheres to safety practices around elevated heights, high voltage, radiation producing materials, and other hazards
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
- This position typically requires an associate’s degree, trade school certification, military training, or equivalent qualification training in NDT inspection methods
- Must have the documented prerequisite formal training and experience hours required to qualify for Level 2 NDT certification per American Society For Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) SNT-TC-1A or Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) AIA-NAS-410 certification guidelines
- Additional prerequisites for certification in Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Electromagnetic Testing (ET), Magnetic Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT), Radiographic Testing (RT), or Laser Shearography (ST) are desired
- Experience with MoviTHERM Infrared Thermography (IR) equipment and software is highly desired
- Proof of current or previous certifications in NDT methods with at least three years of on the job experience in the inspection of composite products and assemblies is preferred
- Possess a working knowledge of “Wet” layup and “Prepreg” composite materials and fabrication methods
- Must be able to read and understand engineering drawings and specifications and perform mathematical computations
- Must possess strong computer skills for effective communication and recordkeeping
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality and guard sensitive information
“Working in Research and Development means every day is something new and exciting. It's always a challenge to test new materials to see if they behave as you expect. It's never boring.”– Steven, Research & Development Engineer
"I like knowing that the projects I work on contribute to the defense of our country."– Micah, Mechanical Engineer
“I work in the Components Engineering and Obsolescence Management Dept. Our efforts are saving General Atomics several millions of dollars by proactively leading and informing the company of all these decisions which significantly impact production, sustainment and new designs.”– John, Staff Engineer