Quality Assurance Inspector (Mechanical)

Vigor Industrial LLC Portland, OR
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Responsible for the performance of Quality Control precision inspection assignments. This position is responsible for developing, tracking, administering, and scheduling tests and inspections and writing of required reports. The incumbent inspects in-process and final craft work for proper approvals and documents results as required in test and inspection plans developed by the Quality Department. The qualified applicant has a high degree of demonstrated proficiency in the ability to perform precision inspection functions as specified in the applicable work documents, including a thorough understanding of drawing and specification interpretation and a working knowledge of the principles of geometric tolerancing and dimensioning. Has experience with vessel mechanical systems on an engineering and functional level. Has routine interface with customer/regulatory representatives, and is responsible for quality system maintenance and process control surveillance. Performs duties independent of supervision and provides assistance to the Project Management Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (This list is not intended to detail all aspects of the assigned work but is representative of the jobs overall responsibilities)

1. Develops test and inspection plans in accordance with internal quality requirements and contract specifications, including but not limited to NAVSEA Standard Items, U.S. Coast Guard Regulations, Classification Societies and other applicable engineering standards.

2. Serves as liaison between supervision, crafts and regulatory agencies as required.

3. Ensures that all preliminary inspection requirements have been satisfied and are accomplished in accordance with contract specifications prior to scheduling final inspections with regulatory agencies.

4. Monitors craft work to ensure workmanship meets applicable acceptance criteria in accordance with regulatory agencies, classification societies, NAVSEA Standard Items, and acceptable shipbuilding practices as appropriate.

5. Ensures that all instrumentation and gauges used in testing procedures are properly calibrated in accordance with regulatory agencies and company calibration guidelines.

6. Informs Project Management, Quality Director and Operations Managers/Directors of all deficiencies requiring corrective action as outlined in the Quality Management System (QMS) to include Internal Deficiency Reports (IDR), Corrective Action Reports (CAR), and Non-conforming Services (NCS).

7. Establishes and maintains positive cooperative working relationships with crafts, owner representatives, and regulatory agency officials.

8. Assists the Quality Director managers and supervisors in the development and review of test memorandums and Process Control Procedures to ensure that final forms, testing procedures and testing practices are in proper format and within the work scope performed.

9. Develops and assists in administering training to customers, craft supervisors and test directors for applicable test and inspection requirements as required.

10. Ensures materials purchased and installed meet requirements of contract specifications by performing random inspections.

11. Ensures all subcontractors qualifications meet requirements of regulatory agencies and contract specifications. Also ensures all subcontractor required quality assurance submittals are correct and fulfill requirements of the specifications.

12. Reviews and qualifies all Quality Assurance requirements imposed by outside agencies. Verifies that requirements do not impose higher levels of effort to accomplish then those required by contract specifications.

13. Coordinates with management, subcontractor and craft supervisors to ensure all personnel meet the minimum skill and ability along with possessing the required certifications to accomplish the task assigned, where required.

14. Prepares and submits formal repair proposals to regulatory bodies when the scope of the work falls outside local governing authority.

15. Maintains a safe working environment and adheres to all applicable OSHA and shipyard safety rules, standards and regulations.

16. Demonstrates a proficiency in the use of precision measurement instruments.


Operates within the guidelines provided by applicable referenced Codes with regard to the respective discipline to which they are inspecting. Has a basic understanding of other trade disciplines (i.e. Welding and Electrical). Position requires ability to assess and administer acceptance requirements based on pre-determined criteria.


Does not have any direct reports, but may be responsible for supervising workers engaged in conducting tests and inspections in accordance with procedures.


Inspectors are required to coordinate with Project Managers, craft supervisors and craft personnel as well as customer representatives and regulatory (ABS/ USCG) inspectors.


* Knowledge of ship systems particularly, how they interact and construction/repair sequencing.

* Knowledge of principles and practice of marine or class society surveying, vessel operations, and U.S. Coast Guard inspections. Understanding of engineering principles applicable to ship repair and crafts required in ship repair.

* Ability to read and interpret blueprints, construction specifications, complex regulatory documents and contracts.

* Skilled at conducting inspections and guiding others in appropriate work process techniques, while mentoring others by modeling respectful behaviors, including interpreting complex contracts and applying the requirements in the inspection of work.

* Ability to apply a systems approach to work planning and execution.

* Effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse groups such as customers, vendors, labor representatives and officials at all levels.

* Handle multiple priorities with independence and good judgment.

* Ability to effectively work in a complex, multi-craft, union work environment to influence others to meet quality standard. This includes a skill in setting high expectations and inspiring employees to meet the standards.

* Demonstrated ability to perform conflict resolution while maintaining stringent quality standards.

* Ability to use PC and software applications such as MS Office and database programs.

* Ability to provide strong customer service and demonstrate adherence to customer requirements and satisfaction.

* Able to identify approaches to maximize adherence to quality processes on an on-going basis.


Must be a US Citizen

Associate degree and/or experience equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Five (5) or more years of experience in a marine machinist role or industrial engineering either in a shipyard, onboard a vessel, heavy construction, or industrial manufacturing environment.


Assistant Third Engineer or above previous or currently active.

Engineering Technologist or equivalent experience.

Certified Mechanical Inspector or equivalent experience.

Licensed Mechanic for Heavy Equipment or equivalent experience.


Work is conducted in a dynamic, fast-paced shipyard with moderate to high noise levels from production activity in the shipyard. Required to be in production areas in the facility and onboard ships. Must be able to walk to and from job sites. Must be able to frequently climb inclined stairways and vertical ladders. Must be able to enter confined areas and tanks. Must be able to work in elevated areas such as on masts or in high lifts. May be required to work more than 8-hour shifts and weekend work. Must be able to frequently bend, squat, crawl and twist. May be required to lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to wear a respirator when required. Local travel and out-of-town travel (including air travel) up to 5% of the time with notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While in production areas, will be exposed to all weather conditions, noise, dusts and odors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must have the ability to perform the essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.