Quality Assurance Inspector - All Levels

Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date: Until Filled 

Shift:                               1st 

Security Clearance:      No Clearance





Performs inspections and other quality assurance functions required to substantiate conformance to shipbuilding and repair drawings, specifications, and contract requirements.  Conducts audit, surveillance, drafts reports, reviews technical documentation and performs other quality related administrative tasks in all phases and stages of ship construction and/or repair. Reports to Supervisor or Manager of Quality Assurance.  Maintains internal contacts with Purchasing, Warehousing, Safety, Production, and Engineering.  Outside contacts include equipment vendors, customers, regulatory agencies and SupShip/MSC/Navy personnel. 



  • Perform basic inspection of shipbuilding and ship repair work in accordance with established policies to ensure compliance with technical requirements
  • Ensure correct materials and proper fabrication and installation procedures are utilized during production processes
  • Evaluate results from tests and inspections to determine acceptability with assistance as needed
  • Basic understanding and ability to research technical documents including engineering drawings, specifications, standards, test procedures, work instructions, NAVSEA Standard Items, and contract requirements
  • Basic understanding of the usage of calibrated equipment and ability to  validate calibration of equipment, gauges, and tools used in production and inspection in accordance with established policies
  • Basic ability to recognize and document nonconformance’s per company policy
  • Basic understanding of root cause analysis, corrective action, and preventative action practices
  • Ability to learn and perform process audits and surveillances
  • Drafts, reviews, and/or submits QA reports and technical documents
  • Actively participates in implementing and monitoring continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs
  • Brings complex issues to the attention of Supervision
  • Performs other Quality Assurance tasks as assigned by supervisor/manager



The following are the minimum qualifications required for this role: 

  • High School education or equivalent; Additional technical education or college education a plus
  • Zero to four (0 – 4) years of Quality Assurance or related experience
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding and repair operations a plus
  • Ability to develop technical knowledge of ship construction and repair processes including welding, structural, machinery, electrical piping, ventilation, flushing and develop familiarity with various measuring instruments related to inspections. 
  • Computer literate; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and IFS Quality Modules a plus
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, integrity, presentation skills, problem solving skills
  • Positive attitude and determination to help others required 
  • Able to learn to read and understand blueprints, standard/specifications, regulatory body requirements, and ship specifications
  • Must be a team player



Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.  Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, operate computer keyboard and controls, and communicate verbally and in writing. 

Requires ability to commute physically to various areas of the shipyard including but not limited to shipboard activities. Must be capable of ascending/descending stairs or ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, and transiting through manholes and other confined, congested spaces. Physical dexterity must allow for bending and reaching. Must remain alert and comply with all safety requirements.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed occasionally to dust, fumes, and smoke. Must be able to spend up to 80% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates. The noise level is relatively low to moderate in office environments.  The noise level in the outdoor shipyard production environment is moderate to noisy 70% of time which may include sirens, horns, chipping, and hammering.



Successful accomplishment of the assigned tasks will directly relate to NASSCOs ability to build ships in a cost effective manner, reducing rework and providing a quality product to the customer.



Pay Scale

QA Inspector I: $61,200 - $80,400

QA Inspector II: $68,800 - $91,300 

QA Inspector III: $80,800 - $104,500


This pay range is a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role. It takes into account the wide range of factors considered in making compensation decisions; including but not limited to skill sets, experience, training, and education. General Dynamics NASSCO also provides a variety of benefits including medical & dental insurance coverage, 401(k) retirement savings plan, flexible spending accounts/HSAs, life and disability insurance, company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO), wellness coaching, and an onsite health services. 


General Dynamics NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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