Product Assurance Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-338852
    • Job Location: Sacramento, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 03/17/2022
    • Years of Experience: 10+
    • Radford Job Code: 07604
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Job Description


The Product Assurance Specialist assists Quality Engineers with the design, development, and execution of quality assurance and control systems.  Ensures end item deliverable products meet all customer/agency quality and functional requirements. This position will have responsibilities and assignments locally at KUAS Sacramento and on CONUS or OCONUS deployment sites. 


  • Assists Quality Engineering with participating in design reviews, preparing inspection plans based on drawing requirements, and comparing manufacturing instructions per drawing requirements
  • Assists Quality Engineering with reviewing and approving Manufacturing Order's (MO's) to prepare for release
  • Assists Quality Engineering with developing solutions to prevent and/or resolve product and manufacturing process non-conformances
  • Assists Quality Engineering with validating First Articles
  • Perform process surveillance activity on product non-conformances throughout their lifecycle
  • Monitor and provide visibility into the overall effectiveness and operation of the quality management system, and take actions to resolve issues when needed
  • Participates in or leads continuous improvement projects to eliminate scrap and reduce rework operations
  • Participates in or leads root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action for process related concerns
  • Supports the Quality Inspectors ensuring products and processes comply with the relevant requirements of the quality management system
  • Assist Quality Engineering with reviewing and/or preparing documentation to support product/system delivery, including configuration and documentation verification
  • Assists Quality Engineering with reviewing and updating Discrepancy Material Reports (DMRs) based on assigned actions
  • May participate and support Material Review Boards (MRB) on assigned programs or projects
  • Assists Quality Engineering with dispositioning discrepant materials as identified by internal departments or customers
  • Assists Quality Engineering with determining proper quality codes to assign in ERP system based on contract/ design requirements
  • Assists Quality Engineering with work transfer planning and the gathering of required quality documentation
  • Ensures the safety and efficacy of all manufacturing and/or maintenance operations on systems or components in accordance with manufacturer's and/or customer requirements.
  • Determines acceptability and proper configuration of aircraft or other complex systems by performing routine and required validations in accordance with applicable procedures and guidelines prior to customer delivery
  • Responsible for system delivery activities which include hardware end item acceptance with customer and or Government agencies
  • Witnesses product acceptance testing
  • Creates end item acceptance reports and assures proper deliverable documentation packages are present (e.g. log book) 

In Support of Field Operations (when using KUAS owned assets):

  • Assist deployment lead with identifying proper infrastructure/assets are available to support field activities including aircraft maintenance and flight operations
  • Assists with all pre-flight activities and confirms pre-flight readiness
  • Participates in post mission/operations debriefs
  • Assists in failure analysis activities, as required
  • Monitors accuracy of maintenance logs, aircraft logs and all quality records
  • Attends Operational Readiness Review meetings
  • Ensures personnel are trained on critical (e.g. munitions, ordinance) pre-flight and post-maintenance inspections
  • Assists in coordination of transfer/shipment of customer/Government properties, as required 

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned 



Experience and Skills


  • Proficient with the use of a computer, including the ability to enter and retrieve information
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust to changing work priorities
  • Possesses or able to obtain US Passport/VISA.
  • Holds or able to obtain US Government security clearance 

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

    • FAA aircraft inspection certification
    • FAA Aircraft & Power Plant License or, equivalent positions/responsibilities with time-in-service in US Military.
    • Experience with machining and composites manufacturing
    • Quality experience in DoD or aerospace industry
    • Knowledge and experience with AS9100 and/or ISO 9001:2008
    • Experience with Government problem reporting systems
    • Experience with Government logistical support command/systems
    • Experience using Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
    • Familiar with IPC standards
    • America Welding Society/Certified Welding Inspector 


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 10 years of diversified maintenance and or inspection experience as an Aircraft and Power plant mechanic on fixed or rotary wing aircraft 


  • Office and or manufacturing environment
  • May be exposed to possible shop hazards including high noise level, high pressure equipment, chemicals, and shop traffic.
    • Must be able to perform and or supervise all activities normally found in aircraft maintenance and aircraft flight facilities.
    • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally
    • May work extended hours or weekends, including deployments which may require prolonged stays for up to 3 weeks
    • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
    • Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. 


15% Travel required between KUAS and customer/vendor locations.

Job Benefits


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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