Lead Quality Assurance Inspector

Under direct supervision of the Quality Assurance Manager performs incoming, first article, in-process, and final inspections of manufactured and repaired products to ensure all products and materials meet company and customer standards, specifications, and quality expectations. Has authority to reject and prevent discrepant parts from being moved to next manufacturing operation, and to place product on hold for management review before being shipped to customer.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position includes the following essential functions, but is not limited to them.

Determines methods, sequences, inspection tools, and setups required to inspect purchased, molded, lined, and machined parts, plus molds, tooling, and fixtures to ensure compliance with specifications.
Performs first article, in-process and final inspections of subcomponents and assemblies submitted to QC by comparing part dimensions to drawing dimensional requirements. Utilizes calipers, micrometers, height gages, optical comparator, coordinate measuring machine, thickness gages, and other inspection devices for inspections. Performs necessary calculations to determine angles, tolerances, dimensions and measurements. Documents results of inspections. Establishes files and computer databases to retain inspection acceptance/rejection reports and data.
Communicates to management and production personnel any dimensional, process, or quality discrepancies discovered during the inspection process.
Performs a variety of special testing and makes performance checks to verbal and written instructions. Evaluates information gained from test equipment against specifications and determines if parts conform or should be rejected.
Prepares parts for customer source inspectors by coordinating assembly of required documentation, which may include inspection reports, drawings, bills of materials, process specifications, purchase orders, material certifications, and shipping paperwork. Assists source inspector as required.
Provide support and feedback to Quality Manager on daily workload, schedule priority and execution to the inspection schedule.
Manages the calibration program utilizing both in house and outside inspection services.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Must be able to use standard precision mechanical inspection tools such as micrometers, verniers, calipers, and gage blocks. Must be able to read and interpret blueprint drawings. Must be knowledgeable and proficient in understanding and use of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Requires knowledge of shop math, geometry, and trigonometry. Must have experience running CMM equipment and basic programming capability. Good verbal and written communication skills helpful. Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word computer software.

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