. Prepare QA/QC reports to higher authority.
. Qualify key personnel in the QA program.
THE DIVISION OFFICER
Division officers make sure that all division
personnel receive the necessary QA training and
qualifications for their positions and that they carry out
their QA responsibilities.
THE QUALITY ASSURANCE
The quality assurance coordinators (QACs) are
senior petty officers on collateral duty. If you are
appointed to this position, you will train other QA
personnel, conduct interviews for prospective QA
personnel, and administer written examinations for QA
THE SHIP QUALITY CONTROL
If you are a work center supervisor, you will most
often be appointed and trained in the collateral duty of
ship quality control inspector (SQCI). In those roles,
you will be deeply and directly involved in QA You
must be familiar with all aspects of the QA program and
the QC procedures and requirements of your specialty.
As an SQCI, you should act as an inspector or assign a
collateral duty inspector at the same time you assign
work to be sure the work is inspected in progress and on
completion. Do not allow anyone in your shop to do a
final inspection on his own work. Inspections normally
fall into one of the following three inspection areas:
RECEIVING OR SCREENING INSPEC-
TIONS apply to material, components, parts,
equipment, logs and records, and documents.
They determine the condition of material, proper
identification, maintenance requirements,
disposition, and correctness of related records
IN-PROCESS INSPECTIONS are specific QA
actions that are required in cases where you
cannot know whether the job was done right
without the inspections. They include
witnessing, application of torque, functional
testing, adjusting, assembling, servicing, and
FINAL INSPECTIONS are done after a task or
series of tasks is completed. An example is an
inspection of work areas after several personnel
have completed tasks.
Most commands that have a QA program will issue
you a special ID number that will identify you as a
qualified SQCI. In addition, the QAO will assign a
personal serial number to each shop SQCI as proof of
certification. Use the number on all forms and tags that
require initials as proof that certified tests and
inspections were made. This will provide documented
proof and traceability to show that each item or lot of
items meets the material and workmanship for that stage
of workmanship. Personnel who serve as SQCIs have
the following responsibilities:
Develop a thorough understanding of the QA
Train all work center personnel until they are
familiar with the QA/QC requirements that apply
to your work.
Be sure all level A shop work done by your work
center personnel meets the minimum
requirements in the latest plans, directives, and
specifications of higher authority and that
controlled work packages (CWPs) are properly
used on repair work.
Inspect all level I work for conformance to
specifications and witness and document all tests
on level I systems.
Maintain records and files to support the QA
program and be sure they follow the QA manual.
When your people do acceptance tests, be sure
test personnel use measuring devices,
instruments, inspection tools, gauges, or fixtures
that have current calibration stickers or records.
When an inspection is beyond the capability of
the ships QA inspector, be sure a qualified
inspector accepts the work before the ship installs
Report all deficiencies to the ships QAC and
keep the division officer informed. Help the
division officer and QAO conduct internal audits
and correct discrepancies.
WORK CENTER CONTROLLED
MATERIAL PETTY OFFICER
If you supervise a work center that has level I
material, you must be sure the procedures that govern
controlled material are followed. You will usually