interviews for prospective QA personnel, and administer
the material and workmanship for that stage of
written examinations for QA qualifications.
Personnel who serve as SQCIs will be responsible
Ship Quality Control Inspector
for the following:
If you are a work center supervisor, you will most
Developing a thorough understanding of the
often be appointed and trained in the collateral duty of
ship quality control inspector (SQCI). IMAs have
personnel permanently assigned to these positions
within the QA division. As an SQCI, you will be
Training all work center personnel until they
deeply and directly involved in QA. You must be
are familiar with the QA/QC requirements that
familiar with all aspects of the QA program and the QC
apply to your work.
procedures and requirements of your specialty. As an
Ensuring that all controlled work done by your
SQCI, you should act as an inspector or assign a
collateral duty inspector at the same time you assign
work center personnel meets the minimum
work to be sure the work is inspected in progress and
requirements in the latest plans, directives, and
on completion. Do not allow personnel in your shop to
specifications of higher authority and that
do a final inspection on their own work.
controlled work packages (CWPs) are properly
used on repair work.
Inspections normally fall into one of the following
three inspection areas:
Inspecting all controlled work for conformance
to specifications and witnessing and
RECEIVING OR SCREENING INSPEC-
documenting all tests required on these systems.
TIONS. These inspections apply to material,
components, parts, equipment, logs and records,
Maintaining records and files to support the QA
and documents. They determine the condition
program and ensuring the QA manual is
of material, proper identification, maintenance
requirements, disposition, and correctness of
related records and documents.
Ensuring test personnel use measuring devices,
instruments, inspection tools, gauges, or fixtures
IN-PROCESS INSPECTIONS. These inspec-
tions are specific QA actions that are required
when acceptance tests are performed.
in cases where you cannot know whether the
job was done right without the inspections.
Ensuring a qualified inspector accepts the work
They include witnessing, application of torque,
before the ship installs the product when an
functional testing, adjusting, assembling, ser-
inspection is beyond the capability of the
vicing, and installation.
ship's/IMA's QA inspector.
FINAL INSPECTIONS. These inspections
Reporting all deficiencies to the ship's QAC
comprise specific QA actions performed
and keeping the division officer informed.
following the completion of a task or a series
of tasks. An example is an inspection of work
Helping the DO and QAO conduct internal
areas after several personnel have completed
audits and correct discrepancies.
Work Center Controlled
Most commands that have a QA program will issue
Material Petty Officer
you a special ID number that will identify you as a
qualified SQCI. In addition, the QAO will assign a
If you supervise a work center that has level I or
personal serial number to each shop SQCI as proof of
subsafe material, you must ensure the procedures that
certification to use on all forms and tags that require
govern controlled material are followed. Your work
initials as proof that certified tests and inspections were
center or division will usually appoint a controlled
made. This will provide documented proof and
material petty officer (CMPO) to handle these
traceability to show that each item or lot of items meets
responsibilities. After training, that person will inspect,