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Southwest Research Institute
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Closing date
May 23, 2024
Who We Are:

We are a diverse team of Quality Engineers and Scientists supporting programs and projects in multiple technical divisions across the Institute, including Mechanical Engineering, Space Science and Engineering, Defense and Intelligence Solutions, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and more.

Objectives of this Role:

  • Act as an integral project team member, supporting quality-related aspects of design, fabrication and test activities from the proposal stage through project execution, product delivery and warranty service activities.
  • Provide technical guidance for quality program implementation on government and commercial projects conducted under recognized quality standards for activities including design, analysis, inspection and testing.
  • Oversee quality management system audits and customer surveillances to determine and evaluate the level of compliance on projects.
  • Lead department staff with developing and implementing corrective and preventive actions resulting from audits.
  • Interface with project engineers and department management, as well as customer, supplier, and contract representatives as necessary on quality-related topics.
  • Formulate & implement quality assurance engineering procedures at both the program and project levels.

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of, and verify compliance to quality plans to ensure contractual quality requirements are met.
  • Review solicitations, contribute to proposals and cost estimates to address quality requirements.
  • Perform contract reviews.
  • Review purchase requisitions and coordinate inspection, test monitoring and surveillance programs to verify compliance.
  • Lead the review and disposition of nonconforming product and perform investigation and analysis to determine root cause, corrective action, preventative action, and effectiveness.
  • Design & implement quality assurance process sampling systems, procedures, and statistical techniques (metrics & trending).
  • Communicate and coordinate daily with project personnel and other department QA staff, project engineers, and management.
  • Create and deliver quality assurance presentations.
  • Conduct training on program/project/system quality topics.


  • Requires a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering, Aeronautics/Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or closely related degree with related experience.
  • 6+ years: Experience in a fabrication, production, manufacturing, or research environment is required. Experience in implementing a Quality Management System in a manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • 6+ years: Familiarity with quality standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 17025 is required. Familiarity with ASME, NAVSEA, AS9100, P-9290, NOTE 5000, NQA-1, ABS and/or SUBSAFE is a plus.
  • 6+ years: Experience working as a contributor to a project team is required. Familiarity with drawing review is required. Familiarity with reliability or statistical processes is a plus.
  • 6+ years: Internal or external quality auditing experience is a plus. Must have excellent communication skills to work with project staff, management, and representatives of the client, suppliers, or regulatory agencies. A valid/clear driver's license is required.
  • A valid/clear driver's license is required.

Special Requirements:

Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Job Locations: San Antonio, Texas

For benefits information at our San Antonio location, click here.
For benefits information at all other locations, click here.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

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