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Quality Assurance Specialist

Air Force Civilian Service Albuquerque, NM

Job Description


The primary purpose of this position is to establish and execute a planned systematic approach of quality assurance for all areas of aircraft maintenance, designed to provide the maintenance managers confidence that aircraft, aircraft systems, munitions, equipment, products or supporting processes conform to technical, safety, work load and customer requirements.  The overall objective is to ensure that quality considerations are addressed and requirements achieved for all aircraft maintenance work and support functions to ensure end items perform as intended with reliability. Serves as the primary technical advisory process in the maintenance organization designed to assist maintenance managers.  Serves as the Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS) for the planning, implementation and execution of a quality assurance program that includes the full range of quality principles, concepts, inspection techniques, surveillance and evaluations related to quality assurance functional programs of all assigned aircraft, aircraft components, aerospace ground equipment, electronic equipment & systems, armament, munitions, engines, associated systems and maintenance personnel from numerous job series, and maintenance disciplines.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  The basic qualification requirements are indicated below.  These qualification requirements must be met, in addition to any military requirements, in order to be found qualified for and selected to this position.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  Experience, education or training which demonstrates the skill to present technical information verbally or in written form, skill to collect and analyze data, skill to apply guideline material by reading and interpreting technical material, and skill in dealing with others in a work relationship.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  (Please prepare written justification to the following KSAs as an attachment to your resume/application):

1. Knowledge of assigned aircraft and complex aircraft systems to include but not limited to electronic equipment and systems, manual and automatic flight controls, airframe, landing gear, pneudraulics, jet engine propulsion and associated systems, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Support equipment, and related test equipment. 

2. Knowledge of munitions storage methods, procedures, and techniques to determine storage location based on condition code, compatibility, and security requirements.

3. Knowledge of the techniques, documentation, and equipment used in the examination, classification, and maintenance of munitions assets and their components.

4. Knowledge of the entire maintenance quality assurance program to include the full range of principles, concepts and methodology and the establishment of procedures for monitoring the quality of products in a maintenance environment.

5. Knowledge of the practices, policies and procedures of related functional and administrative activities such as Technical Order Distribution Office (TODO), logistics maintenance support functions, contract administration and coordination of Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) or Contractor Field Team (CFT), engineering disposition requests, maintenance production, procurement, supply support, munitions storage etc. and skill in effecting appropriate interface/coordination of quality assurance plans and programs and evaluations with these activities; knowledge of the Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTO) and Quality Deficiency Reports (QDR) process and the interface/coordination with depot engineering and supply process.

6. Knowledge of the Maintenance Standardization Evaluation Program (MSEP).

7. Knowledge of end items, systems, including quality characteristics and working knowledge of manufacturing methods, special processes and the interrelations of various parts; knowledge of systems, subsystems and end item components and the functional relationships among components and subsystems, and test measurement techniques.

8. Knowledge of Higher Headquarters regulations and instructions, PDM work specifications, local directives including Quality Plans, Technical Orders, Military Specifications, and International Commercial Practices such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000.

9. Knowledge of inspection and evaluation techniques, statistical methods, mathematics, production management, industrial management, and database management skills to perform root cause, deficiency, and trend analysis; analysis are used to validate and update Acceptable Quality Levels (AQLs), frequency changes to Routine Inspection Lists (RILs), and recommendations for corrective maintenance practice action.

10. Knowledge of the body of laws, regulations, policies and procedures relating to aircraft maintenance, ground, explosive and flight safety, occupational health and environmental compliance; ability to use this knowledge to develop an evaluation plan and prevention effort to minimize risk and prevent damage to equipment, structures, weapons systems, or injury to personnel.

11. Skill in applying this knowledge to the identification of quality problems and resolving the difficult and complex work assignments; skill to plan and conduct studies, analyze performance and quality data and to develop sound recommendations for correction of quality system deficiencies.

12. Ability to conduct technical reviews, analyze findings and develop recommendations for corrections or improvements in the quality assurance program; ability to prepare technical reports on quality levels, to identify specific problem areas and to recommend corrective action.

13. Ability to communicate effectively through written and oral presentations; skill and ability to work effectively in stressful situations and maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all levels within the organization; ability to plan and successfully complete individual projects and/or larger projects.

14. Skill in using various computer and software applications to include but not limited to: word processing programs, spreadsheets, email services, databases and database management.

QUALITY AND TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:  The required amount of experience/education will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification.  The quality, type and scope of the experience/education must be of such nature as to demonstrate that applicants are fully qualified to perform the duties at the level for which they apply.

DOCUMENTATION:  Applicants must explain in detail, in the application, how the specialized experience was acquired, including applicable dates.  Applicants should include, with application, any training completion certificates/transcripts in the areas covered in the KSAs.

MILITARY COMPATIBILITY:  Individual selected must be assigned, prior to appointment, to a compatible Duty Air Force Specialty Code of: 2A27X.

APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENTS:  Excepted Civil Service.  Individual selected must be assigned to an enlisted position in the New Mexico Air National Guard.  Individual must wear the uniform as prescribed by National Guard Bureau policies and the Adjutant General of New Mexico.  Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre placement physical examination.


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Other Information

RE-PROMOTION STATEMENT:  New Mexico Air National Guard technicians who were previously downgraded from a grade equal to, or higher than that advertised at the target grade in this announcement, and who are still receiving pay retention benefits from that downgrade, may be considered for this position as an exception to competition.  Technicians who desire re-promotion consideration must send a letter to the Human Resources Office, prior to the closing date of this announcement, requesting consideration for re-promotion.

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) BENEFITS:  PCS benefits are not authorized.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:  The New Mexico National Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for a position will be made without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, political affiliation, marital status, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, non-disqualifying physical handicap, age (except military requirement for excepted technicians) or any other non-merit factor.  Under Public Law 90-486, veterans preference is not applicable.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determination for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Job Details

Date Posted July 11, 2018
Date Closes August 10, 2018
Requisition 465983900
Located In Albuquerque, NM
SOC Category 00-0000.00