Kratos Technology & Training Solutions Quality Engineer I / II in Sacramento, California

Job Description:

The Quality Engineer will design, develop, and execute quality assurance and control systems.. Uses expertise and judgment in implementing a wide variety of quality concepts, practices and procedures. Contributes to product and manufacturing process design, as well as the methods for verification and validation of product and deliverable systems and services to ensure adherence to company and customer requirements. Works towards the prevention and/or resolution of product and manufacturing process non-conformance.


  • Designs test and inspection methods used to identify defects and problems within the process
  • Defines robust quality and inspection plans for programs or projects under guidance or using previous bodies of knowledge.
  • Interprets design documents and specifications to extract and document the quality function deliverables.
  • Reviews CMM or inspection data for the qualification of new product and production tooling.

    • Performs first article inspections
  • Participates in or leads continuous improvement projects to eliminate scrap and reduce rework operations
  • Works with operations management to establish, implement and maintain the quality management system
  • Interfaces with engineering design teams to drive changes for quality improvement
  • During manufacturing process and product design reviews, ensures that related quality considerations are well defined and documented in quality and inspection plans.
  • Participates in or leads root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action for process related concerns
  • Supports and leads the Quality Inspectors to ensure that products and processes comply with the relevant requirements of the quality management system
  • May conduct audits, including closing out audit findings, creating audit findings reports and determine proper corrective and preventative actions
  • Analyzes customer complaints and other quality escapes, and drives corrective or preventative action in response
  • Ensures timely resolution of Supplier Corrective Action Reports for assigned suppliers
  • Manages assigned supplier(s) performance, including periodic audits
  • Tracks and reports quality metrics and reports to management and customers
  • Updates and maintains process control plans and FMEAs
  • Defines inspection processes using knowledge of GD&T; and inspection tooling/gauging concepts.
  • Reviews and/or prepares documentation to support product/system delivery, including configuration and documentation verification.
  • Participates and supports Material Review Boards (MRB) on assorted programs or projects as assigned.
  • Dispositions discrepant materials as identified by internal departments or customers.
  • Analyzes and reports on process performance with emphasis on critical to and cost of quality.
  • Adheres to safety procedures.
  • Maintains company quality documentation, including material, product and system acceptance test plans
  • Responsible for coordinating assigned suppliers and verifying quality standards in accordance with established requirements, which includes, but is not limited to performing regular supplier audits to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and actively participating in strategic development based on quality control plans
  • Serve as the liaison for assigned suppliers, suggest structural quality and process improvements, and collaborate with other engineers in a team environment
  • Identifies technical problems with suppliers and assists with implementing Supplier Correction Action Reports (SCAR)
  • Responsible for managing assign supplier scorecards, facilitating resolution of below standard scores and keeping Supply Chain informed of supplier scores

Quality Engineer I

  • Works on projects of basic complexity under guidance and using little previously established bodies of knowledge. Prepares inspection plans based on drawing requirements, and compares manufacturing instructions per drawing requirements. Reviews and follows company processes related to assigned tasks, and presents completed tasks to assigned program Quality Engineer. Participates in Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Engineering Review Board (ERB), and closes out assigned actions. Participates in design reviews and prepares Inspection Plans (IPs) for program QE review. Reviews and updates Discrepancy Material Reports (DMRs) based on assigned actions.

Quality Engineer II

  • Works on projects of medium complexity using previously established bodies of knowledge.
  • Assists in definition of inspection tooling using knowledge of GD&T; and inspection tooling/gauging concepts.
  • Leads root cause analysis efforts and subsequently is responsible for developing and implementing robust effective corrective/preventative action plans.
  • Perform as chair-person for Material Review Board (MRB) on assigned programs or projects. Manages assigned DMRs to ensure forms are complete prior to closure.
  • Provides technical guidance to level I Quality Engineers and other QA staff.
  • Supports and may participate on Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Engineering Review Board (ERB).
  • Determines proper quality codes to assign in ERP system based on contract/ design requirements.


  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite tools
  • Strong relentless root cause analysis skills
  • Must be a self-directed professional
  • Must have related operations experience
  • Ability to analyze data, measurements, and other information to reach accurate conclusions.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary
  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Proficient in root cause, corrective and preventive action programs.
  • Ablility to read and interpret design drawings, schematics and military specifications
  • Ability to close open actions and meet deadlines assigned

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

  • ASQ Quality Engineer certification
  • Familiarity and exposure to AS9100 and ISO systems
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Sound knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), DOE
  • Knowledge of gauging methodology and metrology
  • Working understanding of assembly methods, fixtures, tooling, and fabrication methods
  • Experience in Quality Assurance within the aerospace industry
  • Manufacturing engineering experience.
  • Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis, process control, and SPC development.
  • Experience with composites
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Six Sigma certification

Experience and Skills:

Quality Engineer I

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent experience.
  • 1-3 years experience as Q.E. in manufacturing.
  • Experience with quality systems ISO 9001 and SAE AS9100.

Quality Engineer II

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent experience.
  • 3-6 years experience as a Quality Engineer in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with quality systems ISO 9001 and SAE AS9100


  • Office and manufacturing environment
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • May be exposed to possible shop hazards including high noise level, high pressure equipment, chemicals, and shop traffic.
  • Infrequent travel may be required.

Job Tracking ID: 85347-232727

Location: Sacramento, CA

Job Type: Full-Time/Regular

Date Updated: February 16, 2017

Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)

Years of Experience: At least 3 Years

Level of Education: BA/BS

Starting Date: ASAP