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Quality Specialist - Machining

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    Senior (5-8 years)
  • IT & Cybersecurity
  • San Francisco
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  • You need 5+ yrs inspecting machined parts, reading CAD models, using CMM, and mastering measurement tools. Bonus if you know MCOSMOS programming, FARO arm, MES/WMS systems, AQL sampling, 5S setup, and precision cleaning.
  • You will lead quality inspections, setup a precision lab, program CMM equipment, create work orders, resolve nonconforming hardware issues, track tool calibration, and develop quality standards for machined parts.


  • 5+ years in quality inspector role focused on precision/dimensional inspection of machined parts.
  • 3+ years experience reading and manipulating CAD models and engineering drawings including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) language.
  • 2+ years programming and operating Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM).
  • Proficient with all measurement tools required to inspect machined hardware, such as calipers, micrometers, pins, and other gauges.
  • Fast-paced, self-directed, and able to execute with minimal direction.
  • Bonus Experience:
  • Mitutoyo MCOSMOS programming.
  • Faro arm measurement.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing execution system (MES) and warehouse management system (WMS) software packages.
  • Understanding of Acceptable Quality Limit (AQL) sampling and other quality control methods.
  • Trained in 5S area setup and maintenance.
  • Precision cleaning and part marking.


  • Inspect all mechanical parts built in the Astranis machine shop and at various suppliers, for both flight and development use, and ensure zero quality escapes to the production line.
  • Physically set up and own a precision inspection lab in the machine shop, including sourcing the tools, executing facility projects, and documenting processes.
  • Program and operate the CMM and Faro measurement equipment for both component inspection and satellite integration-level measurements.
  • Create work orders to document part manufacturing and inspection processes, and including part marking and traceability.
  • Create issue tickets and templates for nonconforming hardware and work with engineering to ensure speedy resolution, including performing containment of other discrepant hardware as needed.
  • Work with inventory team to create a process for incoming quality control of machined components.
  • Partner with engineering to develop new processes such as fabrication or cleaning, to ensure the right quality controls are built-in from the start.
  • Create a system for tracking metrology and manage the on-time calibration of tools across the entire factory.
  • Set up and maintain a request/priority system for inspections, tool calibration, etc. to keep the business informed of status, progress, and blockers.
  • Work with design engineering teams to develop standards for part drawings, including identification of key characteristics, dimensioning and GD&T, and first article inspection plans.
  • Conduct regular quality reviews to communicate performance, challenges, and opportunities to improve for both internal machine shop and suppliers.


What are the main responsibilities of a Quality Specialist - Machining at Astranis?

The main responsibilities include inspecting machined parts for quality control, creating new quality processes to support production and engineering teams, working closely with the head of machining to ensure quality controls, performing key measurements on the satellite, and owning quality processes across the business.

What experience is required for this role?

The ideal candidate should have extensive precision/dimensional inspection experience using a variety of tools, the ability to set up new processes with minimal direction, and the ability to communicate effectively with engineers to improve part designs and documentation.

Will I be working with internal and external manufacturing partners in this role?

Yes, as a Quality Specialist - Machining at Astranis, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality of parts made both internally and externally, so you will work closely with both internal and external manufacturing partners.

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Astranis is building small, low-cost telecommunications satellites. Our mission is to help get online the 4 billion people who are without internet access.