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Quality Assurance Manager (Navy Projects)

Department: Quality
Location: Portland, OR

Vigor Values

Vigor expects all employees to enhance the atmosphere in which they work by living the Vigor Values every day.

Truth: We seek the truth, and we speak the truth
 We act on what we know is right
: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world
 We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in


This position is responsible for developing, tracking, administering, writing of required reports, implementation, coordination, and satisfactory completion and documentation of all inspection and testing programs. The position also promotes product quality, effective and efficient processes and customer satisfaction by maintaining and improving the company's ISO 9000 compliant Quality Management System 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

(This list is not intended to detail all aspects of the assigned work but is representative of the job’s overall responsibilities) 

  1. Provide leadership and oversight in the areas of quality planning and management, production inspection and testing, subcontractor quality control, receipt inspection, calibration, and nondestructive testing.
  2. Prepare, maintain and submit as necessary inspection plan, quality records, test schedules, test memoranda, trial agendas and other quality related technical documentation as may be required to support contract requirements.
  3. Provide oversight to project performance of quality control checks as required in project quality plans and/or contractual requirements. Monitor job progress as appropriate. Support project efforts to ensure appropriate quality and test requirements are integrated into work orders as required.
  4. Assist in the resolution of quality discrepancies by coordinating internal and external corrective action activities. 
  5. Oversees the internal welder / weld procedure database.
  6. Develops tests and inspection plans for areas of responsibility in accordance with internal quality requirements and contract specifications, including but not limited to NAVSEA Standard Items, U.S. Coast Guard Regulations, Classification Societies, and other applicable engineering standards.
  7. Serves as liaison between project management, crafts and regulatory agencies as required.
  8. Provides oversight of the Quality Control group to ensure that all preliminary inspection requirements have been satisfied and are accomplished in accordance with contract specifications prior to final inspection call outs to regulatory agencies. When required, will assist with required inspections.
  9. Ensures that all instrumentation and gauges used in testing procedures are properly calibrated in accordance with regulatory agencies and company calibration guidelines.
  10. Informs Project Management, Director - Quality, Operations Managers/Directors of all deficiencies requiring corrective action as outlined in the Quality Management System (QMS) to include Internal Deficiency Reports (IDR), Quality Deficiency Reports (QDR), and Non-conforming Services (NCS).
  11. Establishes and maintains positive, cooperative working relationships with project managers, crafts, owner representatives, and regulatory agency officials.
  12. Assists Project Managers, the Quality Director and supervisors in developing test memos and Process Control Procedures to insure that final forms and testing practices are in proper format and work scope formed.
  13. Insures all subcontractors’ qualifications meet requirements of regulatory agencies and contract specifications. Also insures all subcontractor required quality assurance submittals are correct and fulfill requirements of the specifications.
  14. Reviews and qualifies all Quality Assurance requirements imposed by outside agencies. Verifies that requirements do not impose higher levels of effort to accomplish than those required by contract specifications.
  15. Coordinates with management and craft supervisors to insure all personnel meet the minimum skill and ability and also possess the required certifications to accomplish the task assigned.


This position operates with minimal direct supervision, maintains a high level of decision-making authority and responsibility for end results. This position is often involved in development and/or decisions regarding new policy or guidelines




This position maintains a variety of professional relationships and must be able to determine the appropriate level of communication and interaction for various situations. The ability to effectively influence decisions through respectful interactions with others both within the organization and outside of the organization is essential in this role.




BS degree and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s of Science degree from a fully accredited college or university with specialization in the applicable craft or a closely related field such as marine mechanical is required.

Minimum eight (8) years of experience in marine or industrial engineering either in a shipyard, heavy construction or industrial manufacturing environment.



NACE Certification - Paint and Coating (As applicable)

CWI - AWS NDT Inspection Training - Welding inspector (As applicable)

Electricians License – Electrical (As applicable)


Work is conducted in a dynamic, fast-paced shipyard setting with moderate to loud noise levels from production activity in shipyards. The individual will be in production areas of the yard and onboard ships. He/she must be able to walk to and from job sites. The person must be able to climb inclined stairways and vertical ladders; to enter confined areas and tanks; to work at heights. The incumbent must be able to frequently bend, squat, crawl, twist   and may be required to lift up to 50 pounds. He/she may be required to work more than 8-hour shifts and weekend work. There may be local travel and out-of-town travel (including air travel) up to 5% of the time with notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   While in production areas will be exposed to all weather conditions, noise, dusts and odors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.