Mechanical Inspector - 1 Year Term Position

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), focused on creating defining innovations that ensure our nation's preeminence in the 21st century, is actively seeking a Mechanical Inspector for the Quality Assurance and Safety Group. This position will support the development and fabrication of mechanical hardware used to solve challenging problems, whose solutions have an important bearing on national security, military readiness, space exploration, national health, and the advancement of fundamental science or engineering. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

A unique opportunity to apply a passion for mechanical quality assurance and inspection of advanced prototypes and one-of-a kind systems that will further the scientific knowledge of humankind, safeguard our nation's security and advance the frontiers of space. Utilizing proper equipment, tools, systems, quality specifications, and processes, verifies high reliability metal, composite, and additively manufactured parts comply with customer requirements. Work includes machine-aided (CMM), manual measurement, and visual inspection.


1. Inspect one-of-a-kind machined and finished parts and hardware to drawings and workmanship standards utilizing visual techniques, manual measurement tools, and semi-automated (CMM) equipment.
2. Accurately record as-built information, nonconformance information, traceability requirements, labor hours, and other product attributes into computer databases.

3. Interface with machinists, manufacturing, and project engineers in the disposition of nonconforming product identified during inspection.

4. Provide assistance/back-up for other inspection areas, primarily the inspection of composites and additive manufacturing/fabrication.

5. Perform process and housekeeping audits of working area and report results to area supervision.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 5 years experience in performing inspections of machined products; the majority of this time must have been in inspecting unique items versus a production-line or incoming material inspection.
  • Experience in programming and running a coordinate measuring machine (CMM), demonstrated ability to utilize measuring equipment: micrometers, calipers, hole and ring gages.
  • Familiar with standard GD&T (geometric dimensioning & tolerancing) and drawing/blueprint reading. Ability to interpret both formal and informal assembly requirements and documentation.
  • Ability to function as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills; Microsoft Office computer skills; competent at writing clear and concise summary reports.
  • Customer-oriented with excellent communication skills, self-motivated, capable of multitasking, and following verbal and written instructions.
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information.
  • Security clearance eligibility requires you to be a U.S. citizen.

Desired Qualifications:
  • AA degree or other education related to mechanical fabrication.
  • Experience with PC-DMIS software.
  • Advanced training in GD&T.
  • 3 or more years of experience working on spaceflight mechanical parts.

Special Working Conditions: Job is nominally 5 days a week, 8 hour days; however, longer days may be needed for extended periods during large programs.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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