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Job Summary

The XTRM/SPRL Space Physics Research Laboratory in the College of Engineering is seeking an experienced, highly motivated Quality Assurance Manager to provide technical and project support and leadership for current and future space mission and instrument development projects.

XTRM/SPRL Labs is a facility of the College of Engineering that serves clients who are faculty, government agencies (such as NASA and DoD), and commercial companies in the development of unique integrated systems and instrumentation that are often used in challenging environments (e.g. space, extreme hot and cold, above/on/below the water).  The XTRM/SPRL Lab professional staff, with faculty and researchers, have built more than 35 space systems and instruments; instrumented numerous sounding rockets, balloons and aircraft; and developed ground-based instruments.  For seven decades, this lab has been one of a handful of university centers able to conceive, design, construct, test, and operate space flight instruments — a truly "end-to-end" operation.


Actively participate in the development of hardware and software to ensure highly reliable, verifiable end products.  This includes promulgating standards and guidelines for design content and formats, inputting production and assurance capabilities and restrictions to designers, helping review and approve designs and manage risk, coordinating the design release process, and verifying product compliance during in-process and final inspections and tests.

Critically review and inspect XTRM/SPRL fabricated electronic assemblies in detail, identifying improper solder joints, crimps, wire routing, polymeric staking and coating, and general workmanship and appearance.  Work with fabrication personnel to improve quality and ensure overall acceptance when compared to NASA, DoD, and XTRM/SPRL assembly standards.

Interface with government and industry quality assurance personnel on quality processes and procedures, fabrication standards, inspection reports, problem/failure reports, and other documents, both provided by NASA, DoD, and industry contracts and internally generated. Coordinate with outside quality assurance personnel during audits and source inspections to explain XTRM/SPRL standard practices especially when they conflict with NASA or DoD standard practices.

Review procurements and inspect incoming parts and assemblies and report on their acceptability for use in XTRM/SPRL designs. 

Perform source inspection and supplier reviews to determine suitability of suppliers for the support of XTRM/SPRL designs.

Required Qualifications*

  • 5 years of experience in quality and quality related functions
  • Associates Degree or higher degree in electrical/aerospace/mechanical/materials engineering, electronics assembly and fabrication techniques, or quality assurance with experience in electrical fabrication
  • Understanding of ESD control
  • Working knowledge of standard quality concepts
  • Familiarity with various aspects of quality control
  • Experience developing flight hardware or engineering model hardware for NASA or DoD applications;
  • Demonstrated excellence in team leadership, organization and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • BS or higher degree in Electrical/Aerospace/Mechanical/Materials Engineering or Physics;
  • 5+ years of experience inspecting NASA flight electronics, mechanical assemblies, and/or power electronics
  • Knowledge and/or experience with flight polymeric materials for NASA hardware.
  • Familiarity with contamination control, flight and ground safety, software QA, failure mode criticality and other reliability analyses, and risk management are beneficial.

Additional Information

Supervision Received:

This position reports to the XTRM/SPRL Director and supports the XTRM/SPRL Managing Director. 

Supervision Exercised:

This position will work with and direct SPRL technical staff within project teams and through major subcontracts.


The University of Michigan offers attractive, comprehensive benefits and a salary commensurate with rank and experience.

Mission Statement

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