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Engineer - Quality & Continuous Improvement III



Quality Assurance
van horn, tx, usa
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

This role is part of the Safety, Quality, & Mission Assurance team. This team is focused on monitoring and assessing processes that guide Blue Origin design, manufacture, and operations, ensuring system safety engineering, environmental health and safety, product integrity and continuous improvement processes serve the Blue Origin Mission and Vision.

As part of a diverse and hardworking team of Quality Engineers, you will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of developing, testing, and launching Space systems to support Blue Origin’s Vision. In this role, you will establish, implement, maintain, and enforce quality system processes that support Test and Flight ground systems. As needed, measure, analyze, and improve quality system performance consistent with organization quality goals, integrate quality system applications between engineering, project management, and operations to ensure the consistent and ongoing use of quality best practices and communication of quality issues, and facilitate troubleshooting of quality issues with diverse teams, lead causal analysis activities to drive to root cause and corrective action. In addition, you will perform reviews and approve fabrication build documents including work orders and nonconformance records. You will perform periodic audits of the application of our quality system in accordance with AS9100, recommend initiatives and/or changes that will improve product and system quality, and provide quality assurance subject matter expertise to inspection, fabrication, and test. Periodically, you will interface with internal and external customers on quality related concerns and develop training materials to build quality awareness. You will report directly to the Quality Engineering Manager.

Special Mentions:

  • Relocation provided
  • Living allowance
  • Travel expected up to 30% of the time
  • Multiple positions available
  • Interviews will include a technical assessment.

Van Horn Specific information

Being at the heart of Blue Origin operations, the West Texas Site in Van Horn, TX offers eligible employee’s additional attractive financial incentives to supplement their competitive base earnings, including a living allowance and relocation assistance. Eligibility for these additional benefits is based on the employee’s ability to permanently relocate to Van Horn, TX, or travel to Van Horn from another Blue location a minimum of 50% of the time.


  • Work hand-in-hand with Contractors and subcontractors to develop and execute project-specific QA/QC plan with scopes of work and work procedures
  • Implement project-specific QA/QC Plan in coordination with the project safety plan
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with contractors, subcontractors, architects, consultants, and vendors to ensure that the QA/AC Plan delivers a fully compliant project
  • Conduct testing and inspections and arrange for third-party testing and inspections, as well as analyze and report results
  • Review of anomalies and non-conformances due to fabrication, modification, and testing activities
  • Lead ground system acceptance reviews and ensure adherence to and health of acceptance process
  • Quality Assurance lead on Anomaly Review Board meetings for all nonconforming work
  • Facilitate troubleshooting of quality issues with diverse teams, lead causal analysis activities to drive to root cause and corrective action
  • Provide Quality support across multiple programs and work centers
  • Perform program process surveillance ensuring compliance to requirements
  • Provide experience within a start-up environment, transitioning a product from development, through fabrication to operations


  • Minimum of a B.S. in Engineering/Science or related
  • 5+ years’ proven experience in Quality, Engineering and/or Ground Support Systems role in a program management environment.
  • Familiarity with AS9100 or ISO9000 QM System and/or related quality systems and programs
  • Excellent communication skills, organized, attention to detail, and self-starter
  • Ability to support program management schedules (first or second shift) and overtime on as needed basis
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • American Society of Quality, Certified Quality Engineer certification
  • Background in quality inspection and inspection tool capabilities
  • Knowledge of construction process means and methods, and materials, their characteristics, installation procedures and tolerances
  • PMP or Project Management Certificate
  • Experience in Aerospace, ground systems, space launch, military/commercial aviation highly preferred.
  • Experience with AWS D1.1, AWS 16.1, AWS 17.1 and/or AWS 17.2 welding processes/specifications.
  • Experience with pipe & tube fabrication ASME B31.3 / AS33611 or equivalent
  • Experience with pneumatics, cryogenic fluids, environmental controls, and hydraulic systems and their hazardous operations
  • Familiarity with Non-Destructive Test inspection methods, including visual, dye penetrant, ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan, Eddy current, XRF scan
  • Understanding of preventative maintenance (PM), predictive maintenance (PdM), and corrective maintenance processes
  • Experience in GD&T fundamentals
  • Experience creating, conducting, and delivering First Article Inspections Reports (FAIRs) and familiarity with AS9102
  • Experience with quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, root cause analysis and corrective action
  • Six Sigma Green, Black Belt, or comparable certification
  • Experience with Primavera P6, CAD applications, CREO, Windchill, or JIRA
  • Experience with advanced product quality planning (APQP), process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem solving approaches
  • Quality Management System audit experience
  • Quality performance measurement analysis capabilities

Physical Requirements:

  • This is a physically active, all four (4) seasons role with both indoor and outdoor work requirements, including rain, wind, cold, heat, & humidity
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to climb multiple flights of stairs
  • Ability to work at heights

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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