Quality Assurance Department

The Quality Assurance Department is responsible for the Quality Assurance Program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This includes laboratory analysis, nonnuclear inspection and nondestructive testing, engineering and analysis, metrology and calibration, welding engineering, and nuclear inspection. Career opportunities exist in the following divisions.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Materials Test Laboratory Division - provides scientific and technological service and guidance, as well as testing services and process improvements for physical/chemical/nondestructive testing, fluid surveillance, foreign object damage identification, shelf life testing, hazardous waste characterization, environmental compliance monitoring. Testing and analysis expertise pertain to the following fields: environmental and inorganic chemistry, non-destructive inspection, process applications, fuels, metallurgy, and organic materials.

Regional Metrology and Calibration Division - offers the opportunity to work in fields of rapidly advancing technology such as fiber optics, laser Doppler velocity measurements, microwave measurements, and infrared thermometry. The Division develops state of the art computer automated measurement systems that make some of the most accurate measurements in the industry. Engineering support is also provided for test equipment used on naval ships and aircraft.

Welding Engineering Division - is responsible for the welding, brazing and thermal spray programs. Much of work in this Division is performed on board ships, providing many opportunities to become familiar with submarines, aircraft carriers and other surface combatants. Applications include welding high pressure piping, submarine pressure hull structure, and nuclear piping and equipment and weld repairs to worn or damaged components.

Industrial Engineering positions are also available in the shipyard’s Quality Assurance Office. On the job-site inspections and process evaluations are performed as well as an in-depth analysis of workmanship quality, documentation and discussion of findings with Senior Managers.