This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency." This quote is from the section of my report noted in the first quote below that I deleted to make that quote shorter and I stated that I may quote later. This quote from that section details my history as an inspector at Boeing, and some of the other corrupt Boeing QA supervisors I've worked for over the years:
Earlier in that overtime, I had found that the mechanics had installed the wrong configuration cowl actuators on one of the struts in their rush to complete the work (NCR...). I probably wouldn’t have noticed that without looking at the drawing. (The shop supervisor) and his lead grew even more angry with me. I found a radius filler that shop had installed upside down, with the sharp edge of the radius filler nesting in the mating radius of the bracket that the radius of the filler should have been in. The shop wanted an NCR written on it, rather than changing it out to correct the problem. I couldn’t believe that an engineer would allow a use-as-is disposition on such a defect. Maybe it would not cause a problem in service, but it sure stuck out like a sore thumb. I suggested to the shop lead or mechanic (I don’t remember which) that it might be better to just put a new filler in rather than waste all of the time on the NCR in which the engineer would probably say to replace it anyway. (The shop supervisor) came over and blew up at me: "You WILL right up what I tell you to write up. That’s your only job. If I want you to write it, you WILL write it." I had no intention of not writing it up, I was just getting my two cents in on the matter, but tempers were flaring due to me stepping briefly out of the PSD inspector’s customary subservient and obedient role, obviously. I always seemed to have good relationships with the Manufacturing Supervisors and Leads when I was new to an area at PSD, until they realized I would not bend to their wishes when it came to doing my job. Anyway, I shut up and wrote revision 1 of NCR... on the filler. To make a long story short, I finally got through the shake on that strut despite the many challenges and cold stares of the Manufacturing Lead and Supervisor, and left the other strut for second shift to finish and went home. That was perhaps the worst day of inspection I had ever had at PSD. As you can see, I didn’t much care how shop felt about me, if their bad feelings for me sprang only from me attempting to do my job. Although, in retrospect I should have cared, if I wanted to keep my job.
The Last Inspector