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:
This is illustrated by one day a few years ago while I was assigned to the Strut Shop. (Name), the QA Supervisor at the time, came up to me and told me that he had heard a complaint from the shop that a shakedown of a strut had taken an inspector six hours so far, and was still in process. I told him that I had no idea what he was talking about, it wasn’t me they were complaining about at that moment. I had never heard of a shakedown taking that much time. We went to the call sheet. There was only one inspector on a shakedown job at that time on the call sheet, and I believe it was only for about half the six hour time shop had given (the QA supervisor). (Name) was the inspector on that shakedown...It turned out that the reason that (name) had taken even half the time Shop had disingenuously told (the QA supervisor), was that he had found that Shop had installed the wrong V-band clamps on the pneumatic ducts, and the correct ones were not available. I believe he had to write a tag on the unavailable parts. Shop management was playing the "blame the messenger" game, and lying to QA Management in an effort to get them to put pressure on the inspector who was just trying to do his job. (Name) was one of the few QA managers that ever investigated the shop’s impossibly exaggerated woeful claims before he made his mind up about the validity of them. I liked him for that.
Anyway, I didn’t worry much about what shop said about me in these "blame the messenger" treks to our office, because I knew the ethics of those people involved, and what they told my management was just a pack of lies most likely, which my management, I thought, would easily see through for what they were. I thought I was just doing my job, and the defects I found I knew were just a reflection of their mechanic’s workmanship, and not a reflection on me, as shop liked to complain, as I always did MY job consistently. I actually took pride (naively I would later learn) in finding the defects before the product was delivered to the customer, as that was what I thought at that time was my job. Manufacturing Management soon learned that, as most mechanics had found out (some would always complain, even if the defects were valid, as they had a similar temperament to their lead’s and supervisor’s), that that did not work, due to the fact that in addition to my belief in the importance of my job as an inspector to the traveling public and Boeing’s reputation, I also believed intensely in the fact, being a former mechanic that had to deal with inspectors, that writing up bogus items was one of the worst things I could do and a waste of Company resources. I also knew I would get hammered by my management if I even wrote one questionable item up. I could probably count the times I wrote up a defect that was not valid on two fingers of one hand. And I got in a lot of trouble for one of those two. (I’ll get to that later). If something was on the borderline of being acceptable or rejectable, I would not write the item. But, if the item was rejectable, I would always flag it or write it up.
The unethical shop supervisors soon seized upon the only thing they could hope to in order try to get rid of me: The fact that I inspected to the drawing and specifications also made me somewhat slower to complete the inspections than my coworkers who had lesser or no similar standards of inspection. This is borne out by my experience with (another inspector) in the Strut Shop, and by an incident when I was inspecting 747 struts. I was inspecting a strut when (name), Manufacturing Supervisor walked up. The mechanic reworking the discrepancies I had found complained to him in front of me that he was being delayed by having to rework what he thought were an excessive number of discrepancies I had found. (The mfg supervisor), who is from Wichita, Kansas, said "are they valid discrepancies". The mechanic answered that they were. (The mfg supervisor) said, "Well, that dog won’t hunt. But if it’s taking him a long time to inspect, that dog WILL hunt."
The Last Inspector