This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
Ask QA planning how they audit M.E. (Manufacturing Engineering--the ones who write the job paperwork plans that QA Planners are supposed to insert inspection points in at the appropriate locations) to ensure that the as-planned = the as designed. I’m sure you’ll find they don’t. M.E. has no checks and balances on the quality of their essential work due to our QA Planning department’s incompetence and/or corruption.
There are no checks out on the floor either with the line inspectors, because we are discouraged from writing planning pickups constantly, as my QA supervisor Tom Nakamichi did in our 1/16/02 crew meeting, as QA Planning does by not processing IRCRs (Inspection Record Change Requests--the form that must be filled out to get inspection points on jobs added, deleted, or modified) in a timely manner or at all as they did for the 1/7/02 engines, and as M.E. does because they resent a lowly line inspector making them do their job, as our QA planning department never makes them do them.
This is reiterated from item 85 below due to its relevance to this item:
This just in:
I have been working 777 EBUs (Turbofan Engine Build-Ups) lately, and lo and behold, the 777 plans are missing many witness torque inspections, some four and one half months after your rumored "drop dead" date to have such inspections implemented at BCAG.
I started to write just rework NCRs on these missing inspections, as our QOI 130-020 states we are supposed to do, and then I routed them to M.E. Planning. I talked to them and they said they were O.K. with that procedure, and that they would route them to QA Planning if required. However, after I had written three of them, (Name), my lead, brought me printouts of a few of them and told me to write IRCRs per my QA Supervisor Tom Nakamichi's direction for those NCRs and give them to him so he could get Nakamichi to sign them and take them to QA Planning.
This process is totally extra and "non-value added" per our QOI. I suppose my rework NCRs will now be roller stamped so they do not hold up the jobs and the EBUs will therefore ship without the required torque inspections.
After that episode I have been just writing IRCRs for the missing torque inspections as directed, however I have been doing an additional process I was not told to do--I am writing info paper pickups to hold the jobs open until the IRCRs are processed. I suppose those will end up being roller stamped also.
The Last Inspector