This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report (continued from previous day's quote):
Another example from page 73:
On NCR (NCR I.D.) revision 3, a T/R sleeve was replaced by a (engine vendor) mechanic in my area without the usual Removal Records and with the usual bypassing of me, as I would make them do the job right. (My QA Lead) told me he would do the inspection of the rework.
Another example from page 203:
They didn’t come get me when they had finished installing the cotter pins and sealing them per the drawing. I guess that I had asked too many questions, so they bypassed me and got another inspector.
I was bypassed on most T/R repairs in the shop probably because (name), the repair mechanic in the fitcheck area, knew I would make him fill out removals and that I would actually inspect the rework/repair, making the finding of defects in that work, and the resulting in the delay of shipment of the T/R (and more work for him) much more likely than if he got a roller stamping inspector. (Name) is a good mechanic, but as most mechanics who have been at Boeing a while, has it ingrained in his psyche that pretty much the only thing that matters is the shipment of the product on time. He does O.K. work, and believes the Company’s (and (my QA supervisor's)) line that QA are pretty much extraneous personnel who only get in the way of shipment of the product when they actually inspect it. He goes and gets (name), (my QA lead), or (the most notorious rollerstamping inspector in the Division) when he doesn’t have time for me to actually inspect the product, or wants to risk me finding discrepancies with such. I don’t think (name) does his inspections anymore as I complained to (name), my lead, about him, a Wichita Corrective Action Unit inspector, doing inspections at PSD, which I believed was improper per the Quality System, as Wichita stamps did not appear in our QA manual as authorized stamps to inspect work with at PSD. It also was probably a violation of the union contract.
This does not only happen to me. Other inspectors suffer this same fate, and the product’s quality and safety also suffers as a result, as a majority of the critical to safety (NCR rework and repairs), and last minute "slap it together to get it out the door" work gets "re-routed" from those "thorough" inspectors, like me, who are assigned to do the inspections, to those inspectors who are in essence only on corporate welfare, and only pretend to do a cursory inspection on these inspections, if that, before they roller stamp the work. You’d think shop would have more care for the safety of the flying public than they do. You’d think they would want the "thorough" inspectors, those who are labeled "thorough" only because they actually do the inspections, to do the inspections for the safety of all those millions of people on our airplanes, and for the opportunity to actually find out the mistakes that they had made, and all humans, no matter how careful, will inevitable make, in order to improve their build quality the next time. But no. Only the quickest build of the product matters to them--to get the quickest and cheapest built product out the door--be damned the quality of the product, no matter how safety related. Quality only interferes with what they care about most--cost and schedule, because it is the reason people like me are around, that only needlessly hold them up from making further cost and schedule improvements. Please ask (fellow inspector's name) about this and ask (my QA Lead), (the fitcheck mechanic), and (the most notoriously rollerstamping inspector at the Division) about why I am bypassed. The Manufacturing Leads should also be interviewed to find out why they bypass certain inspectors. The one reason you won’t hear is that they are trying to get a competent inspector for the sake of the product.
The Last Inspector