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PCBA Quality Assurance Inspector (Weekend Shift)

Terran Orbital Corporation

This is a Full-time position in irvine, CA posted January 3, 2023.


Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, the leader in innovation, manufacturing and operations in the small satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital Corporation is seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Inspector for our Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) team here at our Irvine, CA location. Terran Orbital is a leading worldwide provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions to Commercial and Government customers. As a Quality Assurance Inspector, the candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team to visually inspect, test and build Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBAs) with IPC/WHMA-A-610 certification. Candidate must be familiar with PCB and avionics schematics and layout. Familiar with inspecting for board defects, component placement, and solder joint defects. Using magnification aids and stereo-microscopes, inspect populated printed circuit boards and identify component misplacement and solder defects to IPC-A-610 standards as well as review PCBA X-Rays for solder joint analysis. Common knowledge or experience operating an Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) machine.

This role is on our weekend shift (Thursday – Monday).


  • Follow detailed procedures to build complex PCBAs
  • Perform receiving inspections, final inspection, troubleshooting and repairing, printed circuit boards & Avionics systems
  • Perform rework on high density SMD PCBAs
  • Perform quality-assurance receiving inspection on incoming PCBAs
  • To detect defects such as shorts, excess or missing solder, BGA ball void analysis, surface scratches, cracks, DNP and placement of components
  • Perform miscellaneous lab duties including kitting, inventory, cleaning and other organization tasks


  • Ability to perform high-quality Solder rework of leadless QFN and LGA SMD devices and packagegeometries as small as 0201
  • Ability to inspect to IPC Class I, II, and III as well as flex cable inspection
  • Minimum 3 years experience in circuit board manufacturing
  • Test continuity of circuit board circuits and avionics systems
  • IPC-J-STD-001, IPC/WHMA-A-610, and IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certifications
  • Experience running AOI machines (experience with Nordson Yestech a plus)
  • Experience with X-ray review for BGA ball analysis
  • Familiarity with running Nikon PCB X-Ray systems or similar. (VGSTUDIO experience a plus)
  • General understanding of electronic components, electronics design, and manufacturing
  • Ability to read & understand PCB assembly drawings, wire harness schematics
  • Competency using calipers & micrometers to perform conformance inspection of mechanical structures
  • Meticulous attention to detail & documentation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to maintain a clean and orderly work space


  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(K) Match
  • Unlimited PTO


Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellites primarily serving the United States and Allied aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and in-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at?

To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. In addition, please note that this position may also require the possession of an existing United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employees in this job. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this job classification. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

This job description does not alter the “At-Will” nature of the position. Employment with the Company will remain “at-will” unless otherwise stated in a written agreement signed by the President of the Company. This means that either the Company or the employee can terminate the employment at any time and for any reason, with or without notice.

Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.