Aerospace thermal processing and Nadcap go hand in hand. Nadcap auditors are your key interface. Who are these people, and how can they help you? This article answers these questions and more.
“I worked in the U.K. steel industry and ended up as a quality director in first-tier automotive supply. This is a volatile industry, and, when my company downsized, I wanted something different. Nadcap is different. I was attracted to Nadcap auditing because it allows me to control my working hours. I can work as many, or as few, weeks as I want. Consequently, although I choose to spend most of my time doing Nadcap audits, I am free to take other work – and do so. As Nadcap work is all expenses paid, I earn roughly the same as I would doing consultancy work, where I would have to pay my expenses. It is also very predictable – the booking horizon is currently around six months. If I do not want to do an audit, I can always say no. The work is technically interesting and varied, and all companies that I visit are different. I enjoy the opportunity to travel and improve my foreign-language skills, although it’s also nice to be able to carry out audits closer to home.”
Martin Bridge, Nadcap auditor for Heat Treatment and Aerospace Quality Systems
“My career was spent at the Naval Air Weapons Center at China Lake, Calif., starting in 1957 until I retired as director of the materials test laboratory in 1992. After retirement I was looking for a way to keep mentally sharp and up to date on emerging technologies and to continue my involvement in the aerospace industry. I was also looking for the possibility to do some traveling. These interests are what attracted me to PRI and being a Nadcap auditor. I have been with PRI as an auditor for many years and have enjoyed the time immensely. I have the flexibility to choose when to audit and to determine if I want to avail myself of the opportunity to travel and see other cultures. The time as an auditor allows me to stay involved in my career field and to keep in contact with people in the same profession. The staff at PRI is great to work with, and the company is on the leading edge of technology in their eAuditNet web-based auditing program. To sum it up – I am doing what I want to do and being paid good money to do it.”
George Hayes, Nadcap auditor for Materials Testing Laboratories, Chemical Processing, Coatings and Nonconventional Machining and Surface Enhancement
“Following my employment with Sundstrand, I was attracted to Nadcap because the nature of the work was similar but more in-depth. I like the flexibility of developing my own schedule. I would recommend becoming a Nadcap auditor to anyone who is dedicated to the aerospace industry. It is a rewarding experience working with a world-class aerospace organization that strives for competitive excellence. I enjoy the work and feel that PRI’s services are of enormous value to the aerospace industry. Working as a Nadcap auditor, I am continually learning about new technology in my field, and it also allows me the opportunity to experience different cultures.”
Chee Soon Lum, Nadcap auditor for Chemical Processing, Heat Treatment and Nonconventional Machining and Surface Enhancement