Performance Designs Jobs

Production Operator I

Job Description

Responsible for 1-2 sewing operations, or 1-2 bartack operation, or 1-2 assembly operations or any combination thereof by utilizing excellent, in-depth knowledge of company products, work instructions and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Follows Production drawings and work instructions to perform operations.
  2. Must understand canopy familiarization. 
  3. Achieves time standards to learning curve. 
  4. Meets all quality requirements, efficiency goals, and production schedule.
  5. Understands and utilizes the Lean & Cellular Manufacturing process for the continuous improvement of product, quality, efficiency, scrap reduction, safety, and ergonomics.
  6. Follows all safety rules and has basic understanding of machine operations where applicable.
  7. Performs preventive maintenance by keeping machine clean, blown out, and oiled.  
  8. Wears safety glasses when using air hose to clean out machines.
  9. Must understand role in Kanban priority responsibility.
  10. Completes required production paperwork and barcode activity accurately.
  11. Performs self-inspection of all work and performs own rework as required.
  12. Keeps area clean and neat.
  13. Must be able to read First Piece canopy packages, Engineering Bulletins or Design Summary packages to familiarize on product.
  14. Performs other inherent duties related, but not limited, to the above.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED Equivalent required
  • Previous sewing experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must pass certifications of assigned operations.
  • Must be capable of learning to operate a sewing machine.
  • Must be able to read ruler measurements and possess self-inspection skills.
  • Must be able to read, understand and follow written Standard Operating Procedure Specifications that are written in the English language.
  • Must pass the Performance Designs, Inc. Light Industrial Test.
  • Must pass the Purdue Pegboard Dexterity Test.

Physical Requirements

  • Finger, hand and arm dexterity crucial for sewing canopy parts.
  • Visual acuity necessary for seeing match marks and determine good versus poor stitch quality.
  • Ability to lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have legible handwriting to complete required documentation.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, bend and lift for extended periods of time depending on job task

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Inspector I

Job Description

Certified and responsible for the inspection of canopy parts in one specific station, by utilizing, basic knowledge of company products, drawings, work instructions, procedures and quality system.  Inspector I works under the immediate supervision of Team Leader, Supervisor or Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Visually examines station appropriate material or product for defects.
  2. Compares station appropriate product with production work order.
  3. Verifies specified dimensions of station appropriate material.
  4. Rejects defective parts and routes to Production Lead.
  5. Working knowledge of engineering drawings, diagrams and Work Instructions.
  6. Performs other inherent duties related, but not limited, to the above.

Inspection Q Box

The purpose of Q Box Inspection is to verify appropriate parts are contained within the kit, no visible fabric flaws, split the kit into sub-cell and cell components, and verify warning label correctness.

Sub-Cell Inspection

The purpose of Sub-Cell Inspection is to verify the appropriate line-set, Stabilizer and slider have been prepped and manufactured to criteria for the associated job order.

Light Table Inspection

The purpose of the Light Table Inspection is to verify incoming fabric and other identified products meet Performance Designs specifications.  Document, map and segregate non-conforming product from conforming material.  Assist in stockroom duties as required from supervisor.

Inspection A Station

The purpose of the Inspection A Station is to inspect station appropriate fabric, tapes, and tape stitch quality before any seam work is put in the article to be produced.

Inspection B Station

The purpose of the Inspection B Station is to inspect all the fabric, tapes, and stitching in the main seamed sub-assembly before the loaded structure is built in by the bottoming department.

Inspection C Station

The purpose of the Inspection C Station is to inspect the loaded structure of the main seamed parachute before the tail seam is sewn or bar tack placement

Inspection D Station

The purpose of the Inspection D Station is to inspect the tail seam, all bartacks, and rigging.

Final Inspection Station

The purpose of the Final Airworthiness Inspection is to assure that the item being produced is free of defects.  The assembly is checked for construction, completeness, and function.

Raw Product Mechanical Inspection

The purpose of the Raw Product Inspection is to verify received or other identified products meet Performance Designs specifications using mechanical and measuring equipment.  Document, and segregate non-conforming product from conforming material.  Assist in stockroom duties as required by Supervisor.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED Equivalent required.
  • Previous inspection experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Must be able to read, understand and follow written Standard Operating Procedure Specifications that are written in the English language.
  • Ability to write in the English language.
  • Communicates thoughts in logical manner to peers and management.
  • Must pass the Performance Designs, Inc. Light Industrial Test
  • Must pass the Purdue Pegboard Dexterity Test

 Physical Requirements

  • Finger, hand and arm dexterity crucial for manipulating canopy parts.
  • Visual acuity necessary for inspection of parts.
  • Ability to lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have legible handwriting to complete required documentation.
  • Must be able stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend and reach on a routine basis

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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