• IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space Alternate Training Credentials for Inspectors-Only

    NASA’s Workmanship Standards Program is piloting a new training process with Johnson Space Center’s Receiving and Inspection Test facility that will allow personnel who take the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space course at NASA training facilities to work as inspectors on NASA flight hardware. This training will provide efficiencies not available when using the training program offered by the IPC, who trains hardware builders and hardware inspectors in the same manner. This training program will be provided only to those who only perform inspections and not to those who will build the hardware.

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  • Updates to NASA-STD-8739.6 Reflect Ongoing Changes to Industry Standards and Expand ESD Control Applicability

    The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Workmanship Standards program recently updated NASA-STD-8739.6, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards to

    • Align with changes in industry standards
    • Expand Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control requirements
    • Clarify training requirements
    • Reflect changes in other NASA Policy Directives and NASA Procedural Requirements
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  • Additional Extension for Workmanship Standards Credentials

    In light of the logistical and safety constraints put upon NASA’s suppliers and training facilities due to COVID-19, NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance released its second memo, which endorses, with caveats, the extension of training credential validity periods for the majority of operators and inspectors employed by organizations who seek to comply with NASA Workmanship Standards for the assembly and Quality Assurance of NASA hardware. This extension is only applicable to individuals whose training credentials would have expired on or after Feb. 15, 2020. 

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  • New Workmanship Course in SATERN

    The NASA Workmanship Standards Program has released a new course in SATERN as a part of the NSC STEP Training that provides an overview of NASA-STD 8739.6, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards. The course, “8739.6 Self-Paced Workmanship Training,” is intended to inform and familiarize NASA employees with the NASA standard without replacing the need to read the content of the standard or participate in traditional Workmanship training.

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  • ESD Wireless Wrist Straps: The Shocking Truth

    It is essential that NASA engineers use proper precautions when working with Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) sensitive hardware, as poor ESD control practices could be the difference between success and failure for a mission. ESD control is a fundamental component of NASA’s workmanship policy, which is why NASA requires operators to verify ESD personnel grounding systems (e.g. wrist or heel straps that are continuously connected to common point ground) are properly functioning before they enter an ESD Protected Area (EPA) or come within one meter of an ESD sensitive item. 

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Alvin Boutte

Alvin Boutte

Workmanship Program Manager

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Jeannette Plante

Workmanship Program Executive

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Points of Contact

Points of Contact

For details on contacting a Workmanship Point of Contact (PoC) for your location, click below.

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Workmanship Standards Technical Committee

The NASA Workmanship Standards Technical Committee (WSTC) is comprised of representatives and their back-ups from each of the NASA centers’ Safety and Mission Assurance Directorates. These representatives have the responsibility for negotiating Workmanship technical policy on behalf of their center and for the greater benefit of the entire agency. Together, the WSTC creates a consolidated recommendation for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for technical policy through the organizational leadership of the NASA Workmanship Standards program manager. WSTC members can bring technical questions, concerns and issues to the Workmanship Standards Program for help and resolution, and can influence the program’s priorities. Where applicable, the WSTC members certify Level A and Level B instructors who provide training on behalf of their Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA)-sponsored Workmanship training center and, where applicable, manage SMA-sponsored training centers.

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Policy and Guidance

NASA

Policy Title Buttons Buttons
NASA-STD-8739.1
Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies
NASA-STD-8739.1 Details See NASA-STD-8739.1
NASA-STD-8739.4
Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring
NASA-STD-8739.4 Details See NASA-STD-8739.4
NASA-STD-8739.5
Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies, and Installation
NASA-STD-8739.5 Details See NASA-STD-8739.5
NASA-STD-8739.6
Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards
NASA-STD-8739.6 Details See NASA-STD-8739.6
NPR 8735.2
Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects
NPR 8735.2 Details See NPR 8735.2

Industry

Policy Title Buttons Buttons
ANSI/ESD S20.20
ESD Association Standard for the Development of an Electrostatic Discharge Control Program for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts, Assemblies and Equipment (Excluding Electrically Initiated Explosive Devices)
ANSI/ESD S20.20 Details See ANSI/ESD S20.20
IPC J-STD-001FS
Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
IPC J-STD-001FS Details See IPC J-STD-001FS
IPC/WHMA-A-620B-S
Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum to IPC/WHMA-A-620B IPC/WHMA-A-620B-S Details See IPC/WHMA-A-620B-S

Learning

SATERN

Workmanship Standards Overview SMA-QE-WBT-223

This course provides an introduction to the NASA Workmanship Standards and their applications. 

SMA-QE-WBT-223 Details Launch SATERN
Advanced Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) ControlSMA-QE-WBT-201

This course improves awareness of the importance of using ESD control measures throughout the entire design and development life cycle. 

SMA-QE-WBT-201 Details Launch SATERN

Training

Formal and hands-on Workmanship Standards training is required of all Workmanship operators and inspectors. A detailed description of the training requirements and requirements for instructors and for managing Workmanship training centers can be found in Appendix A of NASA-STD-8739.6. The appendix also covers requirements applicable to training to adopted industry standards such as IPC J-STD-001FS.

For ANSI/ESD S20.20, each location or plant is required to maintain a site-specific Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control plan and train to that plan internally. Visiting operators and inspectors, including Defense Contract Management Agency employees, must complete the local ESD control plan training prior to working in a supplier's facility or a NASA center with ESD sensitive items.

NASA's primary Workmanship training centers are the NASA Manufacturing Technology Transfer Centers, located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for West Coast trainees and Goddard Space Flight Center for East Coast trainees. Safety and Mission Assurance-sponsored training sites are located at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Johnson Space Center (JSC) for the training of on-site and local personnel who require technical training.

See JPL Page See Goddard Page See MSFC Page See JSC Page

Have a question about Workmanship Standards training? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions

Workmanship Training Credential Extension Evaluation

Use the following web tool link to request evaluation for credential extension. For more information about this process, use the Evaluator Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) link to download the FAQs. For additional information to better understand the recommendation results, see the Recommendation Guide. 

See Web Tool  See Evaluator FAQs   See Recommendation Guide 

Reference Standards

These commonly invoked industry standards can be found in NASA's Technical Standards System (NTSS) or the IPC website for those outside of NASA.

See NTSS See IPC Website
Policy Title
IPC-2221 Generic Standard on Printed Wiring Board Design
IPC-2222 Sectional Standard on Rigid Printed Wiring Board Design
IPC-2223 Sectional Design Standard for Flexible Printed Boards - Supersedes IPC-D-249
IPC-2225 Sectional Design Standard for Organic Multichip Modules (MCM-L) and MCM-L Assemblies
IPC-6011 Generic Performance Specifications for Printed Boards
IPC-6012
Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards
IPC-6012xS
Space and Military Avionics Applications Addendum to IPC-6012D Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards
IPC-6013
Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible Printed Boards
IPC-6015
Qualification and Performance Specification for Organic Multichip Module (MCM-L) Mounting and Interconnecting Structures
IPC-6018
Microwave End Product Board Inspection and Test
J-STD-004
Requirements for Soldering Fluxes
J-STD-005
Requirements for Soldering Pastes
J-STD-006
Requirements for Electronic Grade Solder Alloys and Fluxed and Non-Fluxed Solid Solders for Electronic Soldering Applications

Electrostatic Discharge

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is the transfer of an electrical current that though imperceptible to human sensation, can immediately and catastrophically damage mission electronics or install a latent defect that causes failure during the mission. It occurs when excess static charge suddenly is transferred to electrical ground through a low-resistance circuit. 

ESD control plans detail how a manufacturing organization can leverage work space materials and practices to protect electronics and other ESD-sensitive equipment, such as NASA’s highly unique purpose-built hardware. ANSI/ESD S20.20 serves as the industry standard for the development of an organization’s local ESD control plan. Through the usage of NASA-STD-8739.6 and ANSI/ESD S20.20, an organization’s ESD control plan can provide a common baseline for all NASA ESD-sensitive hardware at a NASA center or organization. 

Printed Circuit Boards

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are the substrates for printed wiring assemblies and multichip modules that provide circuit interconnections between the installed Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical parts. The NASA Workmanship Standards Program supports tasks that seek to understand risks and identify assurance techniques relevant to PCBs.

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