Alvin Boutte

Alvin Boutte

Workmanship Program Manager

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Brian Hughitt

Brian Hughitt

Workmanship Program Executive

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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.




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

Policy and Guidance


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NPD 8730.5
NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy
NPD-8730-5 Details See NPD 8730.5
Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies
NASA-STD-8739-1 Details See NASA-STD-8739.1
Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring
NASA-STD-8739-4 Details See NASA-STD-8739.4
Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards
NASA-STD-8739-6 Details See NASA-STD-8739.6



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 is the Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Association’s primary ESD control standard. Please visit the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program site for more details. 

See ANSI/ESD S20.20


Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies 

This joint industry standard includes the Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum to IPC J –STD-001F, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. Please visit the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program site for more details. 



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.

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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. To protect NASA’s hardware, the agency has ESD Control Plans.

See NASA's ESD Control Website

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.

See NASA's PCB Assurance Website