Workmanship Standards Program Authority

In the case of NASA, there is no third party certification for compliance to Workmanship Standards. NASA uses NSC audits, project quality engineering oversight, and DCMA to verify supplier capability and ongoing compliance. In the case of COTS, suppliers may offer compliance with VCS (e.g. IPC Standards), however, the supplier’s interpretation of the requirements may not be NASA’s (e.g. use of IPC-STD-001 Class 3, or IPC-A-610, instead of J-STD-001ES or NASA-STD-8739.2). DoD contracts are not required to specify Workmanship requirements. DoD do not use supplier assessments or quality oversight that include Workmanship (except Army AMCOM). Suppliers offer what they use to military customers using their own interpretation of and adherence to the requirements. Use of military subsystems or COTS subsystems may not meet NASA Workmanship requirements [10].


For NASA, all Programs and Projects must baseline these requirements and must flow them to all prime contractors and subcontractors [10]:

  • NASA-STD-8739.1 Polymeric Applications.
  • NASA-STD-8739.2 Surface Mount Technology.
  • NASA-STD-8739.3 Soldered Electrical Connections.
  • NASA-STD-8739.4 Crimp, Cable and Harnesses process for seeking relief.
  • NASA-STD-8739.5 Fiber Optic Terminations.
  • NASA-STD-8739.X Workmanship Implementation Requirements.
  • ANSI/ESD S20.20 Electrostatic Discharge Control.
  • IPC J-STD-001ES Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum to J-STD- 001D Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies.


NASA cyle to introduce and implement standards and trainings:

Figure 1: NASA Standards Lifecycle [10].


Try to remember if the following standards are related or not to Workmanship at NASA: