I currently work for a small machine shop that is part of a much larger corporation. Our shop started as a small company and was eventually purchased by the larger corporation, but, even though we are owned by this larger company, we still operate very much like the small machine shop that we started out as. Our company has very little in regards to a Quality department. We have me - who joined the company in March as the QA Engineer - and one other person who has the role of the final inspector. My background is in automotive in mass production shops, so I'm used to having a large Quality department with several Quality Engineers, Quality Service Technicians, and QC Inspectors. In that environment, QC Inspectors and/or QS Technicians would be checking parts periodically as well as the first piece or each run after a model change, with very little dimensional inspection happening by an operator, but here we have skilled machinists who are primarily doing their in-process inspection on the inspection sheets that are created by our department or Engineering. Some of the machinists and Manufacturing Engineers are starting to become very adamant that our department, now that I'm on board, should be checking the first piece after each setup and periodically during their run. I'm not opposed to this idea, as I've kicked around this and other similar ideas to try to improve in-process inspection, but our resources are very limited and we've largely been opposed by Management, as they feel that our machinists are highly skilled and paid and should be able to complete their own in-process inspections. With me handling most of the QA stuff on the front end as well as CAPA and customer complaints, and the final inspector wrapped up in verifying everything before it goes out the door, there aren't a lot of resources for checking each job that comes from our manufacturing processes. For the sake of benchmarking - and to finally summarize this long-winded post - how do you guys handle QC inspections in your small machine shops or job shops? Do you have a quality person to check setups or periodically through your runs, or do you rely on your machinists or operators to do most of your in-process dimensional checks?