All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment. Many job assignments are controlled through a Performance Pay System, which provides monetary payment for work. Federal Prison Industries (FPI) has a separate pay scale. Unit Team staff members (Low and SCP) and the A&O Counselor (Medium) approve job changes and see that the changes are posted on the daily change sheet. Institutional maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment an inmate receives. These might include work in Food Service, as a unit orderly, or in a maintenance shop. FCC Lompoc also has a significant number of inmate jobs in the factory operated by FPI.
FPI employs and trains inmates through the operation of, and earnings from factories producing high-quality products and services for the Federal Government. FCC Lompoc has factories in operation which enables inmates to learn trade skills and at the same time receive gratuities. An inmate may be considered for assignment to industries at his initial classification meeting. Application for FPI employment may be attained from your Unit Team. Inmates are to apply to one specific waiting list only. Those being Electronic Cable Factory, Quality Control (Medium), Business Office (Medium), and Sign Factory (Low).
INDUSTRIES BUSINESS OFFICE (Medium Only)
The FPI Business Office is like any other industrial center. Those assigned to the general office have the opportunity to learn clerical, accounting, and purchasing skills as well as other operations.
ELECTRONIC CABLE FACTORY (Medium and SCP Only)
This factory manufactures all types of cable assemblies. An elite training program has been established here at FCC Lompoc-Medium. High reliability solderers are certified under military specifications which establish the highest degree in hand soldering. A certification course is 40 hours of training in everything from tin alloys to sub-80 degree soldering techniques. An inmate can become a highly skilled worker in high reliability soldering.
QUALITY ASSURANCE (Medium Only)
Trainees in this department learn quality assurance techniques sampling in processing expectation, component testing, and recognizing production problems before they reach the shipment phase. You must be a graduate of the high reliability class and be familiar with military specifications, read drawings, and blueprints, and do visual inspection in electrical and mechanical testing.
SIGN FACTORY (Low Only)
This factory produces all types and styles of signs for Federal and state government agencies. These signs are made using advanced silk screening, vinyl, and painting techniques. An inmate has an opportunity to become a highly skilled worker in all aspects of sign making.