Los Alamos National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

You will apply advanced mechanical engineering skills to solve problems and execute an interesting, diverse and complex array of projects to meet the needs of internal and external customers. Applies broad and diversified knowledge of engineering principles, theories, concepts, and practices in the preparation of complex engineering analyses. You will be expected to have an advanced engineering degree and appropriate experience in mechanical engineering that can be applied to the Laboratory’s core capabilities including nuclear weapons or threat reduction missions.

Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of advanced mechanical engineering principles related to design, experimentation, modeling/simulation and theory. Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge designing, planning and executing research and development projects. Provides system integration within and across disciplines. Youwill provide creative application of scientific principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, theories or technologies.

In addition to the above, successful Level 2 candidates will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Acquires general knowledge of principles and practices of related fields, and ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

  • Independently evaluates, applies and interprets, on a broad basis, existing discipline-specific engineering and scientific principles, techniques, methods and tools to provide solutions for a wide assortment of moderately complex problems.

  • Contributes to the research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of engineering and technology solutions in support of R&D; initiatives.

  • Independently provides project management engineering support to one or more LDRD, weapons and global security programs.

  • Assists in the development of new methods, technologies, sensors and analysis techniques or approaches to address technical problems for institutional programs.

  • Contributes to the completion of milestones on multiple projects and to the achievement of programmatic objectives.

  • Attends project meetings and presents specific aspects of engineering assignments.

  • Serves as a mentor of early career staff and may mentor postdocs and students.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and record of supporting integrated complex systems or facilities (e.g., accelerators, nuclear power plants, or other experimental facilities).

  • Demonstrated experience working effectively as a team member on large projects, as well as functioning independently on individual assignments.

  • Broad knowledge of environmental analysis or testing (vibration, fluids or thermal).

  • Designs and conducts experiments, and analyzes and interprets data.

  • Experience independently performing a broad range of moderately complex engineering work.

  • Advanced proficiency and experience in commitment to high quality and timeliness of deliverables.

  • Knows how to communicate technical concepts to others in a way that builds understanding, respect, and trust.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of Formality of Operations including Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Engineering, and Conduct of Training.

  • Demonstrated experience in machine design and experimental systems design (e.g., vacuum systems, piping systems, etc.)

  • MS or PhD in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited school.

  • Existing Q clearance.

Education: MS degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program or BS degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program plus 3+ years of relevant experience.

Essential Job Functions: Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Binocular vision, Reading vision, Distance vision, Ability to speak, Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Twisting the trunk or back, Balancing, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hand, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Typing or keyboarding, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, Use of both arms, Use of both legs, Use of both feet, Carrying 30+ pounds, Lifting 30+ pounds, Carrying 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment: Outdoors, In confined space, At heights, In a cold environment, Working alone, Working overtime or irregular schedule, In a hot environment 90 – 100 F, Operation of specialized heavy equipment, In a widely ranging ambient temperatures, Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work under unusual lighting conditions, Work near electrical power supplies, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Work with weapons or explosives, Work with vibrating equipment/machinery, Work near machinery with moving parts, Toxic chemicals, Irritant chemicals, Dusts or powders, Fumes, Carcinogens, Headgear or head protection, Safety glasses or eye protection, Face shield or facial protection, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear.

Notes to Applicants: A cover letter addressing each of the required skills is suggested along with a resume and two letters of recommendation.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

The engineering profession at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is rich and diverse in disciplines and capabilities. Engineers create, design, and build the tools, instruments and systems that Laboratory scientists use to explore, monitor, experiment and discover natural and man-made phenomena. Engineering’s obligation is to be an involved partner to enable and facilitate success in science and national security projects and programs.

LANL mechanical engineering candidates are needed to fill key positions within each of the following Associate Directorates (AD’s). Plutonium Science & Manufacturing (PSM), Engineering Sciences (ES), and Weapons Engineering & Experiments (W).

Maximum Salary: 141800

Minimum Salary: 86000

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: J-1 / DARHT Operations

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC59285