Los Alamos National Laboratory Metrology Engineer / Quality Assurance Engineer 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Join the Standards and Calibration Laboratory (S&CL;) and support the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. The S&CL; provides National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable calibrations for LANL programs, operations, and research organizations that use measurement and test equipment (M&TE;) to take high impact measurements. The S&CL; performs dimensional, electrical, and physical calibrations. We strive to provide the highest quality calibrations and exceptional customer service to ensure high impact measurements at LANL are reliable and accurate whether the measurement is taken in a test tube, on a laboratory bench top, or on a firing mound during an explosives experiment. Providing this service requires a dedicated and committed team with a common goal – to safely support LANL’s mission by providing superior calibration services to our customers.

This position will be filled at either the Quality Assurance Engineer 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

QA Engineer 1 ($71,000 - $115,700)

The entry-level quality assurance engineer is an essential part of the Standards and Calibration lab metrology team. We are looking for an enthusiastic engineer who can rise to meet expected and unexpected challenges to ensure the Standards and Calibration Laboratory meets requirements and provides our LANL customers with the highest quality calibrations and superior customer service.

In this job position, you will be responsible for applying engineering principles to measurement science activities. This will include:

  • Supporting the assigned Lab (dimensional, electrical, or physical) by maintaining calibration equipment operability and deploying new capability

  • Providing calibration guidance based on engineering principles and concepts

  • Developing calibration and/or measurement techniques for new or one-of-a-kind instruments, equipment, and/or systems

  • Developing calibration procedures, uncertainty budgets, test uncertainty ratios

  • Supporting National Voluntary Laboratory Program (NVLAP) accreditation initiatives

  • Working collaboratively with all members of the Standard and Calibration staff to include the metrologists in the assigned area (dimensional, electrical, or physical lab) to provide excellent customer service

QA Engineer 2 ($78,400 - $128,200)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Quality Assurance Engineer 2 will be required to:

  • Demonstrate full understanding of specialized area, plus working knowledge of other related fields

  • Ensure that QA results, materials, processes, and final products (e.g. calibrations) meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements

  • Initiate, validate, and close nonconformance reports

  • Use quantitative methods and tools to collect and summarize data, implement quantitative concepts, and distinguish probability distributions to determine relationships between variables, for statistical process control, to determine process and performance capability for design and analysis of experiments

  • Provide resolution to a diverse range of complex problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identified factors

  • Apply standard engineering principles, theories, concepts, and techniques within the discipline to resolve a wide range of issues in a creative way

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, application of engineering methods, and application of technology aided engineering tools to calibration-based engineering problems

  • Knowledge of project and process engineering practices

  • Awareness of calibration-related quality requirements

  • Ability to determine approaches to solutions, plan schedule and arrange own activities

  • Ability to implement quality requirements

Additional Job Requirements for Engineer 2:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Engineer 2 level requires:

  • Knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, application of engineering methods, and application of technology aided engineering tools to calibration-based engineering problems in a creative way

  • Sound knowledge of engineering principles and procedures, design guides, and administrative practices

  • Working knowledge of project and process engineering practices

Desired Skills:

  • Experience applying engineering principles and concepts to calibration

  • Experience with complying to quality standards

Educational Requirements:

Lower Level Education Required: BS degree in engineering, quality assurance, industrial systems engineering, or related field and a minimum of 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Higher LevelEducation Required: BS degree in engineering, quality assurance, industrial systems engineering, or related field and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Binocular vision, Reading vision, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Lifting up to 15 lbs, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hands, 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

Work Environment: Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work under unusual lighting conditions, Work near electrical power supplies, Safety glasses or eye protection, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear

Notes to Applicants:

  • Occasional domestic travel

  • Please provide a comprehensive cover letter addressing the minimum and additional (if applying at the higher-level) requirements and the desired skills.

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

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-1683

Contact Name: Tedder, Billie Jo (BJ)

Organization Name: ASM-SCL / ASM-Standards & Calibration Laboratory

Email: bjtedder@lanl.gov

Job Title: Metrology Engineer / Quality Assurance Engineer 1/2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57622