Los Alamos National Laboratory Quality Assurance Engineer 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do
  • Ensure quality-assurance results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.

  • Oversee all quality-program aspects for a specific manufacturing assignment; conceive, develop, and implement all elements,

  • Provide guidance to junior staff in all things Quality.

  • Provide technical expertise and initiative in identifying areas to which quality assurance (QA) practices may be introduced and enhanced.

  • Mentor personnel in the implementation and understanding of QA policies, plans, and procedures.

  • Interact with production- and design-agency staff members.

  • Conduct technical evaluations of quality-assurance implementation.

  • Support development of weapons-quality systems associated with production activities.

  • Apply expert-level quality-control techniques and statistical-process-control methods to identify correct measurement methods, tools, and/or systems; identify data-collection points; and analyze data in order to identify failure modes, track trends, focus improvement actions, rate the performance, and measure effectiveness.

  • Define/identify technical and performance specifications, quality levels, sampling plans, and inspection plans or procedures.

  • Define the metrics and methods of reporting that show measurement of QA and quality-control (QC) processes.

  • Review and modify selected engineering and procurement documents to assure the inclusion of applicable quality requirements.

  • Define, identify and apply product- and process-control methods such as developing control plans, identifying critical control points, developing and validating work instructions (e.g. design verification).

  • Identify, describe, and apply metrology techniques such as calibration systems, traceability to calibration standards, measurement error and its source, and control and maintenance of measurement standards and devices (metrology).

  • Calculate, analyze and interpret repeatability and reproducibility (Gage R&R;) studies, measurement correlation, capability, bias, linearity, etc., including both conventional and control chart methods (measurement-system analysis).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert-level knowledge of -- and extensive experience with -- quality assurance activities including, but not necessarily limited to, system and/or performance audits, assessments, and surveillances, recommending and implementing corrective actions, providing thorough and accurate documentation of technical and/or statistical reports, and ensuring quality assurance compliance.

  • Expert-level knowledge of -- and significant experience with -- quality assurance regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Expert-level experience and demonstrated skill in conducting root-cause analysis and troubleshooting, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting quality assurance.

  • Expert-level skills to conceptualize and communicate major elements of quality assurance to both technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Expert-level ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices.

  • Expert-level technical knowledge in the manufacturing sector.

  • Working knowledge of high-hazard work environments (e.g. handling of fissile materials, high explosives, etc.), occupational safety practices, operating configuration, and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of – and experience using -- national consensus standards of quality assurance, such as ASME, ISO, ANSI/ASME NQA1, and NAP-24A, etc.

  • Ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using statistics and statistical methods to analyze issues, identify failure modes, make decisions, implement corrective actions, and verify effectiveness.

Desired Skills:

  • Degrees in technology, science, operations management, operations research, quality engineering, etc.

  • Nationally-recognized, quality-engineering-related certification such as American Society of Quality’s Certified Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, or equivalent.

  • Knowledge of 10 CFR 830 with experience in nuclear processing and/or high-hazard facility operating requirements, safety authorization basis and/or Conduct of Operations planning and execution.

  • Experience with high-explosives process-control and safety requirements.

  • Experience in classified-matter protection and control and classified computing.

  • Active DOE Q security clearance.

  • Active Enrollment in the DOE Human Reliability Program (HRP).


  • A four-year degree from an accredited institution and 10 years specific technical experience, preferably in manufacturing, fabrication, or industrial assembly.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Reading vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), sitting, standing, bending, twisting the trunk or back, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with the hands, applying torque with hands or arms, 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, lifting 10-20 pounds.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants shall submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position. Please copy, paste the minimum and desired qualifications, and then add sub-bullets with your commentary. Make sure to review your application after submittal to ensure the cover letter has been appended to your application. Applicants may send cover letters to applyhelp@lanl.gov after submitting an application if the cover letter is inadvertently left off the application. Make sure to refer to the job’s IRC# in your email to ensure the cover letter is appended to the correct application.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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 beautiful 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.

The Production Agency Quality Division Office provides quality-engineering and product-inspection expertise in support of the diverse manufacturing assignments within the Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (PSM) Directorate. The goal is to exceed internal and external customer requirements by facilitating effective implementation of defined applicable quality standards into product manufacturing processes. The diverse project support base includes --but is not limited to -- weapons, weapons experiments, MOX fuel, NASA heat sources, radiological materials production and various strategic-partnership projects.

Maximum Salary: 174500

Minimum Salary: 103400

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: PAQ-DO/Production Agency Quality Division Office

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Quality Assurance Engineer 4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57513