Los Alamos National Laboratory Explosives Fielding Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Las Vegas, Nevada
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D 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.
The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division, J Division Nevada Operations (J-NV) Group is looking for a Mechanical R&D Engineer 1/2. This position is fulltime, located at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), and requires living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.
J-NV is the NNSS on-site organization responsible for preparing, fielding, and executing dynamic high explosive-related experiments, including sub-critical dynamic experiments involving special nuclear material for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL’s) Weapons Program and other national security customers.
The Mechanical R&D Engineer 1/2 will report to the Nevada Operations Group Leader within the Integrated Weapons Experiments Division. The Group is the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) on-site organization responsible for preparation, fielding, and execution of dynamic high explosive related experiments at outdoor firing sites and sub-critical dynamic experiments at the U1a underground complex involving special nuclear material for the LANL Weapons program as well as other national security customers.
R&D Engineer 1 ($85,400-$139,600)
As an R&D Engineer 1, you will need to be a self-starting professional that will assist senior engineers to plan, field, and execute explosive experiments. Candidate must have technical experience designing, setting up, executing experiments, and analyzing data. Tasks may include: designing test bed layouts, writing hoisting and lifting plans for crane operations, assembling high explosive test articles or packages, setting up and using various types of diagnostic and recording equipment including oscilloscopes, Photonic Doppler Velocimetery (PDV), high-speed cameras, and designing, fabricating, and aligning various experimental and diagnostic stands.
R&D Engineer 2 ($94,100-$155,700)
As an R&D Engineer 2, you will be expected to perform all the duties of the R&D Engineer 1. At this level, you will work with customers to help define experimental requirements, develop and maintain schedules and budgets for a given project, provide project updates to customers and LANL management, coordinate support with the NNSS M&O contactor, and be the engineer in the field directing all levels of workers.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated engineering concepts and practices, as well as analytical skills, as demonstrated by experience collecting data through planning, designing, and executing physics experiments, preferably explosives experiments. Experience performing a broad range of engineering work, including designing test-specific hardware or systems, writing procedures for test articles assembly or hazardous operations, or writing lift plans for crane operations. Familiar with solid-modeling tools such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, Creo, Blender, etc.
Demonstrated a record of successfully working alone with ability to set direction and goals for assigned tasks and manage his/her own assignments without requiring specific directions, utilizing technical knowledge and research to solve technical problems. Demontrated ability to work on multiple tasks for competing projects, including definition and coordination of required resources.
Communication and Teamwork
Ability to work in physically demanding, high-paced environments independently or with coworkers representing a variety of technical backgrounds and external support organizations. Ability to express ideas clearly to coworkers, customers, and management. Demonstrate an eagerness to ask questions and learn new skills outside of his/her focused discipline.
Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Experience and ability to design hardware to meet test-specific needs and draft engineering drawings for material purchasing, fabrication and assembly. Insight to develop and implement hardware load and qualification tests for designed hardware.
Originate and maintain schedules for experiments. Develop system or hardware estimates and project cost proposals. Experience and ability to update management and direct all levels of workers, from craft support to technologists, scientists and engineers.
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Mechanical Engineering Degree preferred.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an advanced degree in Engineering; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Mechanical Engineering Degree(s) preferred.
Ability to perform engineering analysis, such as blast effects on structures or finite element analysis of test fixtures or hoisting and rigging hardware.
Experience using heavy equipment, such as forklift, loaders, backhoes, skid steers, etc.
Familiar with DOE-STD-1212 Explosives Safety, DOE-STD-1090 Hoisting and Rigging Standard, or similar explosives safety or hoisting and rigging regulations.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, 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, Running, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, 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, both arms, both legs, and both feet. Lifting 20-30 pounds.
Work Environment: Outdoors in confined space, at heights, working alone, working overtime or irregular schedule, working off-shift/rotating schedule, domestic/foreign travel, and operation of motor vehicles. Work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work with weapons or explosives, work with vibrating equipment/machinery, and work near machinery with moving parts. Work in an environment with toxic chemicals, irritant chemicals, dusts or powders, sprays, mists, or vapors, and fumes. Head protection, safety glasses or eye protection, face shield or facial protection, mask, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection, and safety shoes or protective footgear.
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, submit a comprehensive resume and include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
This position is located at the NNSS and is located about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NV. Employees can take a commuter bus, carpool, or drive to work locations. Once at the work location, experiment-firing sites can be an additional 30 to 50 miles. Transportation to these sites is available. Employees must factor in an extra 1 to 1 ½ hours commute each way to the 10‐hour workday (employees work a 4‐day/10‐ hour day schedule).
Work at the NNSS usually results in long days that start at sun up and end late in the day. Work locations can be 1000 ft. underground or in the middle of the desert. Temperatures can vary from below freezing to above 100 degrees.
This position requires periodic travel from Las Vegas, NV to Los Alamos, NM for training and project-specific requirements.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year. Where You Will Work
This position is located at the Nevada National Security Site and requires living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.
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. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE 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.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Ryan, Kyle Steven (Kyle)
Vacancy Name: IRC86771
Organization Name J-NV/ J Division Nevada Operations
Req ID: IRC86771