Los Alamos National Laboratory Calibration Technician (Process Sampling Technician 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 measurement science 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 and high consequence 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 Process and Sampling Technician 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.
As an entry-level, the Process and Sampling Technician is the foundation of and an integral part of the metrology team. In this job position, you will be responsible for performing and documenting calibrations of customer measurement and test equipment in one or more assigned calibration areas (e.g. dimensional, electrical, physical). We are looking for an enthusiastic employee who is inquisitive with a passion for detail, a strong desire to learn and a genuine interest in making measurement science a career.
Process and Sampling Technician 1 ($42,000 - $64,800)
Provide technical support associated with equipment calibration based on prescribed, documented inspection standards and procedures. Types of calibration may include, but are not limited to, torque, temperature, humidity, weighing scales, voltage, current, frequency, etc. Read and interpret simple engineering drawings and bill-of-materials along with standard forms describing calibration processes and procedures. Document calibrations in calibration report packages in support of quality requirements. Assist in maintenance of the quality assurance document file system in support of potential trend or out-of-tolerance analyses. Work as a member of the calibration team. Specific duties may include setting up and operating a wide variety of precise calibration equipment, conducting precision calibration measurements, validating results, and accurately reporting data.
The successful candidate will be required to:
Set up, align, calibrate, operate, maintain, and repair a wide variety of precision calibration equipment.
Perform precision measurements on instruments, parts, and equipment to determine their conformance to calibration specifications.
Assist with validation of measurements through quality assurance reviews of calibration report packages. Use and interpret simple engineering drawings to determine dimensions, shape, placement, orientation, and arrangement of parts, components, cabling and/or circuitry.
Develop calibration and/or measurement techniques for new or one-of-a-kind instruments, equipment, and/or systems.
Assist in the design and implementation of cost-effective methods of testing and troubleshooting systems and equipment.
Ensure all calibration results, materials, processes, and final products meet ISO 17025 and LANL quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.
Comply with applicable facility integrated work documents (IWDs).
Foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Process and Sampling Technician 2 ($46,400 - $71,400)
Provide technical support associated with equipment calibration based on prescribed, documented inspection standards and procedures. Moderately complex equipment calibrations may include, but are not limited to, dimensional, physical, and electrical. Types of calibration may include, but are not limited to, shock, vibration, mass, balance, voltage, current, frequency, etc. Read and interpret moderately complex engineering drawings and bill-of-materials along with standard forms describing calibration processes and procedures. Document calibrations in calibration report packages in support of quality requirements. Initiate, validate, and assist in the close-out of non-conformance issues. Assist in maintenance of the quality assurance document file system in support of potential trend or out-of-tolerance analyses. Work as a member of the calibration team. Specific duties may include setting up and operating a wide variety of precise calibration equipment, conducting precision calibration measurements, validating results, and accurately reporting data.
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Process Sampling Technician 2 will be required to:
Initiate, validate, and assist in the closure of nonconforming material and processes.
Develop calibration and/or measurement techniques for new or one-of-a-kind instruments, equipment and/or systems.
Identify trends in instrument performance that may require recalibration or servicing of the instrument/equipment.
Perform some non-routine tasks requiring the exercise of independent judgment.
Provide solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.
Receive broad work assignments based on verbal instruction from supervisor or project leader, and self-initiate work on daily basis.
Use and interpret moderately complex assembly drawings, bill-of-materials, assembly processes, sketches, and related data to determine dimensions, shape, placement, orientation, and arrangement of parts, components, cabling and/or circuitry.
Participate in coordination of functions with other disciplines and departments, as required and assigned.
Occasionally provide technical support and guidance to less experienced calibration technicians.
Implement assigned corrective actions.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements
Basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and/or electronics principles.
Basic knowledge and experience related to mathematical problem solving.
Basic knowledge in operating a variety of calibration equipment relating to the measurement of physical and/or electrical properties such as , torque, temperature, humidity, mass, voltage, current, and frequency.
Familiarity with making physical, and/or electrical measurements to obtain results for calibration, scientific, or technical reasons.
Elementary skill to conceptualize and communicate major elements of calibration measurement.
Ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics, to read and understand electrical and/or mechanical assembly instructions, drawings, bill of materials, and other related specifications.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
Additional Job Requirements for Process and Sampling Technician 2:
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Process and Sampling Technician 2 level requires:
Knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and/or electronics.
Knowledge and experience related to mathematical problem solving.
Experience operating a variety of calibration equipment relating to the measurement of physical and/or electrical properties such as torque, temperature, humidity, mass, voltage, current, and frequency.
Experience making physical, and/or electrical measurements to obtain results for calibration, scientific, or technical reasons.
Familiarity with precision, accuracy and bias values
Skill to conceptualize and communicate major elements of calibration measurement.
Skill with the frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.
Ability to read and understand various electrical and/or mechanical assembly instructions drawings, and other related specifications.
Experience performing calibration
Knowledge of or experience with uncertainty budgets and test uncertainty ratio calculations
Knowledge of or experience with programming calibration instrumentation interface software
Ability to obtain Certified Calibration Technician qualification
Process and Sampling Technician 1 Education Required: High School Diploma and a minimum of one year related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Process and Sampling Technician 2 Education Required: A degree in an engineering, scientific, or calibration-related discipline from an accredited institution, or specialized courses in a related engineering or calibration-related discipline, or Certified Calibration Technician Certifications.
Notes to Applicants:
A cover letter addressing the minimum and additional (if applying at the higher-level) requirements and the desired skills.
Occasional domestic travel
Contact Barbara Pacheco
Work Environment: Domestic travel; 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; and, Safety shoes or protective footgear.
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.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for 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 email@example.com 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.
Contact Name Duran, Kelly J
Vacancy Name: IRC79316
Organization Name OP-SCL/Operations Programs-Standards & Calibration Laboratory
Req ID: IRC79316
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support