Los Alamos National Laboratory Deformation Processing Tech 3/4 (Research Tec 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Deformation Processing Tech 3/4 (Research Tec 3/4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name SIGMA-1/Fabrication Manufacturing Science

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Research Tec 3 or Research Tec 4 level, depending upon the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Deformation Processing Team in Sigma Division is seeking a technician to perform a wide variety of “shop floor” duties. The successful candidate will support projects in the shop by performing hands-on tasks related to press setup, rolling mill operations, heat-treating, blank preparation, and material inventory. Additional duties include a broad set of routine maintenance tasks, when required. While many tasks are common between projects, new processes in the forming area will require the technician be able to apply experience-based judgement to safely preform new jobs. Many tasks involve hands-on work in a radiological controlled area that demands careful work practices and a strong safety culture. Technicians in the forming shop will work with relatively complex equipment, which requires a sense of custodianship to maintain in proper working order. Due to the nature of the work, maintaining conduct of operations and keeping a safe and secure workplace are essential while also meeting customer deliverables. Training will be required for LANL radiological work and conduct of operations regardless of prior experience.

Common tasks for this job include:

Research Tec 3 ($50,200-$77,600)

The successful candidate will:

  • Operate of furnace systems according to defined procedures.

  • Operate of rolling mills for both hot and cold rolling of metals.

  • Setup and align hydraulic presses for deep drawing.

  • Machine and fabricate tooling for new processes.

  • Maintain furnaces, vacuum systems, water lines, and hydraulic systems. Including maintaining supplies for the equipment in these areas

  • Perform hands-on work in a radiological controlled area.

  • Install new equipment and remove legacy units.

  • Work with vendors to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation and equipment in the facility.

Research Tec 4 ($60,400-$95,900)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Tec 4 will be required to:

  • Provide expert advice and consultation to customer, management, and vendors.

  • Lead and integrate team activities into overall plan to support the overall project requirements.

  • Develop and maintain operations policies and procedures in support of safe and compliant operations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to effectively work in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks with changing programmatic priorities.

  • Commitment in the areas of safety, security, quality, and environment.

  • Formal training or experience welding, machining, heat-treating, forging, and/or other fabrication using either computer or manual controlled equipment.

  • Hands-on experience maintaining electrical, pneumatic, vacuum, and/or hydraulic systems.

  • Experience reading and assembling parts using drawings and schematics.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues and customers

  • High school/GED education with relevant work experience or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

  • Ability to obtain a “Q” clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for Research Tec 4:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Research Tec 4 level requires:

  • Expertise in press setup, rolling mill operations, heat treating, blank preparation, and material inventory.

  • Specialized training and knowledge for working in a radiological or nuclear facility.

  • Experience conducting complex tasks, including being able to read documented procedures and reduce them to laboratory practice.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with computer data acquisition systems on processing or fabrication equipment.

  • Proficient forklift and/or crane operator.

  • Experience working with radiological materials.

Research Tec 3/4 Education Required: HS/GED or Associates in a relevant field, three-to-five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, please submit at a minimum 1) a cover letter and 2) a resumé that contains at the following information: education, major (if relevant), GPA, relevant work experience, professional references, relevant technical skills, and work areas of interest.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): The ability to lift up to 30+ pounds and standing for extended periods of time.

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.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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.

Sigma Division is the focal point for metals research, processing development, and metallurgical application at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Capabilities within the Deformation Processing Team include rolling mills, hydraulic presses, vacuum heat treating furnaces, and laser powder bed metal additive manufacturing machines. We support a wide variety of programs with an emphasis on identifying creative solutions to meet customer needs.

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Klein, Mandy Marie

Email mmoore@lanl.gov

Work Telephone 505-665-6405

Req ID: IRC71241