Los Alamos National Laboratory Electronics Production Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
We are seeking a highly motivated, results oriented and innovative Electronics Production Engineer to join our collaborative and dynamic team. As a member of The Space Instrument Realization Group, ISR-5, you will have a central role as a Production/Quality Engineer to support the X-ray and Particle Sensing (XAPS) project in the LANL Space-based Nuclear Detonation Detection program. This position is a critical, highly respected position in the XAPS project team, with rich opportunities to contribute broadly in an exciting, high-profile national security program, both inside and outside LANL. The primary role of the Production Engineer is to coordinate production of a series of space-qualified X-ray and particle sensing instruments hosted on the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. Planned instrument production rate is anticipated to be 2-3 instrument systems per year. The PE will coordinate a diverse, distributed, fast-paced team of 30 technicians, engineers, and scientists, through all phases of instrument production, including parts and service procurement, parts inventory maintenance, quality assurance, electronics/mechanical assembly, system integration, system testing, reporting, and delivery. The PE will also coordinate with PEs from ISR Division’s other large satellite instrument programs to develop a consistent set of processes and formal documentation to ensure consistent quality execution of quality engineering and production tasks across the ISR Division portfolio.
The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX.
On any given day, you may be called to:
Exhaustive communication with Project Leaders, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Systems Engineers, Project Controls, Test Technicians, Mechanical Technicians, Fabricators, QA Inspectors and Stock Room personnel on progress and issues within each area of responsibility below
Research mil-spec and space grade electronic parts availability, alternatives, Request For Quotes, submit purchase orders into LANL systems, monitor outstanding orders
Receive, verify and distribute components and materials, and update trackers
Assembly Preparation & Tracking: Update Bills Of Materials (BOMs), Run shortage reports, Submit kitting requests, Generate and compile travelers and supporting documentation, Facilitate coordination between Fab Shop, mechanical and engineering, Monitor assembly progress and provide forecast updates
Documentation: In-process serial number and BOM modification tracking, Final product documentation preparation and archival
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Communication & Teaming:
Demonstrated success developing and implementing solutions in a collaborative, team environment. Experience leading and working with a technical team. Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills; strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated experience in all aspects of project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk. Established skills for multi-tasking, displaying initiative and problem solving.
Strong knowledge and experience with electronic components (technical acumen associated with electrical engineering issues).
Electrical Engineering Expertise:
Knowledge of high-reliability electronic fabrication techniques and tools (especially printed circuit card assembly). Ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics.
Demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality
Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four (4) years of practical work experience or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Experience or working knowledge of military, space or other high-reliability electronic component performance and testing specifications.
Candidate should have a strong working knowledge of production, assembly and testing techniques used to develop high reliability printed circuit boards.
Demonstrated ability to work with team members to problem solve and identify solutions (e.g. identify low outgassing materials for space, electronic part substitutions)
Active Q and/or SCI clearance
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Color discrimination, depth perception, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 Hz), sitting for long periods, standing and walking for long periods, fine motor control, working alone, lifting 30+ pounds
Work Environment: safety glasses/gloves/smock
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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
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)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
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.
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 472.2for 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 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 email@example.com or call1-505-665-4444option 1.
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Vacancy Name: IRC84757
Organization Name ISR-5/Space Instrument Realization
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC84757