Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Technologist 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 1/2 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.

Work in the Weapons Test Engineering group (Q-14) of the Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q) as a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering Technologist. The successful candidate will serve as a technologist engaged in component, subsystem, and system testing that includes test design and planning activities, data acquisition functions, data interpretation activities, and formal reporting. Testing activities require working in a team environment with engineers and scientists within Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and other institutions to perform successful test operations that include executing test objectives, set up of testing environments, and executing instrumentation requirements. Specific test environments include but are not limited to shock, vibration, rotation, impact, modal, load/deflection testing, High Explosive testing, and temperature environments.

The Engineering Technologist is responsible for supporting the testing processes by performing supporting tasks such as test planning documentation, test fixture design and fabrication, instrumentation layout and installation, data acquisition equipment interfacing, written test results reporting, and other similar tasks. Compliance with LANL and facility safety and security practices, and delivering accurate test results in a team effort are central to all testing efforts. Additional job responsibilities include participating in the development of new testing technologies and facilities, and implementing quality assurance requirements. Performance of job responsibilities will require working in controlled hazardous environments that may include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives (HE), and other hazardous materials. Job responsibilities also include the maintenance and care of testing facilities in conjunction with Facility Operations Director (FOD) representatives, equipment maintenance, and the calibration of instrumentation.

Engineering Technologist 1 ($72,500 - $118,200)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Maintains required safety and security training, assures safety and security compliance, and makes safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

  • Uses and applies standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques within mechanical and/or electrical to perform work.

  • Provides resolutions to an assortment of problems of moderately complex scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.

  • Assists in engineering studies to formulate, determine and evaluate design criteria for structures, systems and equipment.

  • Applies basic knowledge of the principles and theories of engineering, mathematics and science to solve routine technical problems in mechanical and/or electrical. Makes simple calculations and analyses in support of engineering.

  • Applies knowledge of analytical and/or scientific software, computer-aided design (CAD) and CAD/CAM software and industrial control software within area of discipline; and word processing software at a basic working level.

  • Assists with technical research and gathers data needed by engineers.

  • Provides technical direction to design and drafting personnel in preparation of drawings.

  • Performs detailed review of drawings to ensure drafting/design accuracy, completeness, and format suitability.

  • Assists in product/system/equipment design, development and/or production processes.

  • Prepares, reviews and documents technical information.

  • Adheres to engineering policies, programs, procedures and practices.

  • Promotes a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

  • Follows Reviews and updates Technical Procedures

Engineering Technologist 2 ($80,100 - $131,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (Engineering Technologist 2) will be required to:

  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

  • Determines approach to solutions, plans, schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives.

  • Contributes to the planning, coordination, and preparation of equipment and work specifications.

  • Works from documentation, written or verbal instructions, schematics, rough sketches, diagrams, layouts, and plans.

  • Assists in the design, fabrication, testing (including leak testing) and checkout of equipment and systems.

  • Performs independent diagnosis of failures or malfunctions, replace defective components, and perform basic troubleshooting using detailed drawings, manuals, and written instructions.

  • Apply a variety of methods, procedures, and techniques to layout, install, align, repair, overhaul, and maintain on complex equipment including thermal chambers, mechanical testing equipment, and/or vibration tables and drop towers with a lead role.

  • Recommends modifications to engineering designs as necessary.

  • Responds to the needs of programmatic customers if necessary and to facility emergencies and abnormal events.

  • Monitor, track, and trend mechanical and electrical systems.

  • Assume a leadership role within the team and projects to ensure completion of certain tasks.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing tests involving components preferably in shock, vibration, thermal, and strain environments.

  • Experience in the use of data acquisition systems.

  • Knowledge in the use of some typical engineering software for data acquisition, analysis, and display such as Mathcad, MATLAB, EXCEL, LabView, Origin, or other similar software.

  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish technical tasks while working independently as well as in a team environment with engineers and scientists.

  • Demonstrated experience in the testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting of electrical, mechanical and/or refrigerant systems.

  • Experience working and delivering product on schedule, while being involved in multiple projects having various and sometimes changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Job Requirements for (Engineering Technologist 2): In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the (Engineering Technologist 2) level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing ideas for system optimization with minimal supervision

  • Experience in the installation and commissioning of new programmatic equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience interfacing directly with Engineers and Upper level staff to develop and implement testing projects.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience around and handling of classified information.

  • Experience in preparing, executing, and documenting test oriented work while obtaining data from measurement systems involving one or more of the following response types: acceleration, strain, displacement, pressure and temperature.

  • Experience using signal conditioners and filters to obtain data from various types of instrumentation including piezoelectric and piezoresistive transducers, strain gauges and thermocouples.

  • Demonstrated ability to select appropriate instruments and establish signal-conditioning parameters based on best available knowledge of test environments.

  • Experience with quality assurance implementation in a test environment.

  • Experience designing test fixtures.

  • Experience with HE operations and tests.

  • Qualified crane qualification and/or forklift qualification.

  • Safety qualifications and experience (e.g. High Explosives Handler, PSO, ESO etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience working with vendors to modernize and troubleshoot equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing maintenance programs for programmatic equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing maintenance programs for programmatic equipment.

  • Active Q clearance.

Engineering Technologist 1 Education Required: Position typically requires an associate's degree in engineering, engineering technology; baccalaureate degree preferred, or years of relevant experience in lieu of degree requirement; and at least 2 years of relevant experience preferred.

Engineering Technologist 2 Education Required: Position typically requires an associate's degree in engineering, engineering technology; baccalaureate degree preferred, or years of relevant experience in lieu of degree requirement; and at least 5 years of relevant experience preferred

Work Environment: Work with weapons or explosives

Notes to Applicants:Occasional travel to, and work in, other government and private laboratories, and facilities will be required.

Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the qualification for this position.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead and down, bending, stooping, and lifting 20-30 pounds.

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.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q) provides systems engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile for the entire life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in stockpile assessment, certification, and life extension projects.

The Weapons Test Engineering Group (Q-14) is responsible for system level testing that includes project initiation, experimental design and analysis, hardware design and analysis, and fabrication for small component level to full scale integrated tests. Weapons test activities will include collaborations with the Weapons Division Experimental Programs Office (W-EPO), LANL’s hydrodynamic test program, dynamic materials experimental programs, W/Q Division’s weapon system engineering groups, joint test operations with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and supporting experiments performed at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Projects vary widely from small weapon component and system level testing to experimental programs that require containment/confinement system design and testing that is proven to confine/contain experimental detonation and debris.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-14/Weapons Test Engineering

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Engineering Technologist 1/2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66498