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

What You Will Do

As a member of the Plutonium Machining Group (PT-2) the Engineering Technologist 2 will execute and use the principles of mechanical and electrical engineering to solve technical problems in support of engineering for pit manufacturing and surveillance in the Strategic Materials and Directed Stockpile Work programs at LANL. This position is also in support of engineering and the development of tooling and equipment for various projects. Typical processes that are performed include machining, tooling design and prototyping, reverse engineering, and process development assistance. The Engineering Technologist 2 must also possess technical knowledge in reading engineering drawings and validate specified materials conforms in all aspects to the approved design. The successful candidate will work closely with other LANL design, tooling, prototype, and fabrication personnel to ensure that these products are compatible for use in a Category 2 nuclear facility.

The successful candidate will be expected to prioritize work based on programmatic demands, work both independently, and as part of a team; and contribute to continuous process improvements to meet customer requirements. Specific job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Uses professional concepts and Laboratory objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

  • Frequently contributes to the development of new methods and approaches.

  • Applies expert knowledge of the principles of engineering, mathematics and science to solve routine technical problems.

  • Work with engineering staff to prepare and/or carry out changes in design, methods of manufacture/assembly, and drafting techniques/procedures; coordinate corrective actions.

  • Assists in on-the-job training of personnel, as assigned.

  • Understand material and material properties.

  • Develop parts and processes for design input.

  • Evaluate problems post inspection; tooling and fixturing.

  • Understand CNC machine capabilities.

  • Aiding & mentoring early career engineers, machinists and designers for design and manufacturability as well as operations of machine tools in a Category 2 Nuclear Facility.

  • Understand and able to utilize a variety of CNC machines such as, Haas, Mazak, Moore, Pneumo, Precitech, and DMU.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge in machining applications and operations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of reverse engineering and rapid prototyping.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of mathematical formulas and computations.

  • Working knowledge of engineering work planning and control methods.

  • Basic knowledge of engineering principles and basic technical responsibilities.

  • Knowledge of relevant procedures, standards and guides.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of industry, regulatory, or DOE/NNSA complex codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to the particular engineering discipline.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous work in a nuclear facility is preferred.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge associated with facilities and production processes related to manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of commercial databases, such as PDMLink and SharePoint.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer-aided drafting techniques, CAD modeling and design, such as ProEngineer/Creo.

Education: This position 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.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position. (Please save a copy of your cover letter with the job number and position name for which you are applying.)

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.

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: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.

The Plutonium Machining Group (PT-2) is responsible for developing equipment, processes, and machining of plutonium in support of the United States’ modern stockpile. PT-2 also supports the pit surveillance program which missions includes early identification of stockpile aging and the prediction of weapon components and materials lifespan concerns. Manufacturing and surveillance processes are conducted at the nation’s plutonium center of excellence, TA-55, PF-4.

PT-2 has the responsibility of operating and maintaining the plutonium facility laboratories, gloveboxes and equipment in PF-4 and development activities at satellite machine shops. PT Division’s pit manufacturing operations include plutonium casting, machining, gas operations, chemical analysis, welding and assembly. This Engineering Technologist 2 position offers a broad range of challenges including equipment development, process development, precision machining, and models based engineering using CAD/CAM, and challenging machining/disassembly activities in support of national security. The position also includes the coordinating of tooling request/fabrication for nuclear and non-nuclear work within PT-DO via PT-2 and outside approved vendors.

Maximum Salary: 131000

Minimum Salary: 80100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Deaguero, Soraida A

Organization Name: PT-2/ Machining

Email: soraida@lanl.gov

Job Title: Engineering Technologist 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69478