Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Technologist 3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

As a member of the Plutonium Machining Group (PT-2) the Engineering Technologist 3 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 also supports the engineering and development of tooling and equipment for various processes. Typical processes that are performed include: tooling design and prototyping, reverse engineering, and process development assistance. The position is responsible for reviewing installation designs and specifications; interpreting the design and quality requirements for development packages, plus equipment installation and production support for these processes. The Engineering Technologist 3 must also possess technical knowledge in reading engineering drawings and validate that 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. All documentation that is developed will meet nuclear conduct of operations requirements and meet the quality requirements of our diverse customer-base. The Engineering Technologist 3 will 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:

  • Safety and security are of a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. 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.

  • Plans and schedules detailed phases of engineering work. Performs work that involves conventional engineering to resolve conventional engineering issues but may include complex features such as resolving conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials and/or difficult coordination requirements.

  • 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.

  • Develops resolution to complex problems that require the frequent use of creativity and where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

  • Exerts significant latitude in determining objectives of assignment, and determines the methods and procedures needed for new assignments.

  • Plans, coordinates, and prepares equipment or work specifications, bid evaluations and award recommendations for equipment.

  • 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.

  • Performs technical research, gathers and analyzes data needed by engineers.

  • Applies knowledge of scientific software, such as computer-aided design (CAD) and Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM) and word processing software at an advanced working level.

  • Coordinates engineering with the client, suppliers, and contractors and between other divisional groups.

  • When delegated, assumes a lead role over other staff or project subgroups for completing specific tasks.

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

  • Performs or assists in the performance of problem analysis and original design.

  • Provides project support. Reviews project controls, cost estimates, quantity takeoffs, and staffing requirements for proposals, forecasts and change orders.

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

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

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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

  • Expert knowledge of mathematical formulas and computations.

  • Expert knowledge of engineering work planning and control methods.

  • Expert knowledge of engineering principles and basic technical responsibilities.

  • Expert knowledge of relevant Laboratory procedures, standards and guides.

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

  • 426.2 BS degree, 2 years job related experience, and 1 year nuclear experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous work in a nuclear facility is preferred, but not required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of reverse engineering and rapid prototyping.

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

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

  • Expert ability to operate and apply in-depth working knowledge of the operation of a variety of CNC and Manual machine tools and general shop tools and equipment.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Vision, Speech, and Hearing, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Reading vision, Distance vision, Ability to speak, Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hands, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Typing or keyboarding, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, Use of both arms, Use of both legs, Use of both feet, Lifting/carrying 30+ pounds.

Work Environment:

General Work Environment, Working overtime or irregular schedule, Domestic/foreign travel, Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Work with weapons or explosives, Work with vibrating equipment/machinery, Work near machinery with moving parts, Irritant chemicals, Sprays, mists, or vapors, Safety glasses or eye protection, Mask or respirator, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear.

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.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 3 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’s responsibilities also include coordinating tooling requests and fabrication for nuclear and non-nuclear work within PT-DO via PT-2 and outside approved vendors

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Martinez, Loren Urban

Organization Name: PT-2/Machining

Email: lmartinez@lanl.gov

Job Title: Engineering Technologist 3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69607