Los Alamos National Laboratory Industrial Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Exciting opportunities currently exist in the Associate Directorate for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM). This R&D; Engineer 2 will initiate and conduct continuous improvement initiatives based upon Lean Sigma principles in collaboration with the operational teams in the Detonator Production Division. Primary work scope will be in support of the High Explosive Detonator Fabrication (DET-1), Inert Component Fabrication Group (DET-2), and the Detonator Operations (DET-3) teams responsible for the fabrication, inspection, and testing of War Reserve experimental detonator components and subcomponents. The selected candidate will be expected to develop solutions to complex problems, improve production cycle times, and maximize production yield rates utilizing using the Lean Sigma principles and best practices.

  • Work will be accomplished without considerable direction and the candidate will be expected to support the Lean Sigma activities across theDetonator Production Divisionto ensure they are effective.

  • Be a continuous improvement advocate and should be capable of coaching, and mentoring all levels of the Detonator Production Division on lean sigma principles into their day to day activities.

  • Provides guidance to team members and management on operational, safety, and security issues with a focus on opportunities for improvement.

  • Cultivate a culture of continuous improvement across all levels of the organization on the benefits of Lean Sigma and support the necessary framework and tool deployment to create institutional engagement.

  • Actively participate is in continuous improvement activities, creation/application of the tools, and identifying the educational curriculum needs.

  • Facilitate Lean Sigma events/meetings to eliminate waste; time, labor hours, money, materials, equipment utilization and other resources that do not generate value.

  • Be a visible resource (and an active listener) to the production teams working collaboratively on defining continuous improvement opportunities/systems to improve operational, safety, quality and security initiatives.

  • Be a stakeholder in setting the longer term strategic direction of the continuous improvement initiatives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Five or more years of work experience in an engineering discipline, such as mechanical engineering, metallurgy, materials science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, or nuclear engineering

  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership on project execution, characterizing process variables, utilization of Lean Sigma tools/processes and tracking of performance to goal.

  • Demonstrated extensive data analytical skills and proven competence in anticipating, identifying, researching, and resolving complex issues.

  • Proven experience applying engineering principles, methods, and tools to complex problems

  • Provide project management leadership on continuous improvement project teams which could include facilitation of team meetings, project communications, creation of visible metrics and tracking project status

  • Track record of fostering and creating a culture of continuous improvement across all levels of the organization. Including buildingtrust and fostering collaboration and teamwork.

  • Working proficiency with direct or parametric engineering modeling software (e.g., CREO, SolidWorks, ANSYS, AutoCAD)

  • Proven interpersonal skills including negotiating, influencing, conflict resolution, consensus building, oral presentations, and written communication.

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills including oral presentations and report writing.

  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative problem solving, coaching & mentoring and promoting teamwork.

Desired Skills:

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification with a Black Belt Certification preferred

  • Knowledge of the United States nuclear weapons programs, designs, and engineering

  • Working knowledge of governmental or commercial quality assurance standards

  • Experience with component or product analyses or inspections

  • Experience working in a team environment as demonstrated by successful implementation of deliverables such as work instructions or standard operating procedures, user training, and production

  • Demonstrated record of production excellence through the successful implementation of engineering designs or processes without escapes in safety, security, or quality

  • Active or reinstatable Department of Energy “Q” clearance

Education:This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited college or university program, such as mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, metallurgy, materials science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or nuclear engineering.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing the minimum job requirements and desired skills.

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. Additionally, it is a center for research and development in a wide range of scientific disciplines, related to renewable energy, environment, infrastructure, geophysics, health and medicine, space exploration, supercomputing, nanotechnology, and global security concerns.

The Detonator Production Division is at the forefront of the nuclear defense program needs. DET’s primary mission is to ensure Los Alamos National Laboratory, through the Associate Directorate for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM), successfully executes its mission assignments involving high power detonators and other energetic components.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Swoboda, Roseanne

Organization Name: DET-DO/DET Division Office

Email: rswoboda@lanl.gov

Job Title: Industrial Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65620