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

What You Will Do

This position supports R&D; engineering activities as it relates to production agency inspection engineering with specific responsibilities in the areas of inspection and acceptance testing. Primary work scope will be in support of detonator and/or plutonium inspection processes for the Quality Engineering and Inspection Group, which is responsible for the quality and inspection of War Reserve components. The selected candidate will be expected to develop solutions to complex problems, improve inspection cycle times, and deploy inspection processes capable of meeting accuracy requirements. Work will be accomplished without considerable direction; expect significant latitude in determining objectives of assignments, and determine the methods and procedures needed for new assignments.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience developing inspection processes including specifying equipment, characterizing process uncertainties, training users, publishing user instructions, and maintaining process performance

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and ability to provide technical leadership on measurement and testing systems (e.g. coordinate measuring machines, laser interferometers, optical measurement techniques, and open setup techniques)

  • Working knowledge of quality assurance standards such as NAP-24, NQA-1, and DOE Order 414.D

Desired Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in designing, planning, and executing projects associated with manufacturing

  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment that includes technicians, engineers, and quality professionals

  • Demonstrated experience using Zeiss Calypso Measurement software

  • Industrial manufacturing experience with high volume product output

  • Working knowledge of the Defense Program Business Process Systems (DPBPS) requirement for weapons design and manufacturing


  • This position typically requires a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering field from an ABET accredited college or university, plus 2-4 years of related experience and/or an advanced degree.

Notes to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, applicants must include a cover letter addressing each of the requirements (minimum and desired) noted in the job posting individually. Please copy, paste the minimum and desired qualification, and then add sub-bullets with your commentary.

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.

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 Production Agency Quality organization is part of the Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (PSM) Directorate.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: PAQ-1/Quality Engineering & Inspection

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

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

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC64900