Los Alamos National Laboratory Machining Process Engineer (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Will provide multi-discipline technical leadership as the process engineer in developing; implementing; and maintaining the technical baseline to support the national objectives of nuclear deterrence, nuclear disarmament, and fissile material disposition. The operations include: precision machining of plutonium, and the dismantlement of nuclear weapon core (pits). Will be responsible for providing engineering leadership supporting the implementation of the Pit Disassembly Program including precision machining development, technique development, and process/equipment troubleshooting required to ensure operability of a variety of essential process. Will be knowledgeable in the integration of commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment with inert environmental enclosures (gloveboxes) and processing of the special nuclear materials and other materials. In support of the continuous improvement and efficiency improvements, will also be responsible for identifying and implementing process improvements and supporting a range of development activities. Will work with multiple organizations to ensure implementation and compliance with Conduct of Engineering; Conduct of Maintenance; Conduct of Operations; Quality; and Safety Management at TA-55.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of modern precision machining methods and proven ability to provide technical leadership for mechanical operations and testing (e.g. digital manufacturing, high tolerance precision machine design/integration, multi-component assemblies; characterization; and multi-parameter testing).

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following engineering disciplines: mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials science, metallurgical or other relevant engineering field.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in designing, planning, and executing research and development R&D; projects.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of continuous improvement concepts and tools.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated successful application of Six-Sigma principles.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and define technical problems, measure variables, analyze the problem, implement solutions, and control process.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of current and legacy stockpile weapon designs.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of CNC machine tools.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and experience with computer-aided design modeling (e.g. ProE, Solid Works or CREO) and tool path generation using Mastercam, Camworks, Gibbs, or other methods to facilitate the integration of models into CNC machine language.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in diamond turning CNC machining practices to achieve process to achieve sub-nanometer level surface finishes and sub-micrometer form accuracies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in dimensional metrology of machined parts using such equipment as contact and laser profilometers, laser interferometers, optical and electron microscopes.

  • Demonstrated technical achievement through publication in peer reviewed forums.

  • Knowledge of NOA-1 or QC-1 quality requirements.

  • Knowledge of the TA-55/PF-4 safety and authorization basic requirements.

  • Knowledge of existing NNSA/DOE requirements related to nuclear and high hazard facility operations.

  • Experience working in gloveboxes or atmosphere controlled boxes and installation of equipment into a nuclear facility.

  • Knowledge of Safety-Class and Safety-Significant requirements within a nuclear facility.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering or related engineering discipline from an ABET accredited college or university required and 10 years relevant work experience. Advanced degree (masters or doctorate) preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Reading vision, ability to speak, standing climbing ladders, lifting 5-10 lbs.

Work Environment:Domestic/foreign travel, work near ionizing radiation, work near machinery with moving parts, safety glasses or eye protection, mask or respirator, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection, safety shoes or protective foot gear, hood use.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of this 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, welding and assembly.

This R&D; Engineer 3 position for PT-2 offers a broad range of challenges including equipment development, process development, precision machining support, CAD/CAM modeling, and challenging machining/disassembly activities in support of national security.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Martinez, Loren Urban

Organization Name: PT-2/Machining

Email: lmartinez@lanl.gov

Job Title: Machining Process Engineer (R&D; Engineer 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69323