Los Alamos National Laboratory Machinist Apprentice in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Machinist Apprentice Program is managed by Prototype Fabrication (PF) Division, and is an institutional program developing Journeyman Machinists. Prototype Fabrication is a division consisting of two groups whose mission is to provide machining, fabrication, welding, inspection, as well as life-cycle support on machine tool systems for the Laboratory. Capabilities include: Precision Fabrications in a wide variety of materials and sizes; Dimensional Inspection; Preventative and Corrective Maintenance; Fabrication Systems Support; and Fabrication Technology and Engineering for machine tool design/development. Located across six technical areas, PF manages the diverse machine tooling and resources necessary for fabrication and manufacturing in support of multiple programs while adhering to Lab, federal, DOE and state requirements.

Selected students will work under the direction of Journeyman Machinists at a variety of LANL sites and organizations, gaining on-the-job experience while providing fabrication support to a variety of customers both internal and external to the Laboratory including: Hydrotesting, Joint Test Assembly (JTA), Subcrit, Life Extension Program (LEP), production (NCD), Threat Reduction programs, Pu Sustainment/Pit Manufacturing, Pit Surveillance, and Pu Science Campaigns. As part of the apprenticeship, students will work to complete competencies based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified Machinist Training and Apprenticeship Program Curriculum, as well as Curriculum specific to LANL needs. Achievement of competencies will be measured through a combination of demonstrations and theory exams.

Expectation: Students will be expected to work towards fulfilling the defined theory and practical education requirements needed for obtaining a Journeyman certificate through the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA). During the course of the apprenticeship, students must obtain specified NIMS credentials for progression through the program. If selected for the Apprenticeship Program you will be considered a limited term employee for the term of the apprenticeship. Upon completion of the program a full time Journeyman Machinist position may be offered which may require you to work in hazardous and/or radioactive areas.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have a high school diploma, or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

  • Hold a certificate of completion in machine tool technology from an accredited technical college

  • Applicants must have an interest in and aptitude for machining/mechanics

  • Knowledge of mathematics through trigonometry

  • Effective verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to smell, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000htz), standing, walking, bending, crouching, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, 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 30+ pounds, Carrying 30+ pounds

Work Environment:Working overtime or irregular schedule, Operation of specialized heavy equipment, Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work near electrical power supplies, Work with vibrating equipment/machinery, Work near machinery with moving parts, Irritant chemicals, Dusts or powders, Sprays, mists, or vapors, Fumes, Headgear or head protection, Safety glasses or eye protection, Face shield or facial protection, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear

Notes to Applicants:

  • Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter addressing how they meet the required and desired criteria to be considered for an interview.

  • Position does require selected candidates to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security clearance, which generally requires U.S. citizenship. Selected candidates will be subject to a pre-employment background check and drug screening. All LANL workers are subject to random drug testing during the course of employment.

  • If an Apprentice is offered and accepts a position as a Machinist 3 and fails to work at LANL in a Machining/Technical position for a period of two years, they will be required to pay back program costs.

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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ferguson, Leslie Nichole

Organization Name: PF-LFS/Laboratory Fabrication Services

Email: leslief@lanl.gov

Job Title: Machinist Apprentice

Appointment Type: UGS

Req ID: IRC69849