Los Alamos National Laboratory Machinist (Machinist 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Pit Machining Group, PT-2, is seeking individuals who are interested in machining of components for shop operations at the TA-55 Cold Machine Shop, and TA-03, SM-39 Advanced Manufacturing Lab. The primary function of these shops is to fabricate components that support programmatic and facility/FOD activities. Typical customer products range from prototyping for research and development, to ML1/ML2 product for War Reserve, to weapon related components made from non-nuclear materials for our nuclear programmatic mission. The successful candidates will report to the First Line Manager (FLM) for Tooling Operations and act as Machinists whom interfaces with various customers across ADPSM, LANL and external organizations, and will be expected to:

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

  • Support execution of daily scheduling, prioritization, and personnel assignment of programmatic work within assigned shops.

  • Work with designers and engineers to manufacture tooling and fixturing on material needs for specific programmatic work.

  • Procure tooling and materials for facilities/FOD and programmatic needs.

  • Provide input during development and maintenance of operating procedures, specific process instructions, and Integrated Work Documents (IWDs) pertaining to programmatic work taking place within assigned shops.

  • Contribute to the development of new principles and concepts.

  • Create CAD models, including configuration development, and manufacturing drawings of layouts for the production of hardware. Check drawings and provide recommendations for revision to ensure product success.

  • Designs or assists in the design of testing experiments and diagnostic equipment.

  • Determines sequence of operations, and method of setup.

  • Select specific tooling for specialized operations.

  • Fits and assembles precision parts into mechanical equipment.

  • Provide consultation for prototype development, including recommendations, based on customer needs, for design alternatives and revisions to ensure final product success.

  • Ensures all work, materials, processes and final product meet quality specifications and completed according to established requirements.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • 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.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with mechanical design, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance.

  • Skill to interpret customer technical specifications from a variety of media (including drawings and blueprints, informal sketches, and computer-generated solid models) and ensuring that the finished product meets these technical specifications.

  • Expert knowledge to providing customers with reliable estimates for fabrication work coming into a machine shop.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting systems and/or equipment.

  • Ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Versatility and ability to work under time-critical schedules, with flexibility to move from machine shop to the other internal shops depending on the work load.

Desired Skills:

  • Skill to fill out purchase requests in compliance with Quality Assurance for Procurement, P840-1.

  • Authorized Technical Subject Matter Expert (TSME).

  • Experience with operational and personnel oversight.

  • Possess Journeymen machining certificate.

Education and Experience: Position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and accredited journey-person qualification or program-qualified equivalency consisting of 10 years of experience in any machine trade discipline, with 5-8 years of this experience to include both manual and CNC set-up and operation. Must have at least 2 years in a prototype fabrication environment. Certificate or associates degree preferred.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the 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 the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, 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, process, and machining plutonium in support of the United States’ modern stockpile. PT-2 also supports the pit surveillance program which missions which 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 for 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, chemical, welding and assembly. This position offers a broad range of challenges including equipment development, process development, precision machining, models based engineering using CAD/CAM, and challenging machining/disassembly activities in support of national security.

Maximum Salary: 105700

Minimum Salary: 66600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Deaguero, Soraida A

Organization Name: PT-2/ Machining

Email: soraida@lanl.gov

Job Title: Machinist (Machinist 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69479