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

What You Will Do_

PF-LFS is seeking interested candidates that will provide machining support for the fabrication of components both in a classified and unclassified environment.

The successful candidate will:_


  • Work in a team environment to provide fabrication services for a variety of customers both internal and external to the Laboratory including: Hydrotesting; JTA; Subcrit; LEP; production (NCD); Threat Reduction programs; Pu Sustainment/Pit Manufacturing; Pit Surveillance; and Pu Science Campaign.

  • Produce fabrications ranging in size from miniature to very large, which will include common materials as well as materials with radioactive, toxic, pyrophoric, and/or other hazardous characteristics.

  • Work from complex drawings, sketches, and/or verbal instructions to facilitate the manufacture of parts and assemblies by programming, setting up, and operating manual and CNC mills and lathes, EDM and a variety of general machine shop tooling.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, and specifications, which utilize Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;) symbols, and determine design factors such as size, shape, position, and arrangement of features and parts comprising assemblies.

  • Ability to perform precision measurements.

  • Ability to create manufacturing drawings or sketches for the production of hardware and to analyze and troubleshoot customer provided drawings and provide recommendations for revision to ensure manufacturability.

  • Ability to develop specifications for project implementation and for verifying that the end product meets requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to produce parts with a high degree of difficulty and tight tolerances, typically +/- .0005.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communication and teaming with peers, customers, and technicians as appropriate to achieve or negotiate work requirements.

  • Knowledge of conventional, CNC, and advanced manufacturing techniques.

  • Ability to operate manual and powered lifting equipment/devices.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

Desired Skills:

  • Applicant must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

  • RADWORKER training and certification.

  • Experience with machining materials having RAD, toxic, pyrophoric, explosive, and/or other hazardous characteristics.

  • Welding and sheet metal fabrication experience.

  • CAD/CAM experience, preferably SolidWorks/CAMWorks and Pro-E/Pro-M.

Education Required:

  • Position requires a high school diploma or equivalent AND

  • Accredited journey-person qualification OR program-qualified equivalency consisting of 15 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.

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 3000 htz), 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 near sources of ionizing radiation, work with weapons or explosives, 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, mask or respirator, 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.

Candidates selected for interview should be prepared to describe the difficulty, materials, and tolerances of recently completed fabrication work. Interviews for this position will include a proficiency “segment” in which applicants will be asked to review and comment on actual fabrication drawings, describing the approach and/or potential difficulties, and describing inspection and measurement techniques needed. The candidate will also be asked to identify typical maintenance needs, and describe safe work practices in a machine shop environment.

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.

Prototype Fabrication (PF) is a division consisting of two groups whose mission is to provide machining, welding and life-cycle support to machine tool systems for the Laboratory. Capabilities include Precision Fabrications in a wide variety of materials and sizes; Preventative and Corrective Maintenance; Fabrication Systems Support; and Fabrication Technology and Engineering for machine tool design/development. Located across multiple technical areas across the Laboratory, PF manages a diverse machine tooling capability and resources necessary for fabrication and manufacturing in support of multiple programs while adhering to Lab, federal, DOE and state requirements.

Maximum Salary: 105700

Minimum Salary: 66600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ferguson, Leslie Nichole

Organization Name: PF-LFS/ PF- Laboratory Fabrication Services

Email: leslief@lanl.gov

Job Title: Machinist (Machinist 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69544