Los Alamos National Laboratory Operator 4/5 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Primary duties include but are not limited to: Operates and monitors equipment according to operating instructions; checks and inspects operation and maintenance of facility and operations equipment against pre-determined standards; follows written / verbal directions; observes equipment and control panels for operator messages or error indicators; supports disciplined tritium operations.Candidate responds to the needs of programmatic customers if necessary and to facility emergencies and abnormal events. Safety and security is a primary responsibility for this position.

Additional duties to include: Fabricates components and assembles projects for WETF and R&D; experiments, fabricates components to include using band saw, tig welding, pipe bending, helium leak checking and low pressure helium leak checking of glove boxes and piping systems within WETF facility. Also, working from operations documents, formal drawings, sketches and verbal instructions submitted by WETF Staff members, Engineers and Electrical Technicians.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The selected candidate will report to the Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility (WFO/WETF) Operations Manager serving as an operator supporting tritium facility operations.

This position will be filled at either the Operator 4 or 5 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Operator 4 ($57,900-$91,900)

Job Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of typical facility electrical and mechanical systems, sub-systems and components (i.e., ventilation, vacuum pumps, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience with following detailed procedures, documenting actions and logs of activities related to nuclear facility operations

  • Knowledge and experience with electrical or mechanical design, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software tools.

  • Ability to read and understand engineering instructions, drawings, layouts, and other related specifications.

  • Qualified to organization’s specific requirements with a demonstrated ability to perform assigned tasks with minimal supervision based on demonstrated proficiency.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written & verbal communication skills

Additional Job Requirements for Operator 5 ($63,900-$101,500)

  • Experience and skills to prioritize alarm responses based on evaluation of available data

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with electrical or mechanical design, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance.

  • Extensive knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software tools.

  • Advanced knowledge/experience of relevant techniques and components (e.g., operational amplifiers, comparators, ADC, DAC, memories, mux/demux, transceivers, etc.; mechanical: operate CNC machines), including how to specify and procure high-reliability components.

  • Working knowledge of mathematical formulas and computations associated with complex analyses.

  • Advanced knowledge of test laboratory protocols and principles and standard technical responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to read, understand and explain engineering electrical and mechanical drawings/specifications.

  • Current certification as Level II He Leak tester, or ability to become certified.

Desired Skills:

  • Naval Nuclear experience

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement DOE Orders and LANL Procedures pertinent to Nuclear Facility operations

  • Demonstrated information technology experience

  • Experience in the DOE complex

Education:Position typically requires an engineering technology degree/ certificate or equivalent and a minimum six years of experience in a specific field of technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants please attach cover letter addressing each of the required skills.

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.

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.

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 Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility (WETF) performs critical tritium research and development to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of gas transfer systems in our nation's enduring stockpile. This includes monitoring and understanding performance of gas transfer systems in existing stockpile weapons, as well as development of advanced gas transfer systems for weapon updates, such as component retrofits and life extension programs. The WETF facility provides the operational infrastructure necessary to execute tritium work in a safe and secure environment.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Christensen, Richard Fredrick Jr

Organization Name: WFO-WETF/ High Expl & Weapons Eng Tritium Fac

Email: rchristensen@lanl.gov

Job Title: Operator 4/5

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62097