Los Alamos National Laboratory Oversight of Thermal/Thermal Vacuum Facility (Engineering Technologist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Intelligence & Space Research (ISR) Division seeks an Engineering Technologist to support environmental testing of multiple programs. Major ISR programs include satellite-based nuclear detonation detection (SNDD) programs, Space Exploration programs, and others.

Duties include:

  • Working and coordinating with instrument engineers to develop and execute thermal and thermal vacuum test plans

  • Performing thermal and thermal vacuum testing of all flight hardware as specified by MIL-STD’s and program mechanical engineers

  • Participation in specification of hardware fixturing in order to accommodate programmatic needs

  • Working and coordinating with instrument developers as programmatic needs fluctuate (there is constant overlap of facility needs by our multiple programs)

  • Maintaining existing thermal and thermal vacuum chambers including all peripheral hardware and data acquisition systems

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience with thermal and thermal vacuum testing of space hardware

  • Demonstrated experience with handling space instruments including experience with space hardware cleanliness and ESD controls

  • Demonstrated experience working with complex instrumentation project teams

  • Demonstrated experience with maintaining and operating temperature and pressure control systems

  • Working knowledge of verification, test, integration, and deployment phases of satellite hardware development projects

  • Experience with multitasking and prioritizing multiple project test schedules and equipment maintenance

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills

  • The ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Willingness to work overtime

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with attaching and testing of thermocouples; in both atmosphere and in vacuum

  • Experience with mechanical and electrical drawings, and mechanical and electrical assembly

  • Space hardware shock and vibration experience

  • Mechanical CAD experience for test fixtures

  • Proven leadership and self-direction as well as direction of others

  • Experience with the operation of machine tools, including: milling machine, drill press; band saw

  • Pressure and cryogenics safety

  • Confined space safety

  • Tool and gauge calibration

  • Active Q Clearance

  • Active Q‐SCI Clearance desired

Education: Position typically requires a baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, or equivalent years of relevant experience in lieu of degree requirement; and at least 8 years of relevant experience preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Color discrimination, 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 Hz), sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, reaching overhead, horizontally, down, applying torque with hands or arms, pressing with hands or arms, gripping, pushing, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, lifting 1-5 pounds , lifting 5-10 pounds, carrying 1-5 pounds , carrying 5-10 pounds.

Work Environment: Possible working overtime or irregular schedule, very limited Domestic/foreign travel possible, occasionally working alone, safety glasses or eye protection, and wearing occasional lab coat.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q/SCI(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.

LANL has been developing, building, and operating space based systems for over 50 years. Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR-5) provides engineering and technical expertise to support the development and deployment of space‐based custom instrumentation for national security applications. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects within ISR division are developed from concept to operational support after launch or field deployment.

Maximum Salary: 131000

Minimum Salary: 80100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Frary, Suzanne R

Organization Name: ISR-5 / Space Instrumentation Realization

Email: suzannef@lanl.gov

Job Title: Oversight of Thermal/Thermal Vacuum Facility (Engineering Technologist 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66538