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

What You Will Do_

Pit Machining Group, PT-2, is seeking individuals who are interested in providing operational support for daily machining operations of nuclear materials at TA-55. The primary function is to fabricate components that support programmatic activities in support of national defense. Typical customer products range from rapid prototypes for research and development, to weapon-related components. Materials include both nuclear materials as well as standard engineering materials. This position will report to the First Line Manager (FLM) for Machining Operations and will assist in establishing priorities for each shop and provide feedback to group management to resolve priority conflict issues. The successful candidates will interface with various customers across ADPSM, LANL and external organizations, and will be expected to:

  • Support execution of daily programmatic work.

  • Ensure FLM is notified when facility or equipment issues arise.

  • Provide input during development and review of operating procedures, work instructions, and Integrated Work Documents (IWDs) pertaining to programmatic work, and maintenance.

  • Support planning of upcoming programmatic work including: verifying/writing NC Programs; selecting tooling and fixturing; reviewing work control documents; scheduling material moves, intros and bagouts; and, performing mass transactions.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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

  • Demonstrated versatility and ability to work safely under time-critical schedules, with flexibility to move from one operation to another.

  • Expert level experience to operate and apply in-depth working knowledge of a variety of CNC and manual machine tools.

  • Ability to interpret technical specifications from a variety of sources including blueprints, CAD models, and GD&T.;

  • Expert level experience performing precision measurements to ensure finished parts meet specifications.

  • Demonstrated ability to write, read, and edit G-code.

  • Machinist requires completion of a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.

  • Experience handling special nuclear materials and/or other hazardous materials, working knowledge performing Safety Management Level ML determinations, working to QC-1 and ASME NQA-1 requirements and DOE Standard 3013 (actinide storage container welding and waste management).

  • DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities-High School Diploma.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong track record of safely performing work in compliance with nuclear facility requirements or other medium/high hazard operations.

  • Demonstrated ability to program CNC machine tools using CAM software.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide customers with reliable estimates for fabrication timelines.

  • Demonstrated experience machining actinide materials or high explosives.

  • Demonstrated experience working to QC-1, ASME, NQA-1, War Reserve (WR), or other quality requirements.

  • Demonstrated experience in glovebox operations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience with operational and personnel oversight.

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 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, Carrying 30+ pounds, Lifting 30+ pounds.

Work Environment: In confined space, Working overtime or irregular schedule, Domestic/foreign travel, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Work with weapons or explosives, Work with vibrating equipment/machinery, Work near machinery with moving parts.

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.

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.

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.

This position reports directly to the FLM for the Machining Operations of the Plutonium Machining group (PT-2). PT-2 is responsible for providing Pit Manufacturing and Surveillance operations at TA-55 within the Plutonium Science and Manufacturing Directorate (ADPSM).

PT-2 is the operational group at the forefront of pit manufacturing, through the Plutonium Sustainment Program, and evaluating plutonium pits, through the Pit Surveillance Program, that are at the heart of the United States’ modern thermonuclear weapons. The Pit Surveillance Program supports early identification of stockpile aging concerns and strives to predict the lifetime of weapon components and materials. The Plutonium Sustainment Program plans to build or assemble a number of pits each year for various scaled experiments. Both manufacturing and surveillance processes are conducted at the Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility at TA-55, PF-4.

Maximum Salary: 118200

Minimum Salary: 72500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Martinez, Loren Urban

Organization Name: PT-2/ Machining

Email: lmartinez@lanl.gov

Job Title: Plutonium Machinist (Special Materials Machinist 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70385