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Los Alamos National Laboratory Product Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC71373


Job Title Product Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US


What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 3 or R&D Engineer 4 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.

The Prototype Fabrication – Weapons Fabrication Services (PF-WFS) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking qualified applicants to join our team as an R&D Product Engineer. PF-WFS manages diverse capabilities for fabrication and inspection in support of classified, hazardous and predominantly high precision work. Capabilities include precision fabrication and welding in a wide variety of materials and sizes to include common materials as well as materials with radioactive, toxic, pyrophoric, and/or other hazardous characteristics. PF also provides precision metrology engineering and inspection capabilities utilizing items such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) with sub-micron capabilities. Services are provided to customers both internal and external to the laboratory by journeyman machinists, engineers, and ASQ certified inspectors. The selected candidate will be required to provide support as needed to effectively and efficiently execute assigned projects and related manufacturing activities, as well as maintain and continuously improve processes and capabilities.

R&D Engineer 3 ($98,900- $165,100)

  • The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Lead the research, design, testing, analysis, verification and validation of engineering and technology solutions in support of R&D initiatives.

  • Serve as customer interface with weapons program system engineers and physicists.

  • Effectively demonstrate that safety, security and environmental compliance is a primary job responsibility.

  • Apply broad and diversified knowledge of engineering principles to implement sound engineering practices to achieve organizational objectives.

  • Lead peer reviews of work within the organization. Provide mentoring to less-experienced staff.

  • Demonstrated experience participating in a positive manner in a team environment.

R&D Engineer 4 ($119,700 - $201,700)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Lead, coordinate, and integrate broad large-scale technical engineering projects related to metrology and/or fabrication, across multi organizational entities.

  • Actively participate in professional societies, National Nuclear Security Administrative complex interactions (e.g. IMOG), special assignments, and/or external collaborations. Organize internal/external working groups, meetings, and colloquia.

  • Serve as a contributing member of a research and development project team, resulting in improved manufacturing processes and equipment capabilities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of evaluating manufacturing equipment. Ability to troubleshoot and perform hands on maintenance activities related to equipment/systems.

  • Familiarity with production and resource planning, scheduling, execution and integration support experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of the manufacturing industry, particularly machining parts of a complex nature with tight tolerances. Familiarity with ISO, QC and other manufacturing standards is essential.

  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret blueprints as they apply to machine tool capabilities. Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Effective time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities and deadlines.

  • Ability to provide technical direction to diverse teams. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 4

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 4 level requires:

  • Demonstrated success in providing advanced technical and professional metrology and/or fabrication expertise to less experienced staff through active mentoring and training.

  • Advanced knowledge experience in leading, designing, planning, and executing major/large-scale projects across organizational lines.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience working with unique and hazardous materials in a manufacturing environment.

  • Weapons engineering experience within the NNSA Weapons Complex. This includes Demonstrated knowledge of LANL nuclear weapon design, components, and manufacturing operations.

  • Ability to apply Lean Six Sigma principles to achieve continuous process improvement.

  • Active Q Clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

R&D Engineer 2/3 Education Required: A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required, advanced degree preferred. (Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering preferred)

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, ability to speak, , sitting, standing, walking, , reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with the hands, , pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, , use of both hands, use of both arms, lifting 20-30 pounds, carrying 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment: Working overtime or irregular schedule; work near sources of ionizing radiation; work with weapons or explosives, work near machinery with moving parts, toxic chemicals, irritant chemicals, safety glasses or eye protection, safety shoes or protective footgear.

Notes to Applicants: Each applicant must submit a cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements and desired skills along with a resume.

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.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

Contact Details

Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole

Email leslief@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71373

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 a disability accommodation,
email applyhelp@lanl.gov or call (505) 665-4444, option 1.