Los Alamos National Laboratory Protection & Controls Tech (Engineer Technologist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 2/3 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 Utilities and Infrastructure Division (UI-DO) is responsible for maintaining and operating all of the Laboratory's open space areas and utility systems including; primary electric (115kV transmission, 13.2kV distribution, and 13.2kV generation), natural gas, sanitary wastewater (collection, treatment, and reclamation), campus heating steam, water (potable and fire), and general transportation. The Engineering Services Utilities and Infrastructure Group (ES-UI) has a dedicated Utility Engineering Team responsible for supporting the overarching UI-DO mission. The Protection and Controls Technician 2/3 position will be assigned to the Power Team within the Utility Engineering Team.
NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office is a registered entity (Entity ID: NNSAL) of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and is held accountable for maintaining the reliability of the bulk electric system. The ES-UI Utility Engineering Power Team is responsible for upholding the applicable NERC Reliability Standard Requirements and maintaining compliance for NNSA’s applicable registration along with implementing LANL’s Conduct of Engineering (COE) Program. Among the major electric utility assets ES-UI has jurisdiction over approximately 32 miles of 115kV transmission lines, 128 miles of 13.2kV distribution lines, 4-115kV substations, 1-115kV switching station, 1-34MVA combustion gas turbine generator, and several 13.2kV switchgear lineups throughout the site in addition to several other Bulk Electric System (BES) elements. ES-UI also serves as the NESC AHJ for LANL.
Engineering Technologist 2 $85,400 - $139,600
As the successful candidate, you will be expected to perform the following duties of this position in the areas of system protection and controls, including:
Integrate worker safety into all aspects of work planning and performance
Contribute to a high performing team environment
Communicate well, both written and verbally
Manage work load and shifting priorities that are inherently dynamic
Apply national and industry codes, standards, recommended practices, and guidelines
Apply core principles of power system design, system protection theory and application
Keep up todate and abide by latest applicable NERC Reliability Standards
Assist craft workers with installation, calibration, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, tuning, and repairing critical protection and control systems, with emphasis on quality assurance for the BES equipment and components
Work with relays, relay and control systems, and high-speed communication assisted relay schemes (electro-mechanical, solid state, and microprocessor-based)
Comply with configuration management requirements of various protective system components and settings
Integrate relays and communication devices with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
Troubleshoot various control systems, logic controllers, operating systems via serial and networked communications
Use of system performance monitoring equipment (e.g., fault recorders, SERs, and power quality monitors) including initial programming and disturbance event data analysis
Provide feedback to power system engineers on system performance and system health condition assessments
Engineering Technologist 3 Title $94,100 - $155,700
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will be expected to perform the following duties:
Ensure compliance with NERC required minimum maintenance intervals on BES elements and submit required documentation and official evidence to demonstrate compliance
Provide recommendations to the power system engineers for modifying and installing new hardware and software components and/or systems
Assist power system engineers in reviewing, developing, and maintaining detailed drawing packages and documentation as needed to modify control circuitry for various installations, upgrades, and improvements
Performs a lead role in equipment installation, testing, and acceptance on projects
Maintain configurations management of baseline relay settings and historical test data
Maintain list of known system deficiencies and works with power system engineers, maintenance, and operations personnel to establish solutions and plans for mitigation strategies
Provide technical subject matter expert (SME) reviews on internal and external design packages
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated sound technical experience with various transmission and distribution system protection relays.
Demonstrated working knowledge of NERC Reliability Standards.
Demonstrated working experience with industry codes, standards, recommended practices, and guidelines.
Demonstrated familiarity with typical protective system communication protocols.
Demonstrated working experience programming, installing, testing, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing protective relay equipment, to include use of programming software.
Technical communication skills, both verbal and written.
Demonstrated attention to detail and familiarity with a formal configuration management program.
Additional Job Requirements for Engineering Technician 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Experience with AutoCAD or other drafting platform(s).
Demonstrated working experience with SCADA systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of engineering work planning and control methods.
Demonstrated knowledge of cyber security and network communications.
Demonstrated working experience in engineering including design, commissioning, troubleshooting, and technical baseline maintenance.
Expert knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, applications of engineering methods and technology aided engineering tools to conventional and non-conventional facility and operations-based engineering problems.
Expert knowledge of engineering maintenance techniques and construction methods.
Training/Certifications: Protective Relay Maintenance Training
Education/Experience at lower level:
Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree and 5 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level:
Position requires a Bachelor’ Degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution and 8 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Expert knowledge of cyber security, IT and OT infrastructure
Proficient knowledge or experience with DOE and LANL standards applicable to facility design, operation, and maintenance
Demonstrated knowledge of DOE and LANL standards applicable to facility design, operation, and maintenance
Demonstrated experience mentoring students or entry-level personnel
Demonstrated leadership experience
Awareness of LANL Quality Policies and Procedures
ANSI/NETA Training and/or Certification(s)
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine :
The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid childbirth and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status
Contact Name C de Baca, Jessica Ann
Work Telephone 505-695-8323
Vacancy Name: IRC97736
Organization Name ES-UI/Engineering Services - Facility System Engineering Util & Infrastructure
Req ID: IRC97736