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

What You Will Do

Weapons Fabrication Services (WFS) in the Prototype Fabrication (PF) Division manages diverse capabilities and the resources necessary for fabrication, and inspection in support of classified, hazardous, 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 such items as 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.

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

R&D; Engineer 3 ($94,500 - $157,800)

  • Serve as a R&D; Engineer in support of applied metrology and/or fabrication activities, equipment installation and maintenance, and operations associated with PF-WFS.

  • Serve as a project lead and customer interface for work performed by PF-WFS customers, primarily for weapons program system engineers and physicists.

  • Apply broad and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in support of complex components and assemblies for acceptance and delivery to customers.

  • Participate in and lead corrective and preventive action activities related to equipment calibrations/certifications, processes and part nonconformance.

R&D; Engineer 4 ($114,500 - $192,900)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 4 will be required to:

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

  • Serve as a technical resource and mentor to staff across the division by providing mentoring and training for both technical staff and lower level engineers; supervise the work of others.

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

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced experience in design, fabrication, metrology and assembly of mechanical components.

  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret manufacturing drawings and understand the implications of specifications as they apply to machine tool capabilities. GD&T; knowledge per ASME Y14.5 standard.

  • Demonstrated experience with the manufacturing industry, particularly machining and metrology, where an in-depth knowledge of ISO, QC and other manufacturing standards are essential.

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate metrology equipment and/or fabrication machine tool performance. In particular, for acceptance and reverification testing.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with CMM programing and operation and/or knowledge of manufacturing for parts having complex features and tight tolerances.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and perform hands on maintenance activities related to metrology related equipment and systems and/or manufacturing machine tools. This includes the layout and installation of such equipment.

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

  • Effective time management skills demonstrated by the ability to effectively manage multiple projects with varying priorities and deadlines.

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

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal communication skills, both orally and in writing.

  • Application of lean six sigma principles to achieve continuous process improvement.

  • Applicant must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

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 technical and professional metrology and/or fabrication expertise to less experienced staff through active mentoring and training.

  • Demonstrated success in being a contributing member of a research and development project team, resulting in the successful deployment of improved fabrication and metrology process and equipment capabilities.

  • Demonstrated professional level experience with the implementation of a quality infrastructure for certification activities.

  • Demonstrated success participating in peer reviews within the organization as well as across organization or disciplines

Desired Skills

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

  • Weapons engineering experience within the NNSA Weapons Complex.

  • Demonstrated professional level understanding of weapons physics design.

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program, advanced degree preferred (Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering preferred).

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

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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Leyba, Deborah Lee (Debbie)

Organization Name: PF-WFS/ PF-Weapons Fabrication Services

Email: dleyba@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 3/4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66223