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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Technologist (Engineering Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 1 or 2 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.

Work in the Space Instrument Realization (ISR-5) group of the Intelligence and Space Research Division (ISR) as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR-5) provides engineering and technical expertise to develop and deploy high-quality, innovative measurement systems to space for national security applications and NASA missions. ISR-5 is composed of electrical and mechanical engineers, systems engineers, technicians, and project control specialists, all of whom engage on high performance project teams that span conceptual development to deployment.

The development, production, and delivery of national security payloads as well as one-of-a-kind NASA instruments requires a high degree of expertise and creativity. The successful candidate will serve as a technologist engaged in an instrument subsystem and system design, fabrication, assembly and testing including implementation of fixtures and data acquisition systems, data interpretation activities, and formal reporting. Fabrication and testing activities require participation as a critical member of a highly functioning team environment with technicians, engineers, scientists, and project controls staff within Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as well as with Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and other organizations. Test operations include set up of testing environments, executing test objectives, and facilitating assessment of instrumentation performance relative to requirements. Specific test environments include, but are not limited to, shock, vibration, load/deflection testing, vacuum and temperature environments.

Engineering Technologist 1 ($77,300 - $126,000)

  • Maintain required safety and security training, assure safety and security compliance, and make safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

  • Use and apply standard principles, theories, concepts, techniques and innovative approaches to perform work.

  • Assist in engineering studies to formulate, determine and evaluate design criteria for structures, systems and equipment. Assist with technical research and gather data needed for engineering analysis.

  • Apply knowledge of analytical and/or scientific software, computer-aided design (CAD) and/or CAD/CAM software and/or industrial control software within a relevant discipline.

  • Assist in product/system/equipment design, development and/or production processes. Prepare, review and document technical information, including test reports, anomaly reporting, and technical procedures.

  • Perform independent diagnosis of anomalies, failures or malfunctions, replace defective components (including possible hand soldering), and perform basic troubleshooting using detailed drawings, manuals, and written instructions.

  • Promote a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Engineering Technologist 2 ($85,400 - $139,600)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the candidate will:

  • Perform structural and/or thermal analysis and modeling to meet performance requirements and validate new designs.

  • Create and maintain CAD models and drawings. Perform drawing checks and engineering reviews for colleagues.

  • Identify long term needs of the project. Create solutions to address these needs and implement them in order to improve quality, safety, and streamline operations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Software Knowledge:

  • Knowledge in the use of some typical engineering design software such as SolidWorks, Creo, or other similar software for mechanical design.

  • Knowledge in the use of some typical engineering software for data acquisition, analysis, and display such as Mathcad, MATLAB, EXCEL, LabView, Origin, or other similar software.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of mechanical design fundamentals including manufacturing processes, material selection, and basic structural and thermal analysis.

  • Ability to take mechanical product or fixture design from initial concept through production and assembly.


  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish technical tasks while working independently as well as in a team environment with engineers and scientists.

Testing & Troubleshooting:

  • Demonstrated experience in the testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting of mechanical systems and tooling.

Planning & Development:

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing innovative solutions to challenging problems, as well as demonstration of learning from failures or anomalies and applying the learning to other problems.

  • Demonstrated experience creating formal mechanical assembly and testing procedures with a quality control emphasis.

Systems Experience:

  • Experience in the installation and commissioning of new programmatic equipment. Demonstrated experience interfacing directly with engineers and other staff to develop and implement instrumentation projects.


  • Experience working and delivering product on schedule, while being involved in multiple projects having various and sometimes changing priorities.


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Job Requirements for Engineering Technologist 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Software Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated experience using modeling software such as SolidWorks, Creo, or similar to create detailed mechanical assemblies and 2D manufacturing drawings.

  • Demonstrated experience using engineering analysis tools such as Mathcad, MATLAB, EXCEL, LabView, ANSYS, or other similar software.

Planning & Development:

  • Experience identifying and implementing long term improvements to streamline production, improve product quality, and promote safe, efficient operation.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree required and 5 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with and handling classified information.

  • Hands-on mechanical manufacturing abilities using basic hand tools. Hands-on experience with machining and sheet metal production.

  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing environment tests, preferably in shock, vibration, vacuum and/or thermal environments.

  • Experience in preparing, executing, and documenting test-oriented work while obtaining data from measurement systems involving one or more of the following response types: acceleration, vacuum, temperature, strain, and displacement.

  • Experience with quality assurance implementation in a high reliability, low-volume production environment, such as with space systems, aviation, or weapons.

  • Experience designing mechanical manufacturing and test fixtures.

  • Experience with electrical design and fabrication.

  • Experience in the testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical systems.

  • Active Q clearance.

Note to Applicants: Occasional travel to, and work in, other government and private laboratories and facilities will be required.

Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the qualification for this position.

Location: The position is physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead and down, bending, stooping, and lifting 20-30 pounds.

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 maternity 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)

Additional Details

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.

  • 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 472.2for 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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444option 1.

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Contact Name Thomas, Kristin Sue
Email ksthomas@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC83298
Organization Name ISR-5 / Space Instrument Realization
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Req ID: IRC83298
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support