Designer/Drafter 3/4

What You Will Do

The Engineering Services Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory develops, maintains, and applies a diverse set of engineering capabilities to provide innovative engineering solutions that enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission. This position is within the Engineering Services Division Office (ES-DO). ES Groups are responsible for implementing the Conduct of Engineering (COE) program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in support of systems, structure and component modifications and new installations. This position supports nuclear, accelerator or non-nuclear facilities across 38 square miles of the Laboratory and promotes a workplace culture centered on mutual respect and inclusivity, ensuring freedom from discrimination and harassment for all.

Note: This position will be filled at either the Designer/Drafter 3 or 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.

Designer/Drafter 3 ($63,200 - $99,000)

As a Designer/Drafter, you will be working as part of a design team assessing, maintaining, and upgrading facility systems at LANL. Regular functions include but are not limited to creating detailed three-dimensional and two-dimensional facility designs, visits to facilities to evaluate, identify, and document existing deficiencies; produce complex calculations and unique technical design recommendations; develops complete design packages and design solutions by facilitating design reviews, collaborating with engineers and stakeholders for new facilities, additions, renovations and repairs for Engineer review and approval; functions part of and contributes to a strong team-work environment; mentor junior-level drafters, and may lead and subject matter expert on process or product improvement related activities. In addition, you'll learn and develop the following:
  • Learn more about design and drafting from seasoned designers and drafters!  
  • See how your skills can contribute to national security!  
  • See your ideas come to life on paper and in construction!  
  • Learn how to be a contributing team member
  • Develop engineering judgement
  • Develop your leadership skills!  

Designer/Drafter 4 ($69,500 - $110,300)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the Designer/Drafter 4 performs the following duties:
  • Expert experience and skills using 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce models, drawings, layouts and engineering concepts. Generates complete design packages for complex components, assemblies, facilities, equipment and/or systems. Independently defines modeling structure for large, complex design projects and resolves design package issues by facilitating design reviews, collaborating with engineers and stakeholders on hardware design, fabrication, assembly and testing.
  • Advanced knowledge in understanding engineering design and industry standards
  • Lead other Designers and Drafters
  • Advise, train, and mentor junior designers
  • Develops novel design solutions for unique and non-standard design challenges in either static or dynamic applications. Understand and applies design limits in non- routine environments.
  • Provide organizational improvements and leadership
  • Possess advanced skill in the utilization of drafter tools


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in computer-aided drafting (CAD) software tools to produce models, drawings, layouts and sketches of components or utility systems
  • At least 3 years working experience with field-verification and documentation of existing conditions for respective discipline(s).
  • Minimum 3 years' experience modeling and drawing drafting principals for application of symbols and notes, to drawings and models to capture design intent
  • Demonstrate ability to layout systems in schematic and plan view.
  • At least 3 years working experience verifying work from other Designer/Drafters in accordance with drafting standards.
  • Ability to mentor junior Designer/Drafters.
  • Demonstrate ability to articulate concepts through various oral and written communication media, using a diverse range of technical and business acumen.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in collaboration with a multi-discipline engineering team to ensure drawing coordination and quality.


Additional Job Requirements for Designer/Drafter 4:  
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and product data management (PDM) software tools used to produce models, drawings, layouts and sketches of components or systems.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience modeling and drawing drafting principals, application of standards, symbols, notes, GD&T on drawings and models to capture design intent.
  • At least 5 years working experience with engineering, design, and drafting concepts related to one or more of the following disciplines: civil, architectural, mechanical, electro/mechanical, structural or electrical.
  • At least 5 years working experience with ASME, ANSI, AWS and related industry standards for addressing fit, form and function.
  • At least 5 years working experience with principles for design, fabrication, assembly and fielding of components and mechanisms.
  • At least 5 years working experience with component and tool design, fixturing, and facility equipment.

Education/Experience at Designer/Drafter 3: Position requires an Associate's Degree in an Engineering or Technical field and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at Designer/Drafter 4: Position requires an Associate's Degree in an Engineering or Technical field and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of DOE and LANL Engineering Standards and Conduct of Engineering principals and procedures
  • Experience with preparing and presenting AutoCAD training to classes of 20-30 Drafter/Designers


Work Location: This position will be onsite located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO)
  • 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 call 1-505-664-6947 option 2.