Engineered Systems Tech 3/4

What You Will Do

These positions will be filled at either the Engineered Systems Tec 3/4 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Test Engineering Group (E-14) is responsible for system level testing in support of LANLs stockpile stewardship mission. This includes project initiation, experimental design and analysis, hardware design and analysis, fabrication for small component level up to full scale integrated tests, and fielding of diagnostics and associated data acquisition during the test. Test activities will include collaborations with W- and Q-Divisions, the hydrodynamic test program, dynamic materials experimental programs, joint test operations with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and supporting experiments performed at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Projects vary widely from component level to full system level testing component.

The Test Engineering group (E-14) of the Engineering, Technology and Design Division (E) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking an Engineered Systems Tech to support LANL's stockpile stewardship mission. The successful applicant will be engaged in component, subsystem, and system testing within the Data Acquisition and Instrumentation team. Testing activities require working in a team environment with other technicians, engineers, and scientists within LANL, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DOD) and other institutions to perform successful experimental operations. These operations include but are not limited to: wiring/cabling, installing connector interfaces for instrumentation, application of diagnostics, assisting in collection of experimental data, and assisting with assembly and disassembly operations of experimental weapon assemblies. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to travel periodically to other sites within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).

The Engineered Systems Tech is responsible for supporting the test processes by performing supporting tasks such as instrumentation layout and installation, data acquisition equipment interfacing and other similar tasks. Compliance with LANL and facility safety and security practices and delivering accurate test results in a team effort are central to all testing efforts. Additional job responsibilities include participating in the development of new testing technologies and assisting with fielding experiments. Performance of job responsibilities will require working in controlled hazardous environments that may include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives (HE), and other hazardous materials.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Ability to work well in a team setting or as an individual.
  • Familiarity with soldering techniques and operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of individual responsibility, work quality, and work ethic.
  • Experience working on intricate and detailed assemblies.
  • Familiarity with a variety of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and AC/DC power supplies.
  • Proficient in working from hand sketches, verbal communication, technical manuals, schematics, MIL specs, utilizing a variety of tools, test equipment, problem-solving techniques and effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of developing constructive, cooperative working relationships and working with teams to meet deliverables.
  • Demonstrated effective and efficient written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, rapid changes in priority, and in a highly dynamic work environment.


Additional Job Requirements at the Higher Level:
  • Apply journey person level extensive knowledge and skills to complete specialized tasks and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Responsible for the development or review of Integrated Work Documents (IWD), procedures, and work instructions. Coordinates hazard analysis team. Serves as the Person in Charge (PIC).
  • Provide mentorship of junior technicians.

Engineered Systems Tech 3 Education Required: This position requires an Associate's Degree in Electronics/related field and a minimum of 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Engineered Systems Tech 4 Education Required: This position requires an Associate's Degree in Electronics/related field and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experienced or familiar with applying diagnostics such as accelerometers, strain gages, and thermocouples for data collection.
  • Experience with data acquisition systems.
  • Experience working in diverse environments including laboratories and outdoor sites.
  • Knowledge of environmental testing activities including thermal, shock and vibration, and mechanical testing.
  • Active DOE Q clearance


Work Environment:

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and 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.

Note to Applicants: Domestic travel will be required.

The Test Engineering Group (E-14) is responsible for system level testing that includes project initiation, experimental design and analysis, hardware design and analysis, and fabrication for small component level up to full scale integrated tests. Test activities will include collaborations with LANL's hydrodynamic test program, dynamic materials experimental programs, W/Q Division's weapon system engineering groups, joint test operations with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and supporting experiments performed at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Projects vary widely from small weapon component and system level testing to experimental programs that require containment/confinement system design and testing that is proven to confine/contain experimental detonation and debris.
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 (PTO 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). 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, 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 505-664-6947 option 2.