Engineering Technologist 2/3 / Senior CNC Programmer

What You Will Do

Prototype Fabrication (PF) Division is seeking CNC Programmers to provide computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering support for the machining of components vital to the Lab's mission.

The selected candidate will provide professional CNC programming support through the development of machining processes, tool paths, fixture design, cutting tool selection and process verification utilizing various software. You will work closely with journey-person machinists, designers, and engineers. Our team is committed to a respectful and safe workplace for everyone.

Engineering Technologist, Level 2 ($92,300 - $151,000)

Engineering Technologist, Level 3 ($101,700 - $168,200)

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Technical Expertise

  • Advanced knowledge of CNC programming techniques for complex part geometries. Advanced knowledge of manual and CNC machining principles, including fixturing, tooling and machine operation.
  • Demonstrated experience of Siemens NX, PTC Creo or Catia CAD/CAM software.
  • Demonstrated experience with Vericut simulation software.
  • Demonstrated experience with Product Lifecycle Management Software (PLM).
  • Working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) to ASME Y14.5 standard.
  • Demonstrated experience with the manufacture of products that meet the technical and quality standards set forth on the product definition.

Communication and Teamwork
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required to communicate with colleagues, management, and customers.
  • Demonstrated record of dependability, reliability, and commitment to the long-term needs of the job duties and programmatic goals of the organization.

In addition to the skills listed above, Level 3 candidates must also meet the following requirements:
  • Advanced knowledge of Siemens NX, PTC Creo or Catia CAD/CAM software.
  • Advanced knowledge of Vericut.
  • Advanced knowledge of Product Lifecycle Management Software (PLM).


Education/Experience (Level 2):

Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution AND 5 years related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience (Level 3):

Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution AND 8 years related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with creating and modifying CNC post processors.
  • Experience with multi-axis CNC programming for Haas, Okuma, Mazak, Hurco, Mitsubishi, Sodick, Charmilles mills, lathes, grinders, and wire EDM.

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:

To apply, please provide a comprehensive resume that outlines how you meet the minimum and desired qualifications listed above.

Questions? Please contact LANL Recruiter Sarita Montano at saritam@lanl.gov

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.