Fabrication Engineering Technologist 1/2

What You Will Do

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Isotope Program (IP) within the Inorganic, Isotope, & Actinide Chemistry (C-IIAC) group is recognized worldwide for their research and development (R&D) and production of radionuclides for medical and industrial applications. Due to our expanding mission, we have been building a cutting-edge target fabrication site and laboratory, called "TarDIS" on the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) Mesa at TA53. This site employs modern fabrication equipment such as a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe and mill, laser welder, wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) and metal 3D printers. This site will be a focus of modern automation, robotics, and modularization (fabrication on demand). This position will include target fabrication work with traditional steel, aluminum, and plastics, as well as superalloys like Inconel, and exotic materials such as metallic rubidium, niobium, lanthanum, thorium and gallium.

As a member of this team, you will employ modern day alchemy on targets you have fabricated to transmute them using the LANSCE proton accelerator into vital radioisotopes for measurement and treatment of disease states, including cancer and heart disease. Therefore, your work will be touching and directly impacting real patients every day.

This position will be filled at the Engineering Technologist 1 or 2 level depending on skills and qualifications. Higher job levels will have additional responsibilities as detailed below.

Engineering Technologist 1 (ET1): $83,900 - $136,600
We are looking for an Engineering Technologist to contribute to the performance of our IP activities at LANSCE. The successful candidate will support R&D targetry development for the IPF (Isotope Production Facility) at the TarDIS target lab development facility and assist in research to develop production methods for novel isotopes. This will require the use of traditional and modern fabrication equipment as mentioned above and the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software and industrial control software within an engineering discipline. The successful candidate will be expected to use word processing software at a basic working level to prepare, review, and document technical information.

The selected candidate will also support target irradiation operations, perform troubleshooting, maintenance, and improvements of the IPF systems, participate in experimental development activities, and provide seasonal 24/7 off-hours and on-call support, in addition to helping plan and execute team activities. IP facilities at LANSCE include a Hot Cell designed to handle high dose rate materials, and this position will require radiological work. The ability to function as a member of a coordinated team is critical, as is a commitment to quality research, technical excellence, and professional integrity.

Within direction provided by the IPF Senior Scientist and Team Leader, the individual will monitor and report performance and attainment of technical deliverables.

Engineering Technologist 2 (ET2): $92,300 - $151,000
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will also perform additive manufacturing with 3Dprinters, and work with laser welders. You will participate in the design of experiments and infrastructure upgrades and work with IPF staff to fabricate, document, install, and test.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements
  • Applied knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Applied knowledge of programming, setting up, and operating CNC mills, lathes, and wire EDM machines.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings to develop machining processes
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on milestones in a collaborative/hands-on, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to learn safe and responsible handling of highly radioactive and hazardous materials, including the use of manipulators for remote handling in hot cells and respirator use.
  • A resume and a cover letter that directly addresses the minimum job requirements and desired qualifications must be attached to your application.
Additional Job Requirements for Level 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Advanced knowledge in the development of machining processes, including fixturing and tooling design and selection.
  • Advanced knowledge in precision measurements on parts using inspection equipment.
  • Experience working with electro-mechanical systems, including the ability to troubleshoot.

Education/Experience at lower level (Engineering Technologist 1): Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field 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 (Engineering Technologist 2): Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications
  • Applied knowledge in electrical, electronic, pneumatic, or hydraulic systems.
  • Applied knowledge of and experience using additive manufacturing equipment; e.g., 3D printers.
  • Experience with LASER or e-beam welding applications.
  • Familiarity with computer control systems (PLC).
  • Experience working with electronic systems, including the ability to troubleshoot.
  • Experience safely performing radiological work in PPE, including respirators.
  • Experience with tele-manipulators.
  • Experience with handling of radioactive or otherwise highly hazardous materials.
  • Experience performing work in a complex facility that requires integrated work planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate activities involving multiple personnel.
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.

Notes to Applicants: While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grown into the full salary band over time.

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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.