Inspection Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3)

What You Will Do

Do you want to be part of an energetic, high performing team; working on challenges and deliverables that ensure national security? Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution with the brightest minds in the world and unparalleled technology and equipment. Production Agency Quality ensures that all products in the Weapons Production Directorate meet or exceed all quality requirements.

R&D Engineer 2 ($101,700-$168,200)

Your role will involve contributing to cutting-edge engineering R&D activities and operations to uphold quality engineering standards. You will play a pivotal part in achieving milestones across multiple projects, focusing on inspection development, design, and quality evidence capture. Your responsibilities will extend to developing robust inspection processes and creating Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) fixtures and programs that adhere to rigorous quality control standards. Furthermore, your input in suggesting procedures, standards, and equipment will significantly enhance workflow efficiency and product quality maintenance. Your expertise in 3-D design and modeling capabilities will also be put to good use.

Depending on your experience, you will be placed in either the Inspection Readiness or Inspection Engineering team. As an inspection engineering R&D engineer, your primary function will be to spearhead the development, monitoring, and maintenance of inspection and test processes, procedures, and equipment utilized in regular production. The Inspection Readiness team will rely on your involvement in establishing and upkeeping capabilities, along with developing and conducting initial testing of measurement tools to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency in supporting process development and production. While the operational deployment of the measurement tools will fall under the purview of the inspection engineering team and inspectors, your role as an inspection readiness R&D Engineer will be instrumental in defining, standardizing, setting up, and maintaining our measurement system analysis capability and measurement assurance efforts.

R&D Engineer 3 ($122,300-$206,300)

In addition to the aforementioned duties, you will spearhead, commence, and uphold inspection engineering activities and processes, with specific engineering responsibilities in the realms of inspection process development and operations. Your role will involve devising intricate solutions, introducing new technologies, streamlining inspection cycle times, and optimizing production yield rates. You will have the independence to define assignment objectives, recognize and integrate emerging technologies, and formulate technical strategies. Depending on your experience, this position will be assigned to either the Inspection Readiness team or the Inspection Engineering team.

What You Need

Minimum Requirements

Technical Expertise: Demonstrated proficiency in designing, planning, and executing projects related to inspection, including coordinate measuring machines, laser interferometers, optical measurement techniques, and open setup techniques.

Inspection Development: Proficient in creating robust inspection processes, encompassing the interpretation of engineering blueprints, sketches, specifications, and related data, as well as the specification of inspection equipment, characterization of process variables, and the consistent maintenance of process performance.

Problem Solving: Skilled in collaborating with inspectors, quality engineers, and engineering teams to effectively address complex inspection engineering or measurement-related challenges.

In addition to having advanced knowledge of the R&D Engineer 2 requirements, the R&D Engineer 3 must have the following:

Expert in measurement and testing systems: adept at providing technical leadership for coordinate measuring machines, laser interferometers, optical measurement techniques, and open setup techniques.

Education requirements for R&D Eng. 2: Position requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education requirements for R&D Eng. 3: Position requires a master's degree in engineering from an accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position should possess the following qualifications and skills:

Manufacturing Expertise: Extensive experience in designing, planning, and executing manufacturing projects.

Quality Standards Proficiency: Familiarity with ASME quality assurance standards such as Y14.5 and NQA-1, as well as NAP 401.1 and DOE Order 414.D.

Software Proficiency: Proficient in using software packages such as Quindos, Calypso, or PC-DMIS; PTC CREO; or SolidWorks.

Equipment Proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency in using and programming Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs). Proven hands-on experience in repairing or assembling machine tools to accuracies of less than one micron.

Calibration Expertise: Hands-on experience in calibrating measurement equipment - Measurement Assurance Program (MAP) Experience: Extensive experience in independently or collaboratively establishing a measurement assurance and/or measurement system analysis program.

Work Location: The position is based on-site in Los Alamos, NM.

Position Commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position to be eligible to apply for other 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: To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a comprehensive resume that reflects relevant experience related to the job requirements and desired skills.

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 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.