Machine Design, Installation and Maintenance Technician (Research Tec 3/4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Machine Design, Installation and Maintenance Technician (Research Tec 3/4)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Research Technician 3 or Research Technician 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.

The High Explosives (HE) Fabrication and Disposition Group (M-8) in the Dynamic Experiments (M) Division is seeking a qualified Research Technician that will assist in the research, design, installation, modification, repair and ongoing preventative maintenance of industrial fabrication equipment used to press, machine and inspect HE. The successful candidate will have a diverse background in complex equipment including the following system components: electrical, mechanical, pneumatics, vacuum, pressure systems, safety interlock and other critical system components that are critical to high consequences of safety. Becoming qualified to work on all aspects of the highly specialized equipment will be essential and job specific training will be provided. You will have an opportunity to develop a diverse skillset and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on a daily basis.

Research Technician 3 ($59,500 - $93,100)

The successful candidate will:
  • Work under direct supervision to perform basic equipment installation and troubleshooting of industrial fabrication equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance activities to predetermined procedures
  • Acquire and maintain pertinent certifications and qualifications to support installation and maintenance of specialized HE fabrication equipment.
  • Occasional overtime may be required.

Research Technician 4 ($65,700 - $104,400)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Technician 4 will be required to:
  • Perform industrial equipment installation and troubleshooting with minimal oversight
  • Work from electrical schematics and mechanical drawings to install custom equipment within a HE environment
  • Lead corrective maintenance activities on complex fabrication equipment

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Basic knowledge and experience working safely with electrical equipment powered by 480VAC or 208VAC facility power.
  • Demonstrated experience fabricating, assembling, installing and testing electronic, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum or mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse team of professional technicians supporting multiple concurrent team tasks with changing programmatic priorities.
  • Demonstrated record of dependability, reliability, and commitment to long-term needs of the job duties and programmatic goals of the position and organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment in the areas of safety, security, quality and environment.
  • Ability to work a 4 day per week, 10 hour per day work schedule

Additional Job Requirements for Research Technician 4:
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Research Technician 4 level requires:
  • Demonstrated experience reading and following mechanical and electrical schematics.
  • Demonstrated experience performing installation, maintenance, and repairs on complex equipment and systems with multiple subsystems that have safety significant controls.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently troubleshoot and repair equipment at the system level in the field and at component level in the laboratory using a variety of electronics bench instrumentation, such as digital oscilloscopes, DVMs, pulse generators, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience repairing electronic, electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in maintaining system and process documentation.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

Education Required for Research Technician 3: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education Required for Research Technician 4: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience operating fabrication equipment including mills, lathes, saws, and grinders
  • Experience working in a facility supporting equipment that fabricates hazardous materials
  • Experience in the maintenance of manual and CNC equipment
  • Experience in the installation and repair of camera systems to include coax, CAT 5 and fiber communications

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, distance vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 hz), standing, walking, bending, crouching, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet, lifting 30+ pounds, carrying 30+ pounds.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, 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). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

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.Employment StatusFull Time