Mechanical (Steam/Power) System Engineer

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Labortory (LANL) is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer with a focus on Steam and Power Systems to join our Engineering Services - Utilities and Infrastructure (ES-UI) team and directly support our National Security Mission. In this challenging and rewarding role you will be responsible for facility engineering, operations, construction, preventative and corrective maintenance, and compliance for LANL's steam and power generation and distribution assets. LANL Utilities and Infrastructure (UI) owns and operates several large steam boilers and a 20+MW combustion gas turbine generator to distribute steam and power throughout the LANL campus. Here you will provide subject matter expertise on steam and power generation, steam distribution, and condensate return systems to ensure safety, quality, and reliability. You will participate as an integrated project team member to ensure that projects are designed and completed to acceptable standards for these systems. You will contribute to the annual Utility Health Report of all related assets and help develop and refine scope and justification for future project funding consideration, as well as develop the scope and prepare estimates for new projects and modifications.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties of this position which include but are not necessarily limited to:

Communication
  • Serve as a primary technical point of contact for all aspects of assigned steam and power systems.
  • Respond to and resolve operation and maintenance issues with engineering solutions that meet applicable codes and standards. Ensure expectations are established and met. Ensure maintenance instructions/checklists are currently in the preventive maintenance program. Frequently conduct in-field observations of maintenance work.
  • Interface and coordinate with other engineering disciplines and the customer during the development of project deliverables.
Documentation
  • Prepares documents, studies, calculations, and reports associated with the steam and power systems.
  • Establish and maintain technical baseline documentation requirements to ensure the safe and reliable operations, maintenance and construction for the steam and power systems.
  • Create drawings and specifications for various projects including facility and supporting equipment upgrades.
  • Review and comment on engineering designs/studies/assessments by LANL Engineering Project Delivery and external AE firms. Ensure that all comments are adequately addressed to ensure reliable and safe LANL Infrastructure Systems.
Implementation
  • Apply industry recognized codes and standards, and applicable LANL engineering standards to steam production, transmission, distribution & condensate return and power generation assets.
  • Review and approve vendor submittals and design modifications as required for project completion and other duties as assigned.
  • Individually or with a Team, perform field work (i.e.; site visits, construction site walkdowns, construction inspection assistance, for example), as needed.
  • Implement applicable Pressure Safety ASME requirements in design, maintenance, operation, installation, and testing of pressure systems.
  • Support the associated safety analyses, hazard evaluations, and lessons learned exercises.
  • Perform disturbance and abnormal event investigations on utility system upon request from Operations and Maintenance.
This position will be filled at either the Engineer 2 or Engineer 3 level depending on experience and skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.


What You Need



Minimum Job Requirements:


Engineer 2 ($101,700 - $168,200)
  • Experience working in an engineering role in operating and maintaining utility-class steam and/or power generation and distribution systems.
  • Experience evaluating, installing, implementing, operating and programming instrumentation and controls for fluid process similar to steam and/or power systems.
  • Experience working with SCADA, RTUs, or other OT hardware and technology.
  • Demonstrated design experience with described systems.
  • Experience in a system engineer role helping to develop a preventative maintenance program.
  • Experience providing long-term operational planning and strategic planning for utility reinvestment and asset management.
  • Experience developing and managing complex projects.
  • Experience developing and managing project schedules and resources allocation.
  • Knowledge of NFPA, EPA and related Standards, Requirements, and compliance audits.
Engineer 3 ($112,700 - $186,700)

In addition to the job requirements for Engineer 2, Engineer 3 requirements include:
  • Advanced knowledge in engineering concepts to support of utility system operations.
  • Experience in leading development of condition assessments of assigned systems.
  • Strong experience to verify and approve technical designs and any changes to system configuration.
  • Success in leading the development of process improvement and instrumentation control.
Education/Experience for Engineer 2: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering degree from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 3 years practical work experience to the degree necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Education/Experience for Engineer 3: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering degree from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 6 years practical work experience to the degree necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DOE standards applicable to design implementation
  • Familiarity with LANL engineering processes and procedures.
  • EIT or Professional Engineering certification.
  • Working knowledge of utility generation and distribution systems including steam, condensate return, and turbine generators.
  • Working knowledge of utility-class steam systems, ASME, NFPA and related codes compliance.
  • Working knowledge of rotating equipment.
  • Working knowledge of water treatment systems.

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.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.