Mechanical System Engineer (Nuclear Facilities Engineer 3/4)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Nuclear Facilities Engineer 3 or 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 nuclear facility engineering role supports the LANL nuclear mission by effectively and efficiently implementing nuclear facility engineering regulatory requirements including the Nuclear Safety Management Rule, DOE Orders, American Nuclear Society Standards, national consensus codes and standards, recognized quality standards, Laboratory requirements, and federal, state, and local regulations. Nuclear facility engineers perform system engineering, design engineering, project engineering, safety basis and nuclear criticality functions at LANL nuclear facilities. Nuclear facility engineers define requirements for nuclear facilities, nuclear safety systems, nuclear operations equipment, nuclear operations procedures, nuclear test and acceptance requirements and nuclear quality requirements. Nuclear facility engineers integrate with programmatic, operations, maintenance, document control, project management personnel to ensure nuclear facility requirements are met in a way that allows accomplishment of LANL mission. Identifies and/or leads activities within a nuclear facility engineering discipline. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Applies broad and diversified knowledge of nuclear facility engineering principles and practices in the preparation of nuclear facility engineering deliverables. Utilizes nuclear engineering technology to accomplish work and continuously improves work processes to meet customer needs.

Nuclear Facilities Engineer 3 ($122,300 - $206,300)
Within this job, successful candidates will have to opportunity to support the Laboratory's mission by serving as the subject matter expert for nuclear facility electrical engineering matters, including all aspects of electrical safety, power quality, power monitoring, critical power reliability/redundancy issues, modifying buildings, and developing new structures and equipment within and around the plutonium facility. Often in this role, engineers may perform engineering studies including short circuit, device coordination, equipment sizing, exterior lighting, fault current, arc flash for both medium and low voltage equipment, demolition, installation, upgrades, and repairs. Additionally successful candidates will be expected to qualify as a Cognitive System Engineer (CSE) on one or more Vital Safety Systems (VSS) that support LANL Nuclear Facilities.

Nuclear Facilities Engineer 4 ($146,800 - $254,700)

In addition to the description above, engineers in this position will work alongside junior and senior engineers (e.g., fire protection, structural, mechanical, and electrical) and other peers in team settings to complete collaborative full-system design solutions through mentoring and leadership.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience as a mechanical engineer at a major commercial, industrial, or nuclear facility with a strong background in facility related systems (i.e. HVAC, Compressed Air, Water systems).
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, operation, and maintenance of facility related mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in troubleshooting mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in application of codes and standards in a highly regulated work environment, to include but not limited to the IBC, IEBC, ASHRE, ASME B31.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating and trending system health.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform analysis and calculations required to support engineered solutions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance for assigned tasks and effectively communicate engineering solutions both verbally and written with management, customers, peers, and craft personnel and to manage multiple tasks requiring varying resource needs and deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively communicate engineering solutions both verbally and written with management, customers, peers, and maintenance personnel.

Additional Job Requirements for Nuclear Facilities Engineer 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and review technical reports and studies as part of establishing and maintaining the Technical Baseline for new and existing facility systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop design details, calculations, studies, specifications, and special inspections that incorporate the applicable design requirements, including nuclear safety requirements, as applicable.
  • Demonstrated ability to interface and coordinate with other engineering disciplines, Maintenance, and Operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor early and mid-career engineers.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 6 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

Education/Experience at higher level:
Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 12 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

This position may be subject to 426.2A, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. The DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience as a mechanical engineer at a DOE nuclear facility or commercial nuclear facility with a strong background in facility related mechanical systems (e.g. HVAC, Compressed Air, Water systems).
  • Demonstrated experience with varying compressed gas systems and cryogenic systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with mechanical system computational software (e.g., AFT Fathom/Arrow, Pipe Flow).
  • Involvement with National Consensus Code Committee(s)

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 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 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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 1-505-665-4444 option 1.