Mechanical Systems Design Engineering Technologist 2/3

What You Will Do


This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 2 or 3 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 DARHT Experiments and Radiographic Science (J-4) group is seeking a Mechanical Systems Design Engineering Technologist to join their Radiography Team. J-4 conducts experimental design, radiographic optical train design, and diagnostic design for the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility. Come join our team and make a difference!

The successful candidate will use 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce models, drawings, layouts, and engineering concepts. They will also generate complete design packages for complex components, assemblies, tooling, equipment and/or systems. Independently define modeling structure for large, complex design projects and resolve design package issues by facilitating design reviews, collaborating with engineers and stakeholders on hardware design, fabrication, assembly, and testing. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of engineering concepts and advanced skills in product data management and/or configuration management of part and assembly definition.

They will have a working knowledge of industry standards such as ASME Y series design/drafting standards including Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) as related to design field. The successful candidate will perform complex calculations in support of unique technical problems for fit, form and function. They will work independently or as part of a team. May mentor lower-level designers in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5 or Laboratory drafting manual and will perform complete system drawing checks.

Engineering Technologist 2 $92,300 - $151,000

  • Successful applicants will perform the following duties in this position: Provide support in the areas of design, manufacture, assembly, and testing.
  • Experience with Creo Parametric 3D CAD Software and PDMLink Product Lifecycle Management Software
  • Help determine proper processes for product development, including fabrication, material selection, machining methods/equipment selection, tooling/fixtures, inspection, and assembly techniques.
  • Perform computer-related activities, such as preparing input data and using computer programs for computerized solution of technical problems, support of control systems and use of CAD systems for drawing preparation.
  • Resolve straightforward mechanical engineering problems for hardware design, fixturing and tooling.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Promote a strong collaborative work environment.
  • Component and tool design, fixturing, schematics, and tooling equipment.
  • Design for manufacturability and/or Machine shop experience with equipment such as mill, lathe, drill press, welder, and inspection equipment.
  • Definition of engineered systems incorporating engineered materials and components to meet acceptance criteria and realize fit, form, function, and manufacturability.
  • Experience with CREO parametric systems and associated Product Data Management systems (Windchill PDMLink).
  • Modeling and drawing drafting principals, application of standards, symbols, notes, GD&T on drawings and models to capture design intent.
  • Develop novel design solutions for unique and non-standard design challenges in either static or dynamic applications.
  • Develop mechanical and structural designs for various requirements and conditions.


Engineering Technologist 3 $101,700 - $168,200

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful applicant will:
  • Lead small project teams, providing technical leadership and oversight in planning and execution.
  • Extensive experience with Creo Parametric 3D CAD Software and Product Lifecycle Management Software (Windchill PDMLink).
  • Provide insight, expertise, and direction of manufacturing and assembly processes used in fabrication, including material selection, machining methods/equipment selection, tooling/fixtures, inspection, and assembly techniques.
  • Develop solutions to engineering problems in support of novel hardware design and/or testing.
  • Design of large, welded structures and assemblies.
  • Commissioning and assembly of designed mechanical and electro-mechanical systems.
  • Work with engineering staff to prepare and/or carry out changes in design, methods of manufacture/assembly, and drafting techniques/procedures in area of discipline; coordinate corrective actions.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Design and Manufacturing Experience
Demonstrated experience designing mechanical and electro-mechanical hardware and structures applying novel engineering concepts to mechanical design intent. Working knowledge of ASME, AWS, IEEE and related engineering, design, and manufacturing standards. Experience and knowledge of fabrication processes, equipment, hardware, and materials.

Communication and Teamwork
Demonstrated effective and efficient written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated record of developing constructive, cooperative working relationships and working with teams to meet deliverables.

Education/Experience at the Level 2: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution and 2 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at the Level 3: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution and 5 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated mechanical design, manufacturing, or assembly experience in the weapons program.
  • Familiarity with LANL standards, equipment, procedures, and operations.
  • Experience with and application of current national design and drafting codes and standards such as ASME Y14.5M, ASME 14.1 and ASME 14.24.
  • Extensive experience (10+ years) with CREO and Product Lifecycle Management Software (Windchill PDMLink).
  • Experience with SolidWorks CAD or similar software.
  • Optomechanical and optics design experience.
  • Fiber optic and photonics-related systems design and/or fielding experience.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis and conducting formal engineering calculations.
  • Experience with practices and procedures used in the Nuclear Security Enterprise for conveying design intent to other national laboratories and production plants.
  • Active DOE Q clearance
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and comprehensive cover letter addressing each key requirement of this position.

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

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.