Metrology Engineer

What You Will Do

The Prototype Fabrication (PF) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory provides decades of experience
and expertise in machining, fabrication and precision dimensional inspection of critical hardware needed to
support the nation's stockpile stewardship efforts.

The successful applicant will join the Prototype Fabrication Engineering group (PF-ENG), joining a dedicated
staff of engineers, programmers, journeyman machinists, dimensional inspectors, and quality assurance
professionals to ensure manufactured components meet drawing standards and requirements.

Our team is committed to a respectful and safe workplace for everyone.

The selected candidate will:

  • Participate in design for manufacturability reviews to ensure dimensional inspection requirements are understood and achievable.
  • Validate, interpret, statistically analyze, and communicate high fidelity inspection data to customers.
  • Identify the need of inspection fixtures and facilitate the design, creation, and assembly of the fixture.
  • Develop inspection processes.
  • Research new inspection techniques and platforms applicable to meet customer needs.
  • Lead models-based inspection in support of NNSA's Models-Based Enterprise Initiative.

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2/3 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.

R&D Engineer 2 ($96,100 - $159,00)

R&D Engineer 3 ($115,500 - $194,900)

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Working knowledge of implementation and compliance with Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Operations, Quality and Safety Management programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with the manufacturing industry.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, planning, and executing projects.
  • Working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), sufficient to provide consultation on manufacturability and dimensional inspection capabilities for a product in the design phase, as well as conceptual prototypes.
  • Strong writing ability and verbal communication skills required to independently prepare and present data and reports to peers, senior colleagues, management, and customers.
  • Effective time management skills required to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities and deadlines.
  • Expertise in Open Setup Metrology techniques such as: Optical Comparator, Height Gauge, Micrometers, Indicators, Hard Gauges, Surface Roughness, Gauge Block/Pins, etc.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Experience with ultra-high precision Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs).
  • Hands-on experience programming, error mapping, calibrating, and/or repairing CMMs to sub-micron uncertainties.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, planning, and executing projects associated with dimensional inspection (e.g. CMMs, optical measurement techniques, surface analyzers, and open setup)

Education/Experience (Level 2):

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution AND 4 years of related experience

Education/Experience (Level 3):

Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution AND 6 years of related experience; OR, a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and 10 experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated application of various metrology software and/or post processing packages. Quindos experience is highly desired. (e.g. Quindos, Calypso, PC-DMIS, and/or Polyworks)
  • Demonstrated application in collecting ISO 10360 calibration data, observing trends required for equipment monitoring and preventative maintenance.
  • Knowledge of creating and correcting CMM error maps.
  • Demonstrated experience of manufacturing software. Creo and SolidWorks experience is highly desired. (e.g. Creo, SolidWorks, NX, Catia, Inventor, etc.)
  • The technical ability to directly assist dimensional inspectors in troubleshooting a part, program, or equipment failure in the event of a problem.

Work Environment:

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.

Note to Applicants:

To apply, please provide a comprehensive resume that outlines how you meet the minimum and desired qualifications listed above. Cover Letters are highly encouraged.

Questions? Please contact LANL Recruiter Sarita Montano at

Industry keywords:

Precision Engineering, Quality Assurance, Dimensional Inspection, Quality Control, Leitz, Hexagon, Mahr, Optical Gaging Products

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 or call 505-664-6947 option 2.