MP&CL Metrology Engineer 3/4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

MP&CL Metrology Engineer 3/4

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Quality Engineer 3/4 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.

Come join our team! The Metrology Program and Calibration Laboratory is seeking a senior member of our quality team which is focused on metrology program coordination and oversight. This position supports implementation of Department of Energy and LANL Metrology Program requirements through the performance of technical surveys of Metrology Organizations (internal and external to LANL) and Certifying Organizations, as well as continuous improvements through the implemented and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited quality program.

Quality Engineer 3 $96,100 - $159,000

We are seeking a fully functioning professional with an understanding of calibration, auditing and manufacturing plus working knowledge of other related fields. Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways. You will actively participate in Quality Assurance and Quality Control processes and provide input to quality operations.

You will contribute to the development of organizational goals and objectives. Failure to obtain results or erroneous judgments would normally have serious consequences and may require substantial expenditure of resources to correct and/or achieve project goals. You will interact with senior management and personnel, both internal and external. You will work under limited direction; and receive general instructions on new assignments. Fast paced and rapidly changing subjects and priorities that may compete to support multiple projects, programs, missions, and challenges simultaneously. You must demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. You will plan schedules and arrange your own activities in accomplishing objectives.

Quality Engineer 4 $115,500 - $194,900

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful candidate will be highly knowledgeable of DOE metrology regulatory requirements hierarchy and flow down; ISO/IEC 17025; Quality Management System processes; and have calibration, testing, or inspection experience.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Knowledge of metrology and quality concepts and principles (customer focus, nonconformance principles, continuous improvement methods, quality business processes, engineering methods, change methods, process measurements, etc.) and how these are applied for a metrology organization.

• Advanced knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025 compliant Calibration Laboratory operations, practices and audits. Ability to integrate ISO/IEC 17025 requirements with Federal requirements and National Standards.

• Proven record of success participating on cross-organization teams. Demonstrated capability in interpersonal and communication skills with various levels of management, state and federal regulators, stakeholders, and suppliers.

• Knowledge and understanding of calibration principles (i.e. range, tolerance, uncertainty, etc.) and good measurement practices necessary to formulate technical compliance decisions.

• Ability to evaluate and determine levels of risk, establish and apply graded approach plans.

Additional Job Requirements for Quality Engineer 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated experience in quality assurance program development and/or conducting formal assessments and/or (technical) supplier evaluations.
  • Ability to perform regular domestic travel to work with subcontractors is required.
  • Extensive experience supporting Metrology Program implementation with demonstrated knowledge of the Department of Energy Metrology Program requirements.

Training/Certifications: Lead Auditor qualification or ability to obtain Lead Auditor qualification.

Education/Experience at lower level: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 8 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Education/Experience at higher level: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 12 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge and experience of quality assurance, regulatory, and technical documents, such as DOE Order 414.1, 10CFR830, NQA-1, DOE/NNSA weapons quality policy (NAP-401.1A), Defense Programs Business Process System (DPBPS), and the NNSA quality assurance procedure.
  • Lead Auditor qualification or ability to obtain Lead Auditor qualification.
  • A functioning ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, specifications, and schematics.
  • Knowledge of Production and Design Agency responsibilities, systems and components.
  • Working knowledge of hazardous/nuclear materials safety practices.

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.

Note to Applicants:

• For full consideration, please provide a cover letter addressing each of the required and desired skills.

• This position requires an Active DOE Q Clearance, or the ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance.
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.

Incentive Compensation Program: The Level 4 Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

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