Packaging Engineer 2

What You Will Do

As the selected candidate, you will report to the LANL, Logistics - Packaging & Transportation (LOG-PT) Operations Manager 4 (Group Leader). Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Supporting the design, manufacture and general institutional P&T requests for DOT Type A, B and IP1 packaging
  • Performing/developing engineering evaluations for non-compliant shipments of material covered in the LANL Transportation Safety Document (TSD) / Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) (i.e. Safety Basis)
  • Performing reviews of Safety Analysis Reports for Packaging (SARPs)
  • Developing specification and inspection plans for procurement of HAZMAT packages
  • Developing procedures and integrated work documents (IWD's) for P&T work activities
  • Determining if hazardous material transfers can be performed in accordance with 49 CFR, 10 CFR 71 or if they must be performed in accordance with the TSD/TSR
  • Preparing Packaging Engineering Evaluations (PEE's)
  • Interpreting Criticality Safety Evaluations (CSE's) to determine appropriate criticality safety controls for performance of P&T activities
  • Performing TSD credited Equipment Important to Safety (EIS) in-service inspections (ISI's) and ensuring they are compliant with required standards (e.g. ISO 1496-1 requirements for Enclosed Cargo Compartments)
  • Performing Unanswered Safety Question (USQ) determinations and reviews on P&T and institutional procedures and activities that could impact TSD/TSR requirements
  • Performing P&T work activities for others as necessary
  • Packaging quality assurance (QA) related support
  • Ensure compliance with LANL Conduct of Engineering and Conduct of Operations requirements

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Sound knowledge/experience in US 49 CFR/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) regulations and international compliance with Hazmat and Nuclear Material Packaging and Transportation requirements.
  • Sound knowledge of Packaging and Transportation Safety Basis (i.e. Transportation Safety Document (TSD)/Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs)) for non-DOT compliant shipments.
  • Sound knowledge/experience working with Laboratory or commercial entities in the design, testing, certification, and procurement of DOT Type A(F) and Type B Packaging for radioactive materials.
  • Working knowledge in a collaborative environment with a team and DOE, NNSA, DOT, and NRC regulators.
  • Excellent communication skills to include presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in decision making, organizing, and prioritizing tasks, and taking initiative.
  • Sound knowledge of Engineering principles and procedures, engineering design and appropriate standards.
  • Sound knowledge of engineering systems, and calculations, applications of engineering methods, and application of technology aided engineering tools and software to conventional and non-conventional operations-based engineering problems.
  • Sound knowledge of Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Training and Configuration Management programs. Extensive knowledge of relevant Laboratory procedures, standards, and guides.
  • Sound knowledge of, regulatory (DOT/FMCSR, CGA), and Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) complex codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to the Packaging Engineering discipline.
  • Proficient skills in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, resolving discrepancies and recommending solutions on problems affecting daily operations.

Training/Certifications: Candidate must be able to train, qualify and be authorized as a LANL Packaging Engineer 2 to include successfully completing the Packaging Engineer Qualification Card and On-the-Job Training (OJT) practical exercises (e.g., Packaging Engineering Evaluations (PEE's), working level knowledge of Nuclear Criticality Safety Determinations (NCSDs), etc.). Must successfully complete the Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) training.

The successful Engineer 2 candidate must stay abreast and support implementation of updates to DOT 49 CFR Hazardous Material / Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and annual TSD/TSR updates and addendums. The candidate must also support the drafting and revisions of TSD/TSR implementing procedures.

Education/Experience: Position requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering 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.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Sound Knowledge of federal, state and laboratory hazardous / nuclear material transport (via air and ground) standards, policies, and regulations.
  • Sound Knowledge of laboratory objectives and other statements of policy/practice/procedures.
  • Experience with Plutonium and other radioactive materials chemistry, processing and waste handling as applicable to handling, storage, and characterization.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Vision, Speech and Hearing, General Physical Mobility, Weight Handling Requirements

Work Environment: General Work Environment, Chemical Environment, Nuclear and Hazardous Material Environment, Protective Clothing & 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: Please submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing the requirements of the position.
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.

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 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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.