Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Engineer (Engineering Technologist 1 / 2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Engineer (Engineering Technologist 1 / 2)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 1 or 2 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 Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking an experienced printed circuit board (PCB) layout designer/engineer to design and develop rigid and flexible PCBs as a member of the ISR-5 Space Instrument Realization Group. This role will directly support the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of innovative space satellites for a variety of scientific and national security missions.

The ISR Division has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX.

This position will serve as a member of the ISR-5 Space Instrument Realization Group ECAD Layout team, providing PCB design and layout engineering support using electronic and electrical computer-aided design (ECAD) / electronic design automation (EDA) software applications and tools. A summary of the type of work performed in this role is listed below. Candidates with limited experience in some of these areas have the opportunity to become practitioners through immersion in high impact space projects, close collaborations across interdisciplinary project teams, and coaching in a supportive environment.

  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design Engineering and Layout Design
    • Determine PCB design approaches and parameters
    • Interpret system requirements and provide engineering guidance related to a variety of criteria including circuit performance, signal integrity, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), thermal management, and/or mechanical fitment
    • Read and interpret electrical schematics and mechanical drawings
    • Generate fabrication and assembly drawings
    • Maintain configuration control (versioning, documentation, and change orders)
    • Ability to understand, analyze, and troubleshoot placement and routing techniques for routing power, RF, and high speed busses
  • Team Collaboration
    • Work with engineering and technical colleagues to translate moderately complex circuit and schematic requirements into physical PCB designs
    • Balance functional requirements against manufacturability and physical space constraints using input from mechanical, electrical, and fabrication subject matter experts
    • Communicate with project stakeholders and provide status updates as required; participate in design review activities with project teams
  • Third-Party Supplier Collaboration
    • Collaborate with commercial PCB fabrication shops and serve as technical point of contact to communicate requirements as engineering point of contact for PCB designs

The successful candidate will work across technical organizations within ISR, including electronics design, signal processing, and instrumentation groups, as well as interact with internal and external customers.

Technical Experience at Lower Level - Engineering Technologist 1 ($77,300 - $126,000)

  • Working knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering design principles, including computer-aided design (ECAD) / electronic design automation (EDA)
  • Significant experience with component placement, trace routing, clearances, thermal considerations for PCB layout, and understanding of tolerance stack-up for fabrication
  • Significant experience using software tools to produce models, drawings, and layouts
  • Working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and/or Design for Test (DFT) principles
  • Working knowledge of PCB fabrication materials, equipment, and techniques
  • Experience using industry standards for addressing performance specifications for rigid, flexible, and rigid-flexible PCBs

Technical Experience at Higher Level - Engineering Technologist 2 ($85,400 - $139,600)
A Level 2 candidate is expected to possess more, or more advanced, experience. Mentor technicians and junior staff on technical work.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Problem Solving
Demonstrated ability to identify problems and generate solutions; ability to absorb large volumes of information from a variety of sources and synthesize it into key elements and requirements; strong attention to detail.

Collaboration and Teaming
Demonstrated ability to develop and nurture a broad range of internal and external relationships across diverse professional, educational, and experiential backgrounds; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel to build trust, gain consensus, and resolve conflicts; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team. Ability to mentor lower-level designers and engineers.

Technical Experience
Advanced knowledge of PCB layout CAD design tools and best practices. Working knowledge of PCB fabrication and assembly requirements. Self-directed in determining technical objectives/requirements for new PCB designs. Ability to advise engineers in design strategies. Knowledge of electrical engineering methods, ability to read and interpret electrical schematics.

Ability to read and interpret project schedules and milestones as related to PCB design and production. Manage PCB ordering and deliveries in an organized and timely fashion.

Strong interpersonal and written skills, demonstrated by relationships built, briefings prepared, and presentations given; ability and persistence to effectively navigate institutional systems and processes to meet goals in a timely manner.

Work Ethic
Willingness and enthusiasm to learn in a highly supportive environment; proactive in asking questions to learn and perform work; use of adaptive, creative, and collaborative approaches to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and handle uncertainty.

Education/Experience at Lower Level: Bachelor's degree in engineering technnology, science, math, or related degree from an accredited institution and two (2) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this position.

Education/Experience at Higher Level: Bachelor's degree in engineering technnology, science, math, or related degree from an accredited institution and five (5) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this position.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience using Siemens (Mentor Graphics) Xpedition PCB design flow software
  • Experience interpreting and applying IPC-6012 and IPC-6013 qualification and performance standards
  • Experience designing high-speed, controlled-impedance PCBs for digital and RF applications
  • Experience designing PCBs for space flight applications, including use of radiation-hardened electronic components

Note to Applicants:For full consideration, submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter reflection of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.

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.
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.
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