Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout Designer (DesignerDrafter 3/4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout Designer (DesignerDrafter 3/4)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Designer/Drafter 3 or 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.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking an entry level printed circuit board (PCB) layout designer 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 support using electronic and electrical computer-aided design (ECAD) / electronic design automation (EDA) software applications and tools. As this posting is an entry level role, the successful candidate will be provided an opportunity to work with senior ECAD professionals to learn project- and application-specific techniques related to the design and layout of PCBs for space flight.

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design and Layout

o Conceptualize, design, and develop multilayer printed circuit boards using industry-standard software tools and techniques

o Read and interpret electrical schematics

o Understand, analyze, and troubleshoot basic issues related to component placement, routing traces, and clearances

o Generate fabrication and assembly drawings

o Maintain configuration control (versioning, documentation, and change orders)

Team Collaboration

o Work with engineering and technical colleagues to translate moderately-complex circuit and schematic requirements into physical PCB designs

o Should be willing and eager to learn from colleagues, and comfortable seeking out help as needed

o Balance functional requirements against manufacturability and physical space constraints using input from mechanical, electrical, and fabrication subject matter experts

o Communicate with project stakeholders and provide status updates as required; participate in design review activities with project teams

Third-Party Supplier Collaboration

o Interact with commercial PCB fabrication shops and serve as technical point of contact to communicate requirements, place orders, and track deliverables

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 (Designer/Drafter 3; $58,000 - $90,800)

• Basic grasp of engineering, design, and drafting concepts related to electrical and electronic disciplines

• Basic experience using software tools to produce models, drawings, layouts, and sketches of components or systems

• Basic understanding of drawing and drafting principles to capture design intent with views, symbols, and notes

Technical Experience at Higher Level (Designer/Drafter 4; $64,400 - $102,300)

• Basic knowledge of policies, programs, procedures, and practices related to electronic and electrical computer-aided design (ECAD) / electronic design automation (EDA)

• Basic understanding of component placement, trace routing, clearances, and thermal considerations for PCB layout, understanding of tolerance stack-up for fabrication

• Basic understanding and use of industry standards for addressing performance specifications for rigid, flexible, and rigid-flexible PCBs

• Basic understanding of PCB fabrication materials, equipment, and techniques to effectively communicate design and manufacturing intent to third-party suppliers

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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.

Technical Experience

Working knowledge of PCB fabrication and/or electronics assembly requirements. Familiarity with PCB layout CAD design tools. Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics.


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.


Demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality.

Education/Experience at Lower Level: Associate's degree in an engineering or technical field and three (3) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this position

Education/Experience at Higher Level: Associate's degree in an engineering or technical field and five (5) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this position.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with PCB design concepts
  • Familiarity with IPC design and performance standards
  • Experience using PCB design software, such as Eagle, Altium, or Mentor Graphics

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, submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
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 maternity 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