Project Engineer 1/2

What You Will Do

The Engineering Services Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory develops, maintains, and applies a diverse set of engineering capabilities to provide innovative engineering solutions that enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission. This position is within the Engineering Services Division Office (ES-DO). ES Groups are responsible for implementing the Conduct of Engineering (COE) program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in support of systems, structure and component modifications and new installations. This position supports nuclear, accelerator or non-nuclear facilities across 38 square miles of the Laboratory and promotes a workplace culture centered on mutual respect and inclusivity, ensuring freedom from discrimination and harassment for all.

Note: This position will be filled at either the Engineer 1 or Engineer 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

Project Engineer 1 ($92,300 - $151,000)

As a Project Engineer, you will assist in technical engineering activities related to the planning, design, execution, and closeout of projects. You will be expected to identify and/or lead activities and manage development of projects with an integrated project team (IPT) that includes both customers, stakeholders, subject matter experts and others.
  • Learn about project engineering from seasoned engineers.
  • See how your engineering skills can contribute to national security.
  • See your ideas come to life on paper and in construction.
  • Learn how to be an engineering team member.
  • Develop engineering judgement.
  • Develop your leadership skills.

Project Engineer 2 ($101,700 - $168,200)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the Project Engineer 2 performs the following duties: You will act as the lead technical representative for engineering activities related to the planning, design, execution, and closeout of projects.
  • Manage scoping and design phases.
  • Participate in planning, forecasting, and identifying necessary engineering resources to support project workload requirements.
  • Review project engineering progress against approved schedules and budgets; evaluating changes; and taking corrective action when required.
  • Work with the LANL Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) representatives such as building official, fire marshal, electrical safety officer, etc. for identification of requirements, permitting, and issues resolution.
  • Application of Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS), performance reporting, and variance analysis.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Project Engineer 1
  • 2 years' experience and fundamental knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, applications of engineering methods, and application of technology aided engineering tools to conventional facility and operations-based engineering problems.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with engineering maintenance techniques and construction methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate concepts through various oral and written communication media, using a diverse range of technical and business acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking in complex problem solving, present options, and make recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret drawings, specifications, and contract language.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and Adobe Acrobat.

Additional Job Requirements for Project Engineer 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • 3 years relevant job experience.
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge of project engineering processes and procedures consistent with the duties
  • described above.
  • 2 to 3 years' experience with engineering work planning, scheduling, and cost estimating.
  • Experience conducting independent work requiring judgment in the application of engineering techniques.
  • Working knowledge of infrastructure or utility design, codes and standards.
  • Experience with projects in scoping, design, construction, change management, and engagement with field personnel, or a combination of these.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and 2 years of practical work experience.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 3 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above.
  • Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Engineer in Training Certificate.
  • Experienced in producing designs utilizing AutoCAD tools and work processes.
  • Knowledge of DOE O 413.B-Program and LANL Engineering Standards and Conduct of Engineering principals, policies, procedures, and standards using tools such as MS Project or Oracle P6.
  • Experience in DOE/NNSA nonreactor nuclear facilities and radiological facilities or projects
  • Advanced degree in relevant field.
  • Experienced in producing designs utilizing AutoCAD tools and work processes.

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.
Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. 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). 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.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.