QA/QC Inspector 4/5

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at the QA/QC Inspector 4/5 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.

QA/QC Inspector 4 ($76,900- $122,200)

The successful candidate will program and operate Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) to perform moderate to highly complex inspections of high explosive (HE) components and assemblies, which include the development of inspection processes and strategies, as well as selection and use of appropriate equipment. The components or assemblies to be inspected are frequently of a complex nature and may require non-routine set-ups and computation of dimensions that may or may not be shown on the component drawing. A foundation in dimensional inspection within the manufacturing environment is key to success. Inspection operations include the use of open set-up equipment and CMMs and other high accuracy metrology Measure and Test Equipment (M&TE).

QA/QC Inspector 5 ($83,900- $136,600)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful candidate will lead the implementation of quality inspection for high explosive operations. This will consist of providing advanced inspection consultation with engineers, scientists, machinists, and other stakeholders.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge: Working knowledge of and demonstrated experience in metrology and inspections operations. Working knowledge of and experience interpreting and applying Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) technical principles, theories, and concepts, through engineering blueprints, sketches, specifications, and related data to assist in the evaluation of design factors and conducting operational test and troubleshooting on systems and equipment. Demonstrated experience in shop mathematics and English-Metric unit conversions including applied trigonometry.

Tools and Equipment: Demonstrated experience with the programming and operation of CMM equipment with intermediate level knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes. Experience with computers utilizing databases, search engines and other common software like Adobe Acrobat and MS Office.

Communication: Excellent communications skills with a strong organizational approach to performing work. Attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to proactively seek solutions to a variety of challenges that require close interaction and strong communication with engineers, machinists and inspectors, and other metrology related stakeholders.

Leadership: Demonstrated record of dependability, reliability, and commitment to long-term needs of the job duties and programmatic goals of the position and organization.

Additional Job Requirements for QA/QC Inspector 5:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Tools and Equipment: Advanced level knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5 to support in-depth technical discussions with engineers and scientists in support of product acceptance. Advanced knowledge of CMM programming principles on complex geometries. Demonstrated understanding and working knowledge of the principles associated with Measurement & Test Equipment calibration, gage measurement repeatability and reproduce-ability and measurement uncertainty. Advanced knowledge of Manufacturing techniques and processes.

Communication: Advanced proficiency and efficiency with oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse team of professional technicians supporting multiple concurrent team tasks with changing programmatic priorities.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires an associate degree or formal Machinist Apprenticeship Program and 4 years of experience in equivalent machining, inspection, examination, or test activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires an associate degree or formal Machinist Apprenticeship Program and 6 years of experience in equivalent machining, inspection, examination, or test activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with PC-DMIS software
  • Experience in the operation of CAD software, Creo or SOLIDWORKS preferred
  • LANL HE Handler or experienced in the handling of hazardous materials
  • Experience in the operation of Leitz CMMs
  • ASQ Certifications (CQE, CQI, CQT).

Essential Job Functions: Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, distance vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 hz), standing, walking, bending, crouching, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet, lifting 30+ pounds.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

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:
  • The selected candidate is required to work on-site.
  • Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
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). 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.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.