Quality Engineer [CWI / Mechanical / QC] (Quality Engineer 2/3)

What You Will Do



This position will be filled at either the Quality Engineer 2 or 3 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.

Quality Engineer (QE) 2 ($92,300 - $151,000)

As a QC Quality Engineer you will be part of the Plutonium Infrastructure Quality (PIQ) group and report to the IQPA-PIQ Group Leader and Quality Control (QC) Inspection Team Leader. The PIQ mission is to support the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Plutonium Infrastructure (ALDPI) to ensure quality requirements are met and implemented into work projects by performing oversight and inspection activities to validate that specifications are being adhered to during construction, maintenance, and modification activities at LANL. You will be assigned to support both deployed and institutional inspection activities.

You must have the ability to be Q cleared, participate in Human Reliability Program (HRP), and are able to work a Night or Back Shift work type schedule. Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to: attaining certification(s) based on LANL qualification and certification requirements, maintaining certification(s) on an annual basis, performing Level II QC inspections, being responsible and accountable for the control and review of Nonconformance Reports (NCRs), and inspection/test reports prior to submittal, assisting in the development and updating of inspection procedures, reports/inspection forms/formats, protocols and checklists, and working with management and engineering personnel in conducting and reporting on inspection activities.

Quality Engineer (QE) 3 ($101,700 - $168,200)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you would: Perform Level II QC inspections, proactively evaluate problems and make initial recommendations for corrective actions, develop and update inspection procedures, reports/inspection forms/formats, protocols and checklists, and perform duties of a Nonconformance Report Coordinator (NCRC) including the tracking, reporting and fostering timely closure of open nonconformance reports

The Quality Engineer 3 demonstrates advanced knowledge in application of welding and mechanical inspection skills, typically 8 years with nuclear and/or DOE QE program experience preferred. Experience in rebar fabrication, pre-placement reinforcing structural, steel inspections, and anchor bolt installation. Safety and Security are a primary responsibility. This position also monitors operations for adherence to project plans and specifications to ensure quality control compliance, performs inspection functions per inspection plans, records results of inspections / tests per applicable procedures, and is also responsible for implementations of quality control procedures and policies to ensure inspection / test activities to conform to applicable inspection / test plans, procedures, specifications.


What You Need


Minimum Job Requirements:

Quality Engineer 2:

  • Working knowledge of ASME NQA-1 quality standar.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with quality related regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to learn national consensus standards of QE / Quality Assurance (QA), such as ASME, ISO, Six Sigma, ANSI/SME NQE-1, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulatory guide series.
  • Working knowledge to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics.
  • Demonstrated experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting QC inspections.
  • Working knowledge in the technical application of engineering, environmental, construction, testing, operations, and practices sufficient to comprehend requirements.
  • Ability to mentor less experienced QE 1 and QE 2 personnel, as assigned.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills as evidenced by successful interaction with various levels of management.
  • Strong oral and written skills.
Quality Engineer 3:
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with quality regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Advanced ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics.
  • Advanced experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting QC.
  • Knowledge of national consensus standards of QC such as ASME, ISO, ANSI/ASME NQA-1, and US NRC regulatory guide series.
  • Advanced technical knowledge in the application of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, and operations practices sufficient to evaluate and interpret specified requirements.
  • Advanced experience with mentoring of personnel.
  • Demonstrated advanced record of accomplishments and progressive responsibility experience in specialized/relevant field.
  • Advanced oral and written communications skills.
  • Advanced level of excellence in interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills as evidenced by successful interaction with various levels of management.
  • Advanced familiarity with construction codes and standards, and applying quality requirements to construction projects, where applicable.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, QE / Quality Assurance (QA), or Industrial System Engineering or a related field and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, QE, or Industrial Systems Engineering or a related field and 8 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.


Desired Qualifications

  • American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector.
  • Working knowledge and experience with nuclear and/or DOE QC programs of more than 3 years.
  • Additional relevant education and/or certification in a related field and/or current relevant professional certification.
  • Experience performing measurements using Romer/Faro.
  • Experience with helium leak testing.
  • Active DOE Q or other Top-Secret clearance.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, Standing, Walking, Running, Climbing Stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Crawling, Twisting the trunk or back, Balancing.

Work Environment: Working overtime or irregular schedule.

Work Schedule: 4/10 schedule, possible 2nd or 3rd shift, periodic weekend work required.

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 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: Applicants are to include a comprehensive cover letter addressing how they meet the required and desired skills to be considered for an interview.

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 (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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, § 712.11. These requirements include ongoing drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Laboratory 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2.