R&D Engineer 2

What You Will Do

Detonator Production (DP) Division is the premier Production Agency (PA) assigned to produce War Reserve (WR) detonators for the Nation's nuclear stockpile security mission.

The Division is part of LANL's Weapons Production Directorate and is comprised of a team of motivated, highly skilled technical and operational support staff working in a matrixed structure. The organization is centered on high-rigor manufacturing operations to produce precision, safe, and reliable WR detonator products. DP partners closely with customers and stakeholders such as NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration), Weapon System Design Agencies (LANL, Sandia, and Livermore), and LANL program management organizations to deliver on uniquely challenging, high-consequence National security objectives. DP upholds vigorous teamwork, personal integrity, a respectful workplace, and continuous improvement in operations, technical excellence, safety, and security.

The Detonator Production Product and Process Engineering group (DP-2) supports inert component and detonator production operations in the Detonator Production Division, part of the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Production (ALDWP). Product Engineers lead the development efforts of product, are the lead technical interface with the Design Agency (DA), and lead all production and surveillance qualification efforts at PA.

This posting is for a junior Product Engineer (PE) who will work closely with senior Product Engineers, quality engineers (QEs), technical project managers (TPMs), and process engineers to support product lines. The junior PE will help ensure that the overall set of manufacturing and inspection processes will yield product that meet design requirements and will be accepted by NNSA. They must be able to work independently and as part of a team and have excellent communication skills.

For more information on Detonator Production, visit the following sites:

Internal & External: https://detonators.lanl.gov/

R&D Engineer 2

Primary work scope includes, but is not limited to:
  • Assist senior Product engineers in providing oversight to production lines.
  • Serve as a core member of the Product Realization Team (PRT), acting as the Production Agency technical lead.
  • Serve as the PA interface with the Design Agency (DA) for their product.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and serve as the primary PA interface for the overall design definition and design intent of their product.
  • Work with Process engineers and Technical Project Managers to establish the process flows, provide input support of baseline plan creation and production strategy documentation.
  • Author proper Engineering Authorizations to communicate formal engineering intent to the Design Agency.
  • Work with process and inspection engineers, technicians, and inspectors to resolve production issues.
  • Collaborate with process engineers by engaging in process development, providing feedback on needed process improvements, and assisting with process improvement implementation.
  • Identify cause of non-conformance and potential corrective actions for Non-Conforming Report (NCRs) that are related to their product. Provide disposition for nonconforming product.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • Technical - Proven experience applying engineering principles, methods, and tools to complex problems. Can effectively apply technology, fixtures, and automation to produce the required result in the most efficient and repeatable way possible. Knowledge and application of Lean Manufacturing Principles. Ability to understand and interpret complex statistical analysis techniques to monitor and determine root cause of potential issues.
  • Leadership - Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership in the day-to-day process of system startup & operation, tooling setup, in-process performance monitoring, component inspection, and engineering decision-making.
  • Analytical - Use data to identify areas of poor quality or efficiency and collaborate with all stakeholders to develop and implement improvements to make the manufacturing processes more robust. Ensure that Producibility Ratings and Manufacturing Readiness Levels are reviewed, and issues are addressed.
  • Communication - Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all levels of the department and within the enterprise in general, including customer interface. Can effectively explain equipment usage and training processes to manufacturing technicians both verbally and through formal written documentation.
  • Quality - Demonstrated experience in monitoring process performance using Statistical Process Control, Six Sigma, and other methods.
  • Interpretation of Drawings - Proficiency in interpreting and translating complex design agency specifications and engineering drawings. A very good working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing per ANSI Y14.5.

Education/Experience, level 2: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the United States nuclear weapons programs, designs, and engineering.
  • Previous experience or knowledge of manufacturing practices and process, such as, conduct of engineering and conduct of operations.
  • Experience with weapon life cycle including surveillance.
  • Experience in authoring standard operating instructions, work instructions or quality instructions.
  • Proficient knowledge of Defense Programs Business System requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the requirements contained in the Weapon Quality Assurance Program - Production Agency and implementing administrative procedures.
  • Proficiency in the use of the following systems:
  • MRP/ERP software such as Solumina, SOMS, SAP
  • Quality systems such as MQS, NCR
  • Configuration control systems such as PDMLink, EALink
  • CAD systems such as CREO and / or SolidWorks
  • Proficient in GD&T per ANSI/ASME Y14.5
  • Basic project management skills

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Work Environment:

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.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, submit a comprehensive resume reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
Work Schedule: Detonator Production work 4 x 10 hour shifts per week, Mon-Thurs.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 (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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 505-664-6947 option 2.