"Electrical Technician for Generator and Power Systems (R&D Technician 4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

"Electrical Technician for Generator and Power Systems (R&D Technician 4

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for technically excellent and highly motivated Electrical Technicians for high power systems driving some of the world's strongest magnets. The work is a mixture of installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of high-voltage, high-current electrical systems and large electrical energy storage systems. Major infrastructure includes the LANL 1.43 GVA generator, capacitor banks, high power converters, bus work among subsystems, and control systems that orchestrate the whole operation. Voltages up to 24 kV, converter currents up to 20 kA, and stored electrical energy up to 630 MJ occur at different stages in our facility, therefore a major component of this job is ensuring safe operations for everyone involved. Excellent quality and attention to detail in this work is essential to ensure scientific success, safe operation of experiments, and to avoid high consequence failures. The selected candidates will support scientific users of our facility from around the world in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential.

Key responsibilities include:

• Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electrical power delivery and energy storage systems, includes high power, current, and/or voltage circuits and equipment

• Execute complex installation and maintenance tasks and small projects

• Work independently from single-line diagrams to run cables and make wire terminations of complex electrical and control circuits

• Identify, track, and report maintenance and repairs; and maintain inventory of electrical operating equipment and spares.

• Learn the principles and practice of pulsed power delivery, apply that knowledge, and eventually become an operator on one or more power systems

• Design and install printed circuit boards, various circuits and components, instrumentation and controls (I&C) systems, and programable logic controller (PLC) systems

• Be responsible for executing maintenance plan for a facility subsystem; report on progress.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience with hands-on technical work, for example, electrical equipment installation or repair, wiring, use of hand tools, machining, electronics, computer networks, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with complex technical tasks and projects
  • Experience in metering and testing equipment, for example, multimeters, megohmmeters ("IR"), high-voltage ("high-pot") testing, ground fault detection, etc.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of electrical safety and best practices
  • Ability to accurately document technical work to support systematic facility record keeping
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of electrical test and measurement to real-world or R&D problems

Education/Experience: Position requires an Associates Degree and 5 years agreement or related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience in safe electrical practice through knowledge of any of the following, (1) an applicable standard (NEC, NFPA 70B, NFPA 70E, ISO), (2) a broad scope institutional electrical safety program (e.g., that of U.S. National Laboratory like LANL or a similar organization), or (3) an appropriate certification for electrical work (e.g., licensed electrician)

• Experience with installation and commissioning of electrical facility systems, for example, electrical generation and distribution, capacitor banks, motors, and control systems

• Experience with routine preventive maintenance with minimal down time to the operation and highest safety standards, including reporting all incidents and discrepancies

• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting and diagnosing problems with complex systems and ability to propose creative solutions

• Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time

• Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires US citizenship)

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Climbing stairs, walking, lifting 20-30 pounds, working flexible hours or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work near electrical power supplies, domestic and foreign travel. Ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range, standing, walking, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with hands, typing or keyboarding.

Work Environment: In a widely ranging ambient temperatures, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near machinery with moving parts, safety glasses or eye protection, hearing protection, safety shoes or protective footgear.

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: Submit your application at: https://www.lanl.gov/careers/

For full consideration, applicants must submit two things: (1) a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position and (2) a resume or curriculum vitae.
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.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time