Special Materials Machinist 3/4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Special Materials Machinist 3/4

What You Will Do

Sigma-2, Finishing Manufacturing Science, is looking for a highly motivated machinist to work with existing staff to support R&D component manufacturing within the Machining and Inspection (M&I) Team. The M&I Team boasts a fully equipped machine shop, including multiple new machines and an inspection lab. Highlights of the machine shop capabilities include manual and CNC turning, manual and CNC milling, wire electrical discharge machining, 3D printing and waterjet cutting. The M&I Team supports Foundry and Deformation Processing operations, as well as Welding and Joining. The successful applicant will join the Sigma staff to perform manufacturing operations, primarily machining, on a wide range of materials, including some unique special materials with specific hazards (radiation, toxicity, etc.), to produce high quality components and subassemblies in support of production/experimental programs as well as special projects.

This position will be filled at either the Special Materials Machinist 3/4 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.

Special Materials Machinist 3 ($ 65,700 - $ 104,400)

The successful candidate will perform the job activities listed below, but are not limited to:
  • Follow safety and security documents and policies
  • Perform precision measurements using hand tools to ensure quality requirements are met
  • Use of hand tools and supporting shop equipment, setup and operation of CNC and other manual equipment (lathes, mills, grinders, waterjets, etc) with little to no supervision.
  • Create CAD/CAM files or G&M code
  • Manufacture complex parts from drawings, sketches, and verbal instructions
  • Performing machining of materials in gloveboxes on small CNC machines
  • Use of classified computing for programming of machine tools
  • Operation of crane and forklifts
  • Foster a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment

Special Materials Machinist 4 ($ 79,200 - $ 129,000)

In addition to those outlined above, the Special Materials Machinist 4 responsibilities will include:
  • Review designs and advise on part manufacturability, cost, and schedule
  • Documentation of work performed. Reporting of results to supervisor or customers orally or in writing
  • Training and mentoring of others

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Skilled/fully proficient level. Applies knowledge of the job, and company policies and principles to complete a wide range of tasks. Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines
  • Leadership and ability to follow guidelines for working safely in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Skilled knowledge of applied shop mathematics
  • Fully proficient understanding of machining processes, tools, and operations to obtain various tolerances
  • Fully proficient knowledge of applied material properties
  • Fully proficient knowledge and ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Skilled ability performing precision measurements
  • Skilled ability to setup and operate manual equipment, CNC equipment, hand tools and supporting shop equipment with little to no supervision
  • Skilled ability to create CAD/CAM files (such as Camworks, MasterCam, etc. or G&M code
  • Skilled ability to manufacture complex parts made from difficult materials with exacting tolerances
  • Willingness to work with radioactive materials and other hazardous materials
  • Ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively as part of a team

Additional Minimum Job Requirements for Special Materials Machinist 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the higher level position will require:
  • Senior skilled level; has demonstrated skills and knowledge beyond those expected to be found at the journeyman level. Applies extensive knowledge and skills to complete specialized tasks and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Comprehensive understanding of general and technical aspects of the job
  • Experience with 5-axis CNC machining
  • Ability to troubleshoot machining equipment
  • Ability to read and understand new procedures and protocols toward long-range goals
  • Ability to review designs and advise on part manufacturability, cost and schedule
  • Ability to train and mentor others

Education/Experience Special Materials Machinist 3: Position requires an Associate's Degree (AAS) in Machining Technologies or equivalent precision metalworking program AND 4 year's related experience; OR 6 year's prototype experience OR Journeyperson qualification program AND 4 years of experience.

Education/Experience Special Materials Machinist 4:Position requires an Associate's Degree (AAS) in Machining Technologies or equivalent precision metalworking program AND 6 years of experience; OR 8 years prototype experience OR Journeyperson qualification program AND 6 years of experience.

Desired Skills:
  • Experience in machining hazardous materials and handling classified matter
  • Crane and forklift operator
  • Ability to acquire and maintain rigorous training as required, defined, and provided by LANL/Sigma
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

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.

Notes to Applicants:

For full consideration, please include a cover letter with your resume addressing how your experience relates to each of the required and desired skills as applicable.

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

Fine motor control, Lifting 30+ pounds
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.
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