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Mechanical Technologist for Jupiter Laser Facility

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Job ID: 103472
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Mechanical Technologist/Sr. Mechanical Technologist. You will provide technical support in mechanical design, fabrication, testing, assembly, operation, and documentation of various systems to scientific or engineering programswithin the Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.This may involve complex mechanical/electro-optical fabrication and assembly for experimental systems. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the 533.2 or 533.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Fabricate, assemble, and disassemble moderately complex mechanical components and systems.
- Operate related shop equipment, hand tools, and measuring instruments.
- Provide general technical support for a wide variety of activities, including vacuum, electrical, optical and plumbing/cooling installations.
- Use design software to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
- Apply intermediate knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes in the solution of mechanical and opto-mechanical problems.
- Apply intermediate knowledge of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing laboratory equipment to solve hardware or system malfunctions.
- Maintain systems documentation and experimental records.
- Perform facility related and technical functions such as maintenance, testing, and upgrades to equipment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 533.3 Level
- Independently design, fabricate, troubleshoot, assemble, and disassemble complex electro-mechanical components and systems; including planning and selecting materials, equipment, and methods.
- Operate intricate and complex design, engineering, and scientific software and systems to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
- Independently identify, analyze, and evaluate, and report results to complex electro-mechanical problems using individual creativity and judgment; prioritize and provide work and technical guidance to others checking for accuracy, completeness, and function.
- Associate’s (AS) degree in Engineering, Mechanical, Industrial, or Manufacturing Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Intermediate understanding of engineering hardware design, including knowledge of computer aided drafting/design software.
- Intermediate knowledge of material fabrication processes and methods, including experience in machining using lathes, mills, band saws, and other basic machine shop tools as well as welding and soldering.
- Experience in basic operating principles of lasers, design and fabrication of opto-mechanical mechanisms, operating principles used in vacuum technologies, basic electronic principles, components and operations.
- Knowledge of office computer software, including word processing and spreadsheets necessary to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication, presentation, interpersonal, and teamwork skills and abilities, necessary to work effectively with high level technical, engineering, and scientific staff.
In Addition at the 533.3 Level
- High-level technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures and experience operating intricate technical software and systems.
- Ability to read and follow complex assembly procedures, engineering notes, sketches, and drawings.
- Effective written, verbal, feedback and presentation communication skills.
Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge of engineering standards and policies, including design safety standards, planning and design, and experience in solid model design using CAD programs (SolidWorks preferred) with the ability to perform engineering calculations, including engineering safety notes.
- Experience with high pressure system design and installation.
- Experience with precision, miniature assembly such as laser target fabrication.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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