Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Automation Hardware Engineer, Optics & Materials Science & Technology

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 103992
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: July 12 2018

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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 an Automation Hardware Engineer. You will be responsible for developing and implementing process automation hardware used in the Optics & Materials Science & Technologies (OMST) facilities that support the National Ignition Facility (NIF). You will provide engineering solutions throughout all phases of the systems development processes. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide electrical engineering solutions for design, assembly, calibration, troubleshooting, and testing of electrical systems.
- Execute electrical engineering for fielding new and upgraded optics processing and metrology equipment in support of NIF.
- Perform subsystem tests using standard test equipment that may involve laser systems, optical systems, chemical systems, oscilloscopes, and the integration of these types of systems into optics processing metrology equipment.
- Contribute to the development of procedures for electrical installation, test, and operation.
- Design hardware and software components in support of larger systems.
- Ensure all fielded equipment is certified safe to use before powering up.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Oversee the quality of and make corrections to the design of the automation hardware with minimal direction.
- Develop sub-system designs and architectures of automation hardware and integrate them into complex, existing systems.
- Respond to failures of complex production equipment and develop and oversee troubleshooting plan to return the system to operation with minimal oversight.

- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering design concepts related to assembly, calibration, troubleshooting, and testing of electrical machine control systems.
- Knowledge of industrial instrumentation and controls.
- Experience with reading and interpreting mechanical and electrical specifications using drawings and procedure manuals.
- Demonstrated knowledge of analog and digital circuit design.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Demonstrated ability to translate customer requirements into control systems hardware and software specifications.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the performance analysis and tuning of process control systems; demonstrated experience in the design of analog and digital circuits relating to controls and data acquisition.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- MS in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related field.
- Experience developing LabView programs and experience with National Instruments hardware.
- Experience with programmable logic controllers (PLCs).


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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