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Process Engineer for NIF Target Fabrication

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104080
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: August 03 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 a Process Engineer. You will provide engineering solutions for production efforts in target assembly within the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS) Directorate.  You will identify production issues and contribute to the development and implementation of  solutions to maintain high product quality and product yield while ensuring optimal use of resources and adherences to best safety practices.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide real time solutions to production problems of moderate complexity and provide support until the problems are resolved.
- Contribute to the project goals by working to improve production rates, efficiencies, and shot yields.
- Contribute to the development and fielding of new equipment and broadly defined processes.  
- Use independent judgement in determining methods and techniques for writing and updating programs for robots, automated microscopes, data acquisition systems, and optical coordinate measuring machines.
- Function as a team member to perform development testing for various scientific and engineering working groups.
- Work closely with inter-organizational contacts such as the Target Engineering and Production teams to support and enrich target design and assembly by writing and processing protocols, testing components, and providing recommendations to make processes more effective and efficient.
- Collaborate with customers to ensure product meets set quality standards and work with vendors to provide hardware and software per contract.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Assess strategic technical needs of the workload of multiple project assignments.
- Establish objectives, methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to obtain results based on in-depth analysis of tangible and intangible factors.
- Provide direction to small teams and work as a primary contact on multi-disciplinary teams; serve on internal technical/advisory committees.

- Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering discipline (preferably Industrial or Mechanical), or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad experience supporting a production or manufacturing line.
- Experience identifying, defining, and solving multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost effective manner.
- Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Comprehensive knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience meeting scheduled deadlines and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
- Significant experience with process improvement methodologies and a drive for continuous improvements.
- Advanced knowledge to work well under pressure, manage competing demands and meet tight deadlines with strong follow through.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working within the protocols of a class 100 cleanroom.
- Experience with programming languages to include visual basic, excel macros, LabVIEW, and others are desirable.
- Strong data analysis or metrology background.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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.