Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Engineering Technical Associate/Sr. Engineering Technical Associate

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104363
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: October 17 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.

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 Engineering Technical Associate/Sr. Engineering Technical Associate to support the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) as the Gun Bay Lead for various research guns (gas, powder, pneumatic, etc.) utilized in shock physics based research and development activities. You will collaborate with engineers and physicists to provide advanced technical support for experiments. You will lead a team of technicians and systems operators to provide operations and maintenance support for the various guns in HEAF. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate. DTED provides support to Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) and Global Security (GS) Programs.

This position will be filled at either the 337.1 or 339.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Work with Principle Investigators to define experimental gun operational needs and technical requirements.
- Provide technical expertise to plan and schedule activities to implement and execute experiments on various gun platforms.
- Define, organize, and manage processes for gun operations and maintenance.
- Compose reports, create presentations, and collaborate on analysis reports.
- Manage the technical activities of an operational team(s) across multiple organizations.
- Review and/or perform gun loading calculations and system configuration.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 339.2 Level
- Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment to create and implement original solutions.
- Lead engineering technical staff and provide highly advanced mechanical/electronic support and hands-on operations through the design and assembly of highly complex components and systems based upon specifications from engineers, physicists, or facility personnel.
- Develop project planning and budgeting, maintain schedules, and propose procurement activities.

- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering Technology or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience working on and with research guns (pneumatic, powder, 2 stage gas/powder).
- Experience providing technical direction to others, leading and/or supervising personnel in laboratory and operations settings.
- Advanced knowledge in engineering design, fabrication, and assembly techniques.
- Experience conducting and/or participating in design reviews/pre-shot meetings.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to qualify as a High-Explosive (HE) Handler and/or qualify to work with radioactive materials or systems.
In Addition at the 339.2 Level
- Experience with highly advanced fabrication and assembly techniques directly applicable to material, components, systems, and/or equipment.
- Experience with project planning, budgeting, and/or resource planning.
- Experience leading a technical team.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience handling explosives, gun propellant, and reloading equipment.
- Experience optimizing large gun operational parameters to acquire scientific data.
- Knowledgeable in pressure and vacuum systems.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.

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