Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

NIF Engineering Associate

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104308
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1)
Date Posted: October 24 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 openings for Engineering Technical Associates in support of the National Ignition Facility (NIF).  You will work in a multidisciplinary team to produce complex and unique precision components and assemblies.  Specific assignments include design, manufacturing activities, evaluation, review, testing, assembly, R&D, and documentation of processes.   These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.
Essential Duties

- Independently complete advanced tasks such as high precision manufacturing, assembly, and metrology of small components and unique materials.
- Apply innovative technical expertise to evaluation, operation, and maintenance of complex precision machining operations in the NIF Facility.
- Develop/design system enhancements to increase reliability and maintainability.
- Design, install, and test assembly fixtures and machine tooling
- Employ and tailor R&D machining and testing, troubleshooting, and equipment installation methods to solve complex technical problems on unique and challenging materials and provide original solutions.
- Make frequent decisions using independent discretion and judgment to provide original solutions to establish or modify techniques and procedures.
- Provide advanced technical advice and direction to mentor others.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing technology or equivalent combination of education and related experience in a technical or engineering field.
- Advanced knowledge and experience with materials, equipment, or technologies associated with high precision manufacturing, including single point diamond turning, micro-milling, and CNC machine programming.
- Experience interacting with and satisfying customer needs in a highly technical setting.
- Advanced skills and understanding of precision assembly techniques and metrology.
- Advanced experience with applied use of CAD/computer design packages.
- Experience participating in engineering testing operations and analyzing results.
- Experience working independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team/project environment, with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge and experience working with classified materials, experimental data, and documentation.
- Knowledge of ASME Y14.5M Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard.
- QA/QC documentation skills used in an engineering environment.

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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