Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Work Planning Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104617
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3)
Date Posted: December 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 are seeking Work Planning Engineers to fill multiple vacancies. You will work with supervisors and managers from across the Laboratory to provide advanced planning of LLNL work activities. You will develop detailed, technical work documents and Job Hazards Analyses in support of complex programmatic science, R&D, nuclear, explosives, maintenance, and/or subcontractor work. These positions are in the Work Planning and Control (WP&C) Office.

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

Essential Duties
- Lead work planning efforts for work activities utilizing the WP&C processes and web-based application.
- Triage work requests to determine the level of work planning required.
- In collaboration with Responsible Individuals (e.g. principle investigators, project managers, job leads), translate experimental/project objectives and/or work requests into clear bounded scopes of work and task breakdowns using comprehensive knowledge of scientific and engineering principles.
- Author concise work packages for low and moderate hazard work, define acceptance and work closeout criterion, identify tools, material, and equipment used to perform the job, and write work procedures or instructions and hazard-based permits as needed to ensure safe execution of work.
- Lead multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts and workers through the work planning process to develop work control documents. Includes developing Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) using knowledge of ES&H requirements and safe work practices; leading field walkdowns to clarify scope, tasks, and hazards; conducting hazard evaluations (e.g. What-If); leading roundtable reviews of work packages to de-conflict controls, verify the accuracy of the work package, and obtain concurrence; and facilitating the final review and approval by the Authorizing Individual.
- Participate in pre-start reviews and pre-and-post job briefings. Utilize engineering background and experience to provide feedback and improvement recommendations as well as lessons learned.
- Facilitate changes to work packages, ensuring involvement of the Work Planning Team.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Author concise work packages for higher-hazard, higher-complexity work, including writing technical work procedures for those activities, and integrating facility safety requirements (e.g. Documented Safety Analysis Technical Surveillance Requirements, Explosives Safety Basis and Siting Plan requirements).
- Author and finalize hazard evaluations (e.g. What-If, Haz Op) and lead the work planning team through a rigorous hazard evaluation process, incorporating new controls in the JHA to minimize consequences of off-normal events.

- Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering, science, ES&H or other related technical field, or equivalent combination of education and related technical experience.
- Experience working as a field or project engineer, scientist, project manager, work planning engineer, and/or ES&H engineer performing or providing technical and/or planning support for moderate to complex work activities, using scientific or engineering knowledge of the various types of materials, equipment, and methods used in the technical work.
- Experience applying comprehensive knowledge of engineering and ES&H principles, compliance, and/or safety basis requirements. Strong knowledge of chemical, industrial, explosives, and/or radiological hazards.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, and to apply project management principles to organize, coordinate, and accomplish work.
- Strong technical writing skills with experience developing technical documents such as work procedures, work instructions, specifications, Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures, interlock procedures. Experience drafting work packages, including Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs).
- Excellent facilitation and leadership skills necessary to lead and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts through technical discussions, including conflict resolution skills necessary to resolve differing professional opinions.
- Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, to present and explain technical or operational information, and to provide advice to work planning team members, supervisors, and management.
- Ability to obtain and maintain qualifications required for a LLNL Work Planner within a reasonable time period, including applicable endorsements.
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Significant experience working as a field or project engineer, scientist, project manager, work planning engineer, and/or ES&H engineer performing or providing advanced technical and/or planning support for complex science, R&D, nuclear, or explosives work.
- Advanced skills in interpersonal, verbal, and written communication, and technical writing.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience applying various Human Performance Improvement tools for both individuals and work teams, (e.g. procedure use and adherence, place-keeping, pre-job briefings, etc.).
- Advanced knowledge of technical work with extensive nuclear and/or explosive safety/safety basis requirements.
- Possess a current Work Planner qualification and subject matter expertise on the WP&C process and IT web application.

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.