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: 104616
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 with experience in mechanical, electrical, and/or civil disciplines to fill multiple Work Planning Engineer vacancies. You will plan facility- and infrastructure-related work activities, including maintenance, repairs, replacements, minor modifications, construction and/or subcontractor services. You will develop detailed, technical work documents and Job Hazards Analyses (JHA) in support of this 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 facility- and infrastructure-related work activities, utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and the WP&C web-based application.
- Triage work requests to determine the level of work planning required, and applicability of Davis-Bacon.
- Translate work requests into clearly bounded work scopes and task breakdowns using field walkdowns, analysis of complex systems and components, and comprehensive knowledge of facility engineering principles.
- Author concise work packages, define acceptance and work closeout criterion, identify tools, material, and equipment needed to complete the job, identify facility and utility outages required to perform the job, and write work instructions and hazard-based permits as required to ensure correct sequencing and safe execution of facility and infrastructure 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, as appropriate.
- 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 discipline, or other related technical field, or equivalent combination of education and related technical experience.
- Experience working as a field engineer, work planning engineer, project engineer, and/or ES&H engineer performing or providing technical and/or planning support for low to moderately complex maintenance, repair, replacement, and modifications of facility systems, structures, and components, such as mechanical, electrical, architectural, instrumentation and control, and/or civil systems.
- Experience applying comprehensive knowledge of engineering and ES&H principles, compliance requirements, 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 and present and explain technical or operational information and 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 engineer, work planning engineer, project engineer, and/or ES&H engineer performing and providing advanced technical and/or planning support for complex maintenance, repair, and modifications of facility systems, structures, and components, such as mechanical, electrical, architectural, instrumentation and control, and/or civil systems.
- 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.
- Knowledge of or experience in one or more trades discipline, such as electrical, HVAC, mechanical, architectural, etc.

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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