Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mechanical Technologist - DPAL

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104731
Job Code: Technologist-Mechanical (533.2) / Sr Technologist-Mechanical (533.3)
Date Posted: January 07 2019

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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 Mechanical Technologists/Sr. Mechanical Technologists. You will develop, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, operate, and maintain experimental, research, and prototype equipment associated with mechanical systems on the Diode Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS).  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 533.2 or 533.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Fabricate, assemble, and disassemble moderately complex mechanical components and systems.
- Operate related equipment, hand tools, and measuring instruments.
- Provide general technical support for a wide variety of activities, including vacuum, electrical, and plumbing/cooling installations.
- Perform routine assembly and maintenance of moderately complex equipment.
- Prepare and work from instructional guides for assembling, repairing, calibrating, operating and maintaining equipment and systems.
- Test, diagnose, maintain and repair moderately complex pressure systems, instrumentation, control, and test equipment.
- Apply intermediate knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes in the solution of moderately complex mechanical problems.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 533.3 Level
- Independently deploy, fabricate, troubleshoot, assemble, and disassemble complex mechanical components and systems; including planning and selecting materials, equipment, and methods.
- Under minimal supervision, assist in developing test parameters, troubleshooting and testing materials, components, or systems, identifying problems, and providing input on solutions.
- Independently identify, analyze, and evaluate, and report results of complex mechanical problems using individual creativity and judgment; prioritize and provide work and technical guidance to others checking for accuracy, completeness, and function.

- Associate degree in mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing or related field, or the equivalent the combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Experience in mechanical fabricating and/or assembly.
- Intermediate knowledge of electro-mechanical technology.
- Experience working with pressurized systems and leak testing equipment.
- Experience in mechanical design, fabrication, and opto-mechanical mechanisms.
- Experience in safe work and business practices.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
- Effective written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
In Addition, at the 533.3 Level
- Advanced understanding of mechanical technologies and experience working on a technical project team and providing technical direction to others.
- Advanced technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
- Significant experience working independently on technical assignments and proven ability to meet project requirements and deadlines.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in 3D CAD, machining, mechanical assembly and electrical troubleshooting.

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 an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. 


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.