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Senior Mechanical Engineer, Laser Target Fabrication

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105423
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3) / Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Date Posted: May 31 2019

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Senior Mechanical Engineer. You will formulate specifications and drawings, use advanced design and manufacturing techniques, and provide engineering solutions to a range of complex problems within the Target Fabrication group in support of the National Ignition Facility (NIF).  You will be responsible for projects requiring advanced systems engineering; engineering analysis and computational simulation; extreme precision and unique materials; prototype design; state of the art fabrication and assembly; and hand-on engineering testing and deployment. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide advanced conceptual and detail designs for on-going projects.
- Interact and act as a primary technical contact to the experiment and laser alignment groups to ensure adequate features are designed, measured, and documented for each target design, working independently, with minimal direction.
- Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, vendors, outside suppliers, and mid-level management to develop innovative components and systems using advanced design and manufacturing techniques.
- Perform engineering calculations and conduct hands-on technical tasks to contribute to the design, fabrication, and metrology operations.      
- Analyze and determine the most efficient, expeditious, and cost-effective methods to source and/or fabricate complex technical equipment, components, and assemblies.
- Responsible for budgets, estimates, schedules, and influencing workforce needs.
- Present information to engineering and scientific teams, vendors, and program management.
- Successfully utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to help develop innovative capabilities.
-  Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others for work that is frequently not well defined.
- Serve as a subject matter expert for advanced design and manufacturing techniques, provide solutions to highly complex problems that require in-depth analysis of multiple tangible and intangible factors.
- Assess strategic technical needs and lead a multi-disciplinary team to successfully complete complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.

- Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Advanced knowledge of complex mechanical design and analysis and significant experience developing advanced conceptual and detailed designs, formulating specifications and drawings, using advanced design and manufacturing techniques.
- Advanced knowledge of systems engineering, engineering analysis, and computational simulation, prototype design, state of the art fabrication and assembly.
- Significant experience with hands-on engineering testing and deployment; developing and implementing creative solutions to unique and complex problems.
- Ability and flexibility to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests.
- Significant experience independently managing, overseeing, and delivering multiple projects on budget and schedule, interacting and cooperating with all levels of technical staff, mangers and vendors.
- Ability to lead, manage, and mentor junior team members.
- Advanced communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Subject matter expertise in highly complex mechanical design and analysis, developing advanced conceptual and detailed designs, formulating specifications and drawings, and using advanced design and manufacturing techniques.
- Significant experience in project planning and highly complex technical leadership, leveraging existing work, internal resources, and partnerships that result in successfully developing new project portfolios.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and demonstrated record of team building and conflict resolution.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
- Significant experience in precision fabrication and assembly.
- Successful track record of crafting new capabilities and catalyzing innovation to impact the long-term direction of an organization.


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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.