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Weapons Engineering Associate

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 105490
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: June 11 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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Nuclear Weapons Engineering Associate to provide technical leadership for a team producing design information and hardware in support of Global Security (GS) needs. You will also have hands on design responsibilities. You may work alternate work shirts, and/or weekends may be required in order to meet objective and operational needs. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 337.1 or 339.2 level, depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Apply innovative technical expertise to the design, development, fabrication, maintenance, assembly, and disassembly of complex mechanical components (including precision assemblies and tight tolerances) and systems, including planning, selecting materials and equipment, determining solutions, and generating instructions.
- Utilize CAD software to produce 3D models and generate detailed drawings for fabrication.
- Maintain a high level of safety awareness while working and adhere to written safety procedures.
- Provide technical guidance and direction to technicians, making decisions regularly using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment, while under minimal direction.
- Collaborate with scientists, technical personnel, safety personnel, and technicians inside and outside the work group on both an individual and team basis.
- Maintain awareness of classification security issues and assure that work is executed in conformance with requirements for information protection.
- Provide input and estimates for budgets, schedules, and workforce needs; present information to engineering/scientific teams and program management.
- Work scheduled as well as unscheduled emergency overtime and travel to deploy field experiments.
- Work may include the need to wear a respirator and protection equipment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Provide highly advanced technical support to engineers/scientists in solving highly complex technical problems to various projects within various associated programs.
- Analyze and determine most efficient, expeditious, and cost-effective methods to source and/or fabricate complex technical equipment, components, and/or assemblies of both mechanical and/or electrical design.
- Monitor performance required to meet programmatic deliverable milestones, and lead corrective actions where necessary.

- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering Technology, or equivalent combination of education and significant experience in a related technical discipline.
- Knowledge and experience working with classified materials, data, and documentation.
- Advanced knowledge and experience in engineering design, fabrication, assembly techniques and materials, including theory, for precision assemblies, advanced. knowledge of weapon or weapon-related design, materials, fabrication, and assembly with tight tolerances.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and re-focus work as needs change, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, and ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
- Ability to evaluate complex to highly complex systems and apply best practice engineering techniques for design.
- Advanced verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of customers, partners, and other technical and administrative staff within an interagency collaborative schedule-driven environment.
- Ability to exercise independent judgement and oversee technical team, clearly articulating, enforcing, and interpreting design intent and requirements of component and supporting drawings and other required documentation, includes input on estimates for project budgets and schedules.
- Ability to alternate work shifts and/or weekends, and travel to deploy field experiments.
- Ability to secure and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP) which includes: polygraph examination; and physical and psychological assessment; and random drug and alcohol testing. Ability to become medically qualified to wear respiratory and protection equipment.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Extensive experience with highly advanced fabrication and assembly techniques directly applicable to material, components, systems, and equipment.
- Extensive experience developing conceptual designs of mechanical/electronic systems, testing prototypes, and associated diagnostics.
- Extensive experience with project planning, budgeting, and resource planning while exercising a high degree of independent judgment and discretion in leading, directing, and guiding staff to fulfill programmatic deliverables

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with materials, equipment, or technologies associated with high explosives.
- Experience working with radioactive/fissile materials.


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.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.  Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.


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.