Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Gas Atomization/Electron Beam Melt Technical Associate/Sr. Technical Associate

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Trades & Facilities
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106228
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: October 11 2019

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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 Gas Atomization/Electron Beam Melt Mechanical Technical Associate/Sr. Mechanical Technical Associate. You will be working on experiments in collaboration with engineering, scientific, and technical staff, providing technical expertise for new and on-going experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), 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 for activities utilizing advanced knowledge of fabrication, assembly, installation, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance for Gas Atomization System and Electron Beam Cold Hearth Melter experiments at LLNL and other off-site locations.
- Tailor approaches to unique and challenging problems involved with semi-automated processes to ensure successful melting, refining, alloying, and atomizing of various metals, ensuring powder and part quality; includes complex to highly complex material handling operations, material transfer, material testing, and material distribution, involving collaboration both upstream and downstream of the main foundry operations, such as additive manufacturing.
- Provide feedback and propose unique solutions to improve complex to highly complex foundry processes new to LLNL.
- Design, develop, document, and modify hardware for system operations including fabrication, assembly/disassembly of complex to highly complex mechanical components and systems, using work control process and procedure requirements, critically reviewing them and providing input as appropriate.
- Handle radioactive materials and other metals in solid or powdered forms, applying advanced knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to solve mechanical problems.
- Use software methods for complex data collection, analysis, reporting, and presenting results as well as critically reviewing and overseeing the update of procedures, manuals, and qualifications.
- Provide oversight, technical guidance, and direction to technicians, making frequent decisions using independent discretion and judgement.
- Initiate, prepare, and participate in design reviews, meetings, and other briefings where concepts are determined and designs refined.
- Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technical personnel, facility engineers, facility safety personnel, and technicians both inside and outside the work group on both an individual and team basis in support of the program.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Lead a team of Technologists and Associates including oversight of planning and organization that include development of test parameters, comprehensive troubleshooting and testing materials, components, or systems, identifying highly complex problems, and providing guidance on solutions.
- Develop, refine, and implement technical operating procedures to ensure increased efficiencies and optimal process flow and material handling upstream and downstream from the main foundry operations.
- Use software methods for highly complex data collection, analysis, including regular and formal reporting of results to internal management as well as external business partners as appropriate.

Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology Science, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Significant experience solving a variety of complex to highly complex technical problems in completion of work assignments.
- Advanced skills and knowledge of mechanical diagnostic equipment, maintaining area controls, assisting with mechanical diagnostic calibration and alignment, testing prior to experiment execution, and performing data recovery after experiment execution.
- Significant experience in complex to highly complex mechanical fabrication and assembly.
- Advanced knowledge of powder and material characterization techniques.
- Advanced written and verbal communication and presentation skills and ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Ability to complete and maintain certifications as required by the position.
- Ability to become medically qualified to wear respiratory and other protective equipment and perform moderate work effort while wearing respirators.
- Ability to lift 35 lbs. in a safe and controlled manner.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Prior leadership experience including oversight of technical work including workforce planning and ability to approach work from strategic, problem solving standpoint.
- Highly advanced knowledge and extensive experience developing, refining, and implementing technical operating procedures including knowledge of work control process and procedure requirements.
- Ability to analyze highly complex data sets and formally report results and strategies to management.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with customized foundry and welding systems in a R&D environment and working with radioactive/fissile materials.
- Experience working with vacuum and high-pressure systems and/or additive manufacturing.
- Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing standards.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.