Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Metrology Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107404
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3) / Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Date Posted: August 13 2020

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The Engineering Directorate, Materials Engineering Division (MED), Manufacturing Engineering Section, has an opening for a Metrology Engineer that will be matrixed to support the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program, under the auspices of the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principle Associate Directorate (PAD). You will be responsible for developing and maintaining processes and guiding staff to ensure that the WTE Program meets all applicable requirements associated with NAP 401.1 (NNSA Weapon Quality Policy) as they relate to Critical Measurement & Test Equipment (CM&TE). This responsibility will include interfacing with Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED) / Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) personnel and senior management staff to ensure requirements are met and being applied consistently across the program. You will be expected to represent WTE’s CM&TE program internally and externally at reviews and audits conducted by external agencies.
This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if candidate selected meets skills, knowledge, and abilities (SKA) at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide significant support and oversight to WTE’s CM&TE Program, by contributing to all aspects of the Critical M&TE operations for the WTE Program, to include setting programmatic objectives and priorities that best fulfill the metrology initiative of the WTE Program, Livermore Field Office (LFO), and NNSA/HQ.
- Provide technical expertise to address CM&TE challenges such as Uncertainty Analysis (UA), functional verifications, and calibration coversheet certificates (when required) to address gaps between calibration vendors and contractual requirements .
- Coordinate with the WTE Quality Assurance Manager on CM&TE effectiveness reviews and internal self-assessments to ensure WTE Program CM&TE requirements are being met in preparation for external audits; develop corrective action plans in an effort to mitigate gaps.
- Develop solid working rapport and interface frequently with the NNSA’s Primary Standards Laboratory (PSL), an external agency with auditing oversight for WTEs CM&TE and LLNL operating metrology program(s).
-Ensure required CM&TE documentation meet LLNL and NNSA requirements, such as initiating nonconformance reports are submitted to the Livermore Field Office (LFO) when required
- Ensure the CM&TE database is being updated on a frequent basis with the most current status of the metrology assets and related documentation.
- Develop, maintain, and provide quarterly metrics to the WTE QA manger, associated with in-calibration and out-of-calibration assets of the WTE CM&TE Metrology Program.
- Ensure inactive and/or out-of-calibration assets are tagged out-of-service until recalibrated or destruction has been realized and CM&TE database reflects current status.
- Interface across LLNL with program personnel and/or facility managers, technical contacts, and scientists to leverage technical and quality interactions outside of the work unit and at times external to LLNL.
- Present technical approaches, project plans, and documentation to peers and program managers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Manage and lead personnel including working with hiring team to identify new staff needs and provide team member performance input when asked for personnel appraisal input team members within the work scope.
- Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for metrology across the WTE Program.
- Make decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment and resolve multi-project/program requirements through negotiations.
- Manage project scope, schedule, and budget.
- Function in lead role during external audits.
- Develop research and development proposals.
- Participate, as invited, on external metrology audits and reviews within the NSE.

Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Practical experience in the application of Uncertainty Analysis (UA), functional verification, and error budgeting, with a proven applicability for new and existing processes and equipment.
- Significant experience assessing internal calibration programs, traceability conformance, and uncertainty of measurement.
- Significant experience reviewing and validating CM&TE equipment suitability, instructions, range and accuracy analysis.
- Advanced knowledge of metrology principles and technologies as well as their application.
- Advanced engineering knowledge associated with inspection operations and significant experience interpreting specifications and mechanical drawings.
- Practical experience with an understanding and/or application related to one or more of the following: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ISO 17025, and ANSI/ASME standards and their application related to CM&TE.
- Significant experience assuming responsibility with minimal instruction and supervision; exercising sound judgment and high-consequence decision making to solve moderately complex problems in a multi-tasked environment.
- Significant experience working independently and collaboratively as part of a team with effective organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Experience with mechanical inspection, technical measuring devices and calibration of M&TE assets.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate i in team environment to present and explain technical information and provide advice to management and guidance to team members.
- Significant experience effectively working in small, multi-disciplinary teams with experience interacting and collaborating with all levels of technical staff, managers, vendors, and external contacts.
- Experience with computers, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database management (used to manage M&TE assets and related documents).
In Addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision/Metrology Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in Precision Engineering with significant experience with the design and evaluation of precision machines, systems, and processes to ensure the accuracy of the repeatable measured output.
- Significant experience with a solid understanding and/or application specifically related to one or more of the following: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ISO 17025, and ANSI/ASME standards and their application related to CM&TE.
- Significant experience in the application of Uncertainty Analysis (UA), functional verification, and error budgeting, with a proven applicability for new and existing processes and equipment.
- Demonstrated leadership skills to effectively lead and manage small, multi-disciplinary teams with significant experience interacting and collaborating with all levels of technical staff, managers, vendors, and external contacts.
- Experience with general fabrication processes and operations including mechanical inspection, technical measuring devices and calibration of M&TE assets.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
Desired Qualifications
- Strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on developing relationships and building long-term collaborations with internal members of the team and/or external sponsors.
- Broad knowledge of LLNL programmatic needs and applications. Strong knowledge of WCI work scope and/or programmatic elements.
-Experience with High Explosives Instrumentation Committee (HEIC) approved testers and associated HEIC-approved calibration procedures and off-site calibration.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

 

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