Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mechanical Associate - NIF Laser Transport Lasers and Alignment Section

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107558
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: September 25 2020

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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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Mechanical Associate.  You will develop, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, operate, and maintain experimental, research, and prototype equipment associated with mechanical within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate’s Laser Transport group. NIF is a 24/7 operational facility and may occasionally require overtime, shift flexibility, and/or weekends to accomplish goals.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

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

Essential Duties
- Fabricate, assemble, and disassemble  complex mechanical components and systems.
- Perform standard machine shop practices; milling machine, metal lathe, vertical band saw and drill press.
- Acquire and analyze data and provide solutions and alternate approaches to complex to highly complex mechanical problems using individual creativity and judgment.
- Prepare and work from instructional guides for repairing, calibrating, operating, and maintaining equipment and systems independently, under general supervision.
- Perform routine maintenance of equipment.
- Provide technical innovation expertise for engineering tests, physics experiments, and program operations.
- Acquire and analyze complex data and test results using known performance parameters to report results and identify problems.
- Contribute to complex preliminary design concepts and engineering decision process.  
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Utilize highly advanced administrative and technical leadership skills and knowledge to define, interpret, design, oversee fabrication and operation of experimental test prototypes, associated diagnostics, including metrology, mechanical, or electronic equipment.
- Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment to define project approaches and create and implement original solutions in support of highly complex engineering work.
- Provide highly advanced support to engineers/scientists in solving highly complex technical problems to various projects within the Laser Transport group (LASE)/NIF including extensive collaboration with high level technical personnel and senior managers at the division and department level management or equivalent.

- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering technology such as mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience in a technical or engineering field.
- Significant experience in complex mechanical fabricating and/or assembly and intermediate MIG (metal inert gas) and TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding skills.
- Advanced knowledge and experience in engineering design, vacuum technology, fabrication, and assembly techniques.
- Significant experience with complex mechanical assemblies, troubleshooting, installation, and maintenance in a large, multi-beam laser system in the areas of vacuum, radiation contamination control, pressure systems, conventional, or process utilities.
- Ability to solve  complex hardware or system challenges, including experience with data analysis, while working independently, under general supervision.
- Experience in safe work and business practices.
- Possess advanced written, verbal and presentation skills necessary to communicate tactfully and effectively. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
- Ability to lift 25 lbs. in a safe and controlled manner.    
- Ability to be flexible to overtime, shift, and/or weekends on occasion to accomplish goals as needed.

In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Highly advanced technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve highly complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures while making recommendations as appropriate.
- Highly advanced administrative and technical leadership skills and knowledge of highly complex mechanical design and fabrication also utilizing experience working with metrology and/or electronic equipment.
- Experience making frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion.


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.


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.