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Designer/Drafter 2 - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title Designer/Drafter 2
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Minimum Salary 51200
Maximum Salary 78700
What You Will Do
The mission of thePlutonium FacilitiesEngineering Team is to provide systems engineering support to operations and maintenance activities to the TA-55 Facility Operations Director (FOD) and to provide design and project engineering services in support of Facility Operations and the Plutonium Facility enduring mission.

PFE-DD provides design engineering CAD services for the Plutonium Facilities Division.PFE-DD is responsible for developing technical baseline documentation which is essential for routine safe operations in Nuclear Facilities.

We are currently looking for a Designer/Drafter 2 to support the Designer Drafter Group.

The successful applicant will use their positive can-do attitude while supporting the organizations, Mission. As part of the Design & Drafter Group, you will be responsible for facility drawings. You will work as part of the Plutonium Facilities Engineering multidiscipline engineering team in support of maintaining and upgrading Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) facilities by preparing quality Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings that follow LANL CAD Standards. You will interface with clients, other designers, and engineers to establish and maintain technical baseline documentation on assigned facilities/systems. At LANL, technical baseline documentation provides an accurate picture of our facilities and assets. You will complete historical drawing research and integrating it into new baselines.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and listening skills.
  • Experience working in diverse teams, collaborating on designs from rough sketches with minimal guidance from a senior level technician.
  • Demonstrated experience with AutoCAD or ProEngineer Creo or SOLIDWORKS and PDMLink.
  • Demonstrated understanding of engineering, design, and drafting concepts related to a mechanical, electro/mechanical, or electrical discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles for design, fabrication, assembly and fielding of components and mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated understanding of component and tool design, fixturing, printed circuit boards, schematics, and facility equipment
Education/Experience: Position requires a High School diploma or equivalent and 3 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Q-Clearance
  • Knowledge of LANL policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with GD&T.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge associated with production processes related to manufacturing.
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is a 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

Must be able to obtain Q-Clearance which normally requires US Citizenship

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paidchildbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances.Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment Status Full Time
Appointment Type Regular

Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Continue the Mission with Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world’s most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. We focus on strategic science initiatives to uphold national security and ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile along with other defense and research-oriented programs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a natural fit and next career for veterans and transitioning personnel from all branches of the military. You don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to work with us; we offer a vast array of career opportunities and need veterans’ unique and technical skillsets as we continue to grow. Hands-on and continuing education will equip you for your next mission.


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