RecruitMilitary Logo
Sign In

Industrial / Systems / Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer (Research & Development Engineer 3) - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title Industrial / Systems / Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer (Research & Development Engineer 3)
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name AMPP-6/PS Assembly & Product Characterization
Minimum Salary 119200
Maximum Salary 201100
What You Will Do

Put your engineering talents to good use by joining our world-class R&D team! Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for an exceptional R&D Engineer to join our Actinide Material Processing and Power (AMPP) organization. Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. This is your chance to make a real difference while working on important processes directly impacting national security.

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop and transition new production processes and methods to production, lead continuous improvement efforts, evaluate backfill process data, develop and implement detailed operating procedures for various assembly processes, and support manufacturing in the PF-4 (a hazard category 2 defense nuclear facility used for plutonium pit and radioisotope power source manufacturing, stockpile assessments, plutonium pit dismantlement and oxide production, and actinide research and development) and PF-5 Warehouse facilities. You are expected to be well versed in mechanical systems, vacuum systems and conduct of operations at TA-55, the principal Department of Energy (DOE) facility for plutonium research and weapons development. Development and production activities require working in a team environment with other engineers, scientists, and technicians within the LANL, DOE, Department of Defense (DoD), and other institutions.

You will work in a group within the Actinide Material Processing & Power (AMPP) Division in support of Pu-238 science and manufacturing for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and their exploration programs and various Defense Programs.

The duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead an extensive and diverse set of activities across multiple engineering disciplines, highly specialized field of research and development.
  • Interface daily with different agencies, organizations, managers, and others.
  • Provide technical support as a process/system engineer and assist in developing processes, identifying process improvements, and contributing to development actives within the Plutonium Facility (PF-4).
  • Develop new methods, technologies, and analysis techniques for institutional programs.
  • Interact with multiple organizations to ensure compliance with Conduct of Operations,
  • Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, Quality, and Safety Management programs.
  • Serve as a contributing member of the R&D and Operations teams to address engineering challenges.
  • Ensure programmatic objectives through the provision or project management and engineering support to successfully complete milestones and mentor early career staff, postdocs, and students.
  • Support operations as needed to maintain equipment and ensure the operability of manufacturing processes.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering Experience: Demonstrated experience performing a broad range of complex engineering, including experience designing a complete project, system, or component through work experience. Demonstrated experience in leading the research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of ideas / solutions in support of R&D initiatives.

Project Development: Demonstrated experience in design; planning; and executing research and development projects. Demonstrated experience in developing innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, and approaches. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement project management plans for varying sizes of projects and defining deliverables.

Problem Solving Skills: Demonstrated ability to recognize and define technical problems, measure variables, analyze the problem, implement solutions, and control process. Demonstrated ability to apply and interpret, on a broad basis, scientific principles, techniques, methods, and tools to provide solutions.

Technical Accomplishments: Must have a strong record of technical accomplishments, e.g. process improvements including; design, testing and installation, and 3 to 5 years of technical experience within a professional work environment.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

DOE Order 426.2: Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or related science, 2 years of job-related experience, and 1 year of nuclear experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge or experience working in a manufacturing or production organization requiring implementation of defined manufacturing, testing and quality requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience with system and subsystem qualification testing and/or analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience working in Pu-238 laboratories.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience with tooling design, fabrication, and procurement.
  • Knowledge of quality implementation.
  • Knowledge of existing NNSA/DOE requirements related to nuclear and high hazard facility operations.
  • Experience working in manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with translating R&D projects into viable manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of project management and project controls.
  • Experience working in gloveboxes or atmosphere-controlled boxes.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with troubleshooting process equipment.
  • Active DOE Q security clearance.
  • Enrollment in HRP.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation) :

Vision, speech, and hearing: Reading vision; Distance vision; Ability to speak; Ability to discriminate speech; Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz); Color discrimination; Peripheral vision; Depth perception.

General physical mobility: Sitting; Standing; Walking; Climbing stairs; Climbing Ladders; Bending; Stooping; Twisting the trunk or back; Balancing.

Specific physical mobility: Reaching overhead; Reaching horizontally; Reaching down; Applying torque with hands or arms; Gripping with the hands; Pressing with hands or arms; Pushing with hands or arms; Pulling with hands or arms; Typing or keyboarding; Fine motor control; Use of both hands; Use of both arms; Use of both legs; Use of both feet.
Weight handling requirements: Lifting 20-30 pounds and Carrying 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment:

Specific work environment: Work near sources of ionizing radiation & Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation.

Chemical environment: Toxic chemicals, Irritant chemicals, Dusts or powders, and Fumes.

Protective clothing & environment:Safety glasses or eye protection, Face shield or facial protection, Mask or respirator, Level B HAZMAT suit/anti-C, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, and Hood use.

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 1 year.

Note to Applicants:
  • For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume or CV reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately.
  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.
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 (PTO 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances.Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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.


Similar Jobs
RecruitMilitary Logo