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Los Alamos National Laboratory Manufacturing Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 3 or R&D Engineer 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Prototype Fabrication Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory provides experience and expertise in machining, fabrication and precision dimensional inspection of critical hardware needed to support the nation's stockpile stewardship efforts. The successful candidate will be joining a dedicated staff of engineers, programmers, journeyman machinists, dimensional inspectors, and quality assurance professionals supporting multiple programs with manufactured components ranging in size, and materials to include those with radioactive, toxic, pyrophoric, and/or other hazardous characteristics for a broad customer base, both within LANL and within the Nuclear Weapons Complex.

R&D Engineer 3 ($115,500 - $194,900)

The manufacturing engineer level 3 will be responsible for both the development of manufacturing processes for new product, and improvement of existing product lines. You will provide engineering leadership and technical management to develop, maintain, and improve manufacturing processes, equipment and tooling, and sequence and flow of operations to produce components and products. You will lead improvement projects through execution, realization of benefits and final documentation. You will also oversee equipment modifications, upgrades, and automation. You will work both internally and cross-organizationally with other engineers and personnel to meet product specifications and quality requirements by requested due dates.

R&D Engineer 4 ($138,700 - $240,500)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer level 4 will be required to:

Lead, coordinate, and integrate broad large-scale technical engineering projects related primarily to machining, fabrication and metrology, across multi organizational entities and personnel to meet defined objectives and deliverables. You will serve as a technical resource and mentor to staff across the organization, including overseeing the work of others. You will establish priorities, provide oversight for all incoming manufacturing requests, and ensure work continuity through shops based on priority and quality for meeting customer deliverables. This process involves the review of complex drawings, sketches, and/or verbal instructions to facilitate the manufacturing of parts and ensuring that adequate definition accompanies the job initiation requests before work can be routed to the appropriate machine shop and machinists.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering Expertise: You will have thorough knowledge and experience in design and manufacturing of mechanical components. This will require you to have comprehensive knowledge in the areas of manufacturing to include machining, welding/joining, forming, and dimensional inspection/characterization. You must be able to read and interpret manufacturing drawings and have familiarity with ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). You will understand CNC programming, machine tool setup and integration, tooling, fixture, and gauge design. You must have CAD/CAM experience, strong knowledge of setting up and operating CNC equipment, and the ability to troubleshoot manufacturing processes.

Project Management: Demonstrated experience planning, organizing, and defining strategic objectives; establishing scope, schedule, and budget; ensuring worker qualification and authorization; and ensuring that administrative and operating procedures are current. You will have experience for the research and acquisition of machines to improve capacity and capability of manufacturing operations. This requires the ability to identify process improvement opportunities, establish both a baseline for those opportunities and project improvements to the baseline. Analyze performance and quality metrics.

Process Improvement: Demonstrated ability to provide design arrangement of machines for efficient and productive layout as well as provide design sequences of operations and specific procedures for the manufacturing of parts. Proven ability to apply modern engineering and manufacturing approaches to shorten the design-to-deployment lifecycle for an experimental or prototype design project.

Values and Behaviors

Demonstrated record of dependability, reliability, and commitment to the long-term needs of the job duties and programmatic goals of the organization.

Communication Skills: Demonstrated effective interpersonal communication skills, both orally and in writing. To succeed in this role, you must have the ability to facilitate successful teamwork and consensus building across organizational and program boundaries. This includes excellent interpersonal and communication skills as evidenced by successful internal and external interactions through briefings, presentations, and writings.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 4 :

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requ i res:

  • Expert level knowledge of engineering methods and processes supporting advanced machining operations on complex components and exotic materials.

  • Demonstrated success in providing technical and professional manufacturing expertise to less experienced staff through active mentoring and training.

  • Demonstrated success in being a contributing member and lead engineer on a research and development project team, resulting in the successful deployment of improved manufacturing and metrology process and equipment capabilities.

  • Demonstrated professional level experience with the implementation of a quality infrastructure for certification activities.

Education/Experience at the lower level: 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.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and 12 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with unique and hazardous materials in a manufacturing environment.

  • Weapons engineering experience within the NNSA Weapons Complex.

  • Demonstrated professional level of understanding of weapons physics design.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume that outlines how you meet the minimum and desired skills noted above.

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

§ Paid childbirth 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/SCI (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.

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 StatusFull Time