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Controls and Automation Engineer

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Controls and Automation Engineer. You will be responsible for and contribute to developing, implementing, and maintaining control systems in the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest energy pulsed laser system. With over 60,000 control points distributed throughout the facility, many of NIF’s subsystems have control technologies at their core.  You will contribute to the engineering design and development of new hardware and for system upgrades to continually improve system performance and reliability. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Contribute to the project objective to design, implement, field inquiries, commission and maintain/support systems for the National Ignition Facility, with emphasis on controls hardware.
- Work closely with inter-organizational contacts and external customers to determine and precisely define requirements for NIF control systems.
- Support day-to-day activities in NIF, providing engineering support for deployment, activation, commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance of control systems.
- Determine, maintain, and present metrics for system reliability and performance, and use those metrics to drive investments in system improvements.
- Refine and manage the system requirement specifications and control system design.
- Participate in formal and informal code and design reviews.
- Maintain a close interface with the various programmatic and project elements to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Develop documentation that will be used as a basis for the long-term maintenance and operation of systems deployed in a 30-year facility.
- Lead team efforts in development of controls hardware.
- Lead formal and informal design reviews.
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechatronics, controls, or a related technical field or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and demonstrated ability to perform independent work.
- Comprehensive knowledge and application of motion control using open- and closed-loop feedback with DC and AC motors.
- Experience and demonstrated proficiency with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
- Proficient understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
- Comprehensive knowledge with both analog and discrete instrumentation (sensors, actuators, controllers), data acquisition and signal processing/conditioning.
- Experience with electronic measurement diagnostics including oscilloscopes and TDRs.
- Experience working effectively in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain technical information.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience in the design of control systems architecture.
- Significant experience leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems. Employ project management and supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.
- Significant experience defining scope from often broadly-defined and/or rapidly changing requirements.
Desired Qualifications
- Demonstrated experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
- Knowledge of LabVIEW and related National Instruments technologies; Electrical circuit design, with a focus on industrial analog and digital circuits.
- Significant experience preparing, leading and participating in design reviews.

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.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.

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