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Firing Tank Operator

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 Mechanical Technologist/Sr. Mechanical Technologist to provide general technical and mechanical support for experiments involving explosives and energetic materials. Under general supervision, you will field experiments and operate key equipment at multiple facilities, which include the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) and the Site 300 Firing Area facilities. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED)/Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program, supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 533.2 or 533.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Work closely with scientific personnel and experimentalists to plan and conduct experiments by fabricating experiments, stands, and fixtures; preparing the facility and diagnostic equipment, receiving the experiment, and maintaining area controls.
- Assist with diagnostic alignment and testing prior to experiment execution and performing data recovery and area re-entry after experiment execution.
- Perform facility related and technical functions such as maintenance, testing, and reconfiguration of firing tanks, firing chambers, gas/powder guns and support systems such as ventilation, vacuum, hydraulics, control equipment, and interlock systems.
- Maintain systems documentation and experimental records and author operational procedures and technical documents.
- Control and manage hazardous and radioactive materials used and wastes generated by operations.
- Provide general mechanical and or electronic fabrication support.
- Ensure that support and experimental areas are kept clean, uncluttered, and orderly.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 533.3 Level
- Act independently and/or direct others to ensure work is conducted in an efficient manner.
- Propose and implement solutions for conducting experiments in a manner that improves diagnostic capability and quality, safety, security, and efficiency.
- Provide advanced technical support for gas and powder gun experiments.

- Associate's degree in Engineering Technology, undergraduate studies applicable to the position, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience and intermediate understanding of the science of explosives and explosive experiments.
- Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills, and the ability to work constructively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Ability to efficiently work multiple tasks and interact effectively with a diverse set of personalities and disciplines while following policies and procedures.
- Experience with office computers and related software, i.e. Windows, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and inventory databases.
- Ability to read and follow engineering notes, sketches, and drawings.
- Ability to operate hand/power tools, lift 50 lbs. safely, and become medically qualified to wear respiratory and other protective equipment, and perform moderate work effort while wearing full-face or half-mask respirators.
- Ability to complete and maintain the following qualifications: explosives handler, firing table operator, firing chamber operator, high-speed camera operator, high speed video camera operator and/or radiation generating device operator, Rad Worker (II), and Beryllium Worker.
In Addition at the 533.3 Level
- Ability to supervise, provide technical direction to, and train other team members to complete complex and hazardous operations.
- Ability to plan assignments and prepare work control documents.
- Experience and high level understanding of the science of explosives and explosive experiments.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience handling explosives and fielding explosives experiments.
- Experience with chemicals, hazardous, and radiological materials, and experience with Radiological contamination control.
- Experience with Ballistics, rifles, and other weapons currently fielded by military forces and experience conducting/coordinating live-fire experiments with small-large caliber weapons.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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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