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Gas Atomization/Electron Beam Melt Technologist/Sr. Technologist

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for Gas Atomization/Electron Beam Melt Mechanical Technologist/Sr. Mechanical Technologists. You will be working on experiments in collaboration with engineering, scientific, and technical staff. You will provide general technical support for new and on-going experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These positions are in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions 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
- Provide general technical support for a wide range of activities utilizing fundamental knowledge of fabrication, assembly, installation, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance for Gas Atomization System and Electron Beam Cold Hearth Melter experiments at LLNL and other off-site locations.
- Under general supervision, provide oversight of semi-automated processes to ensure successful melting, refining, alloying, and atomizing of various metals; support various material handling operations, including material transfer, material testing, and material distribution, both upstream and downstream of the main foundry operations.
- Provide feedback and propose solutions to improve foundry processes new to LLNL.
- Support design, development, documentation, and modification of basic hardware for system operations including fabrication, assembly/disassembly of moderately complex mechanical components and systems, using work control process and procedure requirements.
- Handle radioactive materials and other metals in solid or powdered forms, applying fundamental knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to solve mechanical problems.
- Use moderately complex software methods for data collection, analysis, and reporting results as well as reviewing and updating procedures, manuals, and qualifications.
- Operate related shop equipment, hand tools, measuring instruments; operate diagnostic equipment and assist with mechanical diagnostic calibration and alignment.
- Perform testing protocol prior to experiment execution and perform data recovery after experiment execution; perform facility related and technical functions such as maintenance, testing, upgrades to equipment control, and interlock systems checks.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 533.3 Level
- Develop and document sound operating procedures to ensure efficient process flow and material handling upstream and downstream from the main foundry operations.
- Use of complex software methods for data collection, analysis, and reporting results as well as reviewing, and updating procedures, manuals, and qualifications.
- Design, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble complex mechanical components and systems including planning and selecting materials, equipment, and methods.
- Under minimal supervision, assist in developing test parameters, comprehensive troubleshooting and testing materials, components, or systems, identifying problems, and providing input on solutions.

- Associate degree in Engineering Technology Science, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience solving a variety of moderately complex technical problems in completion of work assignments.
- Fundamental knowledge of mechanical diagnostic equipment, maintaining area controls, assisting with mechanical diagnostic calibration and alignment, testing prior to experiment execution, and performing data recovery after experiment execution.
- Experience in mechanical fabrication and assembly.
- Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to work constructively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Ability to complete and maintain certifications as required by the position.
- Ability to become medically qualified to wear respiratory and other protective equipment and perform moderate work effort while wearing respirators.
- Experience solving complex technical problems in completion of work assignments.
In Addition at the 533.3 Level
- Experience interpreting and following complex assembly procedures, engineering notes, sketches, and engineering drawings.
- Advanced technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
- Experience applying advanced knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes in solving mechanical problems, developing test parameters, comprehensive troubleshooting and testing materials, components, or systems, identifying problems, and providing solutions under minimal supervision.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with customized foundry and welding systems in a R&D environment and working with radioactive/fissile materials.
- Intermediate knowledge of work control processes and procedure requirements.
- Intermediate knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing standards.
- Ability to lift 35 lbs. in a safe and controlled manner.

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:  Relisted position. Originally listed on September 27, 2018. Previous candidates need not reapply. This listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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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