Los Alamos National Laboratory Control System Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Process Controls Team supports the Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Division, within the Automation and Process Controls Group (AET-5) which is responsible for the design, development, and field support of data acquisition systems, process control systems, machine control systems, and safety systems used for Pu Sustainment Programs as well as a variety of additional programs throughout the Laboratory. Principal responsibilities will be to provide electrical design engineering and support of control system hardware components and software controls for newly developed data acquisition and control systems. Some work will be conducted in a radiological area.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Design and upgrade Instrumentation and Control Systems for programmatic and production process lines.

  • Perform electrical analysis and calculations for signals and power for R&D; equipment.

  • Utilize commercial software tools to program automated operation of process equipment.

  • Contribute to the development of new control systems and electrical design techniques to be implemented on new projects.

  • Interpret and understand design drawing packages.

  • Provide technical guidance in control system design techniques to technicians.

  • Produce materials for technical reports, documents, presentations, and concept papers.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience with development and troubleshooting of Rockwell Automation ControlLogix or similar PLC systems and/or experience with National Instruments platforms including CompactRIO or PXI.

  • Experience with programming HMIs with Rockwell Automation SCADA packages or similar HMI packages.

  • Experience and knowledge of equipment rack design, custom control system chassis and cabinet design, power supplies, and electrical power distribution.

  • Experience in the areas of design and implementation of control system electronics and field instrumentation including: thermocouples, valves, pumps, interlocks, motors, flowmeters, furnaces, and associated wiring.

  • Demonstrated track record providing technical direction to technicians.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

  • Each applicant must submit a cover letter along with a resume for full consideration.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with electrical design packages (AutoCAD).

  • Experience with National Instruments LabVIEW.

  • Knowledge of NFPA 70 National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures, design guides, standards, and administrative practices as applied to DOE non-reactor nuclear facilities.

  • Knowledge of Software Quality Assurance standards.

  • Energized Electrical Worker qualification (or equivalent).

  • DOE Q Clearance.


  • A minimum of a BS in electrical engineering from an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), sitting, standing, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, typing or keyboarding, use of both hands, lifting 10-20 pounds, carrying 5-10 pounds, safety glasses or eye protection, gloves or hand protection, safety shoes or protective foot gear.

Work Environment:Work near electrical power supplies, also work near sources of non-ionizing radiation.

Additional Details:

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.

*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.

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.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Process Controls Team supports the Applied Engineering & Technology (AET) Division, within the Automation and Process Controls Group (AET-5) which is responsible for the design, development and field support of process control systems, data acquisition systems, machine control systems and safety systems used for Pu Sustainment Programs as well as a variety of additional programs throughout the Laboratory.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Leyba, Deborah Lee (Debbie)

Organization Name: AET-5/Applied Engineering Technology-5

Email: dleyba@lanl.gov

Job Title: Control System Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC64237