Los Alamos National Laboratory Designer/Drafter 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do


The Institutional Technician Pipeline Program Internship program is seeking Designer/Drafter Technicians Level 1 or 2, 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.

Designer/Drafter Technician 1 ($41,300 - $63,600)

Duties for Designer/Drafter Technician 1

  • Safety and security are primary responsibilities for all Laboratory employees. Maintains required safety and security training and assures compliance; makes safety and security an integral part of every task. Takes steps to stop work if unsafe conditions exist or security is compromised.

  • Adheres to engineering policies, programs, procedures and practices.

  • Works from verbal instructions, rough sketches, notes, layouts or prototype assemblies to develop simple CAD drawings and detailed single part drawings.

  • Uses standard CAD equipment in designated discipline to generate simple drawings based on information from others.

  • Assists higher level designers as directed.

  • Utilizes symbols and notes relevant to designated discipline.

  • Interprets information from internal customers to create simple models and assemblies.

  • Learns and utilizes group design/drafting standards.

  • Uses established CAD data filing practices to include naming conventions of CAD data files, folders and/or directories to conform to LANL configuration management protocol.

  • Works under close supervision; work is reviewed for overall adequacy and accuracy.

  • Promotes a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

  • Displays good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Some job assignments may require the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” security clearance.

Designer/Drafter Technician 2 ($45,500 - $70,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Designer Drafter 2 will:

  • Uses and applies technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques in the completion of assigned work.

  • May use high-level, three-dimensional parametric CAD systems in designated discipline to generate drawings and design models of moderate complexity based on information from others.

  • Applies quality standards and checks completed drawings for adherence to layouts, specifications, and design/drafting standards.

  • Applies working knowledge of engineering materials and their suitability for routine component fabrication.

  • Applies working knowledge of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5 or Laboratory drafting manual, as appropriate to job duties.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Job requirements for Designer/Drafter Technician 1:

  • Demonstrates entry-level proficiency with CAD tool & data management tool (Pro E/Creo & PDMLink) or other tools used by host organization.

  • Demonstrates entry-level understanding of drafting principals & dimensioning practices.

  • Demonstrates entry-level understanding of drawing and modeling standards.

  • Demonstrates ability to grasp engineering, design, and drafting concepts related to a specific engineering discipline.

  • Demonstrates ability to work well with others in a mentor/protégé environment. Displays willingness and eagerness to learn and displays a positive attitude while in training.

  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency working with 2D schematics, generally electrical or piping schematics.

  • Demonstrate attention to detail and ability to accurately follow direction per applicable standard.

  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of ASME Y14.5 or LANL Drafting Manual, as appropriate to job duties.

Job Requirements for Designer/Drafter Technician 2: In addition to the requirements listed above:

  • Demonstrate ability to modify and/or add to data, and extend established assembly and part structure under the direction of a senior designer or engineer.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge to create small assemblies using parametric models and proper mating conditions. (3D CAD Drawings)

  • Demonstrate basic ability to assign material properties to CAD models based on input from Senior Design/Drafter.

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of material properties and suitability for application to specific design requirements.

  • Demonstrate basic understanding to apply engineering design principles to design and fabrication of components and assemblies as instructed.

Education: Position typically requires a high school diploma and a minimum one-to-two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Note to Applicants: For consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses the minimum requirements of the position and the following questions, 1) What are your immediate career goals?, 2)Where do you see your career in the next 3-5 years?, and 3) How do you see this position as a Designer /Drafter Technician assisting with your career goals? along with your resume.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(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.

New Employee Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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 1-505-665-5627.

Where You Will Work

Join LANL's best and brightest and become part of the diverse team that provides the environment to deliver system solutions for our country's national security, now and in the future. In an effort to enhance our talent, we are promoting the R&D; Engineering Institutional Technician Pipeline Internship Program. WANTED: talented and extraordinary technicians… Will you be the one we choose? The internship program is as follows:

  • Participants will be term employees with no guarantee of regular employment.

  • The internship program is approximately 2 years.

  • The salary range for Designer/Drafter Level 1, $41,300 - $63,600 and Level 2, $45,500 - $70,000.

This internship program is an early career program to build a pipeline and will focus on Engineered Systems, Development and Fabrication and Designer/Drafters Technicians at LANL and will provide training and development, as well as, career progression. Participating Divisions are as follows:

  • Applied Engineering and Technology Division

  • Intelligence and Space Research Division

  • Accelerator Operations and Technology Division

  • Materials Science and Technology Division

  • Weapons Systems Engineering Division

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Leyba, Deborah Lee (Debbie)

Organization Name: ADE/Engineering & Engineering Sciences

Email: dleyba@lanl.gov

Job Title: Designer/Drafter 1/2

Appointment Type: Term Appointment

Req ID: IRC62042