Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Technician (Development and Fabrication Tec 4/5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

ISR-5 is looking for a highly motivated Electrical Technician to assist in the test and development of custom instrumentation for various space-based detection systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and execution of test and integration procedures for high reliability space instruments

  • Design, test and troubleshoot electronic circuits, including complex measurements on sub-assemblies or fully integrated custom systems

  • Test and characterization of precise and sensitive diodes, amplifiers, sensors

  • Design and assembly of ground support equipment, cables, test fixtures

  • Support of environmental testing including thermal vacuum, vibration and shock testing

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

*This position will be filled at either the Development and Fabrication Tec 4 *OR Development and Fabrication Tec 5level, 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.

Development and Fabrication Tech 4 ($60,400 - $95,900)

  • Ability to work well as part of a close team as well as the ability to work independently

  • Experience in the set up and operation of specialized or standard test equipment to test and characterize the performance of electronic components, assemblies, or systems.

  • Experience in the assembly of circuitry for electronic systems following engineering instructions, production specifications, and/or technical manuals.

  • Ability to read schematics and interpret layout drawings

  • Ability to perform basic soldering and wiring jobs

  • Demonstrated creative solutions to technical issues

  • Demonstrated ability to follow documented electrical test and system integration procedures

  • Experience with general computer tools like spreadsheets and word-processing

  • This position requires a Q access authorization. Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship

Development and Fabrication Tech 5 ($72,500 - $118,200)

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Development and Fabrication Tec 5 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting basic electronics AC/DC (Use of voltmeter/digitizer, oscilloscopes and multichannel analyzers)

  • Experience in preparing and maintaining design, testing, or operational records and documentation.

  • Experience producing electronic drawings or other graphics representing industrial control, and instrumentation using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

  • Experience in independent circuit design of test fixtures and test support infrastructure

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with and caring for precision and/or critical electronic assemblies and components

  • Experience with design & analysis tools, such as schematic capture tools, analog or digital simulation tools

  • Experience with LabView software for test scripts, data reporting and graphical analysis

  • Experience with configuration management tools/processes and configuration controlled assemblies

  • Experience with formal verification & validation methods

  • Active DOE Q Clearance

Education Requirement for theDevelopment and Fabrication Tec 4:Position typically requires an associate’s degree and six-to-eight years of experience in a specific field of technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education Requirement for the Development and Fabrication Tec 5:A recognized associate’s degree in electrical engineering or technical subject area, preferably a four year electrical engineering technology degree and/or ten plus years of experience in a related field of electronics; AND preferably specialized training in advanced CAD software tools, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Functions: Color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to smell, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 Hz), sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, lifting 30 pounds, carrying 30 pounds.

Work Environment:Working alone, working overtime or irregular schedule, domestic/foreign travel, irritant chemicals, fumes, carcinogens, safety glasses or eye protection, face shield or facial protection, gloves or hand protection, hood use.

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-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.

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.

LANL has been developing, building, and operating space based systems for over 50 years. Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR‐5) provides engineering and technical expertise to support the development and deployment of space‐based custom instrumentation for national security applications. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects within ISR division are developed from concept to operational support after launch or field deployment.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-5/Space Instrumentation Realization

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: Electrical Technician (Development and Fabrication Tec 4/5)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC63497