Los Alamos National Laboratory Flight Test Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The selected candidate will assist in the development of flight test requirements and design definition, support build of test bodies, help execute integration and test activities in a lab environment, evaluate mission system functionality in flight environments, and support mission systems flight test evaluation.

In addition, the Aerospace/Flight Test Systems Engineer will:

  • Meet all project deliverables and schedule deadlines

  • Participate in development efforts to provide state-of-the-art technological advantages

  • Develop test plans and reports, and support characterization testing

  • Interpret and clarify customer technical requirements

  • Define and maintain technical compliance and traceability to customer requirements

  • Review drawings having Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;)

  • Identify and coordinate purchases and installation activities for new advanced test capability

  • Adapt to evolving R&D; requirements while meeting safety, security, compliance, and schedule.

  • Work with the Development Team to meet internal cost and develop cost targets

  • Write technical proposals and present technical information to customers

  • Provide direct support to production and assist in process development and control, improvement efforts, failure analysis, and problem solving

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Systems, Aerospace, or related Engineering Experience directly related to flight testing

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel and internal and external customers

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university is required

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

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience in an Aerospace environment

  • Knowledge and experience with Navy SLBM and Air Force ICBM programs

  • Knowledge and experience with delivery platforms including Reentry Bodies (RB), Reentry Vehicles (RV), gravity bombs, and cruise missiles

  • Experience interfacing with DoD agencies and requirements

  • Working knowledge of telemetry design

  • Knowledge of mechanical and aerodynamic design analyses and calculations, including thermal and structural using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools

  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile

  • Advanced knowledge of and successful demonstration with the document/configuration management systems (e.g., PDM Link) and applications to stockpile maintenance.

  • Project Management related skills

  • Active Q Clearance

Education:BS, in engineering, from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program minimum, MS or PhD preferred.

Notes to Applicants:Domestic and foreign travel up to 30% required

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.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides systems engineering and program management to develop and field qualified engineering solutions to improve the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile throughout the weapon life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in LANL weapons program life extension and alternation projects, as well as in projects to increase technological options for customers’ future stockpile requests or needs.

The Weapons Test Engineering Group, Q-14, provides test engineering and execution expertise to the weapons program and the laboratory. The group has wide range of instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, environmental testing capabilities, and flight test expertise that allow safe and secure testing of parts and assemblies that can include high explosives and radiological materials. Testing environments include temperature, shock, vibration, acceleration, rotation, force loads, strain, and pressure.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-14 / Weapon Test Engineering

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Flight Test Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67266