Los Alamos National Laboratory Machinist 4/5 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Machinist 4 or Machinist 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.

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

As a member of J-8, the Machinist 4/5 will provide machining support for the fabrication of both classified and unclassified high explosive components. Specifically, the machinist will work in a team environment to provide fabrication services for a variety of customers both internal and external to the Laboratory. Fabrications range in size from small to large and include materials with toxic, pyrophoric, explosive, and/or other hazardous characteristics as well as mock/common materials.

TA-16 Specific duties include:providing pressing, sawing and machining support for High Explosives (HE) manufacturing in support of subcritical experiments, hydrotest experiments, open air experiments, science campaigns, Department of Defense, Defense of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, the intelligence community and other strategic partnerships. Typical customer product ranges from rapid prototyping for research and development to weapon related components made from inert and HE materials.

Roles and responsibilities include:

Machinist 4 ($66,600-$105,700)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Working from complex drawings, sketches, and/or verbal instructions to facilitate the manufacture of parts and assemblies by programming, setting up, and operating manual and CNC mills and lathes, and a variety of general machine shop tooling.

  • Working with hazardous materials, typically high explosives.

  • Acquiring and maintaining pertinent certifications to support fabrication requests necessary to gain access to all J-8 facilities.

  • Occasional overtime may be required.

Machinist 5 ($72,500-$118,200) In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Develop fabrication processes to successfully manufacture complex components.

  • Work directly with customers to understand fabrication requirements and provide recommendations for revisions.

  • Develop new processes and procedures to support modern HE fabrication needs.

  • Train and mentor other employees.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ten (10) years’ experience in any machine trade discipline, to include both manual and CNC set-up and operation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated skill in reading and interpreting drawings, sketches, and specifications, and determining design factors such as size, shape, and arrangement of parts.

  • Experience in the use of measuring/inspection tools, i.e., calipers, verniers, etc.

  • Ability to produce parts with a moderate degree of difficulty and tight tolerances, typically +/- .002 on a mill and lathe.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills with a strong ability to interact with all levels of staff and management.Additional Job Requirements for Machinist 5:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Special Materials Machinist 5level requires:

  • Twenty (20) years’ experience in any machine trade discipline, to include both manual and CNC set-up and operation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Interpret work from complex drawings, sketches and/or verbal instructions to facilitate the manufacture of parts and assemblies; create drawings, models or sketches for the production of hardware to include configuration development and to analyze and troubleshoot customer provided drawings and provide recommendations for revision to ensure product success.

  • Ability to produce parts with a moderate degree of difficulty and tight tolerances, typically +/- .0005 on a mill and lathe.

  • Ability to be a technical leader within the organization, including training and mentoring other employees in the safe use of HE fabrication equipment.

Desired Skills:

  • Accredited Journey-Person Program

  • Experience in conversational programming on CNC machines and CAD/CAM software.

  • Experience in the maintenance of manual and CNC equipment

  • Experience handling materials having toxic, pyrophoric, explosive, and/or other hazardous characteristics and a working knowledge of DOE Standard 1212 (formerly the DOE Explosives Safety Manual).

  • LANL High Explosives (HE) handler training/certification.

  • Active DOE Q Clearance or DOD Top Secret Clearance.

Education Required for Machinist 4:Position requires a high school diploma, a Journey-Person license or equivalent combination of education and experience in a machine trade discipline. A technical institute graduate or Associate’s degree preferred. At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable.

Education Required for Machinist 5:Position requires a high school diploma, a Journey-Person license or equivalent combination of education and experience in a machine trade discipline. A technical institute graduate or Associate’s degree preferred. At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable.

Essential Job Functions:Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500to 3000 htz), standing, walking, bending, crouching, 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, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet, lifting 30+ pounds, carrying 30+ pounds.

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.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes professional engineering management, and Formality of Operations and Conduct of Engineering processes, to effectively integrate high-fidelity test objects, multiple diagnostic technologies, sophisticated experiment design, and multi-disciplinary teams assembled across organizational boundaries. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

J-8, the High Explosives (HE) Fabrication Group, engineers and manufactures precision high explosives and mock components for a diverse R&D; customer base to meet present and future national security needs in a safe, secure and efficient manner. The group is seeking a machinist for the HE fabrication facility.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: J-8/HE Machining and P&T;

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Machinist 4/5

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62838