Los Alamos National Laboratory Motor Generator Engineer 2/3 (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Two positions will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2 or 3 level, 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.

The Pulsed Field Facility (PFF) at LANL is in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and is one of three campuses of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), the other two being at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and at Florida State University, Tallahassee, which is home to the headquarters of the NHMFL. The NHMFL is sponsored primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Materials Research, with additional support from the State of Florida and the Department of Energy.

LANL provides unique capabilities to the Pulsed Field Facility for the NHMFL in the form of a 1.4 GVA pulsed power system. In addition to the 100 Tesla Multi-Shot Pulsed Magnet and the 60 T Long Pulse Magnet, the NHMFL features several capacitor-driven pulsed magnets and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities for materials science research.

The PFF supports a user facility, develops magnet technology, and advances science and technology using high magnetic fields in support of the goals and objectives of NSF and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The exceptional candidates will join the Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group (MPA-MAG) Motor Generator Operations team with expertise in IT & Controls, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering, and ideally any combination thereof. Ideal candidates will have a background in medium voltage electric power systems engineering with experience in control and protection of large rotating machinery. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Motor Generator Operations Team is responsible for operational readiness and performance of the ABB 1,430 MVA motor generator, its auxiliaries as well as associated 600 MW rectifier/inverter power supply components and controls driving the premier 60-Tesla and 100-Tesla magnets. Specifically, the team is responsible for (a) delivery of power to the NHMFL user program magnets, (b) scheduling and coordination of facilities maintenance, (c) troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrades of the motor generator and all ancillary systems including drive system, excitation, protection, 15kV substation delivery, 20kV magnet power supply, lubrication/cooling circuits, battery banks, air dryer, cooling towers, current limiting devices, etc., (d) troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrades of the computer-based motor generator monitoring and control systems.

R&D; Engineer 2 (Motor Generator) ($87,800 - $144,800)

  • Provide technical input and operational support for generator systems and subsystems at MPA-MAG including operation, control, testing, and troubleshooting of electric power and generator auxiliary systems

  • Provide operation, maintenance, oversight, and troubleshooting guidance to technicians

  • Produce technical reports, documents, and presentations to ensure safe and reliable operation of the generator system

  • Work closely with other technical staff to ensure reliable performance and consistent delivery of power to NHMFL Pulsed Field Facility User Program

R&D; Engineer 3 (Motor Generator) ($96,600 - $161,300)

  • Provide leadership to Motor Operations Team

  • Lead the generator operations and oversight of systems and subsystems at MPA-MAG including operation, control, testing, and troubleshooting

  • Lead troubleshooting, fabrication, and upgrade activities of pulsed systems relevant to MPA-MAG Pulsed Field Facility User Program

  • Become a subject matter expert (SME) on the MPA-MAG motor generator and pulsed power delivery systems

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program in a relevant engineering field

  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Safe operation, hazard assessment and risk mitigation associated with high voltage systems

  • Knowledge of and experience in application of industry specific codes and standard, such as IEEE, IEC, ANSI, NEC, NESC, OSHA

  • Electrical or mechanical engineering experience in areas such as utility substations, generators or variable speed drive systems

  • Knowledge of Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems

  • Knowledge of operational diagnostics, data acquisition and analysis

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills

Additional Required Skills for R&D; Engineer 3:

  • Advanced degree or a bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program in a relevant engineering field with equivalent professional experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with utility-class generator systems operation, troubleshooting and maintenance

  • Demonstrated experience in leading, supervising, mentoring, and training technical staff as well as team building

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with ABB-type high power motor generators

  • Experience developing long term strategies for generator upgrades and maintenance, recommending parts inventories for contingency planning to avoid prolonged forced outages

  • Experience interfacing with customer service representatives to discuss repair options, obtain quotes and strategize maintenance and repair jobs

  • Demonstrated experience with electrical engineering analytical, simulation and operational codes

  • Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving

  • Engineering degree from an ABET accredited program

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Climbing stairs, walking, lifting 20-30 pounds, working flexible hours or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work near electrical power supplies, Domestic/Foreign travel.

Notes to applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing allapplicable (R&D; Eng. 2 or 3)required and desired skills.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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 is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. Significant Laboratory energies are also engaged in Global Security and International Intelligence as well as space-based applications. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, life sciences, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, materials science, and nanotechnology.

For additional information about the NHMFL, including research areas, users, and facilities, please visit https://nationalmaglab.org/#www.magnet.fsu.edu and http://nhmfl.lanl.gov and for more information about the PFF, please visit https://nationalmaglab.org/user-facilities/pulsed-field-facility.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6405

Contact Name: Klein, Mandy Marie

Organization Name: MPA-MAG/ Mpa-Cmms-Nhmfl Group

Email: mmoore@lanl.gov

Job Title: Motor Generator Engineer 2/3 (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66220