Los Alamos National Laboratory QA/QC Inspector 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Inspector 4 level.

The successful candidate(s) will perform the following duties in this position:

  • Perform moderate to highly-complex inspections on various machined components and assemblies against acceptance criteria or to meet principal-investigator requirements.

  • Provide consultation for inspection procedure development, and may make recommendations, based on customer needs, for process alternatives and revisions.

  • Perform in-process quality control and inspection in accordance with statistical processes and other control procedures.

  • Develop solutions to complex problems, which requires the regular use of ingenuity, creativity, and independence.

  • Operate/program inspection equipment (Coordinate Measuring Machines, optical systems, rotary and hard gages and other open setup equipment) and perform inspection operations.

  • Perform complex set-ups, alignments, maintenance, operations, and/or calibration of conventional tools and/or equipment.

  • Evaluate the validity and acceptability of inspection results.

  • Perform on-site tasks related to quality control (QC) compliance.

  • Participate in the development of procedures related to specific assignment area.

  • Program inspection equipment using proprietary programming languages.

  • Monitor operations for adherence to project plans, specifications, and procedures.

  • Perform all evolutions within the conduct-of-operations environment of either a high-explosive or nuclear-operations facility.

  • Will train and guide functional and/or technical responsibilities of less-experienced inspectors or technicians.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience in metrology and inspections operations.

  • Advanced demonstrated experience performing set up, alignments, maintenance, operations, and/or calibration of conventional tools and/or equipment.

  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience using GD&T; technical principles, theories, and concepts.

  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience using and interpreting, engineering blueprints, sketches, specifications, and related data to assist in the evaluation of design factors, and conducting operational test and fault isolation on systems and equipment.

  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated ability to implement and follow detailed procedures and work instructions.

Desired Skills:

  • 4-6 years of directly-relevant quality inspection experience.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently with limited supervision.

  • Demonstrated experience in researching, specifying, and selecting measurement and test equipment.

  • Experience with high explosives operations, safety requirements, and/or demonstrated experience working under the DOE Order 440.1B, High Explosives Safety Manual or alternately working in a nuclear facility under DOE O 422.1, Conduct of Operations.

  • Willing to work in vault-type room handling explosives.

  • Experience programming CMM and/or optical systems for inspection (such as Calypso, Quindos)

  • Active Q Clearance preferred.


  • Technical institute graduation or Associate’s in Engineering Technology, Metrology and 4-6years of related experience in equivalent machining, inspection, examination, or test activities.

  • OR

  • Completion of a formal machinist/inspection apprenticeship program or equivalent training and 6 years of related experience in equivalent machining, inspection, examination, or test activities.

  • OR

  • Formal certification as a Certified Quality Inspector, Technical Institute graduation, or AA and 6 years of related experience in equivalent machining, inspection, examination, or test activities.

Notes to Applicants:

For consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that outlines each required and desired skill, and includes statements on how the applicant meets each of these skills. Please copy, paste the minimum and desired qualification, and then add sub-bullets or statements with your commentary.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 Production Agency Quality organization provides the Quality Engineering and Product Inspection expertise in support of the diverse manufacturing assignments within the Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (PSM) Directorate. The goal is to exceed internal and external customer requirements by facilitating effective implementation of defined applicable quality standards into product manufacturing processes. The diverse project support base includes but is not limited to; weapons, weapons experiments, MOX fuel, NASA power sources, radiological materials production and various “work for others” projects.

Maximum Salary: 105700

Minimum Salary: 66600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: PAQ-1/Production Agency Quality

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: QA/QC Inspector 4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61874