R&D Engineer 2
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

$90,000 a year

What You Will Do

The Test Engineering group (E-14) of the Engineering, Technology and Design Division (E) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a test engineer to support the weapons mission. The successful candidate will serve as a test engineer engaged in component, subsystem and system level testing; including explosive experiment execution that comprises test requirements identification and documentation, test design and planning activities, component design and analysis, component fabrication, technical oversight, test scheduling, test coordination, data gathering and interpretation activities, and formal test reporting. The test engineer is responsible for leading and coordinating the testing processes by performing specific tasks such as test plan creation, test schedule maintenance, authoring technical procedures, test fixture design and analysis, instrumentation choices and layout, data acquisition equipment interfacing, post-test analysis and reporting, and other similar tasks.

Testing activities require working in a team environment with other engineers, scientists, and technicians within LANL, DOE, DoD, and other institutions. Successful test operations include assisting with execution of test objectives, assisting with the setup of test assemblies and equipment, and implementing instrumentation and data acquisition requirements. Specific test environments include but are not limited to mechanical shock, vibration, rotation, impact, modal, load/deflection testing, pressure, thermal (including fire), and confined high explosive driven tests. Compliance with LANL and facility safety and security practices, and delivering accurate test results in a team effort are central to all testing efforts.

Additional job responsibilities include participating in the development of new testing technologies and facilities, and implementing quality assurance requirements. Performance of job responsibilities will require working in controlled hazardous environments that may include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives, and other hazardous materials. The ability to provide clear, timely, and technically accurate direction to test support technicians is part of the job duties.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of test engineering including test design, planning, preparation, execution, data reduction and analysis, customer interfacing, and documenting of experimental work.
Demonstrated experience in generating high quality technical documentation effectively and efficiently.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience using testing instrumentation such as: strain gauges, digital image correlation (DIC), fiber optic sensors, load cells, extensometers, linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs), thermocouples, or equivalent.
Experience with setup, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of load frames and/or thermal chambers or equivalent testing equipment.
Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, with changing priorities while delivering multiple products on schedule.
Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers.
Demonstrated experience advising and guiding experimental work including mentoring junior staff, students or technicians.

Desired Skills:
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of engineering design and analysis of components, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods.
Experience with design of thermal tests to examine material aging and material compatibility.
Experience with troubleshooting and performing maintenance on thermal testing chambers, HVAC, refrigeration equipment or equivalent.
Experience with design, manufacturing and assembly of test fixtures for quasi-static and intermediate rate load testing.
Experience with operations or tests involving high explosives.
Demonstrated experience in nuclear weapons testing and qualification.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in the use of specialized engineering software for data acquisition and analysis, such as MATLAB, LabView, Origin, or other similar software.
Knowledge of how test data is used for Validation and Verification (V&V) of material and assembly Multiphysics models.
Active Q clearance.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead, reaching down, bending, stooping, and lifting 20-30 pounds.

Education Required: A minimum of a BS in engineering (MS or PhD preferred) from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required; BS in Mechanical Engineering and an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred.

Work Environment: Position involves working around and possibly handling high explosives as well as being near sources of non-ionizing radiation.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

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.

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 (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.

Appointment Type Regular