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Supervisor - High Explosive Machining

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
10 May 2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$113,790 - $141,276 Annually for the 337.1 level

$137,640 - $170,904 Annually for the 339.2 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Supervisor/Technical Contributor at LLNL’s Site 300 High Explosive Manufacturing Area located in Tracy, CA. You will be responsible for the organization and cost-effective utilization of the workforce. This responsibility includes scheduling, establishing priorities, analyzing workforce skills for job assignments, solving the group’s personnel and technical problems and monitoring ES&H requirements. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) in the Engineering directorate.

This position will be filled at either level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide innovative manufacturing and machining expertise and hands-on operations through the design, programming, planning, scheduling, and machining of complex to highly complex components based on specifications from engineers and program representatives.
  • Develop original solutions to complex to highly complex manufacturing problems, determining appropriate work methods, and establishing priorities in order to meet programmatic requirements.
  • Provide design, evaluation, review, fabrication, oversight, machining, tooling/fixturing, quality policy implementation, and documentation of various projects, including input for detailed plans, schedules, and budgets for project activities.
  • Initiate, prepare, and participate in design reviews, meetings, and other briefings where concepts are determined, and designs refined.
  • Supervise and provide oversight, technical guidance, and direction to machinists and programmers making frequent decisions using independent discretion and judgement.
  • Provide administrative oversight for machinists, and other matrixed support personnel participating in performance evaluation, peer grouping, and salary management processes.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technical personnel, facility engineers, facility safety personnel, and machinists both inside and outside the work group on both an individual and team basis in support of the program.
  • Notify and report to the Facility Manager and other laboratory managers, events that have environmental, safety, health, security, or quality significance, and assist in investigation and corrective actions for such events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 339.2 level

  • Collaborate with engineers/scientists to provide highly advanced expertise in solving highly complex technical, machining and manufacturing problems for various projects, independently leading personnel in assigning tasks and prioritizing work.
  • Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgement to define project approaches and create and implement original solutions.
  • Define, interpret, design, oversee fabrication planning and machining operations of experimental components and prototypes utilizing highly advanced technical knowledge of manufacturing equipment.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Manufacturing Technology, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of laboratory management structure, work control/safety culture, including experience leading/directing a team or group.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in complex to highly complex mechanical engineering design, fabrication, and machining, including theory.
  • Experience conducting and/or participating in engineering design reviews.
  • Experience participating in machining operations and programming machine tools, analyzing results, writing reports, and/or making presentations.
  • Experience developing conceptual processes of machining and fabrication of test and prototype components, designing, implementing, tooling and fixtures and experience with the associated machine tools and CNC programming.
  • Experience with project planning, budgeting, and resource planning.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and experience working both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a schedule-driven environment.
  • Advanced written and verbal communications skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members as well as ability to provide leadership to a team

In Addition at the 339.2 Level

  • Highly advanced experience developing conceptual processes of highly complex machining and fabrication of test and prototype components, designing, implementing, tooling and fixtures and experience with the associated machine tools and CNC programming.
  • Extensive experience collaborating with high-level scientists/engineers and/or senior managers at the division and/or department level or equivalent.
  • Highly advanced written and verbal communication, feedback, and presentation skills in multiple technical areas.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge and experience with CNC computer systems, Mastercam and CREO.
  • Experience working with High Explosive material.
  • High Explosive Senior Handler Certificate.
  • Experience working with classified materials, documentation, and/or experimental data.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL. Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis ).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request.

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LLNL digital

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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