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Engineering Technical Associate for NIF Facilities

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
23 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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range: $113,790 - $141,276 annually

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 two openings for Engineering Technical Associates to serve in the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most powerful and energetic laser facility. You will work in the Facility and Infrastructure Systems group or NIF Sustainment group helping to oversee and integrate utility system operations, NIF Beampath transport and handling, operations and maintenance activities. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will

  • Apply innovative technical expertise to the development, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of complex engineering equipment and systems.
  • Assist with hoisting and rigging activities, help develop plans, and lead field execution of these activities
  • Train and mentor technical staff on operations, maintenance, and hoisting and rigging activities
  • Employ and tailor test equipment used in troubleshooting and equipment installation involving unique and challenging technical problems.
  • May include the development of test, troubleshooting, maintenance, and operational plans and leading initiatives to implement process improvements based on data and employee feedback.
  • Perform complex data analysis and interpretation, present findings, author, critically review, and oversee the development of written documentation.
  • Lead initiatives to promote cross-training and cross-qualification amongst NIF operations teams.
  • Strategically plan and allocate manpower and resources for equipment installation, development, operations, and maintenance tasks.
  • Collaborate and work with other facility staff for laser shot operations and maintenance periods.
  • Participate in interviews and selection of new technician and technical associate candidates within the group.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering technology, technical management, or equivalent combination of education and previously relevant experience.
  • Experience working in and advanced understanding of the operation of an integrated plant and/or laser facility including a strong understanding of the full engineering lifecycle.
  • Ability to assemble and direct teams to complete specific projects or resolve specific problems in a safe and secure manner.
  • Experience providing technical direction to others, leading and/or supervising personnel in a laboratory and operations settings. Leadership and team-building skills and the ability to improve the administrative and technical performance of subordinates and preparing them for the next level. Ability to mentor others, with advanced technical skills, in specific on-the-job training.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication, presentation, and feedback skills in multiple technical areas.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects within constraints.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary project environment effectively with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
  • Ability to work in an area of Beryllium and radiologically contaminated areas.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
  • Highly organized, reliable, and dependable with an ability to manage/supervise a variety of concurrent activities.

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?

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.

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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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