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Mechanical/Pulsed Power Engineer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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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

$103,290.00 - $139,128.00 Annually for the SES.1 level

$123,960.00 - $166,992.00 Annually for the SES.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 multiple openings for Mechanical / Pulsed Power Engineers. You will be responsible for the engineering and design of various systems related to national security missions such as pulsed-power driven z-pinches, accelerators, compact pulsed-power sources and/or pressure and vacuum systems. You will also routinely interact with designers and diagnosticians to design and field electromagnetic, plasma, and radiation diagnostics. The successful candidate will provide engineering for new systems and upgrades to existing hardware, which will also involve project management. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide project engineering support with creation of BOMs, technical documents and basic calculations as required for projects.
  • Derive engineering requirements, develop conceptual designs, and perform supporting analyses of pulsed-power and mechanical systems, test prototypes, and associated diagnostics.
  • Start from conceptual designs from physics teams, create robust engineered design solutions that will withstand many shots and multiple years while balancing ease of assembly and testing.
  • Prepare supporting safety and engineering documentation and participate in engineering design reviews.
  • Participate in engineering testing operations, analyze results, and write reports.
  • Generate detailed plans, schedules, and budgets for project activities.
  • Interacts primarily with intra-organizational contacts with immediate supervisors and project leads to complete various projects. May interact with peers outside the work unit on routine matters.
  • Work independently as well as a part of a multidisciplinary team to solve problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Provide engineering solutions to resolve moderately complex technical and programmatic issues.
  • Perform independent technical analysis to provide solutions for a diverse range of moderately complex to complex issues.
  • Select methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to obtain results based on analysis of multiple, largely identifiable factors.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in SolidWorks creating parts, assemblies, and manufacturing drawings.
  • Fundamental knowledge of and experience with design principles.
  • Fundamental knowledge of material properties and manufacturing methods.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Experience preparing and participating in the engineering design reviews and the release process (PDM).
  • Experience with an engineering managed or systems engineering environment.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Experience identifying, defining, and solving multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost-effective manner.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering hardware design, fabrication, or testing processes and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, provide guidance to other staff members, and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working with pulsed power systems, high voltage (100 kV) and high current (> 1 MA) systems, imaging systems, electromagnetic probe design, vacuum systems, pressure systems, assembly of precision machined parts with scanning and tolerancing.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the go-to laboratory for science and technology solutions to the toughest and most important problems affecting national and global security. If you are interested in contributing to pushing the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address national security issues, then we invite you to apply.

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