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Engineering Technical Assoc./Sr. Engineering Assoc.

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/04/2021

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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 looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Engineering Tech. Associate/Sr. Engineering Associate to provide mechanical fabrication, repair, test, maintenance, and design support for work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. Other responsibilities may involve characterization and documentation support. Interactions will be with project leaders, experimentalists, engineers, technical supervisors, technicians, and designers. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate at LLNL.

This position 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 

  • Design, fabricate, test, maintain, and assemble mechanical spacecraft subsystems from conceptualization, through fabrication and acceptance testing utilizing CREO, Solidworks, and/or other design tools.
  • Exercise best practices for space hardware design when considering mission CONOPS and environmental requirements.
  • Prepare documentation, reports and test plans in support design reviews and mission execution.
  • Contribute directly to payload and/or space vehicle assembly
  • Interface with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, machinists, and project staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 339.2 level

  • Apply creative solutions to resolve highly complex technical and programmatic issues.
  • Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgement to define project approaches and create and implement original solutions.



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of the mechanical design, fabrication and assembly of spacecraft subsystems.
  • Significant experience working with mechanical fabrication tools.
  • Significant experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, machinists, and technicians.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment including presenting and explaining technical information to colleagues, management, or sponsors.

Additional qualifications at the 339.2 level

  • Extensive experience developing conceptual designs, implementing, and/or testing prototypes.
  • Extensive experience collaborating with high-level scientists/engineers and/or senior managers at the division and/or department level or equivalent.
  • Experience in formal design reviews, technical presentations, and the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working with classified materials, marking requirements for drawings, documentation, and data.
  • Experience with aerospace and/or spacecraft design, assembly or testing of flight hardware.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: attitude, propulsion, power, data handling and on-board processing, thermal, structures and mechanisms, TT&C, or payload.
  • Familiar with LLNL’s Engineering Design Safety Standards, Work Planning and Control, ES&H guidelines or equivalent.
  • Active DOE Q Clearance.


Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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