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Electro-Mechanical Design Drafter/Designer

Associate | 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 multiple openings for Electro-Mechanical Design Drafters or Designers. You will provide design and drafting support including electronic and mechanical design, drawing and data management of control/diagnostic systems and sub systems in support of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) Directorate. You will develop, interpret, and translate concepts into design layouts, with supportive calculations and documentation. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, 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 general electro-mechanical drafting and general design support to designers, engineering, scientific and technical staff utilizing knowledge of CAD tools where design parameters and specifications have been established.
  • Perform basic calculations to support technical work using standard engineering formulas.
  • Process drawings and other technical information using database management software.
  • Maintain systems documentation and experimental records.
  • Provide graphics and related technical material in support of design reviews, procedures, and other documentation.
  • Check completed drawings and other documentation for adherence to LLNL drafting standards and specifications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 534.3 level

  • Provide advanced electro-mechanical design and drafting support where overall design parameters and specifications have been established.
  • Contribute to preliminary design concepts for hardware, componentry and systems including making independent judgment and decisions under moderate technical authority.
  • Estimate scheduling & costs to determine effective methods in design, materials, and time to meet project deliverables and prepare and present technical material for design reviews, procedures, and other related documentation.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate Degree in Electro-Mechanical Drafting; or relevant degree containing significant science, mathematics, electronics and engineering coursework with related experience; or Certificate in Engineering Technology- Electro-Mechanical Drafting with related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience.
  • Intermediate knowledge of the standards, procedures, and techniques related to drafting including knowledge of ASME Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard.
  • Ability to solve moderately complex technical problems.
  • Understanding of function, fabrication, processes and packaging of electronic systems and mechanical hardware.
  • Ability to read and follow engineering notes, sketches, drawings specifications and procedures.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Additional qualifications at the 534.3 level

  • Advanced knowledge of ASME Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard and proficient use of CAD software.
  • Understanding of electrical and mechanical design principles.
  • Working knowledge in PCB designs, electrical schematics, engineering hardware design, fabrication, assembly techniques, materials, testing processes and manufacturing methods.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Proficient user of AutoCAD, Creo Parametric, Creo Schematics, GerbTool and database management (Windchill) software.
  • Proficient user of Mentor Graphics PADS PCB design software.
  • Expertise in the selection of high voltage, fiber-optic, control and communication cabling, terminations and connectors and extensive experience in design of components and hardware related to diagnostic & testing equipment.   

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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