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Explosives Effects Engineer

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/08/2021

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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 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.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Explosives Safety Engineer. This position Work closely with the Explosive Safety Program Office and Facility Management to plan and safely conduct experiments by assessing shrapnel, fragment, and shock mitigation techniques and technologies to ensure both facility and personnel protection. This position is highly complex with a very high consequence of error. This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration, Explosives Operations organization and reports to the HEAF Facility Manager.

In this role you will

  • Work closely with the Explosive Safety Program Office and Facility Management to plan and safely conduct experiments by assessing shrapnel, fragment, and shock mitigation techniques and technologies to ensure both facility and personnel protection.
  • Ensure that new or modified facilities are designed, built, or modified to meet required standards.
  • Perform complex large-scale, fragment and blast analysis on experiments as needed.
  • Develop new explosive protection strategies and/or explosive hazards controls for firing operations and other explosives research and development activities.
  • Train to become a qualified Explosives Safety Officer and Explosives Handler.
  • Work independently as well as in multidisciplinary research teams.  Will work independently on complex technical tasks, provide feedback on technical objectives, provide in-depth analyses, and develop unique technical solutions.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Review, write, and develop technical specifications, engineering analyses, engineering safety notes, drawings, and operating procedures.
  • Seek out new opportunities in explosive fragmentation modeling and simulation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.   
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, or other relevant bachelor’s degree in a technical area or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience and demonstrated ability to lead independent work.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theory and application of explosives and the characteristics of explosive reactions.
  • Advanced knowledge of blast mechanics; overbreak controls including comprehensive coverage of perimeter and smooth-wall blasting techniques, geotechnical factors affecting blast vibration, limits analysis monitoring and control;
  • Significant experience using visualization tools to analyze, and document complex fragmentation patterns, possible blast effects, and structural integrity. e.g. BlastX, Wip-Frag, SAPP, etc.
  • Demonstrated advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact professionally and productively with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.
  • Demonstrated advanced verbal, written, and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with relevant environmental health and safety protocols and procedures and developing and presenting training.
  • Experience designing site wide plans based on regulatory and compliance guidelines.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Explosives Engineering, Structural Engineering, or other relevant technical area. 
  • Significant hands –on experience handling explosives, pyrotechnics, and initiating systems including establishing detonating chains.
  • Experience in explosive equipment and diagnostic selection and prediction of performance expected of the equipment as well as fielding explosives experiments and utilizing diagnostics.

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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