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Designer - Mechanical

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 06/19/2021

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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 multiple openings for Mechanical Designers. You will provide mechanical engineering design and drafting support including mechanical design, drawing and data management of opto-mechanical/ 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.

In this role you will,

  • Provide mechanical design and drafting support at a system level to engineering, scientific, and technical staff utilizing advanced knowledge of CAD tools where design parameters and specifications have been established.
  • Provide supporting documentation for mechanical design solutions that may include analysis, schedules, costing, processes, and procedures.
  • Provide graphics and related technical material in support of design reviews, procedures, and other documentation.
  • Review completed drawings and other documentation for adherence to LLNL drafting standards and specifications under minimal supervision.
  • Maintain drawings and other technical records applying appropriate Configuration Management with Product Lifecycle Management tool.
  • Perform structural and/or thermal analyses to prove technical basis of proposed design to define materials, calculations for stress and strain and the materials required.
  • Develop detailed fabrication specifications and documentation for all designs.
  • Perform detailed interference and tolerance stack-up analyses to validate form, function, and cost optimization of each design.
  • Apply basic stress/strain analyses to substantiate sizing decisions of all components.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associates Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in Mechanical Design/Drafting Technology or Electro-Mechanical Design/Drafting or related Engineering field.
  • Working knowledge of developing design concepts with a broad background in its various sub-disciplines including mechanical, optical, and electro-mechanical.
  • Experience within the scope of conception, design, fabrication and materials, prototyping projects from start to finish under minimal supervision.
  • Ability and attitude to develop a project from start to finish and ability to provide examples of this from past jobs.
  • Ability to analyze tolerance stack-ups.
  • Experience with PTC Creo Parametric.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex design requirements, make recommendations, and to exercise creativity and judgment in solving mechanical design problems.
  • Ability to interpret and follow notes sketches, drawings, specifications, and procedures.
  • Experience working as a member of a project team with engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.
  • Ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner both verbal and written to peers and managers in presentation form and report form, to small and large groups as needed using effective communication skills.
  • Ability to independently solve technical design problems and achieve results on schedule.
  • Analytical skills in systems analysis and experience on experimental systems.
  • Skills in and experience with Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering or related engineering field.
  • Experience using PTC Windchill.
  • Experience using Creo Schematic software.
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (ASME Y14.5).
  • Experience in reviewing and verifying the accuracy of work performed by peers and other engineering disciplines as needed.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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