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Fabrication Technician / Fabrication Technician Specialist

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 07/12/2021

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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 a Fabrication Technician / Fabrication Technician Specialist to provide electrical / electronic fabrication, assembly, test, installation, activation, and maintenance support for NIF’s diagnostic, instrumentation, controls, and safety systems. Other responsibilities may involve testing, characterization, and documentation support. Interactions will be with project leaders, experimentalists, engineers, technical supervisors, technicians, and designers. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate and supports the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.

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

  • Provide moderately complex electronic support, fabrication, test, documentation, and maintenance for NIF Control Systems’ hardware including but not limited to cable terminations (e.g., coaxial, fiber optics, power, multi‐conductor), connectors (e.g., BNC, MS, D), electrical and electronics components, chassis, printed wiring boards, electro‐mechanical hardware.
  • Utilize industry standard techniques and fundamental knowledge to control ESD around susceptible components.
  • Use standard fabrication tools (e.g., soldering iron, crimping tool, mechanical hand tools & power tools, drill press, power saws, Rotex punch, shears) in the fabrication and repair of electrical/electronic hardware.
  • Perform equipment tests, collect data, and document results.
  • Read, interpret, and follow one‐line electrical diagrams, cable plant documentation and schematics.
  • Read, interpret, and follow specific layout and assembly diagrams to construct and package electromechanical units.
  • Assure all assignments are performed in accordance with Environmental, Safety, and Health policies and procedures.
  • Work with engineers and technicians to install, modify, test, maintain and commission electronic instrumentation and equipment, providing feedback on inconsistencies or gaps in documentation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 532.3 level

  • Provide advanced fabrication/installation support while working alongside junior Fabrication Technicians providing mentorship and guidance on standard NIF fabrication processes.
  • Work with engineering as necessary to obtain additional information, clarification, or provide feedback on inconsistencies or gaps in documentation.
  • Support complex technical tasks under minimal supervision including the ability to make independent decisions and/or take the lead on a variety of technical problems.
  • Oversight of electrical diagnostic instrumentation equipment used in a laboratory (hand-held meters, oscilloscopes, probes, TDRS, etc.) and personnel safety.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate degree in Electronics Technology, or related technology, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of and ability to work from verbal and written instructions, sketches, drawings, prints, and electronic schematics independently, under general supervision.
  • Fundamental technical skills in cable/chassis fabrication technology and standards.
  • Experience working in a customer service/field support environment.
  • General support experience and ability to work in and on large electrical/electronic systems including fabrication, test, documentation, and maintenance using standard fabrication tools.
  • Ability to work with electronic and computer-based instrumentation, data acquisition, control and feedback systems, interlock systems, and mechanical hardware.
  • Effective written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills and abilities.

Additional qualifications at the 532.3 level

  • Experience providing advanced fabrication/installation support while working alongside junior Fabrication Technicians including providing mentorship and guidance.
  • Ability and experience collaborating with engineering staff as necessary to obtain additional information, clarification, or provide feedback on inconsistencies or gaps in documentation.
  • Experience and fundamental knowledge needed to work independently on complex technical tasks including the ability to make independent, decisions regarding a variety of technical problems.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) to ensure equipment and personnel safety as well as knowledge of electrical diagnostic instrumentation used in a laboratory (hand-held meters, oscilloscopes, probes, TDRS, etc.).

Qualifications We Desire

  • Qualified NIF DWTL.
  • Qualified NIF RW2.

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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