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Mechanical Technologist/Senior Mechanical Technologist

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 07/13/2021

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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 Mechanical Technologist/Senior Mechanical Technologist.  You will provide technical support for vacuum coating systems, including design and assembly of vacuum deposition systems, fixturing for existing systems, and upgrading vacuum equipment. You will also run complex Physical Vapor Deposition systems for scientific experiments. This position will support the Advanced Coating and Vacuum Processing Lab of the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering 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.

Essential Duties

  • Provide general technical support maintaining vacuum systems and installing and modifying vacuum components.
  • Operate PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) equipment, including electron beam and magnetron sputtering systems.
  • Design, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble moderately complex mechanical components and systems, using work control process and procedure requirements.
  • Maintain equipment, acquire data, and process parts as needed.
  • Use design software to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
  • Follow and adhere to written, operational, and safety procedures in the course of completing job assignments.
  • Apply intermediate knowledge of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing laboratory equipment to solve system or mechanical problems.
  • Operate experimental and diagnostic equipment and perform data recovery in the execution of experiments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties, at the 533.3 Level

  • Operate intricate and complex design, engineering, and scientific software and systems to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
  • Design, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble complex mechanical components and systems including planning and selecting materials, equipment, and methods.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • AA/AS degree in Engineering Technology, Vacuum Technology or related technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Intermediate understanding of vacuum technology, materials and vapor deposition processes.
  • Experience in mechanical assembly of components and some experience in machining, using hand tools, lathes, mills, band saws, and welding.
  • Experience with engineering hardware design, fabrication, evaluating and testing processes.
  • Knowledge of office computer software, including word processing and spreadsheets necessary to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment and demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Qualifications, at the 533.3 Level

  • High level technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures and experience operating intricate technical software and systems.
  • Ability to read and follow complex assembly procedures, engineering notes, sketches, and drawings.
  • Possess effective written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills, including feedback and presentation skills to all levels of management, technical, engineering, and scientific staff.
  • High level skills and knowledge of materials and characterization processes, including data acquisition techniques related to vapor deposition processes.

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.  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.

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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