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Mechanical Technologist

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 07/19/2021

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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

The Advanced Coating and Vacuum Process Lab (AC-VPL) within the Materials Engineering Division (MED) has an opening for a Mechanical Technician to support ongoing programmatic activities. You will provide basic technical support while applying fundamental knowledge of fabrication, assembly, installation, operation of system technologies utilizing common well understood methods. You will interact with supervisors and coworkers and report daily to the supervisor or lead technician. Under supervisor or lead technician oversight, you will provide technical support which may include but are not limited to: equipment set up and operation; general troubleshooting and maintenance; minor modification of basic hardware, software, and/or systems; data collection, rudimentary analysis, and reporting results.

In this role, you will

  • Provide basic technical support to engineering, scientific, and technical staff to plan and conduct experiments at LLNL.
  • Design, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble basic mechanical components and systems, using work control process and procedure requirements.
  • Operate experimental and diagnostic equipment and perform data recovery in the execution of experiments.
  • Perform basic inspections and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods.
  • Apply basic knowledge of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing laboratory equipment to solve hardware or system malfunctions.
  • Maintain systems documentation and experimental records.
  • Perform facility related and technical functions such as maintenance, testing, and upgrades to equipment.
  • Follow and adhere to written, operational, and safety procedures, including practicing good housekeeping in experimental, work, and office areas and perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Associate degree in mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, or electro-optic technology with no experience; (or) a technology related certificate or diploma with related work experience and related course work; (or) equivalent combination of education and experience in a technical or engineering field that includes mechanical training.
  • Proficient in a variety of hand tool, gauges, and drill motor usage.
  • Able to meet and maintain qualification criteria in a technical or engineering discipline necessary for programmatic operations, maintenance, or ES&H requirements.
  • Ability to participate in general on-the-job training, such as operational or equipment training.
  • Familiarity with general laboratory and inspection equipment use such as balances, microscopes, scanners, and other support equipment.
  • Experience with personal computers and associated software (Microsoft Office Suite) for documenting experimental results.
  • Experience with basic experimental and testing processes.
  • Possess effective written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Familiar with vacuum systems.
  • Experience operating machine tools (drill press, band saw, mill and lathe operation).
  • Familiar with 3D CAD mechanical design software.
  • Familiar with reading and interpreting mechanical drawings.

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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