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Precision/Metrology Engineer

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/14/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$103,290 - $139,128 Annually for the SES.1 level

$123,960 - $166,992 Annually for the SES.2 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Mechanical/Precision or Metrology Engineer to join our Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Development Group. You will apply precision engineering principles to contribute to and/or lead projects supporting stockpile stewardship programs. These efforts will include the planning and execution of strategies for quantifying the uncertainty of new and existing technologies ranging from additive manufacturing to dimensional metrology. You will become familiar with the ongoing priorities of the programs being supported to assist in developing proposals for future technology development that aids in the success of program objectives. Projects may involve requirements that are beyond commercially available capabilities and solutions may require modifications to commercial tools or development of advanced tools, sensors, and fabrication methods. When available technology is inadequate to meet current or future program needs, forward thinking will be essential for envisioning directions for technology development.  This position is in the Material 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.

In this role you will

  • Provide engineering solutions of limited complexity for the characterization and inspection processes used in the fabrication of components, including tooling design, procedure development, and uncertainty analysis.
  • Perform inspection operations of limited complexity and interpret specifications and mechanical drawings.
  • Perform engineering calculations to support design, fabrication, and/or metrology operations.
  • Analyze and interpret metrology data and the methods used to collect it.
  • Work independently under general direction and collaboratively as part of a team to follow established procedures.
  • Present technical approaches, project plans, and documentation to peers and program managers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Solve moderately complex to complex technical issues related to metrology and manufacturing operations.
  • Utilize rigorous error budgets, kinematic (exact) constraint, and other precision engineering principles to qualify processes, provide quantified design enhancements as needed to meet capability requirements, and oversee the fabrication and implementation of these designs.
  • Develop and present research and development proposals of moderate complexity.
  • Plan and execute on strategies to quantify the performance of new and existing manufacturing and metrology technologies while working under limited direction.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of metrology principles and technologies, as well as their related application spaces.
  • Fundamental engineering knowledge associated with machining and inspection operations and experience interpreting specifications and technical drawings.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team with effective organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.  
  • Experience with responsibility for research, design, analysis, prototyping, and early fabrication/assembly/test.
  • Experience analyzing accuracy and resolution limits in metrology tools and manufacturing equipment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 Level

  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience .
  • Experience in the application of uncertainty analysis and error budgeting, with the ability to apply these to both new and existing processes/equipment .
  • Comprehensive knowledge of metrology principles and technologies, with demonstrated ability to apply these to both new and existing moderately complex processes/equipment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the design and evaluation of metrology systems and processes.
  • Proficient communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain technical information.
  • Experience leading or contributing to design reviews.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Machine Tool Metrology fundamentals.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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