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Electronics Technologist for Optics Processing

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/15/2023

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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

$36.50-$47.28 hourly for the 531.2 level

$43.78-$56.70 hourly for the 531.3 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 multiple openings for Electronics Technologists to provide technical support to the maintenance and engineering organizations for optics processing and metrology.  This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser.  It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022, a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.

You will ensure the reliable operation of optics processing machines and equipment in production environments while collaborating with engineering staff as necessary to understand requirements and provide feedback to solve engineering challenges.  These positions will require some travel to vendor facilities within the continental US.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) division of the Engineering Directorate.  NIF is a 24/7 operational facility and may occasionally require working overtime, shifts, and/or weekends to accomplish goals; some work may occur in radiological environments. 

These positions 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

  • Perform electrical and electro-mechanical (preventative and reactive) maintenance by applying intermediate knowledge on standalone machines and equipment involving computer-based controls and instrumentation, LabVIEW, Programmable Logic Controllers, several types of motion controllers, vision systems, laser systems, laser diagnostics, vacuum and pressure controls, pumps, fluid level and flow controls, and temperature controls.
  • Receive and process work orders and document activities through online work process applications.
  • Coordinate maintenance activities around the demands of production and vendor delivery requirements to minimize adverse impact on production schedules.
  • Periodically work alternate shifts and/or weekends and work in an “on call” status.
  • Serve as LLNL’s representative at several optical vendor sites within the continental US to perform electrical maintenance (preventative and reactive) on LLNL-provided machines and equipment.
  • Make independent repair decisions, deferring more complex issues to engineer or supervisor and coordinate quick turn-around and replacement part deliveries.
  • Write, review, evaluate, and update maintenance procedures, document electrical circuits and components on existing machines and equipment.
  • Adhere to work control documents to safely work on equipment which utilizes up to class 4 lasers and/or toxic chemicals.
  • Interact with project leaders, experimentalists, engineers, technical supervisors, technicians, and designers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the 531.3 level

  • Work with complex electronic and/or photonics technology and solve problems independently, working on a technical project team and providing technical direction to others.
  • Reverse engineer equipment to create electrical documentation while also evaluating, performing research on, and making technical recommendations for replacements for defective or obsolete components.
  • Evaluate and install complex electrical modifications and upgrades to machines and equipment that may include PLC systems.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associates degree in an electronics technology or equivalent combination of education and related technical experience.
  • Intermediate understanding of machine control systems utilizing LabVIEW-based computer controls and PLC, experience.
  • Experience troubleshooting, repairing, or tuning various motion controllers and stages, such as Aerotech, Newport, Galil, Arcus & Delta Tau.
  • Intermediate skills and experience in troubleshooting and repairing a wide variety of moderately complex machine control and instrumentation systems involving vacuum and pressure controls, pumps, fluid level and flow controls, temperature controls including cryogenics, vision systems / cameras, laser systems, laser diagnostics.
  • General support experience and ability to work in and on large electrical/electronic systems including fabrication, test, documentation, and maintenance using standard fabrication tools.
  • Experience fabricating and repairing cabling and connectors, chassis, and printed circuit boards.
  • Intermediate knowledge of and ability to work from verbal and written instructions, sketches, drawings, prints, and electronic schematics independently, with general supervision.
  • Effective written, verbal, and presentation communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills and abilities.
  • Ability to work occasional alternate work shifts and/or weekends and work in an “on call” status.
  • Ability to travel to vendor facilities.

Additional qualifications at the 531.3 level

  • Advanced understanding of complex electronic and/or photonics technology, including engineering principles to solve problems independently, and experience working on a technical project team and providing technical direction to others.
  • Ability to reverse engineer equipment to create electrical documentation while also evaluating, performing research on, and making technical recommendations for replacements for defective or obsolete components.
  • Advanced skills and experience evaluating and installing complex electrical modifications and upgrades to machines and equipment that may include PLC systems.
  • Advanced 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, etc.).

Qualifications We Desire

  • Advanced LabVIEW programming skills for versions dating back to 7.0.
  • Experience working in clean rooms up to class 100 including wearing clean room apparel and adherence to clean room protocols.
  • Ability to troubleshoot electronics and printed circuit boards to the component level.

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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