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Nuclear Materials Quality Engineer

Entry 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

$94,770 - $127,704 Annually for the TSS.1 level

$113,730 - $153,264 Annually for the TSS.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 multiple openings for Nuclear Materials Quality Engineer. You will support new and on-going activities for Nuclear Materials Program (NMP) activities and Pit Surveillance Program (PSP). These positions are in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), programmatically supporting the Nuclear Materials (NM) element of the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

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

  • Work with the Nuclear Materials Pit Surveillance Program (PSP) team to ensure activities are executed per PSP procedures that implement DTED/WTE procedures, NNSA Weapon Quality Policy, and the requirements of Defense Programs Business Process Systems (DPBPS), including performing observations and supporting engineering evaluations of processes conducted by Design Agencies and reviewing any non-conformance and corrective action documentation and supporting issue closure process.
  • Manage the Quality Implementing Procedures and ensure appropriate implementation within the PSP program. This may include conducting internal assessments or providing support for external audits.
  • Perform quality review for procurement documentation and item receipt inspection.
  • Perform quality assurance review of Surveillance data reports prior to release.
  • Perform quality assurance review for a variety of PSP functional requirements, such as PSP Measuring and Test Equipment (MTE) procurements and lifecycle activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.2 level 

  • Perform independent technical support research, using comprehensive knowledge of DPBPS and Product Realization Process concepts, for engineers/management for PSP/ Nuclear Materials Program.
  • Provide solutions to a diverse range of moderate to complex issues/problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods and assisting in development of solutions to difficult technical issues with specific projects
  • Provide informal mentoring to less-experienced engineering, scientific, and technical staff on DTED/WTE processes, NAP 401.1 and DPBPS requirements.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Materials or Electrical Engineering or related field; Associate degree in Engineering Technology with related experience; or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge in engineering design, fabrication, assembly techniques and materials, material properties, manufacturing methods, theory, manufacturing, and inspection processes.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills and experience participating in engineering testing operations, analyzing results, writing reports, and creating presentations, and conducting and participating in design reviews.
  • Ability to follow standard practices and procedures to coordinate with a technical team, clearly articulate, enforce, and interpret design intent and requirements of component and supporting drawings and other required documentation.
  • Ability to provide solutions to an assortment of issues/problems of limited complexity.
  • Familiar with engineering drafting policies and standards including ASME Y14.5M Dimensioning and Tolerancing concepts.
  • Ability to secure and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP), which includes polygraph examination, physical and psychological assessment, and random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Ability to travel to meet programmatic milestones.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.2 level

  • Comprehensive experience with advanced design, fabrication, and assembly techniques directly applicable to material, components, systems, equipment or Product Realization Teams (PRTs).
  • Proficient knowledge and experience developing conceptual designs of mechanical/electronic systems, testing prototypes and associated diagnostics, experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and drafting or PRTs.
  • Ability to provide solutions to a diverse range of moderate to complex issues/problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods while exercising a high degree of independent judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to provide guidance and/or informal mentoring to less experienced personnel, leading and guiding staff to fulfill programmatic deliverables.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of materials, equipment, or technologies associated with production of mechanical hardware, electronics, additive manufacturing, and QA/QC documentation skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in nuclear weapons program stockpile systems, components, classified materials, experimental data, and related diagnostic and testing equipment.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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