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Render Safe Operations Mechanical Technician/Technologist - Active Clearance Required

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/17/2023

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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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

Pay Range

$29.23 - $37.86 Hourly for the 533.1 level
$36.50 - $47.28 Hourly for the 533.2 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 Technician/Mechanical Technologist supporting the N Program in the Global Security (GS) Directorate. You will provide support LLNL's Render Safe Operations (RSO), emergency preparedness and response activities. In that role, you will provide technical support for custom sponsor training aids, prototype equipment, experimental research, installation of complex high-voltage, high-current devices, and development projects. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) 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 basic technical support, while applying fundamental knowledge, to engineers and technical staff for preparing and coordinating laboratory experiments.
  • Design, fabricate, maintain, assemble, and disassemble basic mechanical components and systems, using established work control processes and procedure requirements.
  • Work from drawings, and verbal instructions to assemble, and test various mechanical designs.
  • Machine components using conventional lathe, mill, and other manufacturing process machines.
  • Apply a basic knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to solve basic mechanical problems.
  • Set up equipment, general troubleshooting, maintenance, and minor modifications of simple hardware including pressure and vacuum systems.
  • Maintain a high level of safety awareness, while working in the laboratories.
  • Conduct routine safety inspections and audits of the laboratories with an emphasis on housekeeping.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 533.2 level

  • Design; fabricate; maintain; assemble and disassemble general mechanical components and systems. This includes planning; selecting material; equipment; and determining solutions.
  • Provide general technical support, while applying intermediate knowledge, to engineers and senior level technical staff for preparing and coordinating laboratory experiments.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, and high-level personnel to provide general technical support to various programmatic tasks.


  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at the time of hire.
  • Associate degree in an engineering technology such as mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Basic understanding of machine tool technology and operation of conventional machine tools, and inspection techniques.
  • Basic technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Experience designing basic mechanical components and systems.
  • Basic knowledge of high-pressure systems.
  • Ability to maintain documentation relating to experimental assemblies.
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills.
  • Experience working effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically in support of offsite experimental test campaigns.

Additional qualifications at the 533.2 level

  • Intermediate knowledge of CAD software package (Solid Works or Pro E) to produce 3D models and generate 2d detail drawings for fabrication.
  • Intermediate understanding of high-pressure systems.
  • Effective written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.

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 an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. 

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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