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Mechanical Designer, NIF&PS

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/18/2023

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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

$43.78-54.35 hourly for the 534.3 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 creative individuals with mechanical engineering design experience to work independently, collaborating with scientists, engineers, and other technical personnel to provide mechanical engineering design support to the National Ignition Facility.  Successful candidates will develop and analyze designs of complex mechanical systems, conducting research when needed to find solutions to challenging engineering problems.  Depending on a candidate’s experience and qualifications, the successful candidates will also provide design leadership and management, planning and leading multiple complex projects.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will 

  • Provide advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) support to engineering, scientific and technical staff.
  • Capture design solutions using Creo Parametric through updated model-based definition solutions.
  • Maintain documentation in the Windchill/ELM (Enterprise Lifecycle Management) Configuration Management (CM) system.
  • Apply appropriate standards to develop designs and create CAD objects, independently, under minimal supervision.
  • Contribute to preliminary design concepts for hardware, componentry and systems including making independent judgment and decisions.
  • Estimate scheduling and costs to determine effective methods in design, materials, and time to meet project deliverables and prepare and present technical material for design reviews, procedures, and other related documentation.
  • Review completed drawings and other documentation for adherence to LLNL drafting standards and specifications.
  • 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 Drafting or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in Computer Aided Design/Product Lifecyle Management (CAD/PLM) or equivalent CM system.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the standards, procedures, and techniques related to drafting, including knowledge of the ASME Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard.
  • Significant understanding of mechanical design principles and ability to solve complex technical problems.
  • Significant knowledge of hardware design, facility utilities, project walk down, fabrication, assembly techniques, selecting materials, testing processes and manufacturing methods.
  • Ability to read and follow complex engineering notes, sketches, drawings specifications and procedures.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and feedback skills.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Extensive experience with Creo Parametric and Windchill.
  • Extensive experience using standards, procedures, and techniques related to drafting, including knowledge of the ASME Y14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard.

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.

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  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

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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