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Quality Assurance Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/23/2023

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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


$113,730 - $175,272 Annually

$113,730 - $146,076 Annually for the TSS.2 level

$136,500 - $175,272 Annually for the TSS.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 an opening for a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer.  You will contribute to the oversight and management of Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI)’s QA programs, and the design and deployment of plans and procedures to provide assurance that WCI activities are performed in compliance with Directorate and LLNL/LLNS policies, federal, state and local laws and regulations associated with QA programs. Your work will primarily have you performing direct observations, document reviews, conducting assessments, providing briefings, and writing reports. You will work closely with facility and programmatic customers as well as other Laboratory support organizations.

You will support WCI nuclear and non-nuclear facilities at the main site in Livermore, California; Site 300 in Tracy, California; and the LLNL facilities at the Nevada National Security Site, Las Vegas, Nevada. This position is in the WCI Operations Support group in the WCI Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.2 or TSS.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. 

You will 

  • Facilitate compliance with QA regulations (e.g., 10 CFR 830.120, DOE O 414.1D, NAP 401.1A) and implementation of quality management systems (ISO 9001 and NQA-1) in WCI facilities.
  • Perform tasks related to the implementation of WCI’s Principal Directorate QA Plan and QA documents and procedures and the evaluation and qualification of suppliers.
  • Contribute to WCI programs, projects, and operations by performing quality control inspections at LLNL and at vendor sites to assure products meet specification requirements.
  • Apply risk-based approaches to evaluate rigor level of product qualification activities and create test plans, including destructive and non-destructive testing, to determine inherent adherence to quality requirements, as appropriate.
  • Provide solutions to technical problems and recurring issues, and inform WCI management (e.g., Program Managers, Facility Managers, and Assurance Managers).
  • Schedule and conduct audits, assessments, and inspections to monitor and evaluate the implementation of WCI’s QA activities, then coordinate successful closure of WCI QA program self-assessment and audit results.
  • Assist with the development of new systems and processes focused on continuous improvement to ensure quality requirements are effectively implemented and ideal behaviors in the workplace are enabled.
  • Promote and support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.3 level 

  • Assist with software risk rankings and software qualification documentation to assure appropriate quality standards and policies are met.
  • Use independent judgment, in-depth analysis, creative methods and considerable latitude to develop solutions and establish and accomplish objectives.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U. S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, chemistry, engineering, or a related technical/science discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with the application of quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9001, NQA-1).
  • Experience providing internal or independent assessments and audits of organizations, operations, and facilities for assuring the effective and compliant implementation of quality programs.
  • Decision-making skills necessary to advise, counsel, recommend and develop solutions on a wide variety of QA issues.
  • Broad knowledge of non-conformance tracking systems, work control processes, metrology, and/or other related QA programs.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, direct and coordinate self-assessment activities, and provide advice to managers and staff internal and external to WCI.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 level 

  • Significant experience successfully negotiating and influencing various levels of personnel within large organizations.
  • Experience with the application, development, and implementation of quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9001:2015, NQA-1 Appendix B) in areas such as technical reviews, product receipt inspections, engineering reviews, commercial-grade item dedication testing and evaluation, vendor inspections, software QA, assessments, and audits.
  • Advanced verbal and written skills to effectively collaborate, present, explain, influence, and advise stakeholders and/or external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of the theories, principles, practices, and procedures of the QA discipline to science and technology research and development.
  • Knowledge of QA requirements associated with operations in nuclear and/or non-nuclear facilities and activities. 
  • Certified as a Software Quality Engineer or a Certified Quality Engineer by the American Society for Quality, or as a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015 or NQA-1.

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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