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Nuclear Facility Configuration Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/26/2023

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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

$136,500 - $210,288 Annually


$136,500 - $175,272 Annually for the TSS.3 level

$163,740 - $210,288 Annually for the TSS.4 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

Are you an engineer with a wide range of experience, an appreciation for good documentation, and a love of physical systems? Do you have a gift for finding fast and clever ways to navigate a process or satisfy requirements? Do you often find yourself acting as an organizational archeologist – re-telling the history of a project, or unearthing old records to figure out why a piece of equipment or a system is the way it is?

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has the perfect job for you.

We are looking for a Nuclear Facility Configuration Engineer to oversee physical changes to nuclear facilities, guiding projects from initial request through construction and into startup.  The work is fast-paced and directly supports both public safety and research critical to national security.  Our team is diverse and multi-disciplinary, united by passion for helping others bring projects to completion and for expanding our own capabilities and technical skills.  Our ideal candidate for this position is a critical thinker with an analytical, creative, big-picture mindset, is fulfilled by using their expert knowledge to streamline work and empower colleagues, and delights in accurate, organized data and documentation.  

Candidates with a design and construction background in mechanical engineering (HVAC, piping systems, assembly lines), electrical engineering (power distribution, control systems), structural engineering (seismic, civil structures), nuclear engineering (nuclear safety, reactor systems), or engineering quality assurance are especially encouraged to apply.

This position is assigned to the Superblock complex (a collection of four nuclear research facilities) in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Operations division.  The position is located at the main site in Livermore, California, and allows up to 50% remote work.

As the Nuclear Facility Configuration Engineer, you will:

  • Lead the team that runs the Superblock change control process, guiding physical projects proposed by facility engineers and researchers from pitch to startup (requirement reviews, design reviews, work planning, construction, post-testing, drawing/document updates, and closeout).
  • Monitor and adjust the change control process to improve the user experience: define and track metrics, identify and implement changes to the process, and direct the development and maintenance of a change database.
  • Take a personal role in improving the quality and usefulness of facility system documentation:
    • locate historical, current, and draft (redline) documentation for users, using multiple document repositories including digital and hardcopy databases
    • track updates to critical system documentation (system design descriptions, data sheets, engineering drawings, P&IDs, panel schedules) made by engineers and drafters
    • periodically audit the accuracy of system documentation via field walkdowns
  • Be the recognized expert for the Configuration Management program in Superblock, providing front-line direction and advice to Engineering, Maintenance, Operations, and research program leads on change control and documentation processes. Develop and lead training to facility workers as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Additional Job Responsibilities at the TSS.4 level

  • Serve as the deputy for the WCI Configuration Management Manager for all WCI nuclear and high-hazard operations, including supervisory and budget responsibility, strategic direction, representing the program to regulators, and other duties as assigned.
  • Prepare and maintain key configuration management program documents, including institutional policies and facility certifications.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical engineering discipline or similar technical field, or an equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience participating in complex technical projects and handling multiple priorities and tasks with excellent attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction as well as in a team.  Ability to self-direct learning to develop new technical skills.
  • Ability (including advanced facilitation and collaboration skills) to build relationships with stakeholders from other specialties or departments who may prioritize opposing business goals.
  • Advanced communication skills necessary to deliver effective presentations or training, explain technical concepts, and create dashboards or reports to advise professional colleagues and/or mid-level management.

Additional Qualifications at the TSS.4 level

  • Prior experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Expert knowledge and experience creating and/or maintaining policy and procedure documents that govern the operation of a department, program, or process.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Prior design and/or construction experience for U.S. government agencies (Department of Energy, Department of Defense), the U.S. military, or engineering/construction firms –especially experience related to nuclear facilities or nuclear vessels.
  • Advanced knowledge of, and significant experience with, processes related to configuration management of physical systems, such as work control, change control, document control, design requirements and system assessments.  (Familiarity with the configuration management requirements of DOE Order 420.1C, Facility Safety, and DOE-STD-1073-2016, Configuration Management, is a plus.)
  • Significant experience with engineering documentation (drawings, P&IDs, system design descriptions) from multiple engineering disciplines for an operating facility or a facility under construction, ideally including field walkdowns.
  • In-depth knowledge of practices related to safety basis or authorization basis documentation for non-reactor nuclear facilities (Documented Safety Analyses and Technical Safety Requirements).
  • Experience with using and searching databases and creating database reports, especially for document management software and Sharepoint document libraries.  Experience with low-code programming such as automation workflows.

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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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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