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Mechanical Technician/Technologist – Autonomous Sensors

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 08/10/2023

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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

$31.18 - $38.69 Hourly for the 533.1 level
$39.05 - $48.50 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/Technologist to support programmatic work in the Autonomous Sensors group within the Defense Systems Program. You will work in a multidisciplinary team to design, develop, and deploy novel technologies within the Global Security and Engineering Directorates. Occasional overtime and travel will be required. 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.

You will

  • 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.
  • Provide basic technical support while applying fundamental knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to solve basic mechanical problems.
  • Set up equipment, general troubleshooting, maintenance, and minor modifications of simple hardware.
  • Maintain a high level of safety awareness while working in the laboratories.
  • Ensure that support and experimental areas are kept clean, uncluttered, and in a state of readiness.
  • Contribute to the fulfillment of technical projects and organizational objectives, functioning as an effective team member on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 533.2 level

  • Design, fabricate, assemble, and maintain moderately complex mechanical components and systems.
  • Use drafting, design, engineering, and scientific programs on computer systems to produce supportive documentation and graphics.
  • Identify, analyze, and provide solutions and alternate approaches to moderately complex mechanical or electro-mechanical problems using independent creativity and judgment.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate's degree in  mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Ability to read and follow engineering notes, sketches, drawings, specifications, and procedures.
  • Basic skills and understanding of fabrication, machine tool technology, operation of conventional machine tools, and inspection techniques.
  • Basic technical skills and fundamental knowledge of engineering principles to solve problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Ability to complete and maintain certifications, such as an FAA Part 107 pilot's license, as required by the position and to lift 50 lbs in a safe and controlled manner.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed for instrument testing, integration, and operations.

Additional qualifications at the 533.2 level

  • Intermediate skills and understanding of fabrication, machine tool technology, operation of conventional machine tools, and inspection techniques.
  • Intermediate technical skills and fundamental knowledge of engineering principles to solve moderately complex problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Experience working independently on moderately complex technical assignments and proven ability to meet project requirements and deadlines.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working under LLNL work control processes.
  • Experience designing and fabricating for vehicle systems, unmanned aerial systems, or other mobile platforms.

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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