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Precision Engineer

Entry 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

$106,440 - $163,968 Annually

$106,440 - $136,680 Annually for the SES.1 level

$127,680 - $163,968 Annually for the SES.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 Precision Engineer to join our Precision Systems & Manufacturing Group. You will apply precision engineering and dimensional metrology principles to contribute to and/or lead projects ranging from novel research initiatives to supporting stockpile stewardship programs. These efforts will include the planning and execution of strategies for design, fabrication, and characterization of hardware, design and development of novel dimensional metrology tools and techniques, quantification of measurement uncertainty in new and existing measurement technologies, and beyond. You will become familiar with the ongoing priorities of the programs being supported to assist in developing proposals for future technology development that aids in the success of program objectives. Projects may involve requirements that are beyond commercially available capabilities and solutions may require modifications to commercial tools or development of advanced tools, sensors, and fabrication methods. When available technology is inadequate to meet current or future program needs, forward thinking will be essential for envisioning directions for technology development.  This position is in the Material Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

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

You Will

  • Provide engineering support during the design, development, implementation, and qualification of unique precision hardware, dimensional metrology, and instrumentation applications, including procedure development and uncertainty analysis.
  • Perform characterization operations of limited complexity and interpret specifications and mechanical drawings.
  • Perform engineering calculations to support design, fabrication, and/or dimensional metrology operations.
  • Process, analyze, and interpret characterization data and the methods used to collect it.
  • Work independently under general direction and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Present technical approaches, project plans, and documentation to peers and program managers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SES.2 Level

  • Solve moderately complex to complex technical issues related to precision design, metrology and manufacturing operations.
  • Utilize rigorous error budgets, kinematic (exact) constraint, and other precision engineering principles to qualify processes, provide quantified design enhancements as needed to meet capability requirements, and oversee the fabrication and implementation of these designs.
  • Develop and present research and development proposals.
  • Plan and execute strategies to quantify the performance of new and existing manufacturing and characterization/sensing technologies while working under limited direction.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with research, design, analysis, prototyping, and fabrication/assembly/test of precision hardware.
  • Fundamental knowledge of dimensional metrology principles and technologies, as well as their related application spaces.
  • Working engineering knowledge associated with machining and inspection operations and experience interpreting specifications and technical drawings.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team with effective organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.

Additional Qualifications at the SES.2 Level

  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of dimensional metrology principles and sensing technologies, with demonstrated ability to apply these to both new and existing moderately complex processes/equipment.
  • Experience in the application of uncertainty analysis and error budgeting, with the ability to apply these to both new and existing processes/equipment.
  • Proficient communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise management and/or external sponsors.
  • Experience leading or contributing to design reviews.

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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