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Industrial Safety Controls Engineer for NIF&PS

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 08/15/2023

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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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$153,210 - $196,788 Annually 

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 Safety Controls Engineers. This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser.  It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022, a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.

As a Safety Controls Engineer, you will contribute to the design, development, implementation, and support safety systems for NIF, supporting facilities, and other research and test laboratories throughout the directorate. Primarily based on the Rockwell ControlLogix family of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), these systems perform a variety of critical facility control functions such as personnel safety interlocks for laser and radiation safety, machine protection systems, access control systems, processing systems for environmental safety, and interface with a variety of instrumentation.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

You will

  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to develop and maintain system requirements.
  • Lead or participate in system design reviews while mentoring junior level staff and providing input on safety system hardware design and fail-safe safety circuits design.
  • Develop and deploy complex applications for PLCs and other suitable technologies.
  • Develop and implement software following strict configuration management processes.
  • Partner with hardware installers to assure proper integration with associated software.
  • Work with Software Quality Assurance or system managers to develop and execute software test plans.
  • Lead or support complex troubleshooting efforts.
  • Be part of on call rotation to support the operations team outside of regular business hours. 
  • Conduct Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and perform in-depth analysis to advance the architecture of the control systems.
  • Manage multiple small to medium size projects including Safety Interlock Systems upgrades, changes and new installations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, other engineering, or related field or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge in the development and programming of safety interlock rated PLC based systems. 
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in the development and integration of complex safety interlock systems, machine protection systems, and/or access control systems. 
  • Significant experience with the systems and software engineering process for generation of requirements, design documents, configuration control, and preparation of test plans and user documentation.
  • Ability to troubleshoot failures and complete causal analysis.
  • Familiarity with the application of various safety standards such as ANSI/ISA S-84 and IEC-61508.
  • Experience managing multiple small to medium size projects and mentoring team members.
  • Ability to have shift flexibility to meet needs of the business unit.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment and provide advice to management.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other Engineering.
  • Advanced knowledge of Rockwell’s ControlLogix PLC family, and Rockwell’s HMI applications such as RSView, FTView SE/ME.
  • Experience in the modernization of control systems.
  • Experience in the use of Rockwell’s Asset Centre system for configuration and code management.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and process engineering.

Additional Information



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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