Spacecraft Mechanical Engineers
Engineering | livermore, CA | 11/07/2023
Job Code: SES.1 Science & Engineering MTS 1 / SES.2 Science & Engineering MTS 2
Position Type: Career Indefinite
Security Clearance: Anticipated DOE Q clearance (requires U.S. citizenship and a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: Not applicable
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.
$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.
We have multiple openings for Spacecraft Mechanical Engineers to work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, you will work on all aspects of space system hardware – from design and analysis to assembly, integration and test. 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.
In this role you will
- Derive engineering requirements, develop conceptual designs, and perform supporting analyses of mechanical spacecraft systems, test prototypes, and associated diagnostics.
- Perform the detailed design process of payload components, procure component fabrication, and participate in payload unit assembly activities in the space program’s cleanroom environment.
- Contribute to spacecraft subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
- Adhere to best practices for space hardware design when considering mission concept of operations (CONOPS), environment and other mission requirements under general direction.
- Prepare engineering documentation, reports and test plans and contribute directly to payload and/or space vehicle assembly.
- Collaborate effectively within a team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level
- Collaborate with technical team to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, spacecraft subsystem specification, launch and operation design and planning, and system trade studies.
- Provide solutions to problems of moderate to complexity in mechanical engineering design for spacecraft subsystems from conceptualization, simulation, fabrication, and testing using broadly defined parameters.
- Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Fundamental knowledge of two or more of the following: engineering hardware design, systems engineering, manufacturing techniques, testing processes, FEA structural analysis.
- Knowledge of and/or experience with design principles, material properties and manufacturing methods.
- Fundamental knowledge of system engineering principles.
- Experience working effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, and technicians.
- Ability to provide solutions for engineering problems that require analysis of several factors.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.
Additional qualifications at the SES.2
- Ability to interpret specifications and mechanical drawings including Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
- Comprehensive experience and demonstrated track record of success in providing creative solutions to a diverse range of moderately complex multi-disciplinary problems.
- Experience effectively managing multiple parallel tasks, often requiring the resolution of conflicting work requirements and prioritization of tasks toward predetermined long-range targets.
Qualifications We Desire
- Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
- Broad experience with aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering, designing, assembling or testing flight hardware.
- Experience estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft projects.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.
Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
- Flexible Benefits Package
- Relocation Assistance
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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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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