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Safety Interlock Systems and Hazardous Energy Control Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 02/09/2024

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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
$159,330.00  - $204,636.00  Annually for the SES.3 level
$191,220.00  - $245,544.00  Annually for the SES.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

We have an opening for a Safety Interlock Systems and Hazardous Energy Control Engineer to participate in designing, redesigning, and optimizing new and ongoing projects associated with systems, structures, and components at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). You will contribute to the engineering design and redesign of safety systems and equipment upgrades to continually improve performance and reliability. This position will be assigned to the Safety Engineering Functional Area (SEFA), and you will provide safety interlock systems and controls engineering expertise and support to multiple clients as an integral member of the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Associate 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 

  • Provide engineering solutions to complex issues and problems involving safety interlocks systems, process controls instrumentation, and hazardous energy controls applications requiring in-depth analysis and frequent use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Research, evaluate, design, and redesign safety systems for small and large projects, to include siting, integrity, suitability, compatibility, and reliability.
  • Participate as a member of multidisciplinary teams while applying experience in safety interlock, access control, process control, and hazardous energy control applications to achieve solutions for systems following established codes and standards.
  • Conduct technical or operational projects and/or support research efforts by adhering to the highest standards of personnel and facility safety while leading the execution of high-energy, multi-hazard system demonstrations and experiments.
  • Collaborates in the development of innovative methods and technology and incremental advancement of knowledge and its application to personnel and facility safety.
  • Participate in formal and informal design reviews and analyses. Present design materials to inter-organization and external audiences.  Manage requirements and specifications used for engineered safety systems.
  • Prepare safety and engineering support documentation and reports required for the successful and safe execution of experiments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level 

  • Provide solutions to highly complex issues that require in-depth analysis.
  • Use independent judgment and considerable latitude to establish and accomplish objectives.
  • Develop new ideas and redefine customer requirements that impact organizational operations or directions.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Controls Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related degree, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in safety interlock systems and process controls applications, including advanced knowledge of and aptitude toward functional safety, process engineering, industrial hazard analysis, operational protective systems, instrumentation, programmable automation controllers, programmable logic controllers, safety integrity levels, safety equipment reliability, and related codes and standards (e.g., ISA 84, IEC 61511, IEC 61508, DOE-STD-1195).  Substantial knowledge and experience with hazardous energy control principles, practices, implementation, and associated codes and standards (e.g., NFPA 70E, 29 CFR 1910.147, DOE-HDBK-1092, ANSI Z244.1).
  • Advanced application and development of technical, business, or operational principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to independently contribute to technical projects or support of programs using creativity and innovation.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to direct and mentor other team members.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical or operational information and provide advice to management, regulators, reviewers, and stakeholders.
  • Advanced analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend, and implement actions and solutions for complex problems.
  • Advanced experience working independently and in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations, managing complex projects, and meeting schedules.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level 

  • Expert level application and development of technical, business, or operational principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to independently contribute to technical projects or support of programs using creativity and innovation.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of highly advanced concepts of safety interlocks, process controls engineering, and hazardous energy control.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management, external sponsors, regulators, reviewers, and stakeholders.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Controls Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Professional Engineer license or other related professional certification.
  • Advanced knowledge of systems safety engineering principles and practices and their application.

Additional Information


Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

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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We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

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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. 

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