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Work Planner

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 03/29/2024

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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

$113,790 - $170,904 Annually
$113,790 - $141,246 Annually for the 306.1 Level
$137,640 - $170,904 Annually for the 306.2 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 are seeking Work Planners with experience in mechanical, electrical, and/or civil disciplines. You will plan facility- and infrastructure-related work activities, including maintenance, repairs, replacements, minor modifications, construction and/or subcontractor services. You will develop detailed, technical work documents and Job Hazards Analyses in support of this work. These positions are in the Work Planning and Control Office under Environment, Safety and Health 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 

  • Lead work planning efforts for facility- and infrastructure-related work activities, utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and the WP&C web-based application.
  • Triage work requests to determine the level of work planning required.
  • Translate work requests into clearly bounded work scopes and task breakdowns using field walkdowns, analysis of complex systems and components, and comprehensive knowledge of facility engineering principles.
  • Author concise work packages, define acceptance and work closeout criterion, identify tools, material, and equipment needed to complete the job, identify facility and utility outages required to perform the job, and write work instructions and hazard-based permits as required to ensure correct sequencing and safe execution of facility and infrastructure work.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts and workers through the work planning process to develop work control documents. Includes developing Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) using knowledge of ES&H requirements and safe work practices; leading field walkdowns to clarify scope, tasks, and hazards; conducting hazard evaluations (e.g. What-If); leading roundtable reviews of work packages to de-conflict controls, verify the accuracy of the work package, and obtain concurrence; and facilitating the final review and approval by the Authorizing Individual.
  • Participate in pre-start reviews and pre-and-post job briefings. Utilize engineering background and experience to provide feedback and improvement recommendations as well as lessons learned.
  • Facilitate changes to work packages, ensuring involvement of the Work Planning Team, as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 306.2 level

  • Author concise work packages for higher-hazard, higher-complexity work, including writing technical work procedures for those activities, and integrating facility safety requirements (e.g. Documented Safety Analysis Technical Surveillance Requirements, Explosives Safety Basis and Siting Plan requirements).
  • Author and finalize hazard evaluations (e.g. What-If, Haz Op) and lead the work planning team through a rigorous hazard evaluation process, incorporating new controls in the JHA to minimize consequences of off-normal events.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering technology, science, ES&H or other related technical field, or equivalent combination of education and related technical experience.
  • Experience working as a field engineering technologist, project manager, work planner, and/or work activity coordinator performing or providing technical and/or planning support for moderate to complex maintenance work activities, using knowledge of the various types of materials, equipment, and methods for performing maintenance.
  • Advanced knowledge of technical and ES&H principles, compliance, and/or safety basis requirements. Strong knowledge of chemical, industrial, explosives, and/or radiological hazards.
  • Experience managing multiple competing priorities and applying project management principles to organize, coordinate, and accomplish work.
  • Advanced technical writing skills with experience developing technical documents such as work procedures, work instructions, specifications, Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures, interlock procedures. Experience drafting work packages, including Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs).
  • Excellent facilitation and leadership skills necessary to lead and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts through technical discussions, including conflict resolution skills necessary to resolve differing professional opinions.
  • Significant interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, to present and explain technical or operational information, and to provide advice to work planning team members, supervisors, and management.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain qualifications required for a LLNL Work Planner within a reasonable time period, including applicable endorsements.

Additional qualifications at the 306.2 level 

  • Significant experience working as a field engineering technologist, project manager, work planner, and/or work activity coordinator performing or providing advanced technical and/or planning support for complex maintenance on complex equipment configurations.
  • Highly advanced knowledge and understanding of materials, equipment, and technologies included in the work scope to enable a proper hazards analysis.
  • Advanced skills in interpersonal, verbal, and written communication, and technical writing.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience applying various Human Performance Improvement tools for both individuals and work teams, (e.g. procedure use and adherence, place-keeping, pre-job briefings, etc.).
  • Advanced knowledge of technical work with extensive nuclear and/or explosive safety/safety basis requirements.
  • Possess a current Work Planner qualification and subject matter expertise on the WP&C process and IT web application.

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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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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

Reasonable Accommodation

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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