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Mechanical Technologist/Sr. Mechanical Technologist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 06/20/2022

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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.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for a Mechanical Technologist/Senior Mechanical Technologist in the Materials and NDE Section within the Materials Engineering Division (MED). You will support ongoing programmatic activities.  You will provide technical support while applying fundamental knowledge of design, fabrication, assembly, installation, and operation of system technologies utilizing common well understood methods.  Tasks may include, but not limited to; design of fixtures and assemblies; equipment set up and operation; general troubleshooting and maintenance; minor modification of basic hardware and software; and basic fabrication utilizing common equipment such as a lathe and milling machine.                                  

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team.  Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if hired at the higher level.
In this role you will

  • Provide technical support to engineering, scientific, and technical staff to plan and conduct experiments.
  • Design, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble mechanical components and systems, following procedure with defined requirements.
  • Produce shop level drawings for fabrication of test hardware.
  • Operate machine shop and hand tools to fabricate tooling in support of programmatic experiments.
  • Apply general knowledge of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing laboratory equipment to solve hardware or system malfunctions.
  • Maintain documentation of systems and experimental records.
  • Perform general facility related and technical functions such as maintenance, testing, and upgrades to equipment.
  • Follow and adhere to written, operational, and safety procedures including practicing good housekeeping in experimental, work, and office areas and perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 533.3 Level

  • Provide advanced design and fabrication support using appropriate materials and processes.
  • Interact directly with physicists, engineers, scientists, and project leads to identify, evaluate, and analyze requirements and processes.
  • Set priorities, schedules, and manpower requirements to solve complex mechanical and operational problems.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • An associate degree in engineering, industrial, welding, electro-optic, or manufacturing technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience in a technical or engineering field that includes mechanical training.
  • Proficient in basic mathematics and geometrical concepts.
  • Working knowledge of general material properties commonly used for manufacturing parts and tooling.
  • Experience using precision measurement equipment such as calipers, micrometers, and height gages.
  • Experience using general hand tools to include hand drills, hand grinders, torque wrenches and associated mechanics tools.
  • Familiarity with general machine shop equipment including mills, lathes, and cutting equipment.
  • Experience with personal computers and associated software (Microsoft Office Suite) for documenting experimental results.
  • Familiarity with Computer Aided Design software (Creo or SolidWorks) and process for making shop fabrication drawings.
  • May be required to meet and maintain qualification criteria in a technical or engineering discipline necessary for programmatic operations, maintenance, or ES&H requirements.
  • Possess effective written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Additional qualifications at the 533.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge of manufacturing techniques.
  • Significant experience operating and maintaining conventional and NC equipment.
  • Experience with complex mechanical fabrication and assembly.                                                              

Qualifications We Desire

  • Familiarity with G-code and CNC programming.
  • Familiarity with vacuum and gas pressure systems.
  • Familiar with reading and interpreting ANSI 14.5Y mechanical drawings.
  • Familiarity with additive manufacturing technology.
  • Basic knowledge of electronics and simple circuit theory.
  • Experience using standard electrical test equipment to include digital voltmeter and oscilloscope.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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