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Pulsed Power Technician-National Ignition Facility

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 106880
Job Code: Technologist-Electronics (531.2) / Sr Technologist-Electronics (531.3)
Date Posted: March 05 2020

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for an Electronics Technologist/Senior Electronics Technologist.  You will provide technical support for the deployment, maintenance, and operation of pulsed power equipment in support of the experimental program at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). NIF is a 24/7 operational facility and is the world’s most powerful and energetic laser. This position may at times require shift flexibility accomplish goals.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 531.2 or 531.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of moderately complex pulsed power equipment.
- Work independently, from well understood sketches, mechanical drawings, electronic schematics, verbal or written instructions, and solve moderately complex problems to the sub-system or component level.
- Work with System Managers to provide general technical support for installations, modifications, testing, analysis, troubleshooting, maintenance and commissioning of  Pulsed Power equipment independently, under general supervision.
- Utilize proprietary LLNL Integrated Computer Control System (ICCS) software.
- Acquire and analyze basic data and test results using known performance parameters to report results and identify problems.
- Interface with vendors to identify and resolve moderately complex technical issues.
- Manage the Pulsed Power Group spares and databases under the general supervision of the System Managers.
- Work overtime and/or weekends as needed to meet department goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the 531.3 Level
- Design, develop and modify circuits, software and/or systems of advanced complexity; ; establishing advanced methods of data collection, in-depth analysis/evaluation, and reporting results.
- Lead daily work scope activities of other technicians, managing and leading complex projects including those that interface with other subsystems; function as work control supervisor for PPOPS (Pulsed Power Operations)
- Write or interpret specifications used in crafting, maintaining, and calibrating complex electronic systems, chassis, or components and develop and author procedures and manuals under minimal supervision.-
- Prepare and develop technical reports, daily and monthly progress reports, describing technical accomplishments and other aspects of relevant facility operations.

- Associate degree in an engineering technology such as electronics or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.  
- Knowledge of  the full life cycle of moderately complex systems hardware and operation software including testing, analysis, installation and maintenance.
- Experience working in a large-scale manufacturing or scientific research facility operations environment including working with vendors.
- Detailed knowledge, skills, and abilities working with well understood moderately complex electronic circuits and systems, independently, under general supervision.
- Experience in safe work and business practices.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
- Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to work overtime and/or weekend shifts when necessary.

In Addition, at the 531.3 Level
- Advanced understanding and experience providing advanced technical support to complex systems hardware and operation software.
- Experience providing guidance or leading technical projects and/or the work of others.
- Experience writing or interpreting advanced technical specifications for complex electronic systems and/or components including preparation of procedures, manuals, and technical reports under minimal supervision.

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.

Security Clearance:  This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. 


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

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.