Mechanical Technologist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107805
Job Code: Technologist-Mechanical (533.2)
Date Posted: November 19 2020

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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!

The Mechanics of Materials Group (MoM) of the Materials Engineering Division (MED) has an opening for a Mechanical Technologist to support ongoing programmatic activities. You will interact with scientists, engineers, technicians, and other support personnel. Under general supervision, you will provide technical support for mechanical testing projects including design, fabrication, assembly of special testing hardware, selection and use of sensors and electronic instrumentation. You will operate mechanical testing systems, perform experiments, acquire data, and write test reports.
Essential Duties
- Perform mechanical testing experiments using electro-mechanical or servo-hydraulic test machines. 
- Measure and record displacement, load, stress and strain using computer-based data acquisition systems.
- Identify alternative approaches to mechanical testing problems using individual creativity and judgement.
- Use mechanical design, engineering, and scientific software on computer systems to produce documentation and graphics.
- Evaluate and characterize materials and manufacturing processes in support of mechanical testing experiments.
- Provide general technical support in design, fabrication, and assembly of mechanical hardware.
- Provide in-depth detailed reporting of test results.
- Follow and adhere to written, operational and safety procedures while completing job assignments working independently and as part of a team.
- Work efficiently to perform laboratory work with deliberate attention to detail for safety, security, and accuracy.
- A.S. degree in Engineering Technology and/or degree/certificate in mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- General knowledge of mechanical testing methods. (Compression and tensile testing)
- Demonstrated knowledge of principals in engineering hardware design, fabrication, and drafting practices.
- Ability to perform engineering calculations, data reduction, and data analysis.
- Experience in machining using lathes, mills, band saws or other basic machine shop tools.
- Experience with personal computers and associated software. (Microsoft Office Suite, Graphing/Plotting software) for documenting experimental results.
- Experience in mechanical measurement and mechanical assembly of components.
- Ability to multi-task and must demonstrate proficient written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Demonstrated knowledge of operating principles of strain gages, load cells and displacement measuring devices.
- Demonstrated knowledge of operation of mechanical testing systems or other computer-controlled equipment.
- Proficient user of CAD software. (CREO or SolidWorks)
- Demonstrated general knowledge of electronics. (Familiar with voltage, current and resistance measurement techniques, Ohm’s law and a general understanding of basic electrical circuits)

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 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.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

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.