Process and Sampling Tec 2
Los Alamos National Laboratory 63 reviews - Los Alamos, NM

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NCO-5 is responsible for the fabrication, surveillance, design, testing and decommissioning of Pu-238 heat sources. These sources are vital components providing thermal and electrical power to exploratory space probes (e.g. Galileo, Cassini, Pluto/New Horizons) launched and administered by NASA. We are seeking a motivated technician to assist the teams. The successful candidate will provide entry level technician support to NCO-5 (PU238 Actinide Manufacturing) in one or more of the following areas: chemical processing; electronics; materials science; and waste management. The technician will work under close supervision, specific and detailed instruction, and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on a well-defined task/project. General responsibilities include: Safety: learning to safely handle radioactive materials and chemicals in gloveboxes; learning to follow procedures and formality of operations for conducting work in a Nuclear Facility; Security: learning how to protect nuclear materials and classified information in a secure environment; Environmental Protection: learning to conduct activities in accordance with environmental regulations; Operations: learning to work effectively as a team member, accepting responsibility for assigned duties and becoming proficient in assigned operations. Specific responsibilities will include: prepare samples, and reagents for analysis; operating and maintaining equipment; and executing experiments and procedures; operate, maintain, and oversee repairs to equipment and perform metalography and ceramography; conduct activities in accordance with established radiological control, chemical hygiene and ergonomic safety practices; interact effectively with waste generators to dispose of waste in an expedient and regulatory compliant manner; conduct waste packaging, labeling, documentation, staging and shipment in accordance with environmental regulations and Laboratory policies and procedures. Perform respirator work in PF-4 that includes glovebox glove changes, bagouts, and material repackaging.

Key Position Requirements

This position is subject to DOE Order 5480.20A, Personnel Selection, Training and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which established entry-level requirements of the job. The selected candidate must meet these requirements.

This position is subject to the requirements of the Human Reliability Program (HRP). All candidates invited for interview must consent to be in the HRP at the time of the interview. Only the selected candidate will be subject to the requirements of HRP, which includes a pre-employment background check a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, medical examination, including psychological evaluations, and drug/alcohol testing.

The selected candidate must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship. The selected candidate will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.

In addition to applicable Job knowledge and Education requirements shown on the attached job description, the following are specific requirements for the assignment (some may supersede those of the job description): Ability to read and follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements. Ability to follow emergency procedures. Ability to pass required training and maintain currency on all required training. Ability to follow safeguards & security procedures in accordance with the Laboratory's Integrated Safety and Security Management (ISSM) practices utilizing guidelines, training and procedures. Ability to perform routine tasks independently in a related technical specialty and exercise independent judgment. Basic knowledge of computer systems and applications. Ability to interact effectively with peers and management as required to complete work.

Job Description
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Provides technical support associated with various types of measurement, equipment calibration, and inspection. Types of measurements may include, but are not limited to, dimensions, density, optics, radiation, and nuclear material accountability. Equipment calibrations may include, but are not limited to, dimensional, physical, and electrical. Specific duties may include setting up and operating a wide variety of precise testing and/or inspection equipment, conducting precision measurements, tests, and inspections, validating results, and reporting data. Provides technical support activities focused on moderately complex inspections of electrical and mechanical assemblies based on prescribed, documented inspection standards and procedures. Inspections require working knowledge of common tools (e.g., microscopes, calipers, multi-meters, etc.) for set-up and operation. Hardware inspections include prototype to high-reliability quality mechanical assemblies, piece parts, and a wide variety of electronic assemblies including incoming printed circuit boards, printed circuit board assemblies, both through-hole and surface mount, cable harnesses, box wiring, and polymer applications. Reads and interprets moderately complex engineering drawings and bill-of-materials along with standard forms describing work processes performed by the assembly technicians. Documents all inspections performed on standard inspection, non-conformance, and engineering change request forms in support of required configuration control, and archival systems. Initiates, validates and assists in the close-out of non-conformance issues. Assists in maintenance of the quality assurance document file system in support of potential trend or failure analysis. Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the overall quality assurance program. Works independently and as a member of the quality assurance team. Job Duties

Safety and security are a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. Maintains required safety and security training, assures safety and security compliance, and makes safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

Assists in the determination of conditions under which tests are to be conducted and phases of test operations.

Sets up, calibrates, operates, maintains, and repairs a wide variety of precise inspection equipment.

Assists in precision measurements, tests, and inspections on instruments, materials, parts, and assemblies to determine their conformance to precision specifications.

Assists with validations, measurements and/or experimental results. Initiates, validates, and assists in the closure of nonconforming material and processes.

Prepares technical reports for use by management and engineering personnel.

Develops calibration and/or measurement techniques for new or one-of-a-kind instruments, equipment, and/or systems.

Assist in the design and implementation of cost-effective methods of testing and troubleshooting systems and equipment.

Plans the labor, schedules, and equipment required for testing and evaluating standard and special devices.

Identifies trends in instrument performance that may require recalibration or servicing of the instrument/equipment.

Perform some non-routine tasks requiring the exercise of independent judgment.

Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.

Assigned broad work assignments based on verbal instruction from supervisor or project leader, self-initiates work on daily basis.

Inspections are performed based on established industry standard procedures and criteria, and assists in the review of formal documentation developed by others.

Assists in the development of assembly training modules based industry standards for high reliability hardware.

Assists with the preparation of quality assurance inspection plans, procedures and check lists.

Use and interpret moderately complex assembly drawings, bill-of-materials, assembly processes, sketches, and related data to determine dimensions, shape, placement, orientation and arrangement of parts, components, cabling and/or circuitry.

Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation or the overall quality assurance program.

Assist others in developing information for presentations.

Participates in internal hardware reviews, commenting on hardware design issues that may affect quality and reliability.

Participates in coordination of functions with other disciplines and departments, as required and assigned.

Inspects construction and maintenance activities and documents results in field logs, hand-held computers, and / or inspection reports.

Implements QC procedures and establishes detailed schedules for on-site inspection activities.

Participates in monitoring activities of assigned subcontractors to ensure workmanship, construction, material and installation comply with project specifications and quality control criteria/compliance.

Implements the receipt inspection, operations or construction quality control program activities within an assigned area of responsibility.

May provide technical support and guidance to less experienced construction quality control technicians.

May participate in representation area of quality control inspection / testing responsibility with all levels of management, Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), external suppliers, contractors, and other Laboratory personnel.

Implements assigned corrective actions.

Participates in initiation, validation, and closure non-conformance reports issued to report non-conformances identified during inspection and testing activities.

Ensure activities within area of responsibility comply with applicable facility integrated work documents (IWDs).

May use Lean Six Sigma yellow belt techniques to improve quality control processes.

Understands and adheres to all Laboratory and industry regulatory guidance and governance specific to ES&H quality assurance. Understands and adheres to all Laboratory and industry regulatory guidance and governance specific to test-measurement and inspection.

Ensures all test-measurement and inspection results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.

Fosters a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Job Knowledge

Knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and/or electronics.

Knowledge and experience related to mathematical problem solving.

Experience operating a variety of testing and/or inspection equipment relating to the measurement of dimensions, density, optics, radiation, and/or nuclear material accountability.

Experience making dimensional, physical, and/or electrical calibrations.

Familiarity with precision, accuracy and bias values.

Familiarity with destructive and non-destructive assay and the ability to differentiate.

Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting test-measurement development and administration.

Skill to conceptualize and communicate major elements of test measurement.

Skill in the preparation and presentation of test-measurement results.

Skill with frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.

Knowledge of the Laboratory's test-measurement and inspection policies, practices, and procedures.

Knowledge of legal requirements and environmental impacts affecting test-measurement/inspection development and administration and environmental impacts associated with materials used to assemble electrical hardware.

Thorough knowledge and experience with electrical design, assembly, repair, and installation processes.

Thorough knowledge of electrical components to determine value, polarity, and proper orientation.

Thorough knowledge of machining and mechanical assembly practices.

Knowledge of electro-static discharge (ESD) affects to electronic components and mitigating techniques.

Ability to read and understand electrical and/or mechanical assembly instructions, drawings, bill-of materials, and other related specifications.

Knowledge of the Laboratory's ESHQ-related policies, practices, and procedures including use of proper personal protection equipment to mitigate exposure hazards.

Ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively as part of a team.

General knowledge of construction and maintenance quality control methods and practices with respect to a single discipline or multidiscipline.

General knowledge of common and unique work hazards, occupational safety practices, operating configuration, and lock-out / tag-out policies and procedures.

Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently with general supervision.

General knowledge of an engineering discipline and construction or maintenance activities, which relate to an assigned area of responsibility. Education

Position typically requires a recognized degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, or specialized courses in related engineering discipline, or American Society for Quality Inspector Certifications; or one year of satisfactory performance as a receipt inspector 1 in the corresponding inspection, examination, or testing activities.

This position may be subject to DOE Order 5480.20A, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.









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1 yr

Maintenance Personnel

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Technical Staff


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Training Coordinators


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Training Instructors



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(1) The Training Manager shall have a baccalaureate including courses in education and technical subjects (baccalaureate need not be in engineering or related science).

(2) Education or experience that is job related may be substituted on a case-by-case basis. The degree may fulfill 3 of the 4 years of nuclear experience required on a one-for-one time basis.

(3) Experience consistent with the material being presented.

(4) Instructors who are responsible for instruction on subjects such as Technical Safety Requirements shall have received training on facility operating characteristics and principles, and operating limits (Safety Limits, Limiting Control Settings, and Limiting Conditions for Operation) and their bases.

(5) Instructors shall have demonstrated knowledge of instructional techniques through training or experience and be qualified by the Training Manager (or equivalent) for the material being presented. Direction
A. Supervision Received

Receives functional and operational direction from the manager.

B. Supervision Exercised

Provides functional and operational direction to reporting test-measurement technical support, and/or clerical employees, if assigned.

C. Contacts

Regular contact with engineers, suppliers, other facility personnel, and technicians.
This description is not intended to be a complete statement of every aspect of the position, but rather to act as a guide to the essential functions to be performed. Assigned functions of this job may vary, and other duties and responsibilities may be assigned or changed at the discretion of management.

Notes To Applicants

Associates Degree in Chemical Processing; Electronics; Materials Science; Waste Management, or Engineering Technology, or a high school diploma or equivalent relevant experience (one to three years.

Physical Job Requirements: Reading vision, ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range (500-3000 htz), standing, walking, running, crawling, reaching horizontally, gripping with hands, applying torque with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, use of both hands, use of both arms, lifting 5-10 lbs., carrying 5-10 lbs.

This position is subject to DOE Order 5480.20A, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job. All candidates invited for an interview must meet those requirements.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Human Reliability Program (HRP)

This position is subject to the requirements of the Human Reliability Program (HRP). All candidates invited for an interview must consent to be in the HRP at the time of the interview. Only the selected candidate will be subject to the requirements of HRP, which includes a pre-employment background check, a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, medical examination including psychological evaluations, and drug/alcohol testing.

Government Conflict of Interest

To ensure that you and LANL avoid any potential conflicts of interest, all current/former Government Officials must read and respond, if applicable, to the LANL Applicant Disclosure Form .


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