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Design Engineer (Engineer 1/2)
Job Location :
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos,, New Mexico 87545
United States





Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos,, NM 87545
United States
Employment term : Full Time
Degree : Bachelors
Travel : Yes
Job level : Entry Level 1-2 yrs.
Work Authorization :
  • Authorized to work
  • Contribute to a dynamic team of facility engineering professionals that provide engineering solutions across a wide variety of buildings at one of the most important research facilities in the world. Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for an enthusiastic junior-level engineers with an interest in building systems and infrastructure to work in the Engineering Services – Engineering Project Delivery (ES-EPD) group. This posting is for multiple Design Engineering positions within the following disciplines: Architectural, Electrical. Instrumentation and Controls, Mechanical, Pressure Safety, Welding, Fire Protection, Civil. Structural.

    This position will be filled at either the Design Engineer 1/2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

    Design Engineer 1 ($83,300 - $136,200)

    As a Design Engineer 1, you will work with a team of engineers that are primarily responsible for LANL facility and utility planning, design, and construction. Accordingly, you will participate in scoping, design, analysis, and construction support for all aspects of facility projects. You will develop design drawings, specifications, and test/inspection plans as part of a design team.

    Design Engineer 2 ($91,800 - $151,400)

    In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will assist junior level engineers with their development of design projects, develop design proposals for new work, and independently develop drawings, specifications, and test/inspection plans for senior level review.

    What You Need

    Minimum Job Requirements:

    • Develop Contract Documents consisting of drawings and specifications to define changes to buildings and infrastructure. Incorporate applicable design requirements including nuclear safety requirements.

    • Effectively communicate engineering solutions both verbally and in writing for management, customers, peers, and craft personnel.

    • Knowledge of engineering principals, codes and standards

    • Ability to work in a dynamic environment as a member of a multi-discipline team of engineers and designers

    • Perform engineering calculations to support design changes.

    • Perform work in accordance with the Conduct of Engineering (CoE) and applicable Federal, State, and Laboratory codes and standards.

    • Represent the design agency through interface and coordination with other engineering disciplines and the customer’s representative during design and construction.

    • Obtain, evaluate and compare equipment selections from manufacturer’s representatives.

    Additional Job Requirements for Design Engineer 2:

    In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires: Independently lead all activities listed under the Design Engineer 1 position; may be assigned independent work or tasks based on the complexity of the task.

    Education/Experience at Design Eng 1 level: Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

    Education/Experience at Design Eng 2 level: Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with 2 years of relevant experience implementing the requirements described above.

    Desired Qualifications: Engineer in Training Certificate; ability to produce designs utilizing AutoCAD tools and work processes; knowledge of DOE and LANL Engineering Standards and Conduct of Engineering principals and procedures.

    Note to Applicants:

    Technical writing sample:

    With your application, provide a one paragraph sample of technical writing describing the fundamental differences in seismic design and behavior of ordinary, intermediate and special steel moment framing systems.

    Regular position:

    Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status. Internal applicants please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

    Career Opportunities:

    Successful and motivated Engineering Department employees can elect a career path as an engineering specialist, engineering manager, project engineer as well as project management.

    Where You Will Work

    Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Engineering Services (ES) Division of LANL develops, maintains, and applies a diverse set of engineering capabilities to provide innovative engineering solutions that enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission. Our generous benefits package includes:

    • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

    • Dental and vision insurance

    • Free basic life and disability insurance

    • Paid maternity and parental leave

    • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

    • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

    • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

    • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

    • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Profile:

     Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

    Our greatest strength is our broad capabilities across multiple disciplines, leveraged to meet diverse national security missions.

    Our national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.

    Our science facilities are critical to maintaining the vitality and leadership of our science, technology, and engineering capabilities for national security.

    Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

    Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

    • for access to classified matter.
    • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

    New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

    Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

    Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.



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