Automation Hardware Engineer, Optics & Materials Science & Technology

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for an Automation Hardware Engineer. You will be responsible for developing and implementing process automation hardware used in the Optics & Materials Science & Technologies (OMST) facilities that support the National Ignition Facility (NIF). You will provide engineering solutions throughout all phases of the systems development processes. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Under limited direction, provide electrical and controls engineering solutions for complete control system design to include drawing packages, instrument and I/O list development, specification of PLC hardware, instrumentation, and interconnecting components.
  • Plan, perform and/or oversee troubleshooting and repair of moderately complex to complex control systems.
  • Starting with a broadly defined scope, work closely with inter-organizational contacts and external customers to define requirements for OMST control system hardware. Refine and manage the system requirement specifications used for control system design.
  • Develop commissioning test plans (CTPs) for moderately complex to complex systems and overseeing their execution in the field.
  • Provide hands-on engineering support for panel testing, programming, deployment, start up and commissioning of control system hardware.
  • Collaborate with project managers and customers to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication. Participate in formal and informal design reviews. Present design materials to inter-organization and external audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Lead, review, and mentor others in the development of formal system documentation, such as complex Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs), Software Requirements Specifications (SRSs) and Commissioning Test Plans (CTPs).
  • Lead the development of complex electrical and controls test plans, analyze the test data to draw conclusions, and recommend correction action to senior management by way of formal presentation.
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and designers in development of controls hardware systems, including the development of project management and systems engineering deliverables.
  • Lead formal and informal design reviews to identify and mitigate engineering risks.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of programmable logic controller (PLC) logic development and troubleshooting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of process and motion control using open- and closed-loop feedback.
  • Broad experience developing industrial analog and digital circuit design for incorporation into controls/instrumentation hardware.
  • Proficient understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of both analog and discrete industrial instrumentation (transmitters, sensors, actuators, controllers), data acquisition, and signal processing/conditioning.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in the design and architecture of complex control systems hardware and software.
  • Significant experience leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups, and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems, including significant experience employing project management techniques and utilizing supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.
  • Significant experience defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related field.
  • Experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
  • Extensive experience with Rockwell Allen-Bradley control system products.
  • Comprehensive experience developing PC based Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs).
  • Extensive experience with industrial controls equipment including control valves, stepper or servo motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

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This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Under limited direction, provide electrical and controls engineering solutions for complete control system design to include drawing packages, instrument and I/O list development, specification of PLC hardware, instrumentation, and interconnecting components.
  • Plan, perform and/or oversee troubleshooting and repair of moderately complex to complex control systems.
  • Starting with a broadly defined scope, work closely with inter-organizational contacts and external customers to define requirements for OMST control system hardware. Refine and manage the system requirement specifications used for control system design.
  • Develop commissioning test plans (CTPs) for moderately complex to complex systems and overseeing their execution in the field.
  • Provide hands-on engineering support for panel testing, programming, deployment, start up and commissioning of control system hardware.
  • Collaborate with project managers and customers to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication. Participate in formal and informal design reviews. Present design materials to inter-organization and external audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Lead, review, and mentor others in the development of formal system documentation, such as complex Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs), Software Requirements Specifications (SRSs) and Commissioning Test Plans (CTPs).
  • Lead the development of complex electrical and controls test plans, analyze the test data to draw conclusions, and recommend correction action to senior management by way of formal presentation.
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and designers in development of controls hardware systems, including the development of project management and systems engineering deliverables.
  • Lead formal and informal design reviews to identify and mitigate engineering risks.
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  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of programmable logic controller (PLC) logic development and troubleshooting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of process and motion control using open- and closed-loop feedback.
  • Broad experience developing industrial analog and digital circuit design for incorporation into controls/instrumentation hardware.
  • Proficient understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of both analog and discrete industrial instrumentation (transmitters, sensors, actuators, controllers), data acquisition, and signal processing/conditioning.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in the design and architecture of complex control systems hardware and software.
  • Significant experience leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups, and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems, including significant experience employing project management techniques and utilizing supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.
  • Significant experience defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related field.
  • Experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
  • Extensive experience with Rockwell Allen-Bradley control system products.
  • Comprehensive experience developing PC based Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs).
  • Extensive experience with industrial controls equipment including control valves, stepper or servo motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs).

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