NANA Regional Corporation Engineering Technician IV – LEOT / Laser Systems Operator in Livermore, California

Job Title Engineering Technician IV – LEOT / Laser Systems Operator

Auto req ID 17356BR

Full / Part Time Full-Time

Employment Type Regular

City Livermore

State California

Country United States

Job Introduction Akima Infrastructure Services, LLC (AIS), is actively seeking individuals who can contribute to national security within the science, technology, and engineering fields as part of our supplemental labor team at vital federal research and development installations supporting the Department of Energy. AIS has an established history of contributing to the success of their customers mission. Available employment opportunities may range from administrative and logistical support to advanced technical positions.

Qualified applicants must be a US citizen, at least 18 years of age , and able to meet pre-employment requirements including any required physicals, drug screen, and/or background investigation to satisfy clearance requirements from the Department of Energy.

Successful candidates will be employees of AIS, a premier government contractor charged with employing highly-motivated and well-qualified personnel who can advance the missions of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. Though employed by AIS, the employee will take day-to-day direction from technical personnel employed directly by the research laboratories. Pay, benefits, Human Resource, and Employment Management functions are provided by AIS.

This position is supporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF) which is the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. NIF is also the most precise and reproducible laser as well as the largest optical instrument. The giant laser has nearly 40,000 optics, which precisely guide, reflect, amplify, and focus 192 laser beams onto a fusion target about the size of a pencil eraser.

Under minimal supervision, the Laser Electro-Optic Technician/Laser Systems Operator will provide intermediate technical support in the fabrication, assembly, installation, activation and operation of complex laser-electro-optical and mechanical systems. Primary responsibilities include providing laser system operations and maintenance support of the NIF. Other responsibilities may involve providing testing, data acquisition/recording/interpretation and diagnostic support as required. Interactions will be with project leaders, technicians, designers and engineers.

Due to the vast and varying types of experiments, NIF is a 24/7 operational facility. This position may require the Engineering Technician IV to have the flexibility to work overtime, shift and or weekends to accomplish goals. This position may also require working alternate schedules such as 4/10’s or 12 hour shifts. The successful candidate will be required to pass various on-site training modules to pursue work assignments.

Job Description

Essential Duties

  • Assemble, align, test and document complex experimental laser - systems involving Nd:YAG Lasers, CW and pulsed lasers, diagnostic and control instrumentation and associated electro-optic hardware

  • Support the setup, operation and maintenance of a large complex laser facility, including the configuration, execution and data acquisition of complex laser plasma interaction experiments

  • Assist with identify associated optical components as well as beam diagnostic assemblies to solve a variety of engineering problems associated with laser and diagnostic systems

  • Assist with set-up, align and debug optical systems in the solution of opto-mechanical problems

  • Assist with design, specification, assembly integration, operation, maintenance, data gathering and documentation of complex optical and laser systems and experiments

  • Working with large computer control system, through a graphical user interface, to operate and maintain a large, complex laser experimental facility

  • Interact with project leaders to determine priorities, schedules and manpower requirements

  • Develop and document system operation and test procedures

  • Will provide adjustments using Graphic User Interfaces (GUI’s)

  • Follow and adhere to written, operational and safety procedures in the course of completing job assignments

  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ESH&Q, Security and business practice requirements and policies

Marginal Duties

  • May occasionally work in Beryllium contaminated areas

  • May work in areas where respirator use may be required

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • AA in Laser and Electro-Optics, Mechanical or Electrical Technologies or an equivalent combination of 2+ years of education and experience related to the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities below.

  • Experience with laser electro-optical diagnostic instrumentation used in a scientific research laboratory (oscilloscopes, interferometers, spectrometers, photometers, etc.)

  • Experience with moderately complex optical systems

  • Experience with optical components such as lenses, mirrors, polarizers and waveplates

  • Experience using computer control and data acquisition systems

  • Extensive knowledge of the operating principals of lasers, electronics, mechanical design/fabrication and/or opto-mechanical mechanisms

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Ability to learn technical background using computer control and data acquisition systems or similar large system

  • Ability to recognize and decipher technical data

  • Understanding of remote control of opto-mechanical devices using computer based systems or remote hardware

  • Ability to adapt to system changes, upgrades and processes to complete experiments

  • Must be able to use a respirator, work in confined spaces, lift and push 50 pounds, use portable ladders, and work from various heights

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Experience in laser alignment, laser beam spatial, temporal and spectral characterization, optical, opto-mechanical and electro-optical design

  • Experience designing opto-mechanical components or systems

  • Experience performing experiments in a complex research laboratory

  • Experience with operation and maintenance of vacuum systems

Special Requirements

Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-employment drug test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Enter Clearance Level (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 information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


We are Equal Opportunity Employers. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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