Engineering Technician – PCS Operations and Maintenance Technician - NWS 00228

Job Posted 12/13/2021
North Wind Services LLC
United States
Category Government
Job Description

North Wind Services, 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. NWS 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

NWS demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an exemption, and associated accommodations if deemed available and reasonable, under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Successful candidates will be employees of NWS, 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 NWS, 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 NWS.

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.

The NIF&PS Directorate has an opening for a Power Conditioning Systems Operations and Maintenance Technician. The NIF laser is the world’s most powerful laser system, capable of producing over 1.8 MJ of optical energy. The successful candidate will operate the Power Conditioning System (PCS) and the Plasma-Electrode Pockels Cell (PEPC) systems through the high-level computer control system following detailed procedures. The PCS employs one hundred ninety-two high voltage (24 KV), high-energy (1.7 MJ per module) capacitor bank modules used to power the large flash lamps in the NIF solid-state laser amplifiers. The PEPC system employs high voltage electronics and sophisticated controls hardware and software to implement an optical switch topology for the 192 beams of the NIF main laser. These systems include: high voltage power supplies, pulsed power hardware and circuits, analog, and digital controls hardware and software, embedded computers and diagnostics. The successful candidate will be expected to operate both systems remotely using Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and perform site maintenance including electrical distribution, high voltage gear, digital circuits analog circuits, vacuum controls, compressed air controls and/or major system configurations across multiple engineering disciplines. Primary interactions will be with the lead operators, shot directors, system managers and electrical engineering support personnel.

Due to the vast and varying types of experiments, NIF is a 24/7 operational facility. This position may require the Engineering Technician V / Power Conditioning Systems Operations and Maintenance Tech 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.

Essential Duties

-Operate the PCS and PEPC systems through the high-level computer control system following detailed procedures

-Troubleshoot, repair and maintain the Power Conditioning Unit (PCU) using oscilloscopes, computer- based diagnostics, multi-meters and other diagnostic tools

-Maintain, troubleshoot and repair the PEPC Controls and Diagnostics (C&D)

-Acceptance testing of the plasma pulse generator (PPG) and the PECP Turbo Pump to insure ready for service at NIF

-Provide accurate documentation of problems to effect immediate repairs or pass down for next shift.

-Responsible for spare components inventory management to insure appropriate level of components are on hand for the PPG and PEPC C&D, including tracking and ordering of critical or long lead spares

- Responsible for completion of inventory report (LoCoS) to maintain inventory status of the PCUs, PECP Turbo Pumps and the PEPC C&D

-Review the daily PECP Turbo Pump trends to preemptively identify failing pump to prevent shot downtime

-Maintain accurate and complete documentation regarding corrective actions for all repairs and routine maintenance

-Automation of the review of the daily PECP Turbo Pump trends

-Follow detailed procedures to render the high voltage systems “safe” for maintenance activities

-Operate hi-potters and other high voltage instruments

-Maintain a close interface with the various programmatic and project elements to ensure teamwork and end-user communication.

-Provide input to new and existing test and maintenance procedures

-Become qualified as a daily work team leader.

-Provide “sweeps” to ensure no personnel occupy experimental areas prior to LASER operations.

-Assure all assignments are performed in accordance with ES&H requirements and policies.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

-AA/AS degree in Electronics Technology or 4+ years of equivalent combination of education and experience related to the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities below.

-Knowledge and ability to read electrical schematics and electrical assembly drawings is mandatory

-Knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering principles, analog and digital circuits, and vacuum and mechanical technologies

-Ability to make practical and logical decisions for maintaining, assembling, and upgrading existing equipment

-Understanding of high voltage / high power systems and work procedures with relevant experience

-Knowledge and experience with computer based control systems

-Demonstrated cabling skills and experience including pin terminations and connectors, and length characterization for timing and documentation

-Experience troubleshooting and repairing analog and digital control systems hardware

-Good mechanical aptitude including use of hand tools

-High-level skills, knowledge and ability in electronics technology. Willingness to learn new technology and techniques

-Experience making independent, fundamental decisions regarding a variety of technical problems

-Demonstrated interpersonal skills; well organized, reliable and proactive

-Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

-Experience working in a team environment, effectively interfacing with scientists, engineers and other technicians.

-Ability to work effectively and safely under minimal supervision and under time pressure

-Ability to work in a dynamic multi-disciplinary project environment with simultaneous commitments to performance and schedule.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

-Familiarity with fiber optic cables

-Experience with creating and maintaining documentation (including simple schematics)

-Familiarity with Windows operating systems, PCs, networked drives and servers, web based applications and embedded computers

-Experience with Microsoft Office

-Experience with LabVIEW

-Experience operating / maintaining vacuum systems

-Experience operating / maintaining low pressure (100psi) systems

-Experience with lock-out tag-out (LOTO)

-Experience in the design and implementation of electronic/computer controls as well as actuators, motors, pneumatics and sensors

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. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Subcontractor.

Anticipated Clearance Level: 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 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.

North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave, and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline 1-208-528-8714 for assistance.

North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.