Project Engineer
Job TypePart Time
CompanyNorth Wind Services LLC
Job Description
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 National Ignition Facility (NIF) & Photon Science Directorate is seeking an experienced project engineer to support a wide variety of design, analysis, research, development and construction projects. This individual will provide engineering project management and engineering support to the NIF&PS Directorate. 

Due to the vast and varying types of experiments, NIF is a 24/7 operational facility. This position may require the successful candidate 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
- Provide engineering project management and engineering support for a variety of design, analysis, research, development and construction projects.
- Develop state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, capable of characterizing and diagnosing the physics phenomena that occur during inertial confinement fusion experiments.
- Advise on technical projects through all phases to successful completion.
- Advise multidisciplinary team members in the solution of complex problems.
- Provide technical advice of the work being done by the project team.
- Advise on the costs and schedules for design, analysis, research, development and construction projects in support of NIF Programs.
- Prepare and present monthly progress reports on costs, schedules, and technical status.
- Develop, prepare, and advise on the implementation of staffing plans for work, and work with the Program and Division to obtain the required staff.
- Integrate project work with other elements/organizations of the NIF Project to support NIF mission critical laboratories.
- Ensure that sound engineering design practices are used on all projects.
- Mentor and provide SME to new employees in the areas of precision alignment and optical systems
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
- Performed other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- BS in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
- Advanced experience in the fabrication, manufacturing and designing of mechanical, electro-mechanical, and/or laser system components and systems.
- Advanced knowledge of high fluence laser systems, opto-mechanical systems, precision clean systems, vacuum technology, controls and/or construction of high technology facilities/equipment.
Advanced knowledge of optical and precision hardware alignment
- Experience putting together complex error budgets
- Experience with multi-layer x-ray optics and raytracing 
- Proven experience working as a Project Engineer.
- Proven engineering project management experience.
- Experience developing design concepts, analyzing and selecting the optimum concept and performing detailed analysis of selected concept.
- Proven technical background in mechanical engineering design, analysis, or construction and operation of laser facility systems.
- Experience preparing schedules, budgets, and staffing plans.
- Experience tracking project status and presenting status reports.
- Experience leading others in the execution of project tasks.
- Advanced experience in assessing designs for manufacturability.
- Advanced skills in problem resolution, negotiation and leadership.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, define, and solve multidisciplinary problems in a timely and cost effective manner.
- Proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written, for presentation and interaction with other staff members.
- Experience working as a member/leader of a multidisciplinary project team.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- MS/PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field.

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.

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.

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 or mail to 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.