Mechanical Design Engineer - NWG 00023
Job TypeFull 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) and Photon Science Directorate has one opening for a highly qualified Mechanical Design Engineer. Applicants must possess a passion and enthusiasm for mechanical engineering; one that is looking for a challenge to “think out of the box” and have the skills to forecast needed changes to continue high achievement and excellence.  NIF is a state-of-the art, one of a kind facility that requires fast pasted, highly skilled, and trained employees. NIF is seeking to enhance its core staff with people who can lead future design and engineering efforts as NIF continues its scientific journey through operations in its experimental facility. These mechanical, laser, optic, and electrical systems require advanced technical skills to work on very sophisticated designs. Successful candidates must have demonstrated exceptionally high ability in past engineering projects and positions, being able to demonstrate from conception to completion of large scale or complex projects. This requires a versatile, broad-based Mechanical Design Engineer capable of developing, individually or with other Mechanical Engineers and Engineers of various disciplines to provide: 1) novel and innovative designs, 2) exacting specifications, 3) processes and procedures for the installation and commissioning of the hardware, 4) interactions with vendors and finally 5) integration of the hardware in a large, complex and tightly secured facility.  The successful candidate will work within the NIF and Photon Science Engineering Design group.  This unique group requires the flexibility and openness to move within the design group to where their skills will be needed most.  Because of the vast and varying types of experiments, this position will require the Mechanical Design Engineer to have the ability to be flexible, working within various NIF departments that require design assistance.  NIF will provide the successful candidate an opportunity to be part of an elite team in advancing forward into the future of lasers and advanced science and physics. 

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
- Perform development, concept and completion of detailed designs of hardware for, laser, optics, mechanical and diagnostic applications.
- Apply advanced knowledge of 3D CAD modeling of design concepts using PTC Creo 3.
- Perform structural and/or thermal analyses to prove technical basis of proposed design to define materials, calculations for stress and strain and the materials required.
- Develop detailed fabrication specifications and documentation for all designs.
- Perform detailed interference and tolerance stack-up analyses to validate form, function and cost optimization of each design.
- Apply basic stress/strain analyses to substantiate sizing decisions of all components.
Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- AS degree, or equivalent with applicable experience in the mechanical engineering field.
- Working knowledge of developing design concepts with a broad background in its various sub-disciplines – mechanical, optical, and electrical. 
- Experience within the scope of conception, design, fabrication and materials, prototyping projects from start to finish. 
- Must have the ability and attitude to develop a project from start to finish. (Should be able to provide examples from past jobs). 
- Demonstrated ability to analyze tolerance stack-ups. 
- Extensive working knowledge of parametric solid modeling and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (ASME Y14.5)
- Experience working as a member of a project team with engineers, scientists, designers, technicians and coordinators.
- Ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner both verbal and written to peers and managers in presentation form and report form, to small and large groups as needed and required.
- Ability to independently solve problems and achieve results on schedule
- Demonstrated analytical skills in systems analysis and experience on experimental systems
- Skills in Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
- Must be able to meet pre-employment requirements consisting of a physical, drug screen and background investigation under clearance requirements from the Department of Energy. 

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Applied experience with the Pro-E Mechanical/Creo Simulate
- Applied experience with PTC Windchill
- Experience in reviewing and verifying the accuracy of work performed by peers and other engineering disciplines as needed. 

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.