Engineering Technician / Cryogenics Operator - NWG 00020
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 is seeking a talented and self-motivated Engineering Technician to perform operational support for the Cryogenic Target Operations group. In this role, you will provide advanced maintenance and operational support on the NIF target positioners and target gas manifolds, working with vacuum, x-rays, and pressurized gas systems for the targets that support the critical operations of the world’s most energetic laser system. The primary responsibilities include exchanging high value targets, gas bottles, reservoirs, and operating, maintaining, and performing fault analysis on cryogenic and gas filled systems using remote complex computer based equipment. This position requires work with hazardous materials in a radioactive environment, and active participation in task specific safety meetings. The successful candidate will have good attention to detail, identify process improvements, and seek to understand complex operational systems. The Engineering Technician will also have the communication skills to effectively interact with project leaders, technicians, designers and engineers, and will report to the NIF Operations Supervisor.

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 also requires working an alternate schedule of 3-12's / 4-12's over each two week period. The successful candidate will be required to pass various on-site training modules to pursue work assignments.

Essential Duties
-Perform operation, troubleshooting and maintenance, on cryogenic, vacuum, x-ray, and pressurized gas systems.
-Operate various systems and equipment remotely using computer control systems
-Record data and present to project leaders for analysis 
-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
-May occasionally work in Beryllium contaminated areas
-May work in areas where respirator use may be required
-May work with hazardous materials in a radioactive environment
-Evaluations of equipment may involve working in confined or restricted movement areas, climbing ladders, ability to climb stairs, stand or walk for periods of time
-Performed other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
-A.A. in Mechanical or Electrical Technologies or a combination of 4+ years of education and experience or previous military experience working on cryogenic/vacuum systems
-Working knowledge of various mechanical maintenance practices including plumbing, hardware and electrical as it relates to vacuum system operation and maintenance
-Ability to learn technical background using computer control and data acquisition systems or similar large system
-Experience working in a team environment in a technical environment
-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 with a max 300 pound weight limit, and work from various heights
-Must have the communication skills necessary to convey highly detailed procedures and verbally discuss technical information with personnel

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
-Completion of the US Navy Nuclear Power School
-Experience with operation and maintenance of vacuum systems
-Experience using complex computer control and data acquisition systems utilized in the remote control of opto-mechanical devices
-Experience working within a nuclear, military, or highly technical laboratory environment

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 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.

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.