Engineering Technician IV – LEOT / Laser Systems Operator - NWG 00029
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. 

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.

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. 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.