Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a premier nuclear weapons research and development laboratory, is seeking individuals with construction and facility inspection experience. The Inspector will work within a team of individuals to support the Laboratory mission to deliver world-class facilities and infrastructure. Individuals with experience and certifications in Mechanical, Welding, Fire Protection, Civil, and Structural inspections are needed. This function will perform inspections to verify construction and maintenance comply with code and design requirements.

This individual will work within the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Engineering Services - Facility Engineering (ES-FE) group and will report to the LANL site Chief Inspector. Key responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to:
  • Performing inspections to verify compliance with building codes and standards, including the International Building Code (IBC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Uniform Mechanical and Plumbing Codes (UMC and UPC) and other consensus codes and standards.
  • Obtaining and maintaining commercial inspection certifications associated with specific disciplines (e.g. International Code Council (ICC), American Concrete Institute (ACI) or other relevant commercial certifications).
  • Interpreting inspection related codes and standards
  • Performing welding inspections in accordance with ASME codes and standards
  • Obtaining or maintaining American Welding Society (AWS) certifications for welding inspections
  • Reading, understanding and interpreting construction drawings and specifications
  • Writing and revising inspection plans and procedures
  • Reviewing engineering and procurement documents to assure the inclusion of applicable inspection, testing and quality requirements.
  • Working with project designers, project stakeholders, clients and other Quality Control Inspection organization personnel to ensure that specification, inspection and test requirements are met.
  • Documenting inspection results to demonstrate that technical and quality requirements of installations are met
  • Oversight of subcontracted inspection and test agency personnel to ensure compliance with LANL inspection and testing requirements.


This position will be filled at either the Quality Engineer 2-3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Quality Engineer 3

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the candidate would:
  • Perform inspections within multiple disciplines
  • Write and revise inspection plans and procedures in accordance with the requirements of national consensus codes and standards
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and oversight to Quality Engineer 2 Inspectors.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Quality Engineer 2 ($87,200 - $142,500)
  • Working experience performing inspections associated with national consensus codes and standards relating to commercial facilities such as IBC, ASME, and NFPA
  • Working knowledge of the basis and requirements of consensus codes and standards
  • Working experience interpreting national codes and standards applicable to construction
  • Working experience documenting inspection results in formal reports
  • Ability to obtain and maintain inspector certifications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Job Requirements for Quality Engineer 3 ($96,100 - $159,00):

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated experience writing and revising inspection plans and procedures in accordance with the requirements of national consensus codes and standards
  • Demonstrated experience working under a formal quality assurance program
  • Current inspector certifications within the structural, civil, mechanical or fire protection disciplines
  • Demonstrated experience with the application of codes and standards applicable to nuclear facilities or a similar highly-regulated field

Training/Certifications: International Code Council, ACI, NICET, AWS, NFPA, etc. certifications as applicable to the specific position

Education/Experience at lower level:

Quality Engineer 2 Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a related field and 5 year of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Education/Experience at higher level

Quality Engineer 3 Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a related field and 8 year of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with the application of codes and standards applicable to nuclear facilities or a similar highly regulated field

Current Professional Engineer (PE) certification

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position, along with a resume.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: 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 matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. We enhance national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and serve as a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Our leadership and governance, awards and achievements, infrastructure and employees reflect our strong mission focus on national security and contributions to 21st century science.

Los Alamos National Laboratory's mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.

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