Mechanical Engineering Student (Post Masters)

Updated: 3 months ago

What You Will Do

The selected applicants will serve as a test engineer supporting the development and utilization of advanced test techniques, specifically, the uncertainty quantification of experimental capabilities to increase confidence in test methods and equipment, and their application to weapons development.

In support of this effort, the successful candidate will support test requirements identification and documentation, test design and planning activities, component fabrication, technical oversight, experiment execution and data gathering, analysis and interpretation activities, and formal test reporting.

Post Masters Student (Post Masters ST) ($67,517)

Successful applicants will perform the following duties in this position:

  • Solve mechanical engineering problems:

  • Design test hardware, fixturing and tooling

  • Complete engineering analysis for test hardware design and test planning

  • Determine and implement instrumentation and data acquisition solutions

  • Prepare and execute experiments

  • Complete post-test analyses

  • Thoroughly document results

  • Author engineering documents such as test plans, test procedures, test reports and engineering requirements

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of test engineering including test design, planning, preparation, execution, data reduction and analysis, and documenting of experimental work.

  • Demonstrated experience in acquiring and interpreting experimental data such as acceleration, temperature, strain, force and displacement.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in the use of specialized engineering software for data acquisition and analysis, such as MATLAB, LabView, Origin, or other similar software.

  • Ability to accomplish technical tasks while working independently or as part of a team with other engineers, scientists, and technicians.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of dynamic measurements, measurement techniques, instrumentation, and digital signal processing techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of experimental and analytical modal analysis including modal analysis test methods, curve fitting, input and response location optimization and extraction of modal parameters.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of transfer path analysis, dynamic sub-structuring and analytical or numerical modeling of dynamic systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of uncertainty quantification techniques.

  • Environmental, product life-cycle, or shock and vibration testing experience.

  • Experience with setup, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of electrodynamic shakers and slip tables.

  • Familiarity with finite element methods and techniques including comparison with experimental data.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or a closely related field), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, from an ABET accredited institution within the last three years.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Vision-reading vision, general physical-sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, weight handling-carrying 10-20 pounds

Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Name Greathouse, Khalid T (Khi)
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Vacancy Name: IRC89453
Organization Name E-14/Test Engineering
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Req ID: IRC89453
Category: Student - Post Master

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