Quality Assurance Engineer

Livermore, California, US
Jul 02, 2024
Posting live until
Sep 30, 2024
Defence & aerospace

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$118,290 - $182,388 Annually

$118,290 - $151,932 Annually for the TSS.2 level

$142,050 - $182,388 Annually for the TSS.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Quality Assurance Engineer. You will contribute to the oversight and management of Strategic Deterrence quality assurance programs, and the design and deployment of plans and procedures to provide assurance that Strategic Deterrence activities are performed in compliance with Directorate and LLNL/LLNS policies, federal, state, and local laws and regulations associated with quality assurance programs. Your work will primarily have you performing direct observations, document reviews, conducting assessments, providing briefings, and writing reports. In this role, you will work closely with facility and programmatic customers as well as other Laboratory support organizations.

This position will support Strategic Deterrence nuclear and non-nuclear facilities at the main site in Livermore, California. Interactions will include facility management, program management, Strategic Deterrence management, and external regulators such as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board representatives. This position is in the Superblock Operations Quality Assurance group in the Strategic Deterrence Directorate.

This position requires full-time on-site presence due to the nature of the work.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Conduct technical reviews, inspections, and assessments of facility and programmatic activities at Strategic Deterrence facilities in accordance with quality assurance standards and requirements.
  • Support multiple assigned projects in support of Strategic Deterrence’s facilities and programs through the completion of procurements and inspections.
  • Perform audits and assessments in a variety of complex conditions and environments, such as nuclear facility radioactive materials areas and other Strategic Deterrence facilities.
  • Initiate and track nonconformances through closure.
  • Evaluate supplier quality through the performance of reviews, audits, and assessments.
  • Network with other quality assurance professionals within LLNL organizations and the DOE Complex to better understand how to effectively implement DOE quality assurance requirements.
  • Assist with the development of new systems and processes focused on continuous improvement to ensure quality requirements are effectively implemented and ideal behaviors in the workplace are enabled.
  • Recognize and support plans to promote and foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability within the workplace.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.3 Level

  • Serve as the primary quality assurance technical contact that provides advanced quality assurance engineer support services to Strategic Deterrence facility and programmatic organizations to assure implementation of LLNL quality assurance program requirements in nuclear and non-nuclear facilities.
  • Use independent judgment and considerable latitude to establish and accomplish objectives.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U. S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, chemistry, engineering, or a related technical/science discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with the application of quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9001, NQA-1).
  • Experience providing internal or independent assessments and audits of organizations, operations, and facilities for assuring the effective and compliant implementation of quality programs.
  • Decision-making skills necessary to advise, counsel, recommend and develop solutions on a wide variety of quality assurance issues.
  • Broad knowledge of nonconformance tracking systems, work control processes, metrology, and/or other related quality assurance programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering design drawings and technical specifications.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, direct and coordinate self-assessment activities, and provide advice to managers and staff internal and external to Strategic Deterrence.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 Level

  • Experience working with industrial codes and standards (i.e., ASME, ASTM).
  • Significant experience applying a broad understanding of scientific and technical disciplines including safety, engineering, operations, and maintenance.
  • Experience with the application, development, and implementation of quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9001:2015, NQA-1) in areas such as technical reviews, product receipt inspections, engineering reviews, commercial-grade item dedication testing and evaluation, vendor inspections, assessments, and audits.
  • Advanced knowledge of nonconformance tracking systems, work control processes, metrology, and other related quality assurance programs.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Familiarity with Department of Energy Orders.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance requirements associated with operations in nuclear and/or non-nuclear facilities and activities.
  • Experience developing and implementing performance metrics.
  • Experience working in an industrial, construction or military environment with knowledge in areas such as machining, welding, electrical systems, and nondestructive testing & inspection processes (i.e., dye penetrant, ultrasonic, helium leak testing, radiography, visual weld inspection).
  • Experience implementing software quality assurance program requirements and processes.
  • Familiarity with implementing suspect/counterfeit item prevention programs.
  • Certified as a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015 or NQA-1.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to promote and value inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability principles in the workplace.

Additional Information


Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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