Mechanical Technicians

Top Tempo Technical

(LBNL) has multiple openings for Mechanical Technicians to join the team.

Under the guidance of a mentor or work lead, you will be exposed to a variety of routine technical work including , set up, operating, testing, inspecting, maintaining, troubleshooting, fabricating, machining, or modifying standard scientific apparatus, parts, components, and equipment. You will also work with systems associated and not limited to mechanical instruments, various particle accelerators, optical systems, ultra high vacuum systems, particle detectors, permanent magnets, electromagnets, cryogenic equipment, and related scientific research apparatus.

This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs, and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidates.

What You Will Do:

Perform routine technical work including assembling, installing, fabricating, machining, setup, operating, testing, and inspecting.

Perform maintenance, troubleshooting, or modification of standard apparatus, parts and components, devices, equipment, processes or systems associated with mechanical instruments, particle accelerators, optical systems, high/ultrahigh vacuum systems, particle detectors, cryogenic equipment and related scientific research apparatus.

Under the guidance and mentorship of senior staff, incumbents will perform routine and moderately complex assignments and follow general specifications and work methods to achieve desired results.

Identify mechanical parts and components including sizes, ratings, tolerances, finishes, materials, and appropriate applications.

Follow assembly, installation and safety procedures of complex mechanical systems or components.

Utilize a wide variety of engineering metals, composites, and plastics in precision assemblies and scientific processes.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

Implement manufacturing engineering processes: build or set up equipment, assist in conducting experiments, collecting data, and calculating results.

Apply broad and varied knowledge of mechanical and electro-mechanical theory and practice to accomplish assignments.

Execute careful and precise handling of equipment using pallet jacks, forklifts, cranes, hoists, and rigging.

Interpret elementary engineering drawings, sketches, parts lists, component layout, and assembly diagrams.

Navigate through different laboratory environments using various lab equipment and processes with complex systems, or perform mechanical or diagnostic tests.

Work with vacuum science systems, various pumping methods, UHV assembly, troubleshooting and leak checking.

Test and repair various electro-mechanical systems or instruments. Run tests or fault diagnostics on equipment to locate and address a problem; repair or order and replace parts parts if needed.

Work in a clean room environment with an understanding of contamination control and performing assembly tasks in that environment.

Ensure quality control by following quality assurance procedures, as in checking/qualifying deliverables, performing tests, and collecting data to be analyzed.

What is Required:

Background in basic mechanical and/or electromechanical technology with the ability to successfully accomplish assignments in a timely manner.

General personal computer application skills with ability to use spreadsheets, data entry and word processors.

Ability to perform minor calculations, make and record measurements necessary to accomplish assignments.

General hand tool and/or machine shop knowledge.

Technical knowledge and skills in any of the following areas: assembly, installation, setup, operating, testing, inspecting, maintaining, troubleshooting, fabrication, machining, welding.

Experience in the use of standard hand, power, and machine tools.

Possess good manual dexterity.

Ability to climb stairs and ladders, work from heights and confined spaces, and lift 23 kg (50-lbs.).

Additional Desired Qualifications:

Experience with CAD/CAM

Experience in the use and or operation of computer controlled (CNC) machine tools.

An AA degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or the equivalent in formal industrial or military training

Valid California Driver's License.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


This is a full-time career appointment.

Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement

Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

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