Systems Controls Specialist - LANL

Functional Job Title: Systems Controls Specialist

Job Series: Research Technologist Level 2

Salary Range for Technologist Level 2: $87,200 – $142,500

LANL Job Number: IRC110087

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for a technically excellent and highly motivated Controls Specialist for high power systems driving some of the world's strongest magnets. The work entails the design, programming, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, documentation, and repair of the PLC-based control systems for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s (National MagLab) Power Delivery Team. The work also includes providing operations support and developing and maintaining the infrastructure for the control systems.

Major components include the LANL 1.43 GVA generator, capacitor banks, high power rectifiers, bus work among subsystems, and control systems that orchestrate the whole operation. Voltages up to 24 kV, currents over 10 kA, and stored electrical energy up to 400 MJ occur at different stages in our facility, therefore a major component of this job is ensuring safe operations for everyone involved. Excellent quality and attention to detail in this work is essential to ensure scientific success and safe operation for experiments. The selected candidate will support scientific users of our facility from around the world in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential. Additionally, the selected candidate will:

  • Develop, document, troubleshoot, and maintain the control systems for the LANL motor generator and auxiliary systems. This includes the HMI, PLC’s, networks, and other communication systems.
  • Work independently and with engineers to develop new/updated controls systems from single-line diagrams and P&ID, create associated documentation, and lead installation efforts.
  • Identify, track, and report maintenance and repairs; maintain inventory of controls equipment, computers, software, licenses and spares where applicable.
  • Design and install printed circuit boards, various circuits and components, instrumentation and controls (I&C) systems, and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems.
  • Specify and install controls transducers and control system hardware, including wiring of new modules and signals in the control cabinets.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience with and ability to support, troubleshoot and maintain PLC, SCADA, HMI, and communication protocols (TCP/IP, Fiber, Serial, Profibus, Modbus etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop, test, debug, deploy, and maintain IEEE 1131-3 based PLC code for control system software to include writing and troubleshooting custom drivers to control various non-PLC equipment using Fiber, Ethernet, as well as RS485/RS232 communications.
  • Certified PLC Software and Hardware Developer/Designer or equivalent 5 years of experience developing PLC control systems.
  • Experienced with HMI development.
  • Demonstrated experience working on medium- or large-scale projects, both as a member of a team as well as working independently.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Schneider Electric Modicon PLCs
  • Experience with Unity Pro (Control Expert) and Wonderware InTouch
  • VBA and MSSQL programming experience
  • LabVIEW experience/certification
  • Microsoft Access database development experience.
  • Knowledge and hands-on work with NEC and other control system related codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of C programming language or equivalent compiled text-based language
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining large-scale control systems including advanced troubleshooting skills related to electrical circuits using electronic testing and measurement instruments.
  • Ability to interpret electronic component datasheets and schematic drawings as well as demonstrated experience in design and troubleshooting of electronic circuits.
  • Experience developing control systems for large electromagnet, pulse power, and vacuum systems.
  • Sound knowledge of engineering work planning and control methods.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to include overseeing the design, planning, development, and testing of prototype and operational control systems as well as the ability to contribute to the organizational and team knowledge level by mentoring others.

Education Requirements:

This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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.

How to Apply

Submit your application at (search “IRC110087”) For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position.

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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. The Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) enables the development of new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties, developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.

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 (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Last modified on 24 May 2022