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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Engineering Division has an opening for a Machinist to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will provide technical support in the field of journey-level machining technology. You will perform routine and specialized assignments and apply intermediate-level knowledge, innovation, and creativity in mechanical and shop related theory and practice. You will perform general machining operations under the supervision of the Technical supervisor. You may be assigned/rotated to a matrix assignment to provide direct machining support to specific projects/programs.

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

What You Will Do: 

  • Apply highly advanced knowledge and expertise in mechanical and journey level machining technology, theory, and technical mathematics to effectively and efficiently carry out assignments. Design and fabricate work-piece fixtures for one-of-a-kind or production machine tool fabrication of metallic or non-metallic parts. Provide advanced design for manufacturability advice to technicians, designers, engineers and scientists. Lead the efforts of others in both single and multiple component fabrications, some of which may be considered high-value, and/or high-risk endeavors.
  • Using both conventional and Computer Numerical Controlled machinery, program, set-up and perform highly complex machining operations that include producing hardware components and assemblies bearing highly complex geometry, precision tolerancing, fine surface finishes.
  • Use computers, in conjunction with Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing software applications to:                                                  
    • Access, view, import, export, measure, manipulate and construct native electronic drawings and solid models as well as generic file formats such as dxf and iges.
    • Apply appropriate and efficient tool/cutter path to complex geometry, determining strategic machining sequences, spindle speeds and feed rates.
    • Generate, edit and transfer appropriate machine tool controller-specific part program instructions.                                          
  • Decode blueprints, sketches, parts lists, and assembly diagrams.                
  • Understand and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing standards, including:
    • Identify and understand the symbols and terminology that comprise datum reference frames, datum features and feature controls describing form, orientation, size and location, to correctly decode drawings and leverage this knowledge into precisely manufactured components.

What is Required:

  • Extensive experience in the field of machining precise, complex, one-off components. Experience using CNC wire edm, sinker edm machines and experience using both conventional and CNC machining equipment.
  • Advanced understanding of machining theory, work practices and shop mathematics.
  • Perform complex machining bearing highly complex geometry with precision tolerancing,
  • Extensive experience using CAM systems to analyze components, set-ups, tooling and fixturing, as well as to produce efficient, accurate toolpaths for use on a variety of CNC machine tools.
  • Ability to use CAD systems to manipulate electronic models of machined components and assemblies, as well as to model fixturing, tooling and machine tool components to aid in manufacturing processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the GD&T standard ASME Y14.5, with the ability to read and correctly decode complex blueprints, sketches, parts lists, layout and assembly drawings and operation, calibration and repair manuals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to select, set-up and use appropriate hand, power, and specialized machine tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and work experience in performing set-ups, testing, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, operation and maintenance of sophisticated mechanical, shop related, and scientific apparatus, equipment and systems.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, work from heights and confined spaces, and lift 23 kg (50 lbs.).

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • AS or BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology or Industrial Engineering Technology and/or successful completion of a formal machinist apprenticeship-program, or the equivalent in formal industrial training is preferred.
  • Experience with the programming, setup and operation wire and/or sinker EDM, and additive manufacturing equipment..
  • Experience with Mitsubishi wire and sinker edm equipment.
  • General personal computer application skills with spreadsheets, databases and word processors.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (bi-weekly paid).
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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