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Quality Assurance Engineer

Job Title
Quality Assurance Engineer
Job ID
Los Alamos,  NM 87544
Other Location

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to enhancing national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Role description
Various positions exist within QA Program Management, QA Project/Field Support, and Quality Inspections and Assessments; and deployed position in Waste Operations/Operations Support, within CH-TRU Program

The QA & Transformation (QA&T) Program will lead and assess LLCC-wide efforts to ensure that N3B’s organizational culture (how we do things here), safety culture (our priority on safety) and safety conscious work environment (workers feel free to bring up issues) are in complete alignment. The three critical organizational elements needed to fully align these cultures are Leadership, Engaged Employees and continuous Organizational Learning.

Guides the development, implementation, and evaluation of processes, procedures and applications contributing to the overall objectives of maintaining an effective quality program.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

  • While working to achieve N3B LLCC objectives, ensures all activities and operations are performed in a safe and deliberate manner; maintains required safety, security and operational training; assures procedural and regulatory compliance; and makes safety, security and quality an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security
  • Determines and defines project/LLCC-wide quality assurance/quality control objectives and assignments
  • Provides technical expertise and initiative in identifying areas to which quality assurance practices may be introduced and enhanced to ensure LLCC objectives are compliantly met
  • Provides oversight of specific QA plans, assessment support to line managers, supplier evaluation scheduling and coordination; pre-evaluation; notification; reporting; corrective action; and documentation
  • Ensures quality assurance results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements
  • Follows up on actions taken in response to audit findings to assure adequacy of completed corrective actions, providing recommendations on best practices to effectively address the findings
  • May direct and assist other quality engineers, quality specialists, and technical specialists in the planning, conduct, and reporting of vendor and internal independent assessments, surveillances, and audits
  • Prepares, reviews, receives, indexes, classifies, and transmits administrative and QA records
  • Plans and conducts analysis, inspection, design, and testing activities
  • Reviews and approves inspections reports; initiates, validates and closes non-conformance reports
  • Develops institutional QA training programs and methods of training for effective implementation of QA programs; prepares and trains others as needed
  • Serves as an assessor or lead assessor
  • Participates in and supports lessons learned and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Interprets performance indicators and assessment results to assist management with performance improvement
  • Fosters a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelors’ degree in appropriate discipline; however, a combination of education and relevant experience wherein the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position’s duties and responsibilities have been adequately demonstrated is acceptable
  • Understanding of the LLCC goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated experience related to essential duties
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Process improvement experience 
  • NQA-1 Lead Auditor Certification 
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for a DOE Access Authorization (DOE Q Clearance), if necessary
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate
  • Sedentary Work Category – The employee exerts up to 10 pounds of force occasional and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or fee and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
  • Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Desired skills

  • Complete understanding and knowledge of NQA-1 requirements and applicable DOE and EM QA policies and requirements
  • Broad expertise and knowledge of environmental remediation and waste management projects and associated technical concerns
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact constructively with all levels of N3B management, subject matter experts and external agencies
  • Proven strong analytical skills to perform assessments and identify and evaluate quality-affecting issues and risks that could impede N3B from meeting LLCC objectives and requirements
  • Ability to uses independent judgment for determining course of action
  • Skill and ability to independently develop and administer schedules and assessment requirements, and to integrate them into systems
  • Ability to lead and support audit and inspection efforts throughout LLCC to identify and assess quality issues, deficiencies and potential non-compliances
  • The career level of the position will be determined by the years of relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities; after a candidate has been chosen
  • Knowledge and experience of quality assurance regulatory/contractual/technical documents (i.e., Department of Energy [DOE] orders, DOE Order 414.1, 10CFR830, NQA-1, contractual requirements relevant to quality assurance activities). Knowledge and experience with the interrelation of these requirements documents.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting and effectively communicating with all levels of personnel.
  • Expert-level oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in determining the appropriate course of action in a dynamic atmosphere of changing priorities
  • experience and ability to ensure quality assurance requirements are met during all phases of operations including facilities, equipment, waste and environmental management.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, specifications, and schematics.
  • Demonstrated expert-level exceptional skill in the preparation and presentation of quality assurance reports
  • Demonstrated experience reviewing and revising procedures and plans
  • Demonstrated experience related to procurement quality activities such as review of procurement documentation and procurement specification, receipt acceptance, supplier evaluations, monitoring supplier performance, and maintaining evaluated supplier list.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, analyzing, and reporting Quality Assurance Metrics.
  • Lean Six Sigma Certified 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age.

Job Type: Full-time


  • DOE or Nuclear Industry: 5 years (Required) 
  • NQA-1 requirements: 5 years (Required)
  • Quality Assurance: 10 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


L&A is a woman-owned and operated small business with 30 years of experience providing technical, management, analytical, and other support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) complex and sites, including many of the National Laboratories. We specialize in providing long-term and quick turnaround support in:

  • Mission Assurance – an optimized and integrated suite of systems, tools, and processes that ensure compliance, enhanced performance, reduce costs, and increased efficiency.
  • Project Delivery – including a wide range of capabilities directly related to tailoring the implementation of DOE Order 413.3B.
  • Operations Support – providing expert advice and resources to strengthen high hazard operations, and business strategy – to underpin effective operations.

L&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.

L&A Core Values:

  • Honesty and integrity above all else.
  • Safety, security and quality are the foundation of everything that we do.
  • No surprises for the customer or the team.
  • Consistently exceed the customer’s expectations.
  • Listen to the customer to ensure we’re working on the right problem.
  • Only accept assignments and arrangements that we are proud of and that are win-win.
  • Proactively manage any real or perceived conflicts with our partners and clients.
  • Continually demonstrate our commitment to the success of our clients’ projects.
  • Treat clients and team members with respect.
  • Assure that people are fairly compensated for their contributions.
  • Don’t take risks with the reputation of the individuals or the company.
  • Foster trust and loyalty among our team and with our clients.
  • Always work as a team and support one another.

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