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Operations Center Operator (Operator 5)

Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

What You Will Do

You will report to a TA55 Shift Operations Supervisor. Operations Center Operators serve as the primary interface between the tenant organizations, support services subcontractors and FOD to review and implement DOE O 422.1, Conduct of Operations. Primary duties include but are not limited to: Facility Access Control and work release by tracking, screening and ensuring all work activities have been properly scheduled through the Plan-of-the-Day (POD); administration of the lockout/tagout management program to include issuing locks and procedural development; responsible for tracking and ensuring all Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) and Administrative Surveillance Instruction (ASI) surveillances of facility systems are in conformance with the established authorization basis for operation. The TA55 Operations Center Operator position requires 24/7/365 coverage and therefore requires working a shift schedule.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Nuclear Facility:

Extensive knowledge and experience with Conduct of Operations as applied to a Nuclear Facility and maintaining a Nuclear Facility.

Equipment Operations:

Demonstrated experience and understanding of the following aspects of equipment operations as applied to a Nuclear Facility:

Policy and Procedure:

Expert knowledge of the Laboratory's facility/operational/computing policies, practices, and procedures.


Expert understanding of and ability to identify work hazards, safety practices, operating configuration. Extensive experience with lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.


Expert knowledge of configuration management.

Work Control Processes:

Extensive knowledge in formal work control processes.

Facility Systems:

Expert knowledge of typical facility electrical and mechanical systems, sub-systems and components (heating, ventilation, refrigeration systems, cooling towers, fire suppression/alarm systems, air compressors, pneumatic controls, etc.)


Expert knowledge and experience in performance and review of TSR surveillance instructions, including tracking/scheduling.


Extensive knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical schematics.


Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication.

Education/Experience: Position requires a high school diploma and a minimum six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be expected, including associate's degrees and graduation from technical institutions.

DOE 426.2 Requirement: This position requires a High School diploma

Desired Qualifications:

Facility Systems:

Knowledge and understanding of Programmatic Logic Controller (PLC) based systems.

Nuclear Facility:

Prior experience working in a nuclear facility, for example, Naval Nuclear Power Program or commercial nuclear plant.

Work Environment: Working off-shift/rotating schedule

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

  • The TA55 Operations Center Operator position requires 24/7/365 coverage and therefore requires working a shift schedule.
  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive resume.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. 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 maternity and parental leave
    • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
    • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
    • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO, and holidays)
    • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
    • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)Additional Details

      Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

      Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

      Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

      HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, 712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

      426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

      New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

      Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

      Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
      Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1- option 1.Employment StatusFull TimeAppointment TypeRegularRegularFraud Warning: Unfortunately, employment scams are real. Sometimes bad actors try to impersonate a hiring organization in an attempt to gain an applicant's personal or financial information. Please be aware that Los Alamos National Laboratory will never ask for funds for equipment or otherwise at any stage of the application or employment process. Official correspondence with the Laboratory will come from an email ending in If you feel that you have been the victim of a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

Keywords: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe , Operations Center Operator (Operator 5), Other , Los Alamos, New Mexico

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