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Metrology Technician

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

Software Engineering
California, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Berkeley Lab's Engineering Division is hiring a Metrology Technician for the survey and alignment section of the engineering metrology group. In this role, you will perform routine survey measurements and precise alignments of particle accelerators, photon beamlines, and other scientific equipment. Additionally, you will conduct ground penetrating radar (GPR) scans of floors and walls to support seismic anchoring. You will work under the guidance of a mentor or work lead.

What You Will Do:

Metrology Technician Level 1:

  • Coordinating and conducting facility and machine surveys using laser trackers, laser scanners, GPR systems, and optical instruments.
  • Performing survey analysis, design, and fiducialization under general supervision.
  • Aligning accelerator and beamline components within designated tolerances.
  • Documenting survey projects and measurement data electronically for archiving and distribution.
  • Ensuring efficient and accurate data acquisition/analysis to minimize operational downtime and expedite new projects.
  • Collaborating with engineering staff, physicists, scientists, and external users to meet survey and alignment requirements.
  • Evaluating, calibrating, and maintaining survey instruments and software.

Additional Responsibilities as Needed:

  • Perform basic engineering design using 3D CAD modeling, generate fabrication drawings, and liaise with fabrication teams.
  • Operate and program stationary coordinate measurement machines.
  • Troubleshoot console computer to instrument communication issues for measurement systems.

What is Required:

Metrology Technician Level 1:

  • 1-2 years of related Mechanical Technician experience.
  • High school diploma with strong math skills (geometry, trigonometry, basic calculus, statistics).
  • Proficiency in CAD software and 3D visualization of geometric systems.
  • Understanding of mechanical systems and precision alignment mechanisms.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Quick learner of new instrument technologies.
  • Good documentation and data management skills.
  • Ability to interpret technical requirements and create operational instructions.
  • Must be able to carry 50 lbs up and down stairs, work on the floor, kneel, and crawl to access spaces.

In addition to the above, Metrology Technician Level 2:

  • 2-4 years of related Mechanical Technician experience.
  • Advanced CAD software experience and 3D visualization of geometric systems.
  • Experience with laser trackers.
  • Knowledge of precision survey and alignment techniques, analysis, and computations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in accelerator survey and alignment or a related field.
  • Understanding of console computers to robotic instrument communications.
  • Proficiency with Spatial Analyzer or equivalent data acquisition, instrument control, and analysis software.
  • Familiarity with computer-based survey data acquisition systems and robotic survey instruments.
  • Proficient in Creo Parametric.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid).
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
  • The full hourly range for the level 1 position is $27.87 - $40.39. The hourly rate for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.

  • The full hourly range for the level 2 position is $33.42 - $48.47. The hourly rate for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.

  • 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.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by the University of California and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley. The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science. Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship, which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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