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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory IT Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312132

Directorate: Communiations & Information Technology

Division: Technology Services & Operations

Group: TechDesk Operations Center

Job Description

  • Managed Software Program: Maintain and operate license servers and infrastructure, troubleshoot, update, configure, report, design. Evaluate software needs of our staff and propose new software titles based on feedback and market and domain specific research. Support end user install, and basic use, and troubleshooting.

  • Managed Hardware Program: Evaluate hardware standards for staff computers, peripherals, and some furniture and work with others to recommend next standard, and identify trends and issues with current standard. Review and approve staff purchases of exceptions to standard configurations. Test and validate new images on standard hardware.

  • TechDesk: Support TechDesk customers during times of high demand by providing support through phone, email, chat or in-person

  • We have a diverse mission which will lead to other opportunities to contribute both technically and in leadership

The Invitation:

Come and work for a billion-dollar international research institution. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’ (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself and make a difference. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

About us:

Our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Our discoveries not only change the way people think, they increase our nation’s energy capacity and improve our national security efforts, making the world a cleaner and safer place.

The Position:

Our team is an advanced Tier 1 Help Desk offering premier IT support services to our customers and researchers which is critical to the overall success of our organization at PNNL. This position is all about providing outstanding customer service enabling the use of leading-edge information technology by research and operations staff working on the latest cutting-edge science. Our Help Desk technicians provide phone support to a broad and diverse customer base. In this position, you will also provide coaching to customers on the best application of technology solutions to meet their needs, installation of system software, perform periodic upgrades, and troubleshoot and resolve technical incidents and problems, restoring our customers to productivity. Our technicians offer bold support in a personal manner making the customer experience as effortless as possible.

About you:

You are a highly trained and experienced IT technician focused on the customer experience with the goal of restoring productivity as fast as possible. You take pride in finding dynamic and innovative ways to effectively engage customers. As someone with strong interpersonal skills you have the ability to effectively interact with customers, collaborate with other Help Desk technicians, and are passionate about technology. You bring strong troubleshooting skills and outside the box thinking to problem solving with your team. You understand the importance of process and culture in high performing organizations and thrive in a fast paced, high tech environment focused on results. A life-long learner, you’re devoted to the concepts of continuous improvement in everything you do. You have a fearless, positive attitude, and the way in which you achieve success is consistent with the PNNL values of Courage, Integrity, Impact, Collaboration, and Creativity.

You @ PNNL:

Your key responsibilities and accountabilities would include:

  • Research, troubleshoot, and resolve complex technical issues.

  • Provide customers with a personal, professional experience when requesting IT services and support.

  • Perform work with the reliability, efficiency, and customer service orientation to provide support from initial request to close-out.

  • Manage work and schedule to meet customer expectations and within service levels.

  • Establish, maintain, and execute standard operations procedures to leverage efficiencies and best practices.

  • Engage with technical service team leads to ensure effective support for their services and consult on process issues and improvement.

  • Use exceptional communication skills when interacting with both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Install and maintain hardware/software systems, that include IT equipment tied to research equipment, workstations, mobile devices and support all things technological for our research customers.

  • Network, wired and wireless support including switches, routers and hotspot configurations and support.

  • Provide support for Mac, Windows PC, Linux/Unix, Android, and iOS.

  • Manage work in Maximo Ticketing system.

Envisioning success:

Success in this role means delivering results through strong teamwork and a relentless focus on what’s best for our customers. Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of teammates. Success is walking into PNNL every workday with a belief that you can positively impact the research and development efforts at a national laboratory. You know that your work makes a difference with our clients and customers.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level I:

Applies basic information technology, engineering, and technical principles to well-defined tasks with minimal oversight. Requires conceptual knowledge of technical or engineering theories, practices, and procedures within specialization. Working locally as an individual contributor. Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals

Level II:

Provide leadership and oversight for staff working in various areas. Work with manager to develop goals, strategy and reporting to enable continuous improvement and high customer satisfaction. No direct reports, budget, hire/fire, staff reviews, but will work with the manager as needed for input. Applies engineering principles and theories in developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives. Works independently on standard tasks. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Effectively teams and shares resources to optimize solutions. Mentors junior staff and students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience, or MS/MA with 0 years of experience, or Relevant Associate’s degree and 4 years of relevant work experience, or High school diploma and 8 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, or MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience, or Relevant Associate’s degree and 6 years of relevant work experience, or High school diploma and 10 years of relevant work experience

  • Call center experience preferred

  • Leadership experience preferred

  • Understanding of current hardware models (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, etc).

  • Thorough understanding of Windows and Mac based personal computers, current operating systems, TCP/IP networking and office automations and productivity software such as the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, MS Project and Access)

  • Technical certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Processional (MCP), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Comp TIA A+, HDI Support Center Analyst and HDI Desktop Support Technician, are preferred but not required.

  • Demonstrated troubleshooting and creative problem-solving ability. Experience installing and troubleshooting operating systems, device drivers, and software applications.

  • Expertise in principles and concepts of customer service and support. Customer service oriented and approachable. Experience providing customer service and technical support, both on-site, remote and via the telephone.

  • Exceptional communicator with both technical and nontechnical audiences

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to team and collaborate effectively as a team player.

  • Able to deliver results with the highest level of professionalism and integrity

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: TechDesk

Opening Date: 2021-05-20

Closing Date: 2021-06-19