UNM-LA Students Consider LANL Technician Pipeline

Students with a variety of educational interests attend the recent presentation by Debbie Martinez who is the HR lead on the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irina Alvestad and UNM-LA student Justin Garcia chat with presenter Debbie Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to campus to speak about opportunities at LANL.

In late February, Deborah Martinez who works with LANL Human Resources on various engineering related programs, presented an overview of the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. The program provides training and development, as well as entry into career pathways.

Martinez explained that Post Associates Internships are available for those who have earned an Associates degree within the past three years but have little or no relevant experience. Employees will be provided with on-the-job training and mentoring with a senior technician or supervisor. The program is offered through a number of divisions, from Applied Engineering and Technology to the Weapons Systems Engineering division. The electro-mechanical degree program at UNM-LA is designed to prepare students for tech positions in these areas.

After stating that LANL is looking for people who are adaptable, flexible team players eager to learn, Martinez continued with advice on writing a strong cover letter and a resume that reflects skills appropriate to the job.

Last December, Lisa Harris and Frederick Montoya, from the Business Innovations Group at LANL, were on campus for a presentation regarding how to apply for internships and regular positions at LANL in fields related to business and information technology (IT).

UNM-LA is committed to developing pathways for students to pursue employment opportunities at LANL and with other local and regional employers. For more information about the programs at UNM-LA visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.