Assistant Technician, Manufacturing Systems Design

Date: Nov 16, 2023

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12067 


ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!



We are seeking a Technician who will focus on supporting directed energy deposition/hybrid manufacturing research.  This position resides in the Manufacturing Systems design group in the Manufacturing Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


The main function of this position is to support the Manufacturing Systems Design Group and affiliated groups with a focus on developing new manufacturing processes, integration of new capabilites into existing machine tools, and operation and troubleshooting with a specific focus towards hybrid manufacturing systems. The group efforts focus on building the science base for advanced manufacturing systems and translating those results into innovations for commercial and defense applications.  Projects often integrate additive and subtractive operations, hardware and software, sensors, and data analysis. Projects will require creative solutions to challenging problems in a dynamic fast-paced environment.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Ability to document manufacturing steps through writing and images on build reports utilizing Microsoft office

  • Generate and execute CNC programs to assist research projects

  • Set up tooling in machines for the fast execution of research projects

  • Assist with the install and operation of new machines within the identified working scope

  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by encouraging a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes is required. 

  • High school diploma / GED is required. 

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance is required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent CNC and CAM software skills

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 

  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

  • Ability to identify points of need for daily operations and resupply such as consumable stock, maintenance schedules, research project execution, and system installation.

  • Ability to accurately and susinctly document standard operating procedures and improved techniques

  • Ability to teach others the basic operations of these complex systems


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville