Composites Fabrication Technician

Date: Feb 1, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12437 


The Prototype Manufacturing Group is seeking applications for a Composites Fabrication Technician position with experience in the areas of mechanical fabrication, assembly, and inspection processes to support multiple enrichment technology programs. The Prototype Manufacturing Group resides in the Enrichment Systems Fabrication and Demonstration SECTION, Enrichment Science & Engineering DIVISION, Isotope Science & Engineering DIRECTORATE, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Enrichment Science and Engineering Division serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring enriched stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists, engineers, and technicians with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. This position reports to the Prototype Manufacturing Group Leader.


As part of our team, you will work with other technicians, engineers, quality representatives, project managers, and other project staff to provide best-in-class composite products to support project activities. This position requires a balanced skillset across composites manufacturing methods, composites evaluation, testing and inspection techniques and quality control.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Fabrication and testing of composite parts utilized in various enrichment technology systems.
  • Assist in the development of associated procedures and process improvements.
  • Participation in research and development activities associated with gas centrifuge technology.
  • Assembly, disassembly, and troubleshooting of fabrication equipment.
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing of a variety of other components utilized in various enrichment technology systems.
  • Executing tasks in accordance with procedures, work orders, manufacturing plans, quality & inspection plans.
  • Utilizing engineering and/or shop drawings for parts to be fabricated.
  • Working effectively in a collaborative environment to meet project milestones and deliverables.
  • 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 fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • An associate degree in a science or engineering discipline and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience OR a High School Diploma and a minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience. Comparable combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Composite parts fabrication experience.
  • Mechanical aptitude and experience.
  • Demonstration of manufacturing experience in an R&D and/or a production environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with standard and advanced equipment, computer systems and software programs.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with filament winding or fiber placement fabrication processes.
  • Basic knowledge of working with chemicals.
  • Mechanical fabrication and assembly experience.
  • 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.
  • Active DOE Q clearance.
  • Experience related to programs or research involving isotope enrichment technologies.
  • Experience working under a Quality Assurance Program (NQA-1, ISO9001, AS9100, or similar)
  • Understanding and being able to apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ANSI Y14.5


Special Requirements:

  • Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future. To be considered for this position you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.
  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Q 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.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.





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.

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