Configuration Management/CAD Support Specialist

Date: Aug 31, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11272 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. We are seeking a Configuration Management Specialist who will support the Technical Support Services Group withiin the Isotope Science and Engineering. Directorate’s (ISED) Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ESED serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. ESED is the national steward for the research, development, and demonstration of centrifuge technology. The successful candidate will provide support for research and development using principles of Integrated Safety Management (ISM) within a division that supports multiple projects and programs. The Technical Support Services Group is focused on providing division-wide services in support of the strategic advancement of science and technology focused on the research and development of prototype enrichment devices for processing uranium-bearing and stable isotope compounds. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. With a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 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.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

The selected candidate will support the configuration management of ESED data files, documents, and records (e.g., design inputs and outputs, procedures, work control documents); coordinate the development and completion of Design Control and Design Change Request documentation; and serve as the Administrator for SolidWorks Computer Aided Design (CAD), Product Data Management (PDM), and future design/data management related applications.


This position’s responsibilities will include:


Document Control & Records Management Support


Configuration Management

  • Maintenance of an established PDM database through software updates and future expansion
  • Assist staff in the implementation of documented processes to perform work in a version and revision-controlled workflow environment
  • Communicate database functionality and updates through training, desktop instructions, and user assistance
  • Collaborate with Document Management Coordinators and Quality Assurance Representatives to ensure compliance with existing and future Configuration Management requirements
  • Collaborate with Records Management Officer(s) to coordinate electronic record storage and maintenance
  • Establish PDM accounts and permissions for ESED staff
  • Establish guidelines to ensure accurate Bill of Materials (BOM) output from 3D CAD models
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing to establish metadata requirements for future Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system integration
  • Automate tasks to improve engineering and design efficiency


Design Support


Design Control Coordination

  • Assist with implementation of established Design Control processes
  • Coordinate with ESED design staff to assist with development and completion of Design Control and Design Change Request documentation
  • Assist with coordination of collaboration between affected work groups


CAD Administrator

  • Maintain system configuration files for 3D modeling and drawing applications
  • Troubleshoot user interface issues, as identified
  • Interface with information technology support staff for network permissions, storage, and administrative controls
  • Assist in the on-boarding of design staff to ensure understanding of established CAD processes
  • Assist in the development of a CAD standard, to be implemented across multiple projects and drawing types
  • Assist SolidWorks CAD users in the creation of part and assembly models and detailed mechanical drawings to facilitate fabrication and assembly of designed components and systems
  • Standardize material files, component libraries, templates, notes, and other general drafting guidance
  • Maintain CAD software licenses for multiple user areas
  • Coordinate CAD training for design staff


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or 10+ years’ experience with 3D CAD and PDM/PLM systems
  • Configuration management and ERP system experience
  • A strong understanding and application experience with ASME drawing standards (e.g., ASME Y14.100)
  • Experience creating and maintaining design documents in a quality controlled, product lifecycle environment
  • Experience in creating or working to a formal change control process
  • Able to work in a team environment and establish cooperative relationships within the division


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DOE Q clearance
  • Certification or training in configuration management practices
  • Proven experience in progressing prototype hardware into production-ready components
  • Fabrication shop or construction experience utilizing design drawings in the field
  • Experience managing software implementations
  • Programming experience within the SolidWorks and PDM environment (e.g., creating macros, scripting, automation tasks)
  • Experience with SolidWorks Electrical and other premium tools such as SolidWorks Routing
  • General understanding of Microsoft server and SQL administration related to SolidWorks and PDM


Q clearance: 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.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville