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Cooling Systems Instrument and Controls Specialist

Date: Apr 30, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7751 


The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:  



As a Cooling Systems Instrument & Controls Specialist, you will support operation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of systems and components. You will monitor and operate systems to achieve the Neutron Science Directorate goals of reliable and predictable operation at 1.4 MW and >90% availability. Your instrument and controls knowledge will focus on instrument calibration and instrument health of Cooling Systems equipment and components. Interfaces include other Target and Mechanical Systems Section members, SNS staff, professional peers from non-ORNL institutions, ORNL business services, vendors, and visitors.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Apply instrument and controls knowledge and expertise to support Cooling Systems Group objectives including reliable and predictable operations, operational troubleshooting, and engineering projects.
  • Manage and coordinate scheduled instrument calibration program.
  • Troubleshoot instrument and controls issues identified through system monitoring.
  • Apply knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) to manage assets and schedule periodic instrument calibration activities.
  • Achieve operator qualification.
  • Conduct the duties of a qualified operator in accordance with approved procedures including occasional call-in response to achieve neutron production goals.
  • Act alone to interpret and respond to anomalous operational conditions that require immediate action.
  • Conduct walkdowns and field inspections to ensure the integrity of systems and facilities to achieve effective operations.
  • Assist in the developing and updating procedures for the operation and maintenance of Cooling Systems and components.
  • Plan and manage maintenance and upgrade work.
  • Support engineering projects to include installation and commissioning, and controls integration.
  • Identify and select components and equipment necessary for effective operations and maintenance.
  • Provide engineering support for Cooling systems and components.
  • Assist in configuration management of Cooling Systems drawings and documents.
  • Assist in developing design packages for the implementation of new systems or system improvements.
  • The SNS and HFIR facilities are in operation 24 hours per day and 7 days a week year-round.  You may be occasionally required to support users and/or facilities during off hours or weekends.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in related discipline and 5-7 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with instrumentation associated with mechanical equipment including chillers, boilers, air compressors, heat exchangers, pumps, etc.
  • Expertise in troubleshooting industrial equipment and coordinating corrective actions. 
  • A strong background in applying safety principles including LOTO, Radiological Worker Safety, and other common industrial hazards
  • Must be highly motivated, self-directed and able to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Industrial plant experience
  • Experience interpreting engineering drawings including flow diagrams, process & instrument diagrams, and plant layout drawings
  • Knowledge of water chemistry principles and treatment systems



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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