Dynamic Test Engineer

Date: Mar 20, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12573 

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 Dynamic Test Engineer who will support the Dynamic Testing Group in the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to support dynamic testing of enrichment devices. 


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 Dynamic Testing Group is tasked with the development and testing of centrifuge components, subassemblies, and full machines in support of the strategic advancement of science and technology focused on the enrichment and processing of uranium-bearing and stable isotope compounds.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Design, installation, testing, and performance evaluation of high-speed rotating equipment and supporting subsystems will be this position’s main activities. These activities will include using appropriate instrumentation and software to effectively evaluate the performance of rotors, suspensions, and other related components while working closely with analysts to validate rotor and subassembly models to ensure accurate prediction of performance. Dynamic testing and analysis of structures will also be part of the position’s responsibilities. Team members are expected to collaborate with colleagues and be able to effectively communicate testing results.
As a member of the ORNL scientific community, the successful candidate will be expected to commit to ORNL’s Research Code of Conduct. The full code of conduct and a statement by the Lab Director’s office can be found here: https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, or a closely related engineering or science discipline with 2-4 years of experience , or a M.S. Degree with 0 - 2 years of experience.
  • Experience with mechanical system measurements, including instrumentation, signal processing, and data acquisition.
  • Experience in developing test plans and methodologies, instrumenting, fixturing, and executing hands on testing activities, including interpreting, documenting, and summarizing test results.
  • Excellent written and oral communication 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.
  • The ability to work flexible hours and travel when required.

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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, or a closely related engineering or science discipline.
  • Active DOE Q security clearance
  • Experience in dynamic testing acquisition software (m+p, Dewesoft, VTI, HBK, Crystal Instruments, Vibration Research, and other related packages).
  • Experience in experimental characterization of dynamic systems.
  • Experience with rotating equipment.
  • Experience in Machine Learning Algorithms and Data Analytics.
  • Experience in Machinary Health Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance.
  • Experience with MATLAB and Dyrobes.
  • Experience with machining, GD&T and manufacturing techniques.

Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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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.

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