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Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineer

Date: Jan 20, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9182 


The Advanced Engineering Technologies (AET) Group is seeking a dedicated an Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineer to support our organization.  The position will involve system architecture, design, implementation, and testing including hands on work in a research and development atmosphere.  Projects will also include maintenance and upgrades to existing systems. AET resides within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The NND is a division operating within the National Security Sciences Directorate. NND staff contributes world class research, technology development, risk assessment, and systems analysis related to nonproliferation and counterproliferation. The division activities play a vital role in implementation of national policy issues that strive to ensure global nuclear security. One of the major focus areas of the AET group is the development of advanced approaches to operation, characterization, and analysis of nuclear fuel cycle processes.  The group specializes in the application of engineering principles supporting the characterization of processes and related materials. The AET group collaborates and works with staff from other groups within NND and ORNL to assure the full expertise of fuel cycle processes are applied to meet sponsor needs.  


Major Duties / Responsibilities: 

  • Will participate in the design, fabrication, assembly, and operation of experimental test stands.
  • Will oversee maintaining the instrumentation and controls systems of existing test hardware as well as leading the architecture, design, fabrication/build, and commissioning of new systems.
  • Will be a contributor to R&D projects that involve electro-mechanical systems and integrated data acquisition systems.
  • Will be expected to effectively interact with various ORNL staff as well as internal and external sponsors. 
  • The candidate is expected to work in a team environment with co-workers and management as well as independently; to fully document work performed in the forms of technical reports, papers and presentations; and to participate in the development of research proposals. 
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required. 
  • The successful candidate will interface with principal investigators, management, engineers, fabricators, modelers, and test campaign personnel.


Required Qualifications:

  • A B.S. in Electrical Engineering or related field, and a minimum of 10 years related experience; a M.S. in Electrical Engineering or related field, and a minimum of 5 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in custom electronics, and I&C systems with hands on experience to include:
    • PLC systems (design and program)
    • Data acquisition systems
    • LabView programming
    • Enclosure design
    • Cabling and electrical system design
  • Experience generating electrical engineering design packages to include one-line diagrams, rack/panel layouts, power design calculations, controls system diagrams, controls system specifications, and instrumentation data sheet generation
  • Proven communication skills
  • The ability to work flexible hours and travel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an R&D and/or testing environment
  • Expert with National Instruments hardware
  • Expert in LabView system architecture, development, programming, and debugging
  • Expert in PLC programming to include historian and OPC servers
  • Expertise in Matlab programming or other software language
  • Experience in building new test stands or processes via an in-house design/build and acceptance testing process or via design/build procurement pathways
  • AutoCAD or Solidworks Electrical experience
  • Experience in the calibration and maintenance of instrumentation
  • TS/SCI Clearance


Special Requirements:


  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Compartmental Investigation (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may also be subject to random polygraph testing.



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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