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Electrical / Electronic Technician

Date: Jan 14, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4869 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 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. ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. 

The Electrical Signals and Processing (ES&P) Group in the Energy Sensing and Analytics (ESA) Section of the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division (EEID) of ORNL has a successful history supporting projects in the nuclear nonproliferation and isotope enrichment areas. Furthermore, the ES&P Group has made significant progress in advancing the adoption of robust process systems for critical electro-mechanical infrastructure at ORNL over the past several years and expects to continue advancing this technology. Opportunities in these areas are expected to grow over the next few years, requiring additional qualified staff to successfully perform these challenging and nationally important projects.

The ES&P Group is seeking electrical/electronic technician applicants to make a significant contribution to projects involving nuclear nonproliferation, isotope enrichment, and instrumentation of mission-critical systems. You will work in a collaborative team environment to support DOE’s missions.



This position is responsible for working with research and development staff to develop complex hardware and software by fabricating, programming, calibrating, testing, and troubleshooting instrumentation and control systems for a wide variety of projects. It involves the operation and implementation of programmable logic controller (PLC) hardware and software and using best practices in electrical wiring and assembly of precision electrical, electronic, and electro-mechanical systems. The successful candidate will be expected to work with researchers and other technicians to deploy robust operational systems with careful attention to detail. They will also be expected to calibrate a variety of sensors in instrumentation and control systems. It will require hands-on work at times, performing tasks such as assembling systems, installing sensors, and field deployment of data collection systems.

This position will require serving as an effective and innovative contributing team member operating equipment and collecting data in field test campaigns. Technical support staff members are expected to contribute to the success of the project by applying their creativity and ability to develop innovative solutions in a collaborative environment. This position requires the flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of projects to meet the priorities of sponsoring agencies. It will require the ability to learn new technologies and systems without formal training as necessary to meet project goals. This position requires the clear documentation of software and hardware systems including wiring diagrams. It also requires the ability to work with minimum direction from research staff and management and to independently work with hardware manufacturers in troubleshooting hardware and software.

In this role you will:

  • Work hands-on with mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and process systems, including vacuum systems, gas flow systems, and electrical power distribution systems in an R&D environment
  • Support, repair, test and maintain instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for control and monitoring of the test systems using PLC based technology
  • Assemble, evaluate, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring and equipment in test systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning equipment in test systems
  • Construct and fabricate parts, using hand tools and specifications
  • Read and interpret electrical and electronic circuit drawings, diagrams, and schematics
  • Document, support, test, and maintain process instrumentation (e.g. pressure, temperature, flow, valves, gas analyzers, variable frequency drives)
  • Evaluate designs and equipment for reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety
  • Order electrical supplies and equipment
  • Perform tasks requiring extensive manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination
  • Provide operational support for test equipment including some off-hours and weekend work as required to support 24/7 operational testing efforts
  • Work in accordance with ORNL, EEID, ESA Section and ES&P Group procedures and programs including Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality (EHS&Q)
  • Work independently with a minimum of supervision while effectively supporting ORNL management, research staff, and other team members
  • Clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, to sponsoring agencies, ORNL management, engineers and researchers, and craftsmen



  • Associate Degree in electronic technology or related discipline with a minimum of two years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Experience operating hand and power tools, soldering and fault-testing equipment
  • Experience with design and deployment of measurement and instrumentation systems
  • Hands-on experience working with mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and process systems, including vacuum systems, gas flow systems, and electrical power distribution systems in an R&D environment
  • Experience fabricating complex electrical and electronic equipment using neat, precise wiring, and accurately following schematic diagrams
  • Knowledge of the design and function of vacuum systems
  • Employee may be required to work near radiation, cryogenic and high voltage areas and work could involve climbing ladders and the use of fall protection; therefore, the candidate must be able to acquire and maintain appropriate training and qualifications to work in these areas and follow all safety instructions
  • The ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance is required; a candidate with an active Q clearance is preferred.



Experience in the following areas will better qualify a candidate for this position:

  • Completion of a certificate in industrial automation, manufacturing engineering, or ISA process controls
  • Experience integrating, programming, operating, and troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) from multiple manufacturers
  • Experience developing PLC user interfaces
  • Hands-on experience with precision mechanical systems
  • Experience with Variable speed motor drives (VSDs)
  • Experience with equipment layout and packaging
  • Active DOE Q clearance


Special Requirements

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 clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


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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