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Electrical Engineer

Date: Jan 12, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9854 


The Neutron Technologies Division (NTD) is seeking an Electrical Engineer to fill a role located in the Electrical Engineering Group within the Site Services Section.  NTD is one of four divisions within the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


NTD’s mission is to develop and deploy critical technologies for ORNL’s instruments and target systems, support operations in those areas and to execute projects in support of neutron sciences.   


The Site Services Section provides facilities management, project management, engineering services, facilities maintenance and construction across ORNL’s Chestnut Ridge locations.  


The Electrical Engineering Group produces a broad portfolio of work products for various ORNL internal customers.  Possible services include operation and maintenance of power distribution/utilization (13.8kV to 120V), electrical design services for various customers in the Neutron Sciences Directorate including conventional facilities and experimental equipment, construction oversight for related projects, and facility maintenance. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:   

  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of the Chestnut Ridge electrical distribution system. 

  • Coordinate with operations, electrical utilities, and engineering staff to ensure reliable operation of electrical equipment. 

  • Develop and implement preventative maintenance procedures for electrical equipment. 

  • Coordinate planned power outages with operations and research staff to support maintenance and installation activities. 

  • Provide technical field support and inspections for installation and maintenance activities. 

  • Recommend and design improvements to existing electrical infrastructure to enhance system reliability. 

  • Support/Perform procurement of equipment and services including developing technical specifications and reviewing submittals.  

  • Maintain existing and perform new arc flash analyses through data collection, preparation of SKM models, reports, and printing equipment labels. 

  • Develop technical design documents including drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for new construction, facility modifications and improvements.   

  • Work closely with electrical designers to produce design change notice packages and drawings for facility upgrades. 

  • Provide sketches and drawings in CAD, using AutoCAD or Revit. 

  • Interface with other disciplines during the design process to ensure constructability and operability of integrated systems. 

  • Review designs produced by subcontractor Architect/Engineer (A/E) firms, including equipment selection. 

  • Oversee and periodically inspect installations to ensure they meet design criteria and applicable codes and standards.  

  • Provide technical input to support troubleshooting, repair and replacement of electrical equipment including motors, variable frequency drives, electrical distribution, transfer, and protection equipment.  

  • Comply with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements. 

  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of ORNL values and ethics. 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • A B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience. 

  • Knowledge of the technical concepts of electrical engineering principles, codes, and standards. 

  • Proficiency in operations and maintenance of Power Distribution Systems Equipment. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE). 

  • Experience using SKM Power Tools for Arc Flash calculations. 

  • Experience with design and construction projects. 

  • Proficiency with AutoCAD/Revit. 

  • Familiarity with working at a DOE national laboratory. 

  • 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. 


About Neutron Sciences Directorate: 
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 for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to




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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