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Electronics Technician - Controls Integration Group

Date: Sep 1, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6305 


The Controls Integration Group at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) are seeks an Electronics Technician who will focus on control system hardware maintenance, installation and troubleshooting.  This position resides in the Controls Integration Group in the Research Accelerator Division, Neutrons Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The group is responsible for developing fully integrated control system solutions to deliver safe, high reliability beam to the target. Typicall systems are based on PLC, VME or MicroTCA hardware integrates using the Experiemental Physics and Industrial Control Systems (EPICS).

This position reports to Controls Integration group leader.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the scientific mission of the SNS Accelerator by performing routine maintenance procedures, assisting with time critical troubleshooting of operational issues and installing new systems.
  • Prepare drawings and assembly instructions including chassis design, mounting hardware, and wiring diagrams for electrical and electronic systems and light mechanical fabrications.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electronic assemblies.
  • Perform quality assurance verification of all purchased off-the-shelf and custom equipment
  • Maintain optical fiber connectivity for Timing System, Machine Protection System and Network.
  • Work closely with group engineers, operators and technicians.
  • Perform work in accordance with SNS work control procedures and safety guidelines.
  • This position operates during typical daytime office hours, but some off-hours and weekend support is required to support the 24/7 operational needs of the SNS.
  • Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in electronics or related field.
  • 5 or more years of applicable experience. 
  • Experience and understanding of analog and digital electronics principles.
  • Extensive soldering experience.
  • Familiarity with operating laboratory test equipment like oscilloscopes and functional generators.
  • Mechanical chassis design and assembly experience.
  • Must be able to receive and maintain various certifications required to perform duties; such as radiation worker and electrical worker qualifications.
  • Capable of lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds, climbing stairs, and climbing ladders.
  • The individual must have the manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination necessary to solder fine pitch components and terminate fiber optic cable.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse teams of engineers, operators, and technicians.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in electronics or related field Experience with optical fiber cable maintenance, troubleshooting and termination.
  • Knowledge of programmable logic controller programming, preferably with Allen Bradly platform
  • Familiarity with applicable IPC design standards for printed boards, electronic assemblies, and rework and repair.
  • Experience at a scientific user facility and on-call operational support.
  • LabView familiarity.


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer. 



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

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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