HFIR Instrument Support Technician

Date: Nov 8, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12016 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a HFIR Instrument Support Technician responsible for maintaining the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Beamline Operations instruments, equipment, and facilities to ensure safe, reliable, predictable, and efficient operations. This scope includes the HFIR maintenance program and processes; implementation of corrective, predictive, preventative work activities; and scheduling and outage management.


This position reports to the HFIR Instrument Support Group Leader. You will work closely with members of the HFIR Beamline Operations Section, Science Staff and Instrument Engineers. You will coordinate and schedule HFIR craft resources for instrument maintenance activities. In this role, it’s important to possess a strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the desire to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times as well as work independently.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop written work package directions to perform and document maintenance work for repetitive, corrective maintenance, and modification activities, on both nuclear safety related and non-nuclear equipment in an operating reactor facility.
  • Identify risks to either personnel or instrumentation and work with NSD/RRD/NTD and other personnel to plan appropriate risk mitigation, including those concerning health physics, industrial hygiene, and safety.
  • Understand and implement human performance principles in the planning of maintenance work packages.
  • Assure that UT-Battelle policies concerning environmental protection, safety, ALARA, and quality assurance are considered and followed.
  • Determine the required specifications for materials, and request/coordinate the procurement of required material.
  • Provides field work technical direction to craft supervisors and craft. Coordinates with equipment and facility management to accomplish work safely and with efficient use of resources.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • An associate's degree in engineering, maintenance or related field with 5 years of related experience. An equivalent number of years of experience and education will also be considered.
  • Experience in a maintenance or technical field and the ability to diagnose equipment problems and develop work instruction.
  • Experience with standard tools, test equipment, and instruments; and material and equipment performance tracking
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with minimal direction from managers and/or engineers.
  • Proficient in computer word processing applications.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
  • Proven experience with the supervision of personnel in a maintenance environment.
  • Experience at a neutron user facility, research reactor or other large-scale experimental physics project or user facility is preferred.
  • A strong commitment to compliance process and procedures and to safety and conduct of operations.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Special Requirements:

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


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.




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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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