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Instrumentation & Controls Engineer

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Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 363 

Pay Band:  Staff Member 3, Exempt
Relocation:  Domestic and International relocation assistance is available for this position.


US ITER is a ten year, ~$4 Billion, Department of Energy multi-laboratory project that executes the United States (US) contributions to ITER for the US. The US is a non-host partner in the seven-member international collaboration to design and construct, in France, a fusion device aimed at establishing the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy. Find out more about this exciting project on the web:


US ITER is seeking an experienced I&C engineer that will be responsible for the design, development and procurement of ITER Tokamak Vacuum Systems I&C Instruments, Electronics and Software. In this role you will interact with Vacuum Mechanical Engineering and multi-disciplinary analysis teams while providing guidance to design staff to realize optimal system solutions in compliance with ITER requirements. Vacuum systems you will be developing I&C solutions for include Cryo Guard Vacuum Pumping System (CGVS), Service Vacuum System (SVS), Roughing Pump System and Vacuum pumping ststems for RF Transmission lines and Diagnostics.

You will interact and collaborate on a regular basis with US Vacuum and I&C team members, US ITER Vacuum Responsible Officer (RO), US ITER procurement, and ITER International Team Control System Division members.

You will be authorized to approve engineering drawings, SOWs and Technical Specifications.  You will also act as the Technical Project Officer (TPO) for specific procurement contracts.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with I&C and mechanical engineers, designers and analysts on development of detailed design.
  • Check and back-check drawings and documents produced by designers or other engineers.
  • Support the design of Piping and Instrument Drawings (P&IDs).
  • Develop panel wiring and interconnect cabling designs.
  • Design panel layouts and perform enclosure cooling calculations.
  • Produce control system input/output and instrumentation lists
  • Design power distribution single line diagrams
  • Develop control strategies and state transition diagrams
  • Write control system hardware descriptions including control requirements, functional specifications, and control system architecture descriptions
  • Write control software requirements specifications and control software design descriptions
  • Specify PLC systems
  • Specify vacuum gauges and controllers
  • Write procedures and participate in qualification of instrumentation for high magnetic field areas, EMI/EMC testing, gamma and neutron radiation testing, etc
  • Work with ORNL analysts to determine proper magnetic shielding of instrumentation
  • Write factory acceptance test procedures
  • Write statements of work for I&C design and fabrication
  • Evaluate vendor proposals for I&C equipment
  • Oversee the management of development and fabrications contracts with industry
  • Some domestic and international travel is required to ITER site in southern France


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical, Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering, or related technical field
  • 8 or more years of both I&C engineering design and hands-on experience, including the following:
         - PLC system design
         - Enclosure design
         - Cable design
         - Control software design
         - Knowledge of I&C engineering and design practices including drawings, specifications, and codes
          - P&ID preparation
  • Experienced in development of state transition diagrams, electrical load lists, and wiring diagrams
  • Experienced with Motor Control system design and requirements development
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally and domestically as required
  • Excellent writing skills to be able to write coherent design documents
  • Proficient in use of office automation tools, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Electrical, Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering or related technical field.
  • Previous large-scale plant design experience.
  • Experience working as team member on international project.
  • Experience with PLC architecture design, programming, test and validation.
  • I&C design experience with the following:
        - Vacuum system pumping and gauging
        - Cable/harness design
        - SEE Electrical Expert or similar CAD electrical design software
        - IEC standards and CE-compliance
        - Siemens S7 PLC and/or EPICS programming


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, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   
Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
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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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