Local Exhaust Ventilation Program Engineer

Date: Feb 2, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12306 



We are seeking a Local Exhaust Ventilation Program Engineer who will focus on the management, implementation, and oversight of ORNL’s site-wide Local Exhaust / Ventilation (LEV) program.  This position resides in the Engineering Programs and Services Group in the Engineering Management Division, ESH&Q Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


This position is specifically provided to assist Research and Development (R&D) staff, operations personnel, facility management organizations, and the Engineering Management System Owner (MSO) in the successful and compliant implementation of effective LEV systems and the overall LEV program. The primary focus is on supporting R&D missions however, support of LEV systems for facility staff is also an important aspect of the program. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • This position will support the SME for the LEV program and a key resource in the specification and design of needed LEV systems. 
  • This position will be responsible for ensuring R&D and operations staff are provided with appropriate expertise and support to ensure adequate local exhaust / ventilation systems are provided. 
  • This position will be responsible for refining and maintaining the command media for the program.  This includes the development of new, or review and refinement of, lab-level procedures, exhibits, guidelines, and the inclusion of applicable codes and standards in ORNL’s Standards Based Management system (SBMS). The command media addresses design, installation, modification, inspection and testing, and use of enclosing, capturing and receiving hoods.
  • Working with the Engineering MSO, Point of Contact (POC) and Quality Representative, this position will assist in the development and implementation of an assurance and assessment strategy for the LEV program.  This strategy will be integrated with Engineering’s multi-year assessment plan/schedule.


Specific activities and tasks for this position include:

  • Collaborate with R&D and operations staff to understand the work being planned and the associated LEV needs.
  • Collaborate with Safety and Health professionals who prescribe the performance criteria of the LEV system.
  • Prepare specification and perform designs necessary to provide effective LEV systems.
  • Coordinate activities with facilities management and support staff in providing and maintaining required LEV systems.
  • As requested, support the SMEs / program managers for related engineering programs: Engineering Design, Configuration Management, Fire Protection, Pressure System Safety, System Safety, and Welding/Burning/Hotwork; and
  • Abide by the Battelle Safe Conduct of Research Principles.
  • 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:

  • The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program.  Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, industrial safety, or a related physical sciences may also be considered depending on related experience. 
  • This position is entry level.
  • The successful candidate will have good oral communication and technical writing skills and will be proficient with common computer software used in the office environment. Have a strong sense of customer service and able to have positive interactions and collaborations with fellow ORNL staff from other engineering disciplines. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience that includes field/facility experience with LEV systems in the areas of; evaluation, modification, troubleshooting, calculations, taking measurements/readings, and approval/commissioning.
  • Have a working knowledge of applicable LEV requirements. Examples include; ASHRAE Standards, ANSI/ASSP Z9 Ventilation Systems Standards, ACGIH Ventilation Design Guide, select NFPA Codes and Standards (e.g. NFPA 45), the International Building Code (and companion codes such as the International Mechanical Code), DOE Order 420.1C, Facility Safety, DOE Standard 1073, DOE Standard 1189, ASME Codes, etc.
  • Have completed training in Industrial Ventilation design, testing, and troubleshooting.  Experience with HEPA filters used in nuclear/radiological applications.
  • Experience with the development of drawings/sketches of designs.  Experience with computer aided design & drafting (CADD) with MicroStation or related software programs.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 


Special Requirements:

  • Export control, no clearance: 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.
  • HSPD-12 PIV badge: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.  
  • Q clearance: 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 (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
  • Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.
  • Visa Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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

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