Manufacturing Engineer

Date: May 27, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10654 


We are seeking a Manufacturing Engineer who will focus on the manufacture and delivery of critical components for neutron sciences at ORNL. This position resides in the Manufacturing Group in the Neutron Technologies Section, Neutron Technologies Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


As part of our team, you will initiate and oversee procurement and construction of neutron source related components. You will work with on-site machine shops and interact with subcontracted vendors to supply and produce major source and instrument-system components including the inner reflector plug, the proton beam window, mercury target modules, and other complex fabrications. The primary role of the manufacturing engineer is to manage the production of neutron source and instrument components ensuring high quality and on-time deliveries. In addition, the manufacturing engineer will perform engineering tasks within the Neutron Technologies Engineering Section including analysis, process development, quality oversight, and other engineering functions as needed.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Act as Technical Project Officer (TPO) to oversee all technical aspects of subcontracts.
  • Develop and maintain suppliers for neutron source and instrument related components.
  • Manage neutron source component schedules for on-time delivery.
  • Develop and qualify welding, machining, fabrication, and testing processes.
  • Oversee, document, and improve special processes used to manufacture neutron source components.
  • Coordinate manufacturing tasks with design engineers, quality specialists, and procurement staff.
  • Maintain all required documentation of neutron source manufacturing components.
  • 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:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a relevant engineering discipline with two or more years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with standard engineering principles, such as engineering calculations, interpreting mechanical drawings, and using 3-D CAD tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve technical problems.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and engage with key vendors in various manufacturing settings.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of experience working in an engineering or manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete complex projects within cost and schedule.
  • Competent professional knowledge in one or more of the following: metallurgy, welding, machining, coatings, and non-destructive evaluation.
  • Knowledge and experience applying the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel CodeExperience working under DOE O 414.1D (“Quality Assurance”), ISO 9001:2015 (“Quality Management Systems”), or equivalent quality assurance program.


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


Special Requirements:

  • Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.
  • 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.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.


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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