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Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Jan 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7113 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Manufacturing Engineer who will support the Manufacturing Group in the Neutron Technologies Division (NSD), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


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. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: 

The Manufacturing Group within the SNS Neutron Technologies Engineering Section initiates and oversees procurement and construction of neutron source related components. The team manages an on-site machine shop and interacts with subcontracted vendors to supply and produce major source-system components including the inner reflector plug, the proton beam window, and the target module. The primary role of the manufacturing engineer is to manage the production of neutron source 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: 

  • Develop and maintain suppliers for neutron source related components
  • Act as Technical Project Officer (TPO) to oversee all technical aspects of subcontracts
  • Partner with Quality Assurance to ensure neutron source components meet our rigorous specifications
  • Develop and qualify welding, machining, fabrication, and testing processes
  • Manage neutron source component schedules for on-time delivery
  • Coordinate response to vendor non-conformances or systemic failures
  • 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
  • Review drawings and specifications for neutron source related components
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of ORNL values and ethics
  • Comply with ORNL environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline with two or more years of relevant experience; OR M.S. in an engineering discipline with one or more years of relevant experience; OR Ph.D. in an engineering discipline
  • 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 attention to detail reviewing quality paperwork
  • Willingness to travel and engage with a distributed supply chain


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
  • Competent with Creo 3-D modeling software
  • Knowledge and experience applying the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • Experience working under DOE O 414.1D (“Quality Assurance”), ISO 9001:2015 (“Quality Management Systems”), or equivalent quality assurance program
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt through an accredited program, or equivalent continuous improvement activities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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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