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Mechanical Designer

Date: Jun 15, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8453 


The Advanced Engineering Technologies (AET) Group is seeking a dedicated CAD drafter/designer to support our organization.  The position will involve machine design and process engineering in a research and development atmosphere.  Projects range from creating new 3D models based on conceptual (whiteboard) designs and cleaning up legacy prints, to participating in large design reviews.


With technical guidance from junior and senior level mechanical engineers, the successful candidate will be involved in supporting the following:

  • Develop complex 3D models and 2D fabrication prints.
  • Hands-on construction of mission equipment
  • Coordination with fabrication shops to increase manufacturability
  • Manage Solidworks infrastructure
  • Contribute to engineering deliverables development such as drawings, reports, specifications, and studies.
  • Utilize and develop an understanding of industry codes and standard practices.


AET resides within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). The NND is a division operating within the National Security Sciences Directorate at ORNL. NND staff contributes world class research, technology development, risk assessment, and systems analysis related to nonproliferation and counterproliferation. The division activities play a vital role in implementation of national policy issues that strive to ensure global nuclear security.  


One of the major focus areas of the AET group is the development of advanced approaches to operation, characterization, and analysis of nuclear fuel cycle processes.  The group specializes in the application of engineering principles supporting the characterization of processes and related materials. The AET group collaborates and works with staff from other groups within NND and ORNL to assure the full expertise of fuel cycle processes are applied to meet sponsor needs.  


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

The successful candidate, in collaboration with other principal investigators and project management at ORNL, will participate in the design, fabrication, assembly, and operation of dynamic test stands. In this position the candidate will be expected to effectively interact with various ORNL staff as well as internal and external sponsors.  The candidate is expected to work in a team environment with co-workers and management as well as independently; to fully document work performed in the forms of work instructions, drawings, and models.  Excellent communication skills including verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required.  The successful candidate will interface with principal investigators, management, engineers, fabricators, modelers and test campaign personnel.


Required Qualifications:

  • An Associates or B.S. in Electrical, Systems, or Mechanical Engineering technology and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, or equivalent, is required with demonstrated experience in the design, fabrication, and operation of test stands and/or complex mechanical systems
  • Expert level experience with solid modeling and design software packages
  • Experience in the machine design, fabrication and or tooling design
  • Proven communication skills
  • Experience in an R&D and/or testing environment
  • Machining and fabrication shop experience
  • The ability to work flexible hours and travel is required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstration of design and process team experience as well as experience in process development & control
  • Manufacturing environment quality experience
  • Experience in maintaining high levels of process documentation and quality assurance are desired
  • TS/SCI Clearance


Special Requirement:

Q/L 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.

SCI: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an Secret Compartmental Investigation (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.


This position is a full-time staff position.



Technical questions should be directed to Dr. John (JJ) Langford, 865-341-8068


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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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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