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Mechanical Process Engineer

Date: Sep 11, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7535 


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 Mechanical Process Engineer who will support the Prototype Manufacturing Group in the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


ESED serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies, and exploring enriched stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. This position reports to the Prototype Manufacturing Group Leader.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the mechanical systems development and deployment of prototypes with process and quality control engineering of fabrication, assembly and inspection techniques
  • Interface with principal investigators, management, engineers, technicians, internal and external fabrication shops, and other individual stakeholder personnel
  • Design fixtures and tooling to complete fabrication of test hardware
  • Develop detailed schedules, work orders, manufacturing plans, quality & inspection plans, and inventory control of hardware
  • Provide manufacturability and general drawing reviews of designs to be fabricated
  • Develop or improve inspection, measurement, and manufacturing processes
  • Act as the primary interface between project design and fabrication personnel
  • Act as Technical Project Officer (TPO) to oversee all technical aspects of subcontracts for related component quality
  • Coordinate response to vendor non-conformances or systematic failures so they can proactively address and resolve at the appropriate level
  • Understand and be able to apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ANSI Y14.5
  • Act as the SME for their respective measuring, inspection or testing subject area
  • Prepare quality deliverables in accordance with project processes and procedures
  • Write specifications and procedures to support inspection and testing
  • Aid in the planning of inspections and tests, and interpretation of data collected
  • Review inspection and test setups and recommends instrumentation and measurement techniques
  • Perform inspections and sets quality assurance testing models for inspection and testing of materials, parts, and products to ensure adherence to established quality standards and design basis
  • Measure output performance, analyzes issues with production quality and recommends solutions
  • Propose corrective actions to improve compliance with quality specifications
  • Maintain records of results and prepares reports


Basic Qualifications :

  • A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field and a minimum of 5 years of related manufacturing experience
  • Demonstration of manufacturing experience in an R&D and/or a production environment
  • Tooling design experience
  • A strong understanding of and application experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per ANSI standard Y14.5
  • Experience with 3D modeling and design software packages


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DOE Q clearance
  • Specifically, machining and fabrication shop experience is highly desirable.
  • Computer Aided Machining (CAM) package experience
  • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) experience (programming and operation)
  • SOLIDWORKS Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience
  • 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

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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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