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Mechanical / Vacuum System Engineer

Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6347 


US ITER is a ten year, ~$4 Billion, Department of Energy multi-laboratory project that executes the United States (US) contributions to the ITER Project in France. The US is a non-host partner in the seven- member international collaboration to design and construct a fusion device aimed at establishing the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy. The US is responsible for the design, fabrication, acceptance testing, and delivery of the various systems within its scope. This position may support multiple teams within that scope. Find out more about this exciting project on the web:



We are seeking an Mechanical / Vacuum Engineer who will perform design and integration of components for ITER Vacuum Systems and related subsystems. The position involves working with US and international contributors to ensure that the design conforms to physics requirements, engineering criteria, integrated controls requirements and engineering and building interfaces. Additional responsibilities include design review preparation and the development of product specifications and statements of work for procurement.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform all aspects of vacuum system design within the ITER facility, including requirements management, interface control, specification development, base calculations, statement of work preparation, and design review preparation
  • Participate in technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Control/Logic Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis, calculations, and other design documentation
  • Write technical specifications and contribute to drawing production associated with the assembly of ITER components
  • Direct technicians and crafts in any required R&D testing of vacuum systems mechanical elements.
  • Process and submit technical documents through the US ITER and IO document management systems.


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field and 2+ years of experience
  • Thorough knowledge of operating principles of vacuum pumps, pressure gauges, and vacuum valves, and an understanding of how to select appropriate vacuum equipment and materials for specific vacuum environments
  • Prior experience working with engineers and designers responsible for vacuum and associated control systems
  • Working knowledge of CAD software and experience gathering information from engineering models and drawings
  • Must be highly motivated, self-directed, and able to work in a team environment
  • Must have effective problem solving, time management, and communication and organizational skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in mechanical engineering or related technical field and 5+ years of experience
  • MS degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field and 4+ years of experience
  • Familiarity or experience with fusion energy technology, and/or large electromechanical devices is desirable
  • Knowledge of US ITER and ITER Organization (IO) procedures is highly desirable


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