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Non-destruction Examination (NDE) Technologist

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Date: Nov 19, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4301 


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks to hire an NDE Technologist for the Integrated Operations Support Division’s Non-Destructive Examination Program in the Facilities & Operations Directorate. 


We are 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. Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

1. Under general supervision performs technical duties in enforcing codes for inspection of components to ensure safety and health.  Inspection Methods and Techniques include:

  • Radiographic testing of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys to verify the internal structure and integrity of the specimen.  Techniques include:
    • CT – Analysis using Volume Graphics
    • Digital – Computed Radiography
    • Digital Image Archiving for Nuclear Applications
  • Leak Testing for the location of leaks or measurement of leak rates.  Techniques include: 
    • Bubble Testing
    • Pressure Change Measurement Test
    • Mass Spectrometry (magnetic sector and RGA)
    • Ultrasonic
    • Conductance Meter
  • Liquid Penetrant examination for the detection of surface discontinuities in non-porous metallic and non-metallic materials.  Techniques include: 
    • Visible, Solvent Removable
    • Visible, Post Emulsifiable
    • Visible, Water Washable
    • Fluorescent, Solvent Removable
    • Fluorescent, Post Emulsifiable
    • Fluorescent, Water Washable
  • Magnetic Particle examination of ferromagnetic materials such as welds, semi-finished materials, and in0-service parts to include lifting hooks.  Techniques include:
    • Bench and Field
    • Both Visible and Fluorescent
  • Pressure Test
    • Hydro and Pneumatic
  • Ultrasonic testing to detect internal flaws or to characterize materials.  Perform thickness measurements using ultrasonic equipment.  Techniques include:
    • Thickness Measurement
    • Weld and Base Metal Inspections
    • Shear and Longitudinal angle beam
    • Phased Array (TFM/FMC)
    • Time of Flight Diffraction

2. Visual examination of the external and internal surfaces of materials and components.

3. Independently perform non-destructive examinations in accordance with company NDE procedures.

4. Record data and report examination result.

5. Work with Level III personnel for disposition of rejectable conditions

6. Work with equipment owners to answer basic code questions and to verify the adequacy of correction of violations.

7. Periodically assist in development, review, and revision of job hazard evaluations, internal operating procedures and inspection checklists to ensure adequate flow down of requirements. 

8. Routinely read and interpret adopted codes, technical manuals, drawings, instructions, and specifications as related to the equipment to be inspected. 

9. Study technical literature and attends meetings to keep current on applicable codes and code changes as they occur. 

10. Work with bargaining unit employees, as needed, on fabrication and other projects


Basic Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of 7 years related NDE field experience
  • ASNT NDT Level III certification in a minimum of 2, or Level II in 3 of following methods is required: Radiographic Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Leak Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing.
  • Work will involve various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a post-offer, pre-hire physical will be required.
  • Vision must be correctable to 20/24 or better (Jaeger and Snellen charts) and must be able to distinguish colors (Ishihara Test)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in UT (PAUT or AUT) and RT (CR/DR) is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of ASNT; ASME B-31, API, ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, hydrostatic and pneumatic testing is preferred.
  • Basic, algebraic, and trigonometric math skills
  • Capacity to use complex computer software


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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