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Nuclear Electrical Engineer

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4608 


The Systems Engineering (SE) group within the Research Reactors Division (RRD) is responsible for the HFIR configuration management program.  The SE Group also provides technical support to operations and maintenance, and performs systems analysis.  The electrical engineer performs design engineering in support of modifications to reactor systems, provides technical support for electrical maintenance activities, and conducts performance analysis of reactor systems. This position will be assigned responsibility for specific HFIR plant systems.

This position reports to the Electrical/Instrumentation and Controls Systems Engineering Team Lead and interacts with personnel at all levels within the Research Reactors Division.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:



• Prepares engineering designs for new installations and for replacement and upgrade of reactor structures, systems, and components (SSCs).
• Performs calculations and interpretations of industry code to support design development.
• Applies relevant codes and standards, such as DOE Orders, ICC, IEEE (including Nuclear Standards), etc.

• Task leads field installation and testing of engineering design changes.

• Provides project management for installation of electrical design changes.
• Reviews design specifications to define and determine acceptance criteria for material upgrades.
• Prepares material specifications, initiates and provides technical support in procurement of nuclear safety-related materials.
• Implements modifications in accordance with RRD’s nuclear configuration control processes.

Prepares and maintains as-built documentation for assigned HFIR SSCs, including engineering drawings, specifications, system descriptions, relevant databases, and labeling.



• Troubleshoots and analyzes system and component failures and develops corrective actions.
• Provides written work package directions to perform and document work.
• Provides field work technical direction to craft supervisors and craft.
• Develops and implements electrical preventive maintenance work instructions.


Performs operability assessments to determine equipment impact on HFIR operation.

Assists in the investigation of reportable occurrences or operating events and in the preparation of associated reports    and root cause determinations



• Analyzes and trends results of preventive and predictive maintenance data.
• Analyzes equipment performance history.
• Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.

Performs overall systems health evaluation in accordance with RRD’s Systems Engineering and Reliability Programs, which involves the following:

* System Health Indicators

* Identification of new and status of existing equipment/component vulnerabilities

* HFIR 3-Year Planning Activities

* Identification of Spare Parts deficiencies and single point vulnerabilities

* Walk-Downs to Assess System Configuration and Material Condition

* Evaluation of surveillance test results

* Assessment of open Modifications, Deviations and Corrective Work Packages


Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in engineering and 2-5 years work experience with electrical emphasis or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Must possess strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrate good interpersonal skills, and work well as a team member.   

• Requires ability to diagnose electrical equipment problems and develop formal work package instructions for performance and documentation of repairs.

• A strong understanding of reading and interpreting electrical design drawings including single lines and schematics.

• This position requires an “L” clearance; however, all qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. This position requires some physical activity, such as carrying lightweight items, climbing ladders, etc.  This position also requires Radiological Worker II and Qualified Electrical Worker training. Some work may be done in Radiological Areas and in energized electrical compartments.


Preferred Qualifications:

• 5 years experience in systems or maintenance engineering.

• Familiarity with electrical design of power distribution, motor controls, grounding, communication systems, VFDs and relays.

• Familiarity with the regulatory programs which define the HFIR work environment, including DOE Orders pertaining to conduct of operation and maintenance, OSHA requirements, and IEEE standards would be a plus.

• Experience in project management, leading maintenance tasks, procedure development, procurement of materials, and equipment analysis is desired.


Additional Requirements of this job:

• This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing and undergoing testing without advance notification. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report any drug related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result to the Company.


About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
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 for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to

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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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