Project Engineer, US ITER Port Integration

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11382 


The United States is a partner nation in ITER, an unprecedented international collaboration of scientists and engineers working to design, construct, and assemble a burning plasma experiment that can demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy. A self-heated burning plasma is a crucial step in fusion energy development. US ITER is a DOE Office of Science project hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. Partner labs are Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). ITER's other partners are the People's Republic of China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation. Find out more about this exciting project at and .


On the perimeter of the Tokamak, facing the plasma, are multiple ports which house diagnostic systems to monitor plasma activity and other key factors for operation.  The Port Integration team’s responsibility is to design, analyze and integrate multiple diagnostic systems to be housed in each port.  The US responsibility is designated to four of these ports, Equatorial Ports 3 and 9 and Upper Ports 11 and 14.


US ITER is seeking an experienced engineer with a background in design, analysis, and manufacturing of complex structures and integrated systems. A primary function will be communicating regularly with an international team with IO and diagnostic system counterparts. This position will contribute to documentation development and review in line with our immediate goals of achieving design approval. This position will support the manufacturing feasibility, procurement fabrication, assembly, and testing phases through delivery to ITER.  It will also interface with vendors, engineering personnel within the US ITER project and personnel at the ITER headquarters in France. This role reports to the US ITER Port Integration Team Lead and has this role’s authority and approval levels include providing work direction to group members within guidelines established by the US ITER. You may serve the role of Technical Project Officer (TPO) for specific procurement contracts.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with Team Lead, Project Engineers, QA, and Procurement within US ITER to develop technical specifications, statements of work and drawing packages detailing the requirements for Port Integration to establish external standards for suppliers and vendors.
  • Develop and evaluate plans and criteria with peer Project Engineers for projects and activities to be carried out.

  • Coordinate and execute collaborative team meetings with domestic and foreign diagnostic counterparts to report status and develop actions to push joint progress.

  • Perform technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis, and calculations.

  • Prepare and give presentations for meetings of technical scope and progress.

  • Determine applicability and appropriateness of requirements and internal controls.

  • Work with Team Lead to schedule and assign work to meet completion deadlines on assigned projects.

  • Prepare documentation (installation procedures, system description documents, design reviews).

  • Evaluate fabrication deviation requests and non-conformances from industrial suppliers.

  • Foreign and domestic travel to sponsor (IO), fabricators, and support subcontractor’s facilities is required (<20%).

  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Science.

  • A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating understanding of design and manufacturing of complex structures and integrated systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully achieve project goals, utilize project management tools to support execution of project scope, and interface effectively with vendors and fabricators.

  • Familiarity with 3D modelling/CAD and development/review of fabrication drawings.

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, engineers, and technicians; domestic and international.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering (Mechanical preferred but will consider other related degrees).

  • Two to three (2-3) years of relevant experience leading a team of engineers and designers.

  • Working knowledge of structural, electro-magnetic, nuclear, and thermo-hydraulic analysis.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating comprehensive understanding of design and manufacturing of diagnostics, optics, RF, microwave and vacuum components for large-scale science or nuclear facilities.

  • Experienced with high tolerance machining techniques.

  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes including precision machining.

  • Experience with metrology and tolerance studies.

  • Familiarity with DOE procurement guidelines, preferably 413.3B projects.

  • Familiarity with U.S. and international design codes, standards, and regulatory requirements.

  • Experience in the commercial nuclear industry.

  • Experience working in an international environment.

    • Design Experience:

    • Mechanisms & linkages

    • High heat flux components,

    • Specialty materials and austenitic steels,

    • Diagnostic components,

    • Components in high vacuum environments

    • Proficiency with ASME Y14.5, GD&T


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.


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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