R&D Mechanical Engineer

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11671 


The Fusion Energy Division (FED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applicants for a Mechanical Engineer in the Remote Systems Group. Remote Systems specializes in the development of advanced remote processes, handling systems, and robotics for inaccessible environments in nuclear fission, fusion energy, and particle accelerator applications. We seek individuals with technical and analytical skills who are comfortable working across disciplines to contribute and lead in fast paced, team-oriented environment. Successful candidates will have a clear enthusiasm for R&D and a commitment to fostering team growth. You will perform research in robotics and mechanical systems for remote and hazardous environments. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work individually and/or as part of a team and lead from knowledge and experience.
  • Take a leadership role on projects including managing designers, technicians, and craft to execute a project from start to finish.
  • Lead the development of control systems, including hardware and software, for integration on robotic and/or other mechanical systems.
  • Create parts, assemblies, and technical drawings using SolidWorks and/or Creo to a detailed level.
  • Analyze variety of engineering problems using traditional analytical methods and finite element analysis packages to prove designs meet established design standards.
  • Prepare schedules, cost estimates, status updates, and performance reports for responsible projects.
  • Effectively create and communicate design reviews to ORNL management and project sponsors, both internal and external.
  • Publish technical papers and present at conferences.
  • Accountable for compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality in the workplace and lab space.
  • 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 or MS in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering disciplines.  BS candidates should have 4-5 years and MS candidates should have at least 2 years of working experience in a related field. Early career candidates with a Doctoral degree are encouraged to apply as well.
  • Advanced understanding of mechanical systems, machine design, and system integration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the development and application of engineering methods to solve real-world problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a team of differing levels of personnel to reach a common goal.
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical papers, reports, design and analysis calculations, and/or system design requirement documents.
  • Experience developing control algorithms for actuating and controlling mechanical systems.
  • Ability to perform research in the area of robotics and mechanical systems for remote and hazardous environments. 
  • Ability to work in team environment while excelling in your own research.
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction with technical peers and program managers.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in the nuclear field, accelerator facility, particularly in the design and development of systems for inaccessible remote environment where radiation is present.
  • Experience in design, analysis, and optimization, of mechanical components, especially remotely operated and/or for hazardous/radiological environments.
  • Experience analyzing a variety of complex engineering problems using both traditional analytical methods and finite element analysis programs such as COMSOL, ANSYS, or CosmosWorks.
  • Experience in hardware system integration (LabView, PLC programming, etc.) to control a mechanical system.
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages like C, C++, Python, or MATLAB.
  • Experience in dynamics simulations and visualization.
  • Actuator design, simulation, and testing experience.


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working 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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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