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Research Mechanic Trainee - Mechanical

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9106 

The Spallation Neutron Source at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Research Mechanic Trainee - Mechanical to work with limited supervision to provide technical support for assembly, testing, installation, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of SNS technical systems. Supports staff to improve the operational performance and reliability of technical components and systems necessary for neutron production and utilization. Successful candidates will have experience in multifaceted maintenance techniques and operations. This position resides in the Mechanical Systems Group in the Research Accelerator Division of the Neutron Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Our group is responsible for providing hands-on mechanical support to technical systems groups at the Spallation Neutron Source.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Works with technical staff in a team-oriented environment.
  • Participates in assembly, testing, installation, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of technical hardware and systems.
  • Provides technical input on the development of troubleshooting and maintenance procedures for components and technical systems.
  • Provides technical input for system and component design with an emphasis on operational performance and reliability.
  • May use computers to collect and record data.
  • Follows Lock, Tag, and Verify procedures to control hazardous energy.
  • Follows all required safety procedures and utilizes personnel protective equipment (PPE) as needed.
  • Maintains required radiation worker training.
  • Provides occasional technical support outside of normal work hours to maintain operational readiness.
  • Maintains strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of positive values and ethics.
  • Ensures and monitors compliance issues in the following areas: Integrated Safety Management Systems (ISMS), Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H), and Quality Assurance (QA).


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have experience working in support of advanced technical equipment
  • Must have a minimum of five years of experience in the mechanical industry
  • Working knowledge of engineering drawings and schematics.
  • Capable of working with scientists, engineers, and technicians and following verbal and/or written instructions.
  • Good basic math skills.
  • Computer skills such as sending and receiving emails, searching for information in support of assigned tasks, and entering data and notes related to equipment.
  • Good verbal and written communications skills.
  • Record of excellent attendance and safe work practices.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in assembly, installation, maintenance, and operations of technical systems supporting a research environment.
  • Direct experience working on accelerator systems such as vacuum, magnets, cooling water,  and or cryogenics.
  • Knowledge and experience rebuilding pumps, hoisting and rigging, and various tools
  • Experience working as a member of an operations and maintenance team.
  • Proficiency in performing multi-craft tasks.


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


Export control, no clearance:  This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.


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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