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US ITER Senior Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8222 

We're building a star on earth!

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 .


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

US ITER is seeking a senior I&C engineer that will be responsible for leading the design, development and procurement of ITER Auxillary Vacuum Systems I&C Instruments, Electronics and Software. In this role you interact with and guide Mechanical Engineering, System Engineering and multi-disciplinary Analysis Teams to realize optimal design solutions in compliance with ITER requirements. Working with Procurment, you will serve as a Technical Project Officer (TPO) for multi-million dollar procurments.



  • Work with I&C and mechanical engineers, designers and analysts on development of detailed design.
  • Check and back-check drawings and documents produced by designers or other engineers.
  • Support the design of Piping and Instrument Drawings (P&IDs).
  • Develop panel wiring and interconnect cabling designs.
  • Design panel layouts and perform enclosure cooling calculations.
  • Produce control system input/output and instrumentation lists.
  • Design power distribution single line diagrams.
  • Develop control strategies and state transition diagrams.
  • Write control system hardware descriptions including control requirements, functional specifications, and control system architecture descriptions.
  • Write control software requirements specifications and control software design descriptions.
  • Specify PLC systems.
  • Specify vacuum gauges and controllers.
  • Write procedures and participate in qualification of instrumentation for high magnetic field areas, EMI/EMC testing, gamma and neutron radiation testing, etc.
  • Work with ORNL analysts to determine proper magnetic shielding of instrumentation.
  • Write factory acceptance test procedures.
  • Write statements of work for I&C design and fabrication.
  • Evaluate vendor proposals for I&C equipment.
  • Oversee the management of development and fabrications contracts with industry.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to domestically and to ITER site in southern France.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Self-starter with strong interpersonal skills willing to take lead role.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical, Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering, or related technical field.
  • 10-15 years of both I&C engineering design and hands-on experience, including the following:
    • P&ID preparation
    • PLC system design
    • Enclosure design
    • Cable design
    • Control software design
  • Knowledge of I&C engineering and design practices including drawings, specifications, and codes.
  • Experienced in development of state transition diagrams, electrical load lists, and wiring diagrams.
  • Experienced with Motor Control system design and requirements development.
  • Proficient in use of office automation tools, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ITER project.
  • Previous large-scale plant design experience.
  • Experience with PLC architecture design, programming, test and validation.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally and domestically as required.
  • Excellent writing skills to be able to write coherent design documents.
  • Must be a self-starter able to work both independently and in a team.
  • I&C design experience with the following:
    • Vacuum system pumping and gauging
    • Cable/harness design
    • SEE Electrical Expert or similar CAD electrical design software
    • IEC standards and CE-compliance
    • Siemens S7 PLC and/or EPICS programming


Work Direction and Interface:

The engineer shall be capable of working with the following:  US Vacuum and I&C team members, US ITER Vacuum Responsible Officer (RO), US ITER procurement, and ITER International Team Control System Division members.


Authority/Approval Levels:

Work within guidelines established by the I&C WBS Team Lead. Approves engineering drawings, SOWs and Technical Specifications.  Acts as Technical Project Officer (TPO) for specific procurement contracts.


Measures of Effectiveness:

  • Successfully provides design, development and procurement activities of US ITER I&C scope.
  • Successfully ensures that the fabrication activities follow the US ITER QA plan and fabrication procedures.
  • Successfully monitors and tracks vendor manufacturing plans and reports issues in a timely manner.
  • Successfully meets US ITER/ORNL environmental, safety, health and quality requirements



Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details



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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