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Senior Technician, Diagnostics & Control

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4718 


The Diagnostics & Control (D&C) Group within the Burning Plasma Foundations (BPF) Section of the Fusion Energy Division (FED) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for an Instrumentation Specialist with experience in instrumentation and control system hardware to make significant contributions to projects involving fusion research, instrumentation of mission-critical systems, and other research projects. The D&C group carries out experiment-based research and development work in support of ongoing science and technology research for the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program in the Office of Science.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

• Perform fabrication, testing, operation and support of instruments used to make measurements for plasma diagnostics and control systems.

• Execute verification and calibration procedures for system components.

• Design, install, configure, and document programmable logic controller (PLC) based systems.

• Evaluate designs for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety.

• Prepare design and specification documents needed to procure components and systems.

• Research and recommend sub-system components for system upgrades and new installations.

• Design and assemble prototype platforms.

• Produce accurate and concise technical reports.

• Perform terminations on multi-mode and single-mode fiber pulls and optical loss testing. 

• Produce mechanical and instrumentation fabrication drawings using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools.

• Work with a multidisciplinary team of research scientists and engineers in the areas of fusion energy research to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.

• Provide operational support for plasma device control systems. The position is typical office hours, but some off-hours and weekend support are required to support the 24/7 operational needs of MPEX.

• Ensure a safe and efficient work environment and compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs.

• Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or related field with at least 7 years of applicable experience. 
  • A strong working knowledge of various types of test equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, arbitrary function generators, as well as experience with basic hand and power tools.
  • Experience with process control instrumentation and control system components.
  • Experienced in AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS to produce schematics and enclosure layout drawings. 
  • Capable of interpreting and following schematic documents, test procedures, manufacturer data sheets, and technical documents. 
  • The individual must be capable of lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. 
  • This position requires the candidate to work in or around controlled areas for radiation, cryogenic, laser and electrical hazards. 
  • The position involves climbing ladders and working in areas where fall protection may be required. Therefore, the candidate must be able to acquire and maintain the appropriate training and qualifications required to work in these areas.
  • The candidate must possess good verbal communication skills and be capable of completing assigned tasks independently as well as working with other team members. 
  • Experienced with Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office Tools.  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A working knowledge of PLC architectures, LabView programming, basic soldering skills, familiarity with motor controllers, and instrumentation calibration. 
  • Experience at a fusion research facility or other large-scale experimental physics project or scientific user facility is highly preferred.  Proficient with AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS to produce schematics and enclosure layout drawings. 
  • Designing and programming control systems using Rockwell Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers and communication protocols. 
  • Fiber Optics Association (FOA) Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Certified Fiber Optics Installer (CFOI) or equivalent certifications.


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