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Target Operations Shift Technician

Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8789 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Target Operations Shift Technician (OST) who will serve as a member of the Target Operations Team at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). As an OST you are responsible for safe, efficient, and reliable operation of the Spallation Target and support systems within prescribed requirements. You will have additional responsibilities in the role of Systems Expert for assigned systems.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and test Target systems equipment, maintain logs and complete appropriate paperwork.
  • Diagnose Target systems statuses and initiate corrective action based on available information.
  • Trend, analyze and interpret operational data to provide input for Target systems performance reports.
  • Use of Target operations procedures to implement appropriate actions under normal, abnormal, outage and emergency conditions.
  • Obtain and maintain qualification as Target Operations Shift Technician through bi-annual recertification.
  • Read and interpret schematics, P&ID’s, and system drawings.
  • Comply with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Oversee installation, testing and commissioning of new systems and components.
  • Develop a high-level knowledge for designated systems and serve as the System Expert.
  • Develop and maintain system training modules, and operating procedures to reflect system changes or updates.
  • Coordinate with System Engineers to optimize equipment upgrades and system performance.
  • Revise and update operating procedures, alarm response procedures and training modules.


Basic Qualifications:

  • An Associate degree in Mechanical, Nuclear, Process Technology or a related discipline and minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered (HS diploma with at least 7 years of relevant experience or BS degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience).
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a nuclear or radiological facility.
  • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and related software.
  • Must be able to work rotating shift work (Facility operates 24/7).


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Accelerator Target or Nuclear Operations experience.
  • U.S. Navy Nuclear Training.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory. 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.


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


About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.




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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