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Technical Systems Division Project Engineer

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37801

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4947 


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 .


US ITER is seeking an experienced engineer with a background in the design, specification, and procurement of RF, microwave and vacuum plant systems components. This will include a broad spectrum of hardware ranging from state-of-the-art custom designed compoents to commercially available equipment. In this role you will have the opportunity to manage and provide oversight of manufacturing contracts of various sizes. You will also interface with vendors, engineering personnel within the US ITER project and personnel at the ITER headquarters in France. Your authority and approval levels include providing work direction to group members within guidelines established by the US ITER Technical Services Division. You will also approve manufacturing plan milestones and hold points as agreed by engineering and QA personnel. You may serve the role of Control Account Manager (CAM), Technical Project Officer (TPO), or both for specific procurement contracts.



Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Team Leads, engineers, QA, and procurement within the US ITER Technical Systems Division to develop technical specifications, statements of work and drawing packages detaling the requirements for high power RF, microwave and vacuum systems
  • As Technical Project Officer (TPO) you will be responsible for working with procurement to lead evaluation of proposals for vendor selction and contract award
  • Oversee the management of fabrication contracts with industry for ITER components
  • Participate in technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis and calculations
  • Schedule, assign and direct the daily activities of a cross functional team of engineers and designers within the Technical Sytems Division, to include US ITER QA and Procurement support, in support of specific procurement contract activities
  • Manage configuration control activities during design and fabrication phases
  • Evaluate fabrication deviation requests and non-conformances from industrial suppliers
  • Specify US ITER intervention points (hold points, witness points, customer inspections) during

          fabrication and participate/oversee these activities

  • Foreign and domestic travel to fabricators, support subcontractors, and sponsor (IO) facilities is required


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering or Physics
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating understanding of design and manufacturing of RF, microwave and vacuum components
  • Demonstrated ability to independently evaluate problems, investigate and propose solutions, perform calculations, apply industry codes and standards, and document design and fabrication activities
  • Demonstrated ability to influence your environment to successfully achieve project goals, utilize project management tools to support execution of project scope, interface effectively with management, and interface effectively with vendors and fabricators
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes including precision machinining and high vacuum
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering or Physics
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating comprehensive understanding of design and manufacturing of RF, microwave and vacuum components for large-scale science or nuclear facilities
  • Experianced with high tolerance machining techniques, high power RF components manufacturing, high vacuum manufacturing processes and metrology
  • Familiarity with DOE procurement guidelines
  • Familiarity with European and French codes, standards, and regulatory requirements, especially those for pressure equipment, rotating, and electrical equipment
  • Familiarity with U.S. codes and standards for design and construction
  • Experience in the commercial nuclear industry and/or with fusion research and development. Experience working in an international environment


Benefits at ORNL: UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.


Relocation: 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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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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