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Technician - Survey, Alignment, and Metrology Group

Date: Jul 22, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5907 

A technician on the Survey, Alignment, and Metrology group is responsible for using high-precision instruments to perform accurate, high-precision alignment and metrology on a wide variety of mechanical systems in support of the SNS accelerator systems and neutron beam lines.  These can be one-of-a-kind or first-of-a-kind systems and frequently have unique alignment issues, often requiring innovative solutions. Position reports to the Survey, Alignment, and Metrology Group Lead.  Coordinates activities with personnel at all levels within NTD and other divisions within NScD.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Works with scientists, engineers, and technicians to achieve required alignment and mapping tolerances.
  • Performs precise and accurate measurements with instruments such as laser trackers, coordinate measuring machines, and CMM arms.
  • Maintains instruments and checks calibration.
  • Uses metrology software to transform coordinate systems and perform geometric best-fits.
  • Produces accurate and concise technical reports.
  • Accurately and reliably communicates technical status and performance to ORNL management.
  • Complies with ORNL environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of ORNL values and ethics.

Basic Qualifications:

  • AS in metrology, surveying, engineering, or related field
  • An equivalent combination of relevant training and experience may be considered instead of an AS degree.
  • 2 or more years of relevant surveying, metrology, or engineering experience
  • Understanding of CAD models
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently are required
  • Must have the ability to function as part of a team consisting of scientific specialists, engineers, and technicians to meet project cost and schedule goals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of relevant experience 
  • Experience with accelerators or neutron instruments
  • Experience with laser trackers, coordinate measuring machines, CMM arms, laser scanners, optical tooling equipmpent, calipers, micrometers, and other metrology tools
  • Familiarity with Spatial Analyzer, Geomagic, Cyclone, Verisurf or other DMIS software
  • Understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Programming/scripting ability


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

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at


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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