US ITER Project Engineer

Date: Feb 7, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12470 


US ITER is seeking an experienced Project Engineer with a background in the design, specification, and procurement of mechanical & structural hardware by US ITER for the Plasma Heating Systems team! This will include a broad spectrum of hardware ranging from state-of-the-art custom designed components to commercially available equipment which will operate in radiation and electromagnetic environments. Project Engineers manage and provide oversight of design and/or manufacturing contracts of various sizes. You will collaborate with vendors, engineering personnel within the US ITER project and personnel at the ITER headquarters in France. You will interface with QA personnel to review and approve supplier manufacturing plan milestones and agreed intervention points.  In this capacity, the project engineer will serve the role of Control Technical Project Officer (TPO).


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/Responsibilities: 

  • Manage fabrication contracts for ECH-TL (Electron Cyclotron Heating Transmission Line) components ensuring technical compliance of the equipment with the design and quality expectations.
  • Work with a cross-functional team of Engineers, Subject Matter Experts, QA, and Procurement Officers within US ITER and abroad to support responsibilities
  • Develop technical specifications, statements of work and design packages
  • Lead evaluation of proposals for vendor selection and contract award
  • the requirements for engineered equipment
  • Participate in technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis and calculations
  • Manage design 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 (<30%)
  • Manage design activities internal or external to the US ITER


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum (5) years of relevant design and manufacturing experience
  • Minimum (2) years of experience managing suppliers and/or contracts


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of metallurgy & material science
  • Basic understanding of welding technology
  • Basic understanding of machining methods
  • Basic understanding of U.S. codes and standards for design and construction
  • Experience in high-vacuum technology and helium leak detection systems 
  • Experience with reading and/or preparing mechanical designs and requirements documents
  • Experience with GD&T and high-precision metrology methods, e.g. inspection reports and Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMMs)
  • Experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control in manufacturing/fabrication and inspection
  • Experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control in Welding, e.g. Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS) and Welding Personnel Qualification Records (WPQR)
  • Experience implementing change control processes during fabrication


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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