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US ITER Project Engineer

Date: Nov 10, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8120 



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 early career engineer with an interest in supporting thedesign, specification, and procurement of hardware typical to the scope being delivered by US ITER. This will include a broad spectrum of hardware ranging from state-of-the-art custom designed components to commercially available equipment. In this role you will have the opportunity to assist with the management and oversight of design and/or 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. You will assist the Technical Project Officer by providing work direction to group members within guidelines established by US ITER Manufacturing Systems. You will also monitor manufacturing plan milestones and intervention points as agreed by engineering and QA personnel.





Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with TPOs, Team Leads, engineers, QA, and procurement within US ITER Manufacuring Systems to develop technical specifications, statements of work and design packages detailing the requirements for high power RF, microwave, cooling water, magnets, and/or vacuum systems
  • Assist the assigned  Technical Project Officer (TPO) responsible for the procurement to lead evaluation of proposals for vendor selection and contract award
  • Manage design activities internal or external to the US ITER
  • Monitor fabrication contracts with industry for ITER components and report progress and variances to the TPO
  • Participate in technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis and calculations
  • Monitor  the daily activities of a cross functional team of engineers and designers within Manufacturing Systems, to include US ITER QA, Procurement, and Project Controls support, in supporting 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 a related discipline

Knowledge of manufacturing and design processes as well as project management methodsPreferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering in either an Engineer discipline or Graduate Degree related to Project Management
  • Experience in supporting complex technical projects and familiarization with design and manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team to evaluate problems, investigate and propose solutions, perform calculations, apply industry codes and standards, and document design and fabrication activities
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to support the  successful achievement of  project goals, utilization project management tools to support execution of project scope, interface effectively with the TPO, and interface effectively with vendors and fabricators as directed by the TPO
  • Familiarity of manufacturing processes including associated inspection/certification techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills



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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