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US ITER Project Engineer - Technical Staff Member

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7672 


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 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 manage and provide 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. Your authority and approval levels include providing work direction to group members within guidelines established by US ITER Manufacturing Systems. You will also approve manufacturing plan milestones and intervention 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 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
  • As Technical Project Officer (TPO) you will be responsible for working with procurement to lead evaluation of proposals for vendor selection and contract award
  • Manage design activities internal or external to the US ITER
  • Manage 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 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
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating understanding of design and manufacturing of systems


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering
  • Experience with equipment within the scope of the US ITER Project for large-scale science or nuclear facilities
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating comprehensive understanding of design and manufacturing of systems
  • Experienced with high tolerance machining techniques 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
  • 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 associated inspection/certification techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills


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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