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US ITER Lead Engineer - Senior

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Oak Ridge
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Press Tab to Move to Skip to Content Link 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 . Of the many systems that the US supports for the ITER Project, this posting relates to the Diagnostics system, specifically Port Integration. On the perimeter of the Tokamak, facing the plasma, are several ports which house diagnostic systems to monitor plasma activity and other key factors for operation. The Port Integration team's responsibility is to design, analyze and integrate multiple diagnostic systems to be housed in each port. The US responsibility is designated to four of these ports and this position will be Technical Lead (or Technical Responsible Officer) for two of those ports, Equatorial Ports 3 and 9. - US ITER is seeking an experienced engineer with a background in the design, analysis, and review in compliance with provided critical specifications. In this role you will have the opportunity to oversee the design of complex integrated systems in collaboration with our domestic and foreign colleagues. Communicating regularly with IO and diagnostic system counterparts. As the Technical Lead of this complex system, there are many ongoing activities where your knowledge and experience will be needed to help guide the project team members as a key resource to their work. You will contribute to design and analysis review and to documentation development and review in line with our immediate goals of achieving design approval. During design stages and after, the design must be taken to fabrication where you will support the manufacturing feasibility, procurement fabrication, assembly, and testing phases through delivery to ITER. 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 may serve the role of Technical Project Officer (TPO) for specific procurement contracts. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Work with Team Lead, Project Engineers, QA, and Procurement within US ITER to develop technical specifications, statements of work and drawing packages detailing the requirements for Port Integration to establish external standards for suppliers and vendors. Continuously develop education of similar Port Integrators and Diagnostics and serve as Technical Expert of Equatorial Ports 3 and 9 for the US team. Plan, develop, coordinate, and direct important projects or a number of lesser projects with many complex features. Carry out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures. Develop and evaluate plans and criteria with Project Engineers for projects and activities to be carried out by others. Execute mechanical design and analysis. Carry out the process of designing, documenting, and reviewing engineering design and calculations. Coordinate and execute collaborative team meetings with domestic and foreign diagnostic counterparts to report status and develop actions to push joint progress. Lead technical review of final design documents and drawings including Process Flow Diagrams, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams, Technical Specifications, analysis and calculations Support Control Accounts Manager in preparation of cost and schedule estimates and provide project progress monthly. Prepare and give presentations for meetings of technical scope and progress. Determine applicability and appropriateness of requirements and internal controls. Reprioritize activities within the scope of work being managed. Assist Control Accounts Manager prepare Project Execution Plans and manage work to that Plan, including cost and schedule with support of Project Engineers. Work with Team Lead to supervise the project engineers and technicians who assist them, estimate personnel needs, and schedule and assign work to meet completion deadlines on assigned projects. Manage configuration control activities during design and fabrication phases Supervise the process of the drawings by overseeing the preparation, approval, and release of drawings for manufacturing. Oversee and/or supervise the fabrication, installation, and commissioning of designed components. 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 sponsor (IO), fabricators, and support subcontractors facilities is required. Basic Qualifications: BS in Engineering, Physics, or a related field. Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant technical and project management experience demonstrating understanding of design, analysis and manufacturing of complex structures and integrated systems. 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 Knowledgeable of precedents in the discipline and of principles and practices of related disciplines. Perform and make decisions independently with limited supervisory assistance. Technical competence in mechanical engineering. Application of standard principles and procedures of mechanical engineering. Familiarity with mechanical analysis. Fluency with 3D modelling/CAD and development/review of fabrication drawings. Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, engineers, and technicians, domestic and international. Working knowledge of manufacturing processes including precision machining and high vacuum Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Preferred Qualifications: MS in Engineering, Physics, or a related field. 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 Experienced with high tolerance machining techniques. Knowledge of "State of the Art" manufacturing methods Proficiency with GD&T Experience with metrology and tolerance studies 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 Design Experience: Mechanisms & linkages High heat flux components, Specialty materials and austenitic steels, Diagnostic components, Super-conducting magnet, Components in high vacuum environments 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. We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
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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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