Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305893

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Radiological Materials and Detection

Job Description

The Process Engineering team in the Radiological Materials and Detection (RM&D) group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is looking for a Mechanical Engineer interested in system design, development, and process engineering.

The RM&D group focuses on development and demonstration of unique processes to address problems in the nuclear fuel cycle (waste treatment, immobilization, and disposal), enabling the success of the nation’s radiation worker safety programs (dosimetry, instrument calibrations, and irradiations), and deployment of processes to address national security concerns/needs (tritium production, preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear materials). The Process Engineering team focuses on engineering processes and systems that address the group’s various missions.

The successful candidate will have a broad background that allows them to team with other engineers, designers, material scientists, and our clients to the design and implement radiation portal monitoring (RPF), irradiation, and radioactive waste form systems. The successful candidate will begin work being mentored by senior staff but will work to develop skills to independently propose, sell, execute, and ultimately lead tasks and projects.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

- Conduct work in a safe and secure manner, complying with all applicable policies, standards, subject areas, procedures, permits and other work instructions;

- Have a working knowledge and ability to apply principles, theories and concepts of engineering to develop/maintain novel, high-performance solutions to address project needs;

- Be self-directed in completing tasks assigned by senior engineers performing work effectively, efficiently, and to the quality required by the customer;

- Be a proficient written and oral communicator in leading design reviews and writing technical papers and reports; and

- Prepare proposals as part of larger project proposal efforts or as stand-alone endeavors.

- Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

- Lead the development of construction design documentation (drawings, technical specifications, and statements of work) for the deployment of radiation portal monitors (RPMs) at U.S. ports of entry in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) activities.

- Provide mechanical engineering support to the team by assisting with radiological facilities (irradiators) design, drawings, and documentation. Work also includes selecting parts, developing operating procedures, and assisting with radiological work such as source transfers.

- Work as part of a team of scientists, engineers, technicians, and crafts people to design, build and test experiments in the areas of vitrification, grouting, and solidification with both actual radioactive wastes as well as non-radioactive simulants. Testing will be performed on the bench-top, in radiological fume hoods, and as a pilot-scale system.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a PhD.

Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

- Ability to obtain Radiological Worker II qualifications.

- Ability to work in a laboratory environment its associated mechanical, chemical, thermal and electrical hazards.

- Ability to work in a construction environment with its associated hazards.

- Knowledge of 3-D drafting programs such as AutoCAD or solid works is required.

- Background in general construction and mechanical design and a familiarity with power and communications systems.

- U.S. Citizenship required based on client and project requirements.

Preferred experience: Master’s degree and 3+ years of relevant experience or a PhD with 0-1 year relevant experience in the field of Mechanical, Nuclear or Chemical Engineering.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Radiological Matl's & Detec

Opening Date: 2016-10-12

Closing Date: 2016-10-26