Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technician in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308731

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has state-of-the-art test facilities for performing research on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of materials. The centerpiece of this research are SCC test systems consisting of several subsystems that operate together to produce a precisely controlled high-temperature water environment where specimens are placed under load to observe the SCC crack growth or initiation response using in-situ observation methods. All relevant test parameters are continuously monitored and logged using custom written software.

The duties of this position include a wide variety of day-to-day activities to support this research lab. These include pretreating (e.g. heat treatment) and photographing candidate materials, assisting in preparation of materials to extract test specimens, tensile testing of materials to assess baseline mechanical properties, SCC test system operation and maintenance, and post-test examination of specimens by methods such as optical microscopy. Ways to improve the test systems are regularly considered, and when viable, improvements to test systems are made. The software that logs the data and controls the test systems is regularly evaluated for improvements as well. The position requires continual assessment of the status of the test systems to ensure proper operation. New ways of doing things are prized. Good oral and written communication skills are required.

The Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design Group (RMMD) is currently seeking a Technician to support ongoing research in the area of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and mechanical testing of materials.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities :

  • working with scientists, technicians, and collaborators in conducting research in a safe and secure manner

  • complying with all applicable policies, standards, subject areas, procedures, permits and other work instructions

  • conducting work in conformance with Integrated Operations Systems (IOPS) practices, permits, and procedures

  • performing work effectively, efficiently, and to the quality required by the customer

  • maintaining expertise and taking an active role in their career development

  • following procedures for operating laboratory test systems involving high pressure, high temperature water

  • developing new methods or refining existing methods and protocols to meet changing research needs

  • following instructions in completing tasks assigned by scientists and senior technicians

  • documenting work and processing data acquired from testing

  • presenting experimental progress and measured data on a weekly basis

  • accurately estimating time required to complete tasks, and meeting deadlines

  • learning and operating a variety of specialized technical equipment

  • occasionally assisting with the development of technical documents and presentations

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 2+ years of relevant work experience

  • or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 1+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate must understand concepts such as stress and strain, mechanical design, and basic electric circuit principles. The chosen candidate will have experience operating complex machinery, be experienced with mechanical testing, and have experience with electronics or electrical circuits and using data manipulation software such as Microsoft Excel.

• Experience operating complex machinery

• Understanding of basic material deformation concepts, i.e., stress and strain

• Willingness to support a broad range of activities and operate a variety of equipment that this research requires

• Proficiency with MS Excel and Word

• Excellent interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to work well with large teams

• Good time management skills, attention to detail and self-motivation

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Other Information

  • Laboratory work will be performed in PNNL laboratory facilities under IOPS control and involves working with high temperatures (≤400°C) and pressures (≤3200 psi), and selected hazardous chemicals (alcohols, degreasers, lubricants).

  • The position will very occasionally work hours beyond normal working schedules including evenings and weekends.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Reactor Matl's & Mech Design

Opening Date: 2018-12-19

Closing Date: 2019-02-01