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
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
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.
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
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