Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technician in RICHLAND, Washington
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 310069
Directorate: National Security Directorate
Division: Signature Sciences and Technology
Group: Disruptive Technology
The Disruptive Technology group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, communications, analytics development, and systems design to serve as a flywheel for feeding technology advancements across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from mission focused, highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.
The DT group is seeking qualified candidates to work as part of team including senior technicians, engineers and scientists in the R&D process; including, equipment design/fabrication, purchasing, and testing, and laboratory operations.
The ideal candidate is a well-organized, self-starter, with a high capacity for attention to detail. Verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills, are essential in order to balance activities among several concurrently operating projects.
The following are required skills for the position:
Basic mechanical skills, able to assemble components of test systems under the guidance of senior technicians or other staff. Must be familiar with basic hand and power tools. Responsible for ordering lab and shop supplies as needed.
Must be able to read and assemble components from both mechanical and electrical layout drawings.Responsible for interfacing with crafts personnel and outside vendors in the process of fabricating components and specifying/acquiring hardware.
Responsible for following written test plans associated with a working laboratory process. Must be able to record data in a lab notebook and communicate off-normal problems to senior staff. Must be able to work alone in a safe and secure manner during normal working hours following laboratory protocols.
Must understand the installation and trouble-shooting of a variety of low-voltage or 4-20 mA transducers. Requires the ability to use a multi-meter to confirm operation of low-voltage (< 50 VDC) power supplies and signals. Must be able to check fuses and continuity of low-voltage or unenergized systems. Responsible for receiving basic electrical safety training.
The candidate will be assisting with multiple projects, supporting design, assembly and operational testing. The significant expectations for this position include :
Following written and verbal instructions in independently completing tasks assigned by senior staff.
Documenting work in laboratory notebooks.
Specifying materials for purchase and submitting related orders.
Accurately estimating time required to complete tasks, and meet deadlines as assigned.
Participating constructively and taking ownership in the success of interdisciplinary project teams.
The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:
Level II : Basic mechanical skills, able to assemble components of test systems under the guidance of senior technicians or other staff. Familiar with basic hand and power tools. Able to read and assemble components from both mechanical and electrical layout drawings.
Level III : Intermediate mechanical skills to assemble more complex test systems made up of various sub-components. Extensive experience with hand and power tools, in addition to other basic shops tools (e.g., drill press, band saw, etc.). Able to use a multi-meter to check voltages and circuit continuity. Able to produce basic mechanical drawings using 3D CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD, etc.) needed for shop fabrication. Able to produce wiring diagrams for control systems and instrument panels using software tools.
- High school diploma and 2+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant associate degree and 1+ years of relevant work experience.
In addition, skills in the following areas are preferred and the candidate may be expected to gain experience in the following:
High school diploma and 4+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant associate degree and 2+ years of relevant work experience.
Mechanical skills needed to assemble more complex test systems made up of various sub-components.
Must have extensive experience with hand and power tools, in addition to other basic shops tools (e.g., drill press, band saw, etc.).
Must be able to use a multi-meter to check voltages and circuit continuity. Need to work with vendors to source specified components to meet project needs.
Must be able to produce basic mechanical drawings using 3D CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD, etc.) needed for shop fabrication.
Must be able to produce wiring diagrams for control systems and instrument panels using software tools. Experience in collecting and recording test data from completed test systems.
Work as part of a diverse team in establishing test processes for laboratory and field experiments. Responsible for operating computer-controlled systems, which requires a basic level of computer skills (file/folder structures, viewing data files, etc.).
Requires the ability to trouble-shoot and fix basic off-normal issues in order to maintain test schedules. Must be able to follow laboratory safety and security procedures while operating and trouble-shooting systems.
Basic understanding of computer hardware, including hardware interfacing to a computer.
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.
Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
Laboratory work performed will include assembly and operation of equipment potentially involving flammable and toxic materials, high-temperatures, and high-pressures.
This position may occasionally require the ability to work hours beyond normal working schedules, including some evenings and weekends.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.
Directorate: National Security Dir
Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support
Group: Disruptive Technology
Opening Date: 2019-11-05
Closing Date: 2019-11-19