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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technologist - Tool and Die Designer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309142

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Applied Materials and Manufacturing

Job Description

The Applied Materials and Manufacturing group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking an experienced tool and die designer to support research in innovative manufacturing approaches. The position holder will help develop new solid-phase processes for forming and joining metals that are both highly efficient and result in higher performance materials. The products of our research will be found in next-generation lightweight vehicles, more durable and corrosion-resistant materials for power plants, and other commercial systems. The position holder will:

  • Design or modify the designs of tools used for Shear-Assisted Processing and Extrusion and for friction stir welding/processing to achieve specific outcomes

  • Collaborate with researchers to understand the relationship between tooling and design and product quality

  • Support experimental work in the laboratory

  • Create drawings and support fabrication of tooling

  • Originate and contribute to PNNL intellectual property in this area.

The position will solve problems that are sufficiently complex to require novel or unique solutions and new or emerging technologies. The position will work with scientists and engineers with a diversity of backgrounds to develop approaches on multiple machines with a variety of materials. In addition, the selected candidate will be expected to lead tasks and coordinate the work of others as needed and mentor other staff in their area of expertise. Applicants must be able to complete assigned tasks with limited guidance, exercising considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to their assignments. The position holder will contribute to publications and presentations and make contributions of major significance to the accomplishment of research projects.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 5 years of relevant work experience, or advanced degree with 2-3 years of relevant work experience. Extensive relevant work experience (10+ years) coupled with certifications may be substituted for the degree requirement under some circumstances.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years’ or more experience in extrusion and/or forging tool and die design

  • Experience in light metals

  • Previous experience in a research or other first-of-a-kind environment is helpful but not required

  • Ability to generate and modify mechanical drawings

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

The staff member will work in research laboratories, which are inherently hazardous working environments. Exposure to mechanical hazards, chemicals, etc., are kept to a minimum and mitigated through the use of controls and the maintenance of a safety-conscious work environment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Applied Matl's & Manufacturing

Opening Date: 2019-03-27

Closing Date: 2019-06-09