Subject: [Neutron] Accelerator Mechanical/Vacuum Technician
From: "Barker, Buffie M."
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:42:24 -0400
To: ""

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for an Accelerator Mechanical/Vacuum Technician.  With the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source for condensed matter research (the High Flux Isotope Reactor) and the world's most intense pulsed, accelerator-based neutron source (the Spallation Neutron Source), ORNL is becoming the world's foremost center for neutron science. Research at these facilities encompasses the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and universities all over the world.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:



This position under general supervision performs assembly, testing, commissioning, and operation of the SNS accelerator's mechanical/vacuum system and related systems, e.g. cryogenic, electrical power, and instrumentation.



             Performs assembly operations and modifications on precision electro-mechanical equipment.

•             Monitors and maintains specialized components and systems during and after commissioning.

•             Participates in installation, testing, and commissioning of accelerator hardware systems.

•             Assembles, tests, certifies, and documents the mechanical and vacuum systems and their components.

•             Sets-up, operates, calibrates, and ensures integrity of various test equipment and apparatus.

•             Develops procedures and documentation related to the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of mechanical and vacuum systems and their components; assists in documenting records for assembly, testing and qualification.

•             Maintains test and measurement data, travelers, and any other documentation records related to the fabrication, testing, commissioning and operation.

•             Uses electronic and mechanical test and measurement equipment to verify vacuum system and component performance and integrity.

•             Uses computers to collect, record, and analyze data for accepting, operating, and maintaining the mechanical and vacuum systems.

•             Consolidates and records traveler data in a computer database.

•             Ensures compliance with ESH and quality procedures and programs. May participate in the development and communication of safety, quality and other procedures for vacuum and other related systems and their component assembly.

•             Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of laboratory values and ethics.



Associates degree in mechanical technology or a related technical field, plus 5-7 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in mechanical technology or a related technical field required. Familiar or knowledgeable with vacuum systems, vacuum components, and instrumentation and associated test equipment (e.g., leak detectors, RGA's etc.), preferably in an ultra-high vacuum environment required. Familiar or knowledgeable in the construction, assembly, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, testing and operation of mechanical and vacuum systems and components required. Experience in the use of mechanical and electronic test and measurement equipment required. Working knowledge of electrical power, instrumentation and computers is desirable. Experience working on accelerator assembly, installation and operations is desirable. Must be familiar with use of office automation tools (such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases). Must have good written and oral communications skills. Must be willing to learn new skills as needed to perform the job effectively. Some overtime is required.




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