29. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Controls Engineer - Process Controls / NB50555155
ORNL: Controls Engineer - Process Controls / NB50555155
29. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Controls Engineer - Process Controls / NB50555155
ORNL: Controls Engineer - Process Controls / NB50555155
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Oak Ridge, USA

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.
To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Specify, document, design, support, test, and maintain I&C systems for control and monitoring of the SNS accelerator, target and cryogenic systems.
  • Specify, document, design, support, test, and maintain process instrumentation (pressure, temperature, flow, conductivity, valves, gas analyzers, variable frequency drives, etc.) and control system hardware.
  • Develop and modify schematics for control subsystems and take an active role in working with research staff to perform subsystem design, fabrication, and testing.
  • Evaluate designs for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety.
  • Serve as the primary process controls engineer for SNS cryogenic systems and other systems as assigned.
  • As a member of the process controls team, work with members of the controls group, accelerator operations, and other machine support staff to meet increasing power and reliability goals and support operational excellence.
  • Identify and maintain requirements for critical system spares. Prepare design and specification documents needed to procure spare components and systems.
  • Provide documentation, user training, bug fixes and new feature development for process control systems. Maintain documentation in central repository. Develop and utilize quality testing procedures.
  • Provide operational support for the SNS accelerator and control system. The position is typical office hours, but some off-hours and weekend support is required to support the 24/7 operational needs of the SNS.
  • As appropriate, publish papers or reports, and represent SNS at conferences and/or workshops.
  • Some domestic and/or foreign travel may be required to support collaborations or attend conferences or workshops.
  • Ensure a safe and efficient work environment and compliance with ESH&Q, NScD, SNS and Controls Group procedures and programs.
  • Work to standardize control system components, assemblies and software
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.
  • Protect information integrity and maintain appropriate confidentiality on control system computers.
Requested Profile

Qualifications Required:

Bachelor’s degree in electrical, industrial or controls engineering and five to ten years of relevant experience, or a Masters degree in electrical, industrial or controls engineering and four to eight years of relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with developing industrial control systems using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) in a research or industrial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision from management.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians.

Qualifications Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and eight to fifteen years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and seven to twelve years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with the design, specification and implementation of high reliability industrial control systems such as those in the process, nuclear, aerospace industries.
  • Experience developing and supporting controls for large cryogenic systems
  • Implementation of high reliability systems such as those found in the process, nuclear, aerospace, or defense industries
  • Neutron user facility, light source or other large-scale experimental physics project or user facility
  • Designing and programming control systems using Rockwell Allen-Bradley safety programmable logic controllers and communication protocols.
  • Experience specifying, selecting and implementing controls for specialized instrumentation including instrument to be used in a radiation environment.

Work Directions and Interfaces:

Position reports to Process Controls Team Leader. Works closely with members of the Controls, Accelerator, Target, and Cryogenics staff and ESH&Q personnel. Collaborates with industrial controls experts at other facilities. Possess strong commitment to productive team dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times as well as work independently.

Measures of Effectiveness:

  • Responsiveness to support needs of accelerator, target, and instrument operations
  • Functionality, reliability, maintainability and usability of developed and modified systems
  • Responsiveness to special assignments in support of changing scientific needs, project management directives, project changes, and project reviews
  • Produces thorough system-related documentation
  • Works effectively in a diverse team environment
  • Takes initiative and performs work independently
How to Apply

Go to https://www.ornl.gov/careers .

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLR@ornl.gov.

02. May 2016
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