19. October 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Protection Systems Engineer / NB50598370
ORNL: Protection Systems Engineer / NB50598370
19. October 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Protection Systems Engineer / NB50598370
ORNL: Protection Systems Engineer / NB50598370
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, these facilities carry out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. 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

Serve as a design engineer on the Protection Systems Team to develop, implement and maintain Credited Engineered
Controls (CEC) for the Personnel Protection Systems (PPS) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). The team is
responsible for developing requirements, specifications, documentation, technical design, procedures and oversight of
installation and testing of CEC equipment used for accelerator and instrument personnel protection systems. The team also
supports the operation and maintenance of these systems after they are placed into service, including scheduling of
maintenance activities, directing repair work, as-built drawing preparation and annual certifications. The SNS protection
systems are implemented using programmable logic controllers.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Work with a team of engineers and technicians to support and maintain CEC used to protect personnel at SNS from
    hazards associated with prompt ionizing radiation and oxygen deficiency hazards
  • Translate performance and operational specifications into system requirements
  • Lead new project developments by preparing schedules, cost estimates and directing installation work
  • Develop and direct test plans and procedures that demonstrate systems satisfy requirements
  • Coordinate team work with other accelerator and instrument groups
  • Maintain configuration control of assigned systems in accordance with SNS policies
  • Supports SNS accelerator and instrument operations including rotating on-call support during scheduled operational
  • Perform system engineering role for CEC and related systems
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Promptly identify and communicate environmental, safety, health (ESH) and quality assurance (QA) issues to group and
    division management, ESH and QA contacts, and subcontractor contacts
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Work Directions and Interfaces

Reports to the SNS Protection System Team Leader in the Control Systems Group of the Research Accelerator Division
(RAD). Works closely with scientists and engineers from other SNS accelerator and instrument technical groups.
Authority/Approval Levels:

  • Take needed actions and provide required resources to ensure team works safely
  • Manage assigned resources to complete team projects

Measures of Effectiveness

  • Successful delivery of systems and upgrades in support of SNS requirements for credited engineered controls
  • Reliability, availability, and sustainability of provided systems
  • Quality of system-related documentation
  • Effectiveness of work in a diverse team environment
  • Level of initiative and ownership demonstrated through individual and team projects
Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or strongly related field with at least 1 year of applicable experience; or
    Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or strongly related field with at least 2 years of applicable experience.
  • Experience developing, implementing and testing high reliability programmable safety systems
  • Experience with the application and programming of PLC and Ethernet based communication networks
  • Ability to complete routine work independently and proactively seek solutions to meet project requirements
  • Good critical thinking skills and the ability to support changes in priorities, resolve conflicts and balance effort over multiple
  • Demonstrated experience using standard electronic tools, test equipment and instruments
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with customers, understand customer needs and translate requirements into
    appropriate engineered controls,
  • Good written and verbal communication skills including the ability to clearly present technical information to varying levels
    of staff including higher level management
  • Experience with system engineering principles and application within a scientific environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience modeling systems and software using MatLab ® or similar tools
  • Experience with implementation of Allen-Bradley industrial controls and software.
  • Familiarity with the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) framework as applied to distributed
    control systems for a large accelerator project or scientific facility
  • Certification as Certified Safety Engineer or Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE)
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.

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15. December 2016
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