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Mechanical Testing and Evaluation - Assistant Technician

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
22 days ago



We are seeking a Mechanical Testing and Evaluation Technician who will conduct physical and mechanical characterization of structural materials for nuclear energy applications. This position resides in the Advanced Nuclear Material Group in the Materials in Extremes SECTION, Materials Science and Technology Division, Physical Science DIRECTORATE at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

As part of our research team, you will be responsible for various laboratory tasks including physical/mechanical testing of nuclear structural materials, newly establishing testing and evaluation methods and systems, and maintaining various testing systems in the laboratories.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Perform physical/mechanical testing of materials relevant to nuclear energy systems, which will include tensile, fracture and fatigue, Charpy impact, and other tests in a regular materials test laboratory, radiological materials test laboratory, and hot cell facility
  • Develop methods and establish procedures for testing and evaluation of materials
  • Design, procure, and install new equipment for testing materials in various environments, such as high temperature and vacuum, in regular or radiological laboratories or a hot cell
  • Work in radiological laboratories for preparation and testing of low radioactivity specimens (the radiation level is closely monitored and controlled within DOE and ORNL administrative limits)
  • Perform mechanical test data processing and analysis to derive engineering material parameters. Acquire or develop software for data processing and calculations for evaluation of materials properties and engineering parameters
  • Be responsible for maintaining materials testing and characterization instrument in good working condition
  • Report results in a written document and supports publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Basic Qualifications:
  • An Associate's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in experimental research in engineering or physical science areas (includes work studies)
  • Demonstrated expertise in physical or mechanical properties testing and evaluation as well as in the handling of testing equipment
  • Experience using mechanical testing equipment such as hardness tester, test frame, vacuum systems, Charpy impact machine, load/displacement/temperature control equipment, etc.
  • Experience using AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and LabView software
  • Experience working on materials preparation and testing in radiological laboratories
  • Basic understanding of the mechanical behaviors of metallic materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Special Requirements:

Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.

This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB 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

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64757253
  • Location:
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Position Title: Mechanical Testing and Evaluation - Assistant Technician
  • Company Name For Job: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Category: Engineering

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