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Mechanical Engineer


Job Description

Job ID: 308006
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Process Engineering team in the Radiological Materials and Detection (RM&D) group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-Battelle is looking for a Mechanical Engineer interested in system design, development, and process engineering. The RM&D group focuses on development and demonstration of unique processes to address problems in the nuclear fuel cycle (waste treatment, immobilization, and disposal), enabling the success of the nation’s radiation worker safety programs (dosimetry, instrument calibrations, and irradiations), and deployment of processes to address national security concerns/needs (tritium production, preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear materials). The Process Engineering team focuses on engineering processes and systems that address the group’s various missions. The successful candidate will have a broad background that allows them to team with other engineers, designers, material scientists, and our clients to the design and implement radiation portal monitoring (RPM), irradiation, and radioactive waste form systems. The successful candidate will begin work being mentored by senior staff but will work to develop skills to independently propose, sell, execute, and ultimately lead tasks and projects. The successful candidate will participate as a team member in the following area of work:
Radiation Portal Monitoring Project. The successful candidate will develop construction design documentation (drawings, technical specifications, and statements of work) for the deployment of RPMs at U.S. ports of entry in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) activities. The successful candidate will work closely with senior designers and project management to develop design skills specific to deploying RPMs and to learn the working environments at ports of entry at seaports, land border crossings, and airports. It is expected that the candidate would rapidly develop to a point to be able to work independently (within 1 year).

Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
- Conducting work in a safe and secure manner and protect assets
- Complying with all applicable policies, standards, subject areas, procedures, permits and other work instructions
- Performing work effectively, efficiently, and to the quality required by the customer
- Maintaining expertise and taking an active role in career development
- Following instructions in completing tasks assigned by senior engineers and mentors
- Following written procedures for operating laboratory test systems involving high pressures, high temperatures, and hazardous chemicals
- Apply principles, theories and concepts of engineering to develop/maintain novel, high-performance solutions to address project needs
- Prepare materials for design reviews, technical papers and reports.
- Prepare proposals as part of larger project proposal efforts or as stand-alone endeavors.

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

Minimum Qualifications

- BS Degree with at least 2 years’ experience, or an advanced degree, preferably in Mechanical Engineering.
- For access to the broadest array of project funding opportunities, the ideal candidate would be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a Q-level clearance.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308006
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Nuclear Sciences
Group: Radiological Materials & Detection