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Cryo-Mechanical Technician

Job ID 3150 Date posted 05/16/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview
The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) designs, builds, and tests superconducting magnets for use in particle accelerators world-wide. The SMD also builds magnets for various other applications (e.g., Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage) and provides magnetic measurement services lab-wide.

Position Description
The Superconducting Magnet Division has an opening for a Cryo-Mechanical Technician. Working under the general guidance of a senior cryogenic technician, as well as on a team with experienced engineering staff, you will:

  • Become fully proficient in the operation, control, and maintenance of aspects of the cryogenic facility and, after being fully trained, will work independently as a cryogenic test operator
  • Handle operations of helium refrigeration systems and test cryostats
  • Perform fabrication, installation, and general maintenance of cryogenic equipment, pumps, piping, valves, and cryostat
  • Exercise independence in the performance of a wide variety of technical tasks and assignments

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Technical institute or Associate degree in mechanical technology or equivalent experience/capabilities
  • At least 4 years’ experience maintaining components in industrial plant systems including pumps, compressors, heat exchangers. Experience with tubing and piping systems sizing standards and component types, and working with threaded joints, flanged joints and associated sealing, compression fittings, clamped joints, and system instrumentation such as pressure gauges, temperature gauges, vacuum gauges, level probes and flow meters
  • Good mechanical skills, the ability to work with basic hand tools, and familiarity with mechanical drawings and process and instrumentation drawings
  • Ability to use a computer to make changes/adjustments to facility operations (LabVIEW knowledge useful)
  • Good communications skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Understanding of and ability to follow safety principles

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Some experience with tubing and piping systems sizing standards and component types, and working with threaded joints, flanged joints and associated sealing, compression fittings, clamped joints, and system instrumentation such as pressure gauges, temperature gauges, vacuum gauges, level probes and flow meters.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following:
    • industrial valves, relief valves, and burst disks systems, valve-actuators and preloading of valve stem, set-up, and calibration of valve positioners
    • rotating machinery and large motors, such as alignment of motors to pump/compressor
    • cryogenic systems and/or large pressurized gas handling systems
    • general vacuum techniques and equipment associated with insulating vacuum systems for cryogenic applications
    • maintenance of industrial air compressors and drying systems
    • prepping piping for welding, working in a welding environment, and handling and use of compressed gas bottles, and familiarity with associated regulators and pipe fitting types
  • Training, education, and/or experience with precision mechanical operating systems including rebuilding pumps and compressors.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to work a weekend shift, as needed
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds, climb ladders and work on elevated platforms
  • Ability to safely use machine tools such as drill presses, band saws, lathes, and milling machines
  • Ability to work in a noisy environment with proper PPE

Other Information:

  • A valid US Drivers’ license is required
  • US work visa sponsorship for this position is not available

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:
Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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