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Mechanical Engineer

Job ID 3061 Date posted 06/12/2022

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 mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer with a concentration in Water Systems Engineering within the Experimental Support & Facilities Division (ES&F). You will work directly with Technical Groups within the ES&F Division and responsibilities shall include all aspects of engineering/construction to support scientific needs such as the coordination of a variety of technical functions associated with structures, cooling water systems, power distribution, environmental control, electromagnets, radiation shielding, and other equipment. This position has a high level of interaction with various Divisions within C-AD that include an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering design, evaluation, and analysis for the construction and maintenance of the Accelerator complex facilities at C-AD related to the installation of new facilities and the upgrade of existing facilities with structural modifications, building/scientific infrastructure improvements and utility systems improvements such as air-conditioning, electrical power, water cooling systems, fire protection, & heating systems
  • Develop projects from initial concept, through design, specification, bidding, installation, commissioning, closeout and support for maintenance & operations
  • Creative engineering, work hands-on with mechanical equipment, and work as a team to develop and build unique equipment
  • Cost estimating and project scheduling

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Marine Engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Minimum seven (7) years full-time progressively responsible related work experience is required
  • Experience in the operation, installation or commissioning of mechanical systems
  • Advanced knowledge related to open and closed loop heat transfer systems related to water cooling through chillers, cooling towers, evaporative coolers, and heat exchangers
  • Ability to produce and interpret water/air flow schematic and piping & instrumentation diagrams
  • Ability to perform engineering calculations related to heating/cooling loads, heat transfer through water systems, pump flow/water distribution
  • Capable of managing and coordinating installation work for multi-trade projects to optimize project execution
  • Ability to adapt to evolving circumstances, operate successfully in a rigorously regulated environment, and manages multiple competing priorities
  • Familiar with ASHRAE/ASME/ASCE standards, building codes, NFPA and OSHA requirements
  • Proficient with Auto-CAD, MS Project and MS Office
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 3D modeling capability (ProE / Creo)
  • Knowledge of rigging techniques, machining practices, welding, compressed air systems, deionized water systems and programming of PLCs for operating sequences for mechanical systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to carry weights up to 30 lbs
  • Ability to work at heights and climb a ladder
  • Ability to walk along sloped terrain and uneven surfaces
  • May stand for long periods of time

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • A valid US Driver’s license is required

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, Ping Pong, Softball, 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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