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Mechanical Technician

Job ID 3320 Date posted 07/25/2022

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 Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Group has an opening for a mechanical technician to provide support for all SRF systems throughout the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD).  In this role you will work under the general technical direction of the SRF group on a project basis on the maintenance, installation and monitoring of all systems related to high-performance SRF systems including precision low-particulate cleaning, cleaner monitoring and maintenance, fixture and process development, and part evaluation in support of scientific research.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong motivation to learn and apply new skills in a collaborative and dynamic work environment.  This position offers an opportunity to work alongside a group of talented scientists, engineers, and technicians on challenging projects and will have a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, use, and assemble parts for ISO 4 (class 10) clean room use
  • Perform low-particulate mechanical assemblies
  • Work in, maintain and monitor ISO 4 clean rooms with limited supervision after initial training
  • Under the supervision of a lead technician operate, monitor and maintain a class 1 deionized ultra-high purity water system
  • Operate and monitor high vacuum hydrogen degassing of niobium resonant cavities
  • Set-up and provide oversight for chemical and electrochemical etching of superconducting cavity components
  • Monitor and maintain supplies inventory
  • Perform work effectively, efficiently and safely
  • Collaborate with and assist other staff

Position Requirements

  • Requires the equivalence of technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or technical field
  • A minimum of six (6) years of full-time relevant work experience
  • A working knowledge of SRF component cleaning and assembly, and a thorough knowledge of materials
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with ultrasonic cleaners
  • Able to read and understand technical drawings
  • Proficiency with hand tools
  • Clear and concise communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Training, education and/or experience with part degreasing and cleaning
  • Training, education and/or experience with chemical polishing of materials
  • Experience with corrosive chemicals and their safe handling/disposal

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Good arm/hand dexterity.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb a ladder and work at heights above 6 feet.
  • May need to operate heavy equipment including overhead cranes and electric lifts.  Rigging and hoisting tasks may be performed.
  • Good vision, mental sharpness, alertness and function in confined spaces.

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s License
  • Ability to work overtime as required
  • Ability to travel for work on a limited basis
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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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