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Senior Mechanical Designer or Mechanical Design Engineer

Job ID 2424 Date posted 11/13/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

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

Position Description

The Magnet Division has an opening for a Senior Mechanical Designer or Mechanical Design Engineer to assist with the design of superconducting magnets and tooling. Under the technical direction of senior engineers, you will play a key role in designing magnets and magnet components as well as associated assembly and testing tooling and equipment.  The assignments you will work on will usually be on a project basis, which will require a high degree of initiative and judgement to plan, coordinate, and perform your design efforts.

(Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on experience.)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop component and equipment designs using 3D modeling and design software
  • Support design and safety reviews
  • Prepare and document fabrication drawings
  • Support fabrication, assembly, testing, installation and commissioning
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers and other technical staff
  • Independently plan, coordinate and execute assignments
  • May direct and coordinate the work efforts of other drafting support personnel assigned to a specific project

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or engineering field, plus at least six (6) years’ relevant design/drafting experience that must include using PTC Creo, Autodesk Inventor, and/or Solid Works 3D CAD software designing mechanical components and systems for fabrication
  • Knowledge of material properties, manufacturing/machine shop processes, welding, hardware & component choice, manufacturing, installation, and dimensioning and tolerances
  • Demonstrated ability to create accurate and detailed 3D system models and designs and then use them to generate mechanical manufacturing drawings to ANSI Y14.5 standards
  • Ability to perform mechanical design functions independently with general direction and review by a mechanical engineer or scientist
  • Good technical communication skills for close communication with engineers (e.g. reporting changes and modifications) and with technical staff who assemble magnets and install and maintain tooling and equipment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficient in Creo solid modeling software
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Technology
  • Ability to review and check the 3D models and fabrication drawings of other design group staff
  • Experience with custom scientific equipment including magnet design, vacuum chambers & components, high current and high voltage equipment, water cooling, and/or cryogenic components
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements*:

  • Hand / eye coordination
  • Moderate lifting (up to 30 pounds)
  • Ability to climb a ladder

Other Information: 

  • Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on experience
  • BNL cannot sponsor US work visa 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 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.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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