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Water Systems Group Controls Technician

Job ID 3495 Date posted 11/18/2022

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 Water Systems Group (WSG) PLC Controls Technician within the Experimental Support & Facilities Division (ES&F).  The Water Systems Group is responsible for the operations, maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting, controls programming and construction of cooling water/compressed air systems in support of C-AD experiments throughout the laboratory.  Systems include, but are not limited to, water/air cooled chillers, cooling towers, open/closed loop piping systems, heat exchangers, pumping systems, de-ionized water systems, electronics/magnet cooling water systems, electrical and electronic controls including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), instrumentation air/pneumatic controls systems.This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate, repair, maintain, assemble, and program control systems for the air and water systems and associated sub systems for the C-AD water systems group
  • Assemble control chassis using electrical wiring and mechanical fabrication techniques
  • Manage upgrades to existing control systems to address newest software packages and hardware upgrades
  • Be available for emergency call-ins for all utilities system repairs, trips, or system related situations
  • Work safely and follow all applicable procedures and policies

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Requires the equivalence of a technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or technical field
  • At least six (6) years of full-time relevant work experience
  • Familiar with open and closed loop constant/variable speed pumping systems
  • Proficiency in the use of standard test and measurement equipment, flow meters, pressure gauges, multimeters, etc.
  • The ability to work accurately from drawings and schematics including verbal instructions
  • Soldering and basic plumbing skills
  • Experience with machine shop equipment and practices
  • Experience in the safe use of power hand tools
  • Basic electronic and industrial electrical skills
  • Experience in the field of pressure, temperature, level and flow instrumentation including programmable logic controller (PLC) based systems
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated and be able to work under minimum supervision
  • Basic computer operating skills (MS Office Suite), including Excel and Word

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with Allen Bradley control systems and Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and software
  • Advanced basic programming skills
  • The ability to interface different equipment manufacturers controls through electronics and software
  • Pneumatic control experience

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to climb ladders and lift up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to work in an area that emits radiation within safety parameters

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Valid US driver’s license and the ability to drive laboratory vehicles
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • 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, Table Tennis, 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 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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