Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Core Materials, Manufacturing, & Irradiations Department is looking for a control systems engineer to join the irradiations hardware engineering team. In this position, the successful candidate will work work with a talented group of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers to support production operation of the irradiations electromechanical examination systems used at the Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) and the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) supporting materials development and technology. The electromechanical systems have the unique challenge of integrating with the operating test reactor at ATR or functioning in the underwater and shielded hot cell environments at NRF. The electromechanical systems enable the remote handling, assembly, and examination of new materials that are targeted for deployment in the nuclear fleet.
This position will give you the opportunity to use and grow your control system problem solving skills by developing, testing, and deploying solutions to resolve issues with automated electromechanical system exam systems. Projects will consist primarily of developing solutions and upgrades to address operational problems and vulnerabilities. The successful candidate will also be involved in project teams designing new equipment.
Duties for this position will include development, maintenance, and upgrade of custom motion control programs, database solutions, and user interfaces for data acquisition and automation of new and existing electromechanical equipment. Work may also include planning, designing, troubleshooting, analyzing, documenting, and testing software applications. Other duties my include design of cable assemblies to reliably communicate information between measurement and control equipment.
Technical support duties may also include, but are not limited to, purchase order follow (e.g., preparing the technical requirements package and responding to vendor submittals), preparing equipment installation / operation documents, and providing field support for the components deployed at NRF and ATR. This position provides the opportunity for hands-on development, testing, and troubleshooting in Bettis labs and at vendor facilities.
This position requires interfacing with personnel from multiple departments and sites in various engineering and science disciplines through verbal, written, and in-person communication, and also includes occasional travel to facilities in Idaho as well as travel to various vendor facilities (some local).
BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of relevant experience; or
MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science from an accredited college or university.
BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four years of relevant experience; or
MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of relevant experience.
Additional requirements at all levels:
Candidates should have a strong background and working knowledge of
- Object oriented programming languages (such as C#, Visual Basic, or .NET)
- Motion control systems development, installation, and support
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
Demonstrated written and communication and interpersonal skills
Good work ethic and desire to learn
Job Preferred Skills
Experience with remotely operated equipment.
Hands on troubleshooting experience
Database design experience and interest in maintaining and developing new databases
Experience with National Instruments test systems and LabVIEW software
Experience with automation design
Experience with Graphical User Interface design