Welding Process Engineer I
Jefferson Lab
Newport News, VA

$62,000 - $98,000 a year

Job ID #: 12084 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: Not Indicated Relocation Provided: Yes

Position Description

SALARY RANGE: $62,300 - $98,300 (SE I)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

We are currently seeking a Welding Process Engineer

The Accelerator Division’s SRF Operations is seeking an Engineer with a background in Metallurgy, Welding Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering to support a diverse program suite, specifically in the high energy density welding specialties in vacuum as applied to refractory metals such as Niobium. The incumbent will be expected to creatively apply engineering principles to aid in the growth of sustainable research programs, support production operations and develop process solutions to welding and joining challenges. In this role, the incumbent will directly interface with a variety of customers, including the SRF R&D Department, external collaborators, including universities, private industry, and other government laboratories. The incumbent will be required to clearly present detailed work assignments to audiences of varying expertise and skills - including engineers, physicists and SRF technicians. Coordinating scheduling of various projects that may include multiple customers and support groups (with input to designers and technicians) to keep projects on cost and schedule may be required.

All of these applications will be in direct support of ongoing operations of the accelerators at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) with the focus to improve and advance SRF cavity and cryomodule performance.

Essential Job Functions:
Participate in research, development and production activities in the area of high energy density welding processes, such as electron beam welding under vacuum as applied to refractory metals such as Niobium
Develop techniques and methods for implementation as production processes
Work within integrated and cross disciplinary teams to design and fabricate experimental assemblies aligned with customer needs
Serve as a primary interface between engineering and fabrication functions to ensure production and research objectives are met
Provide high energy density welding and fabrication expertise and support for production agency needs
Develop novel welding and fabrication techniques to ensure customer requirements are being met
Contribute to technical papers for publishing in peer-reviewed technical journals
Assist with the procurement of new equipment and support the removal of legacy equipment
Work with vendors and internal staff to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation and equipment in the facility
Direct multiple small-scale and/or mid-scale projects
Provide high-level expertise on multiple welding and/or fabrication technologies applied to refractory metals such as Niobium
Position Requirements

Education, Certifications and Experience:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Welding Engineering or related field
Coursework/previous experience in Metallurgical and/or Materials Engineering
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues and customers
Prior experience in an accelerator facility or other DOE National Laboratory is a plus

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Fundamental understanding of high energy density welding and metal fabrication techniques, such as electron beam welding, metal forming and brazing of refractory metals in vacuum
Fundamental knowledge of how welding/fabrication processes impact microstructural evolution, creation of weld anomalies, and development of residual stress in reference to refractory metals
Training or hands-on experience in any of the following areas: arc welding (GTAW or GMAW), brazing, diffusion bonding, explosion bonding, friction stir welding, other welding methods, heat treatment, casting, machining, forging, and/or other metal fabrication using manual or computer numerically controlled equipment
Experience with weld evaluation including non-destructive testing and mechanical testing
Knowledgeable of weld evaluation and inspection techniques (both destructive and non-destructive)
Knowledgeable in the use of CAD and multivariable analysis software in analyzing and producing solutions to mechanical problems
Knowledgeable in numerical code programming language, such as G-code
Knowledgeable in PLC programming
Ability to assist plan, direct, and coordinate activities and resources in a manufacturing environment in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications
Able to work in collaboration with others to solve complex problems
Able to take direction and work under supervision to carry out tasks and solve problems of limited complexity
Able to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously
Mental Requirements

  • Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
  • Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
  • Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning
Physical Requirements

  • Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
  • Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
  • Ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to access and work in confined spaces
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
  • Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, and see safety alarms
  • Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program. Generally, such programs include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States.