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Mechanical Engineer

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: February 4, 2019

Job Description:


Job Title: Mechanical Engineer
Grade: 190/200
Org: Nuclear Remote Systems
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (MFC, 4x10 schedule)

**This is a multi-level posting**



Empowering the Nation's Energy Future

MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.



The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants for an entry level Mechanical Engineer reporting to the Nuclear Remote Systems Engineering Department Manager.

INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for DOE-NE, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels from fuel design, development and fabrication through post irradiation examination and analysis.

The Mechanical Engineer serves as a contributor in engineering design, development, installation and repair of specialized remotely operated equipment. Remotely operated equipment is equipment installed and operated in nuclear hot cells and serves a purpose to examine, manipulate or process irradiated materials and fuels.


Works with Department Manager, Project Managers, Principle Investigator's, and System Engineers on design projects or tasks (an entry level engineer performs this work with oversight from experienced staff).

Provides support to project participants in the development of new nuclear research-related programs and initiatives.

Works with sponsoring organizations to develop design requirements and with engineers from differing disciplines to propose, design and develop effective solutions in the form of electro-mechanical systems and equipment.


Identify technical requirements for the design and fabrication of electro-mechanical system and equipment for remote operation applications.

Develop specific design configurations to implement requirements.

Develop engineering evaluations, drawings, analyses and procedures to document design.

Identify corrective actions to restore failed or degraded equipment.

Must have technical writing and communications skills to produce engineering documentation such as, development test plans, design requirements and descriptions, installation and testing procedures, and preparation/presentation for the purpose of design review.

Work on electro-mechanical design problems with supervision from more experienced staff utilizing specialized techniques to provide solutions.

Works with others engineering disciplines to determine technical approach for solving problems and meeting client needs.

Maintains productive work assignments

Responsible for working within the approved safety envelopes.

Maintain expertise and INL specific technical staff qualifications.


Must be a US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) "L" security clearance

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and 0-2 years of related experience or Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and 1 year of related experience

Must be or become qualified to INL Tech Staff requirements

Must be or become Rad Worker 1 or 2 trained, as required


Experience with troubleshooting and repair of mechanical systems or equipment.

Experience with or desire to perform machine design.

Experience with development testing of electro-mechanical systems.

Experience with computerized design and drafting tools, specifically 3-D CAD software.

Experience with Finite Element Analysis.

Familiar with codes and standards.

Familiar with fabrication practices.

Familiar with Off the Shelf components and their capabilities.


To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25 must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see



Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Motor Abilities: walking-prolonged, fine motor control (hands), lifting ability-25 lbs max, repetitive work
Special Senses: near vision, audio alarms, ability to smell
Work Conditions: stairs, radiation work, machine/electrical hazards, typing/keyboard, 8 hrs./day, working alone
Certification Exams: testing designated position



February 11, 2019 (Midnight, MST)


Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With over 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,

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