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Would you like to oversee a mechanical engineering system through its entire life-cycle, from design through operation? Would you like an engineering job where no two days are alike? Are you looking for a job where you work daily with strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators? Are you seeking a job where your work advances knowledge for the benefit of humankind?

Come join one of the crown jewels of the United States’ research and innovation ecosystems: Fermilab is America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and at locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole. We are 1,800 employees, made up of engineers, scientists, technicians, designers/drafters and administrative professionals. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 50 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world.

Come join a diverse team of talented and dedicated mechanical engineers, CAD designers, and technicians who make up the Accelerator Division’s Mechanical Support Department. We are seeking an entry-level Mechanical Fluids Engineer who is a collaborator by nature and who seeks out the latest technology and tools to design, fabricate, test, install and operate components and systems to support our particle accelerators. We use the latest technology such as ANSYS, NASTRAN, AutoCAD, NX and additive manufacturing (3D printing) to model, simulate, prototype, and test our designs. We work with vendors who stretch their technical abilities to fabricate the next generation of components and systems. We expand our engineering skills, and sometimes write the textbooks, in order to operate the existing accelerators. We work with collaborators throughout the lab and at institutions around the world to plan future accelerators for multi-billion dollar projects such as the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF/DUNE).   

You Will 
  • Utilize fundamental engineering concepts and principles to complete assignments and develop familiarization with the Laboratory’s method of project engineering, from the design stage through review, procurement, fabrication, installation, test and operation
  • Be involved in the mechanical design, analysis, specification, and construction of fluid cooling piping systems that support the operation of the accelerator complex, including the temperature control of beamline components (such as magnets, collimators, RF cavities, beam instrumentation, high-powered targets and associated beam components)
  • Participate in and lead efforts involving general mechanical-system design, thermal-fluid system design, piping system fluid flow analysis, and heat transfer analysis
  • Learn the operations of existing accelerator fluids systems and provide operations engineering support by troubleshooting system issues and designing upgrades to existing systems to improve their reliability
  • Participate in the design of closed loop systems of compressible and incompressible fluids to support the accelerator
  • Work in a team environment and under the supervision of senior engineers
  • Be responsible for directing the activities of drafters, designers, technicians and skilled trades on his/her projects
  • Direct the activities of co-op engineering students and interns on his/her projects
  • Communicate with outside vendors, contractors, and fabricators through written specifications and engineering drawings
  • Abide by and be responsible for performing all duties in accordance with all environmental, health and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position

We Are Looking For
  • Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution. Should include successful completion of coursework in Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Mechanics of Materials, Machine Design, and Thermodynamics.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 0-3 years of professional engineering experience. Co-op engineering or engineering intern experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform thermal and fluid piping system calculations and mechanical stress and deflection calculations
  • Demonstrated ability to create and read mechanical drawings, including piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) and process piping flow schematics
  • Must have knowledge of machine shop practices and techniques for fabricating complex and intricate hardware 
  • Must have strong computing skills including preparing and documenting engineering calculations, simulation software, FEA analyses, creating 3D models and 2D drawings using CAD software, data presentation, and project management activities (cost estimates, schedules). Familiarity of CAD software toward the creation of piping fluid flow network systems is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team in a project (technical or non-technical)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly using verbal and written practices with customers / stakeholders and with team members
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under the requirements of schedules and shifting priorities
  • Knowledge of welding and brazing practices (e.g. TIG and electron beam welding process, oven brazing) as related to manufacturing and fabrication of piping is desirable
  • Knowledge of materials, metallurgy and radiation damage of materials is desirable
  • Knowledge of code standards such as ASME, AISC and ANSI/ASME pressure vessel and piping codes is desirable
  • Use of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing on drawings is desirable 
  • Planning and implementing preventative maintenance programs for a system’s equipment is desirable
  • Skills in AFT Fathom, AFT Arrow, ANSYS Fluent, or ANSYS CFX are desirable
  • Skills in AutoCAD Plant are desirable
  • Experience in applying Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) technology to design is desirable

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Heights, mental concentration, sitting, standing, tight work schedule, visually demanding.
On-site presence at Fermilab required while following all applicable lab management and DOE guidelines for site access.
Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.
Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.
Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.