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Non-Conventional Utility Engineer III / Engineering/Physicist Accelerator III

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 14
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Non-Conventional Utility Engineer III

Position Summary

Michigan State University operates FRIB as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics.

As one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities, FRIB provides researchers with one of the most advanced tools of modern science to study rare isotopes, or short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth. FRIB hosts what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, enabling scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

The establishment of FRIB was funded by the DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, and user facility operation is supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that enables unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.


The NCU systems at FRIB are essential for providing cooling water including off-gas handling, and water treatment for beam-line equipment inside the target hall. The NCU Engineer III leads the operation, maintenance, trouble shooting and failure analysis of these systems. In addition, you would provide critical input during the design, fabrication, procurement, installation commissioning, and operation of new NCU systems. Additional responsibilities include the testing and evaluation of heat loads.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs FRIB NCU system operations, maintenance, daily operation support, and troubleshooting. 
  • Executes system walks daily. Ensures alarms are enabled and call-ins are updated to support any emergency. 
  • Designs, procures, installs, commissions, and operates new NCU system. 
  • Analyzes heat loads, heat budgets and participates to test verification. 
  • Provides oversight of technical repairs, modifications, and testing of process control equipment, pumps, valves, heat exchangers, etc. 
  • Participates in division meetings, makes reports and presentations about operation issues, operation planning and maintenance plans. 
  • Develops and updates Operation Procedures, Emergency Responses, and Personnel Training 
  • Executes failure analysis of NCU components. 
  • Supports the development of the annual Operation budget and maintains spare inventory. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Non-conventional Utilities (NCU) engineering, systems, and measurements expertise including deep knowledge of applicable regulatory and legal frameworks (e.g., federal, state, local, etc.). Sound judgment regarding the implementation of these regulations to contribute to organizational performance and success.
  • Working knowledge of design and maintenance of pressurized water piping and pumping systems associated with industry standards.
  • Ability to work with NCU equipment including; radioactive water, and hydrogen gas re-combiners.
  • Thorough knowledge of exotic metals.
  • Demonstrable expertise in water and gas engineering in particular fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer.
  • Working knowledge of resolver/encoder systems in analog control loops (not as used in motor servomechanisms) is preferred.
  • Advanced understanding of mathematics.
  • Knowledge of, and strict adherence to, safety programs, OSHA, and all related rules, regulations, and procedures which apply to this position’s responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of CAD.
  • Knowledge of accelerator systems and/or complex systems facility operations.
  • Superior problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and react to shifting priorities to meet business needs and deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing with all audiences.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

The job requires a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in physics, electronics, mechanical and/or electrical drafting, fabrication techniques, heat transfer, cryogenics and computer systems; and may require experience in the use of CAD and/or related engineering systems, including file transfer; experience in the use of exotic metals, including knowledge of their properties, in the fabrication and assembly of sophisticated research equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree with 10+ years of experience, Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 14+ years of experience, or military equivalent.
  • Operations experience in a National User Facility, water utility, industrial continuous process, power generation/cogeneration, nuclear, military or navy environment
  • Experience with deionized water systems, process instrumentation, ASME B31.3 process piping, ASME BPVC
  • Experienced radiological worker training
  • Strong troubleshooting, excellent mechanical and/or electronic skills, and demonstrated practical, hands-on experience
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, ChemCAD, Microsoft Office.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three professional references. 

Work Hours



Bidding eligibility ends June 6, 11:55 PM

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