Cryogenic Technician - Mechanical

Brookhaven National Laboratory - Upton, NY (30+ days ago)4.2

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Organizational Overview

The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) designs, builds, and tests superconducting magnets for use in particle accelerators world-wide. The SMD also builds magnets for various other applications (e.g., Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage) and also provides magnetic measurement services lab-wide.

Position Description

The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) has an opening for a technician to work in the cryogenic group in support of SMD R&D and Project superconducting magnet testing activities. Working under the supervision of a senior cryogenic technician, as well as cognizant mechanical and electrical engineering staff, the candidate will be expected to become fully proficient in the operation, control and maintenance of all aspects of the cryogenic facility, including helium liquefiers, compressors, pumps, motors, purifiers, valves, helium vacuum pumps, vacuum jacketed transfer lines, and all associated controls. The candidate will also be expected, after being fully trained, to work independently to operate the full cryogenic system during production testing of superconducting magnets for the Accelerator Upgrade Program for the High-Luminosity Upgrade of the LHC at CERN, working either a staggered early shift or late shift as Project needs require.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Using a very high degree of skill, initiative and judgment, is responsible for the performance, maintenance and repair of a superconducting magnet testing facility:

Operation of the SMD cryogenic facility in support of superconducting magnet testing – working knowledge of computer and manual controls, safety and functional interlocks, process requirements and safeguards.

Maintenance and repair of the SMD cryogenic facility components – liquefier engines, compressors, pumps, purifiers, motors, etc.

Completing and maintaining operation and maintenance logs


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Requires the equivalence of a technical institute or associate’s degree in a related scientific or engineering field, plus extensive job-relevant training

Ten (10) years of in-depth and related experience:
Mechanical skills – assembly and disassembly of machinery and mechanical equipment

Knowledge of automated process control, sensing instruments and electrical signal measurements

Basic understanding of pneumatic and electronic valve control

Familiarity with plumbing best practices

Ability to read mechanical drawings and P&ID drawings.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Degree in industrial or electro-mechanical systems.

Use of machine tools (machinist skills)

Mass spectrometer experience (leak testing)

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:
Moderate lifting (up to 30 pounds)

the ability to climb a ladder

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