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Entry Level Designer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: Entry Level
Date Posted: December 6, 2022
Reference Code: 18817
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Drafting group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as an Entry Level Designer.
Our team works an on-site 4x10 schedule located at our Materials and Fuels Complex with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking an entry level designer reporting to the MFC Drafting Manager in the Engineering Division. If you want to be part of enabling nuclear energy research and development, including deployment of next generation nuclear reactors then this position is for you.
INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for the United States Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, 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, to post irradiation analysis. MFC plays a pivotal role in supporting the National Reactor Innovation Center, which provides resources and infrastructure for testing, demonstrating, and assessing system performance to accelerate the deployment of new, advanced nuclear technology concepts.
Designers will participate with project teams which include; engineers (various subject areas and functions), researchers, technicians, operations personnel, and project managers to develop new design concepts and final designs to be implemented in MFC facilities using 3-D modeling software. Designs shall meet company and nationally recognized codes and standards, established design criteria, and established programmatic schedules and costs. Key functions of the role are:
  • Participates in the development of new nuclear research-related programs and initiatives and provides imaginative and practical engineering solutions to research related programmatic issues and challenges where highly specialized equipment solutions are required to be designed (typically one-of-kind design)
  • Work with sponsoring organizations and engineers from various teams to develop formally documented design requirements. Including identification of applicable codes and standards
  • Using 3-D CAD software to develop mechanical component and assembly designs (to include electro-mechanical assemblies and facility modifications). Familiarity with Finite Element applications is a plus, as it supports the design process
  • Specify engineering materials in design based on component function (load demand, operating environment, etc.)
  • Design individual components and weldments to function at the assembly level, including both static and dynamic applications. In the case of dynamic applications (e.g., driven/moving components in a machine) develop kinetic and kinematic simulations in design tools to demonstrate/verify functionality
  • Engineering design and development of specialized one-of-a-kind equipment's/systems, including remotely operated equipment for nuclear material handling and processing applications in the harsh environments represented in hot-cells and gloveboxes
  • Design individual components and weldments for fabric-ability, as applicable to overall component and feature geometry (requires familiarity of conventional fabrication and machining applications)
  • Identification and specification of commercially available components, and the design of modifications to such components (when applicable) to meet overall design needs
  • Detail (fully annotate) or assist drafters within the organization to detail components and assemblies in either drawing or 3-D model formats for the purpose of fabrication, assembly & testing, installation, operation, and configuration management. May include formal or informal layouts to support installations
  • Responsible for verifying drawings/models conform to INL drafting standards, and to ensure proper form, fit, and function
  • Present 3-D models and associated simulations in conceptual, preliminary, and final design reviews to gain the concurrence of collaborators and complete verification processes of design
  • Support fabrication, installation and construction efforts where applicable as related to designs of responsibility
  • Support system engineering through the development of technical and functional requirements (T&FR), system design descriptions (SDD), test instructions, procurement specifications, statement of work, work control documents (including installation), design reports, and engineering job (EJ) packages
  • Provides support to ensure system configuration is being managed effectively through design documentation via drawings and models
  • Independently evaluate, select, and apply engineering technique to solve projects of increasing scope and complexity with work reviewed for soundness of judgment and overall adequacy and accuracy


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or comparable degree
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Preferred knowledge of 3-dimensional modeling softwar
  • Preferred knowledge of CAD file management software
  • Exposure to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (G.D.&T.) per ASME Y14.5 is a plus.
  • Familiarity with welding requirements, material properties, fabrication methods, mathematics, mechanics, statics, and machine design are a plus
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 180 ($60,984 - $97,584)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
INL Overview:
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 more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your 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 does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.