Lead Design Engineer

Requisition # 2021-13416
Date Posted 1 month ago(10/19/2022 10:29 AM)
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Category
Engineering
Job Type
Full-Time

Overview

PPPL’s Engineering Design Group is seeking a Lead Design Engineer to support a multidisciplinary team focused on developing the engineering designs for and advancing the state-of-the-art for magnetic confinement plasma physics research devices around the world. We specialize in high-field magnets, diagnostics, and plasma facing components for nuclear fusion experiments at PPPL and collaborator facilities world-wide. The core competencies of the Design Group include the design and implementation of; high vacuum components and systems, high heat flux components, coupled electro-mechanical systems in high EM flux environments, material science, metrology, and in-vacuum motion devices.

 

Are you interested in joining the world’s brightest talent in solving some of the world’s grandest scientific challenges of the 21st century? Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is doing just that! Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!

Responsibilities

The Lead Design Engineer will be expected to: 

  • Plan, develop, coordinate, and direct important projects or a number of lesser projects with many complex features.
  • Carry out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures.
  • Develop and evaluate plans and criteria for projects and activities to be carried out by others.
  • Execute mechanical design and analysis.
  • Carry out the process of designing, documenting, and reviewing engineering design and calculations.
  • Prepare cost and schedule estimates.
  • Prepare documentation (installation procedures, analysis reports, calculations, system description documents, design reviews).
  • Prepare Project Execution Plans and manage work to that Plan, including cost and schedule.
  • Supervise the process of the drawings by overseeing the preparation, approval, and release of drawings for manufacturing.
  • Oversee and/or supervise the fabrication, installation, and commissioning of designed components.
  • Write Specifications and SOW to establish external standards for suppliers and vendors.
  • Determine applicability and appropriateness of requirements and internal controls.
  • Reprioritize activities within the scope of work being managed.
  • Supervise the professionals and technicians who assist them, estimate personnel needs, and schedule and assign work to meet completion deadlines on assigned projects.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering field; advanced degree preferred
  • 10-12 years of professional experience inclusive of post-BS academic experience, preferably in a scientific or R&D environment.  
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 

Required:

  • Knowledgeable of precedents in the discipline and of principles and practices of related disciplines.
  • Perform and make decisions independently with limited supervisory assistance.
  • Technical competence in mechanical engineering.
  • Application of standard principles and procedures of mechanical engineering.
  • Familiarity with simple mechanical analysis.
  • Fluency with 3D modelling/CAD and development/review of fabrication drawings.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, engineers, and technicians.

    Preferred:
  • Knowledge of “State of the Art” manufacturing methods
  • Proficiency with GD&T
  • Experience with metrology and tolerance studies
  • Design Experience:
    • Mechanisms & linkages
    • High heat flux components,
    • Specialty materials and austenitic steels,
    • Diagnostic components,
    • Super-conducting magnet,
    • Components in high vacuum environments

Working Conditions:

  • This position is primarily on-site work (mostly in office with some field work).
  • Occasional conference or review travel (1-2 weeks per year). 
     

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Standard Weekly Hours

40.00

Eligible for Overtime

No

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver's License Required

No

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