Cryogenic Fabrication Group Welder

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

FRIB is searching for a Cryogenic Fabrication Group Welder to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for fabricating, assembling, repairing and/or modifying assemblies and parts for cryogenic systems, including transfer lines, bayonets, bayonet cans, valve boxes, SC magnets, and SRF cryomodules using predominantly GTAW and GMAW.

Major position responsibilities

  • Performs all work in accordance with specifications, work instructions, and/or drawing package requirements

  • Confers with and provides counsel to engineers and mechanical designers on design, feasibility, material selection, and sequences to be used during fabrication and assembly of cryogenic systems

  • Performs the duties of Cryogenic Fabrication Welder Instrument Maker I with a higher level of skill and precision as needed or directed

  • Estimates time and resources necessary to complete job assignments and/or projects

  • Welds various grades of austenitic stainless steel or steel components for the construction of cryogenic systems using shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and gas metal arc welding

  • Prepares objects for welding by cleaning and filing, positioning, aligning, and clamping

  • Set up M.I.G., T.I.G., rod and gas welding apparatus as needed for the various jobs to be performed

  • Welds and repairs various ancillary experimental equipment components, stands, supports etc. as directed

  • Cuts, brazes, and solders copper-based alloys

Qualifications

Required

  • Associate's degree in welding technology, electronics or mechanics, or equivalent combination of related technical training and experience

  • Three years of experience as an Instrument Maker I or equivalent experience in one or more skilled trades areas specific to the job duties to be performed

  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials tools, equipment, occupational hazards, and safety precautions of the trade areas specific to the job duties to be performed

  • Ability to design complex parts and assist in the design of precise and complicated instruments and systems

  • Skill in the use of appropriate tools and equipment

  • Frequent lifting of twenty-six pounds and over is required

Desired

  • Certified in B31.3 or the ability to become so in thirty days from date of hire

  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, equipment, occupational hazards, and safety precautions of the welding trade specific to the job duties to be performed

  • Ability to read and interpret design and welding criteria from CAD drawings

  • Ability to work independently on projects with minimal supervision

  • Familiar with and able to use basic Microsoft applications including Outlook, Word, and Explorer

  • May require working in and around x-ray producing apparatus, radioactive materials, cryogenic liquids, and/or other potentially hazardous materials

  • Ability to perform high vacuum welding working with a wide variety of copper base alloys, and all grades of stainless steel and aluminum

  • Ability to perform welding that will withstand high vacuum tests (10-7Torr), and to withstand extreme thermal shocking from very high temperatures to minus 450°F

Benefits

MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit careers.msu.edu, search for posting number 432829 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and person with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree- filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Type:
Support Staff