Cryomodule Assembly Group Welder Instrument Maker II

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

The Cryomodule Assembly Group Welder will fabricate, assemble, repair, and/or modify assemblies and parts related to the construction of cryomodules for the FRIB Project.

Major position responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and coordinate the work of others on assigned projects, and makes substantial contributions to major systems requiring senior-level expertise on a routine basis
  • Provide expert-level training to, and oversees assigned staff in the area of expertise
  • Provide expert-level input in design reviews, and troubleshoots in the area of expertise
  • Perform the duties of Research Trades Assistant and lower-level Instrument Maker and similar skilled-trades classifications with a higher level of skill and precision as needed or directed
  • Estimate time and resources necessary to complete job assignments and/or projects
  • Fabricate, modify, and repair complex and specialized mechanical equipment using advanced welding techniques that provide adequate weld strength with minimum acceptable distortion to complex parts
  • Weld all materials including 300 series stainless steel, aluminum alloys, thin metals, etc. complaint to ASME Section IX
  • Weld complex and specialized instruments, machines, or parts to precise standards from blueprints, sketches, or communicated instructions
  • Weld exotic metals using techniques requiring expert knowledge of the field (for example, Niobium and Titanium)
  • Perform leak checks on ultra-high vacuum welds using mass spectrometer and other leak-checking equipment
  • Set up M.I.G., T.I.G., rod, and gas-welding apparatus as needed for the various jobs to be performed
  • Perform soft and hard soldering to plumbing, research and teaching equipment to vacuum tight standards
  • Troubleshoot problems requiring expert knowledge of welding trade
  • Ability to work with export-controlled items

Position duties

Team member

  • Execute work to meet milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Execute work according to approved work-control plans
  • Stop work when discrepant conditions are encountered and inform line management
  • Perform work with quality and in a safe manner

Minimum qualifications

Required

  • Associates degree in electronics, mechanics, plumbing, or a trades area specific to the work to be performed, or an equivalent combination of related technical training and experience
  • Two years’ experience as an Instrument Maker I or equivalent experience in one or more skilled-trades areas specific to the job duties to be performed
  • Expert 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 assist in the design of precise and complicated instruments
  • Skill in the use of appropriate tools and mechanical or electronic equipment
  • May require working in and around X-ray producing apparatus, radioactive materials, cryogenic liquids, and/or other potentially hazardous materials
  • Frequent lifting of 26 pounds and over is required

Desired

  • Ability to work and communicate completely with people of diverse backgrounds and education
  • Basic knowledge of personal computer terminology and operations and the ability to use email and the Internet
  • 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 recognize actual or potential non-conformances
  • Ability to document work and data
  • Ability to work with export-controlled items

Work direction and interfaces

  • Reports to the group leader
  • Interfaces with team members, project leaders, subject-matter experts and suppliers
  • Interfaces with co-workers in order to assist in the completion of duties

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 547290 and follow the application process. For more information regarding employment, contact FRIB Human Resources.

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.