Non-Conventional Utility (NCU) Engineer II

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility for nuclear science. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, 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 atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes benefitting society.

FRIB will commence scientific user operation in May of 2022. FRIB is funded by DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with user facility operation supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that will enable unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.


The Non-Conventional Utility (NCU) Engineer II will operate water and gas systems to support FRIB programs. Participate in the design, fabrication, and assembly of technical equipment and support the life cycle from concept, design, fabrication, testing, installation, operation and maintenance of FRIB NCU systems.

Assigned scope

  • Participates in the NCU operation and maintenance
  • Participates in the design, acquisition, testing, commissioning, and operation of NCU systems

Major position responsibilities

  • Operate the NCU system, which requires personnel to be on-call and work off-shift hours at times when necessary. The system operates around-the-clock and requires 24/7 support.
  • Support testing of target, magnets and NCU subsystems
  • Lead special operations (start, stop and recover NCU subsystems)
  • Analyze thermodynamic and heat transfer including determination of heat loads, heat budgets, and test verification
  • Provide quantitative flow and pressure drop calculations for liquid and gas streams
  • Complete failure analysis of NCU components
  • Analyze, verify and validate NCU components
  • Prepare design analysis report and part/assembly drawing reviews
  • Assist project leader and subject matter experts in reviewing design layouts, budgets, project documentation, construction, testing, modification of hardware and software and/or the installation of sub-systems
  • Provide technical direction to support staff and students
  • Working knowledge of common industrial process instrumentation, including pressure transmitters, resistive temperature devices, and capacitive level probes
  • Working knowledge in the application and selection of industrial instrumentation

Position duties

Team Member

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Plan to perform their work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality

APA 12

  • Produce quality work under limited line manager supervision and report on findings
  • Accomplish the requirements of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure
  • Perform multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis under time-constrained deadlines
  • Assist in developing and implementing division/department policies and procedures
  • Interpret and assist in implementing new systems and project information
  • Develop project and/or systems work scope, cost, and schedule
  • Manage and prioritize resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems
  • Execute work to meet project objectives
  • Identify new initiatives
  • Supervise work of specialty teams and/or groups

Required qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical processing or mechanical preferred) with three to five years of experience in water and gas systems
  • Operations experience in a national user facility, a water utility, industrial continuous process, power generation/cogeneration, nuclear, or military environment

Desired qualifications

  • Interest in developing expertise in water engineering as evidenced by course work in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Strong troubleshooting, excellent mechanical and/or electronic skills, and demonstrated practical, hands-on experience
  • Experience with deionized water systems, process instrumentation, ASME B31.3 process piping, ASME BPVC
  • Excellent communication, planning, organizational and leadership skills to successfully accomplish goals
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, ChemCAD, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Technical expertise and understanding of water and gas systems processes
  • Understanding of operation discipline environment and rigor
  • Working knowledge of resolver/encoder systems in analog control loops (not as used in motor servomechanisms) is preferred


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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit and search for posting number 742607 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 persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting discoveries about the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, 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. named Lansing as the most affordable city on its 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live list and one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. East Lansing is one of the Best Places to Live according to the 2019 ranking by Neighboring city Okemos is No. 1 in the 2020 Best Places to Live in Michigan ranking.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university and FRIB encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.