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Entry Level Mechanical Engineer

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory is seeking an energetic candidate to perform a variety of technical and operational duties in support of the Metallography and Microscopy Test Laboratories within the Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL). The MCL performs state-of-the-art testing that produces material property data used to assess the performance of materials in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP).

The qualified engineering candidate will be expected to learn, understand and perform:
  • Hardness testing
  • Metallographic characterization, and
  • Advanced digital imaging and image analysis.

Additionally, the candidate will be expected to provide engineering and operational support to the laboratories. Engineering support responsibilities include test analysis, data review and process advancement to solve unique and routine material issues. The focus is on materials characterization and qualification in support of modeling, failure analysis and innovative material developments. The candidate will also be expected to learn and operate advanced imaging software and microscopes and provide materials behavior analysis.

Additional responsibilities include the understanding and application of environmental, safety, and health laboratory practices with a primary focus on safety, and inspection/monitoring. These individuals will work with support groups, including service vendors, material procurement and calibration organizations.
 
Required Skills *

  • Materials testing coursework and/or experience
  • Clear and effective communicator
  • Experience leading teams
  • Ability to balance multiple¬†work efforts

Associate:
  • BS degree in engineering or Bachelor's degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university required.

Intermediate:
  • BS degree in engineering or Bachelor's degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of relevant experience; or
  • MS degree in engineering or Master's degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year of relevant experience; or
  • Currently or previously EOOW qualified in the Nuclear Operations Program; or
  • SRE Qualification

Preferred Skills

  • Demonstrated hands-on laboratory or industrial environment experience, particularly in metallographic and/or microscopy
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and experience writing test procedures and/or lab reports