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Cryogenics Electrical Technician
Job ID #: 12312 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Technology Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Term Education Required: High School Diploma
Experience Required: 3 years Relocation Provided: No

SALARY RANGE:  $42,000 - $57,400 (TD I)
As an eletrical technician supporting the assembly and commissioning of a new helium refrigerator and the upgrade of another the encumbant will be tasked with:

  • Assisting in the fabrication and installation of all associated electrical and mechanical equipment on a cryogenic refrigeration system. This would include but is not limited to cable tray, cable, control enclosures, large helium compressors, gauge panels, tubing, vacuum systems and other subsystems.
  • Using power and hand tools including, but not limited to, grinders, skill saws, drills, wrenches, be able to build and install associated systems and subsystems. 
  • Using schematics, drawings and other general documentation to build and install systems and subsystems associated with the overall operations of a helium refrigerator
  • Moving equipment and materials using forklifts, overhead cranes, and pallet jacks.
  • Working from ladders, scaffold and aerial lifts to install new electrical and mechanical systems and subsystems on a cryogenic refrigeration system. 
  • Assisting mechanical/electrical operations techs when needed for repairs and maintenance of operational cryogenic plants. This would include but is not limited to compressor maintenance, vacuum system maintenance, gas management, walk arounds and other daily operational issues.

AS degree or High School Graduate with 3 years revlevant experience in the electrical, mechanical or electronics trade. 
Preferred experience in plant operations with some installation, fabrication, or industrial electrical/mechanical installation. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 
Demonstrated knowledge of proper use of hand tools, hardware, and power tools
General understanding and the ability to interpret P&I’s, schematics and component fabrication drawings with minimum assistance
Demonstraed  understanding of and hands on work with some or all of the following cryogenics, vacuum systems, and gas pressure systems
Basic computer skills
Must work well within a team structure, comprising both mechanical and electrical technicians
Incumbent will be requested to complete required training to satisfy working in the Cryogenics Group, such as but not limited to forklift, crane and rigging, ODH, Radiation Worker I, and Lockout/Tag-outIncumbent will be required to complete and pass the minimum required electrical training, as defined by EHS.

• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to organize, prioritize and complete complex and varied tasks

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, kneel, bend over and climb ladders and work at heights
• Ability to work in confined spaces
• Ability to stand and work for extended periods
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs and lift 15 lbs above head frequently
• Ability to perceive temperatures and work in both hot and cold conditions.
• Ability to identify and distinguish colors
• Manual capability to pick, pinch, or otherwise work with fingers; seize, grasp, hold, turn, use hand tools and other equipment
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read drawings and other documents and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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