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Mechanical Engineering Technician, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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Work type: Staff
Location: Gaithersburg
Categories: Engineering, Full Time



Reporting to the Director, this position serves as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in a Neutron research environment providing a wide range of technical and overall facility support. Individual should be organized, detailed oriented, safety conscious with the ability to work in a collaborative atmosphere.

The University of Delaware has won a competitive award of more than $7 million over a five-year period from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and will use it to develop the next generation of neutron scattering instrumentation through the creation of the UD Center for Neutron Science.  Neutron scattering is a nanoscale measurement technique that is complementary to X-ray and light scattering as a means to probe the structure of materials.  Since neutron scattering requires a high-flux neutron source, measurements are carried out at large national facilities such as the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, MD.  UD center staff will work on-site at the NCNR, helping design and build the next generation of neutron scattering instrumentation that will be used worldwide.

The Mechanical Eng Technician position will reside at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, MD.  The NCNR is a national user facility providing a source of intense beams of neutrons and maintaining and developing a suite of over 20 research instruments.  The center serves more than 2000 scientists and engineers annually.  Further information about the NCNR can be found at the web site  The NCNR is in the process of a facility-wide upgrade of the data acquisition and control systems used on its neutron scattering instruments

This position is supported by external funds.  Continuation of this position is contingent upon performance and continued availability of external funding. Notice of non-renewal is not required.



  • Perform maintenance, modification and installation of sophisticated neutron scattering instruments and their related systems including cryogenic, vacuum, gas, liquid and electromechanical.
  • Conceptualize fluid and gas piping system.
  • Design, fabricate, and/or acquire necessary components for task completion.
  • Assist with fabrication and installation of neutron shielding.
  • Operate basic machine shop equipment and powered hand tools.
  • Operate fork truck, overhead crane, and other material handling equipment.
  • Prepare proper rigging for crane lifts.
  • Ensure adequate supply of gases and cryogens to instruments.
  • Pack and unpack delicate scientific equipment.
  • Order supplies.
  • Deliver and pick up various materials and components.
  • Load and unload trucks.
  • Perform shipping and receiving practices.
  • Participate in fastener and surplus inventory programs.
  • Provide other general technical support as needed.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • A high school diploma or certificate from vocational-technical school with four years’ of experience in mechanical or electro-mechanical systems. An associate’s degree in Engineering or related scientific discipline preferred.
  • Knowledge of operational principles of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems.
  • Skill in maintenance and repair of mechanical and/or electromechanical equipment.
  • Knowledge of preventative maintenance functions.
  • Skill in using basic hand tools and machine shop equipment.
  • Knowledge of rigging practices and crane operation
  • Knowledge of fluid and gas piping systems
  • Ability to operate laser tracker systems
  • Knowledge of spatial analyzer software
  • Ability to update, maintain and extract information from a database.
  • Skill in following drawing schematics and reading engineering drawings.
  • Ability to follow and interpret instructions while interacting with vendors, customers and staff.
  • Ability to order supplies to fulfill task requirements
  • Knowledge of radiation safety and hazardous material procedures
  • Ability to order, organize and maintain supplies and inventory
  • Ability to pack and unpack delicate scientific and similar equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientific and engineering staff

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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