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Argonne National Laboratory

Helium Recovery Cryogenic Technician (413456)




Full Time


Lemont, Illinois, United States

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a candidate for the position of helium recovery technician. This position is responsible for conducting the operation, maintenance and upgrading of the site wide helium recovery systems. The individual will be responsible for independently diagnosing and troubleshooting routine problems affecting helium recovery system performance and assist in analyzing and finding resolutions to more complex problems.

This position is responsible for the logistics of coordinating the distribution of recovered, purified and liquid helium vessels across the Argonne National Laboratory campus.

In this position, you will:

  • Support daily operations of the Argonne National Laboratory helium recovery system which requires close monitoring and hands-on involvement in the operation multiple systems

  • Perform hands-on periodic inspection and maintenance of (High/Low) pressure, cryogenic, vacuum, and supporting utilities

  • Install or replace new equipment to optimize system performance and reliability

  • Measure, record, and document operating performance data

  • Coordinate logistics for onsite transportation of gases and refrigerants

  • Be available to respond to emergency situations 24 hours a day when scheduled

Position Requirements

Preferred experience:

  • +2 years of LHe and LN2 hands-on experience

  • Associates degree in Engineering

  • +2 years of vacuum experience

Required experience:

  • +2 years of hands-on fluid mechanics or industrial HVAC experience

  • Experience working with minimal supervision on complex projects

  • Successful track record of implementing, recording and documenting system performance

  • Ability to communicate with scientific and technical staff

  • +2 years of work experience demonstrating high mechanical aptitude

ST 3: Technical Institute or AA Degree and 7+ years of related experience

ST 4: Technical Institute or AA Degree and 9+ plus years of related experience


Job Family

Support Technical (ST)

Job Profile

Mechanical Support 3

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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