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ORNL Laboratory Technology Program

The Laboratory Technology Program (Lab Tech) offers current undergraduate students or recent Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree graduates an opportunity to develop their technical skills at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Opportunities are driven by ORNL needs and include both full-time and part-time opportunities. The program is designed to complement academic programs and prepare individuals for a career in the technical workforce.


  • Participants receive salary and benefits commensurate with their academic status.
  • Participants receive continuous technical training while enrolled in school or after graduation.
  • Tuition and fees may be reimbursed, and a stipend may be provided for books.
  • ORNL may evaluate a participant’s potential for permanent employment.
  • Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.


  • Hourly wage determined by the Service Contract Act.
  • Participants in the Lab Tech Program are considered either full- or part-time temporary employees of ORAU, and therefore may be entitled to employee benefits such as Medical/Dental Insurance benefits, Employee Assistance Program, Basic Life Insurance, Travel Accident Insurance, Leave benefits, Educational Assistance, and Supplemental Retirement Plan.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)
  • Have at least one semester of college credit with at least one course in the appropriate technical field, OR have an associate’s degree or higher in a relevant field OR possess a skillset relevant to laboratory need (e.g. AMTEK or Mechatronics certification)
  • There is no GPA requirement
  • Not be enrolled in a graduate course of study 


  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Earth and Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Other Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Others as needed

Next Steps

If you are ready, you can apply to the Laboratory Technology Program now.

ORNL Laboratory Technology Program

Adam Wonder

Adam Wonder

Engineering Undergraduate
Pellissippi State Community College 

“As part of the Lab Tech Program at ORNL, I collaborate with a group of scientists that develop neutron polarization instruments for the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor. A big part of my job is to develop the mechanical design of these instruments, and see them through machining, fabrication and final assembly.”


“I have thoroughly enjoyed designing projects and getting to see them come together from concept to final assembly and end use. It has been a very valuable and rewarding experience.”


“This has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I enjoy coming into work every day and working on various exciting projects. I’m incredibly blessed and thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see where it leads me.”