The Exams Recapitalization Program is seeking engineers/scientists to support development of the next generation of infrastructure to perform examinations and testing on spent nuclear fuel and irradiated materials. These efforts are currently in the beginning stages of projects to design and construct a new hot cell facility for the dry examination of spent nuclear fuel, and to design and deliver equipment for the underwater examination of spent nuclear fuel.
The Safety Assessments unit is responsible for promoting nuclear, radiological, and chemical safety in the design of examination facilities, systems, equipment, and operations. Safety Assessments works with the design organizations to:
- Identify and assess potential hazards,
- Develop prevention/mitigation strategies,
- Ensure these strategies are incorporated into design requirements, design concepts, and delivered products, including the facility and its outfitting systems, equipment, and operational procedures.
The unit is also responsible for producing safety reports documenting the safety of the buildings, systems, equipment, and operations, and for supporting resolution of manufacturing or construction issues which could impact the safety reports.
Job duties include the following:
- Understanding nuclear, radiological, and chemical safety requirements, guidance, and standards from the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) and the Department of Energy (DOE)
- Understanding examination operations, equipment, and processes
- Evaluating nuclear, radiological, and chemical hazards, developing creative prevention or mitigation strategies, and formally documenting technical conclusions.
- Advocate for safety-in-design as the nuclear safety expert on design teams.
- Collaborating with and advising design teams, analysts, operations, other stakeholders and Naval Reactors on safety related topics.
- Providing other support as assigned within the Exams Recapitalization Program.
- Interface with a multi-site, multi-disciplined group of team members, subject matter experts, and stakeholders.
Required Skills *
- 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
- BS degree in engineering or Bachelor’s degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four 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 two years of relevant experience; or
- Currently or previously NPE qualified or CTE/ACRS and one year of EOOW in the Nuclear Operations Program; or
- Watch Instructor and Refueling Facility Area Refueling Engineer and one year as SRE
The following skills and experience are desired:
- Experience writing or reviewing nuclear criticality safety evaluations and/or requirements manuals
- Experience with consequence assessment of nuclear hazard scenarios
- Familiarity with the implementation of and/or maintenance of DOE Order 420.1C driven safety basis documents for nuclear facilities
- Knowledge of water pool and hot cell examination processes and procedures
- Desire to shape and improve processes when change is needed
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong writing ability
- Willingness to learn new subject areas
- Comfortable giving presentations and briefings to customers and stakeholders
- Ability and desire to work in a multi-discipline team environment with various members of equipment and facility design organizations
- Ability to advocate for a recommended course of action to stakeholders and customers
- Willingness to challenge and be challenged during solution generation
- Desire to undertake challenging, time sensitive, and consequential work
- Ability to synthesize a wide variety of information and use it to generate creative solutions