Reactor Engineer

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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Jun 13, 2018


Rockville, MD

Job Description:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.


This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Division of Inspection and Regional Support, Operator Licensing Branch, NRC Headquarters, Rockville, Maryland. The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing.

If selected for this position, you will develop, prepare and administer examinations to applicants for operators' and senior operators' licenses for nuclear reactors; assist in examination administration and evaluates examination results and subsequent informal staff reviews; review and process the final action, as specifically delegated, on applications for and communications concerning license applications submitted pursuant to 10 CFR Part 55. You will also assist in the performance of audits of the development, preparation and administration of examinations by regional examiners; and evaluate licensee initial and requalification training program implementation.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

The Ideal Candidate will show proof in their resume they can meet the below criteria for the position:

1. Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices in the field of nuclear engineering with specific knowledge of nuclear power plant design, construction and operation.

2.Knowledge of power plant systems and procedures, integrated facility operations and control room design.

3.Knowledge of NRC requirements and standards for operator license examination and industry codes, standards, and practices as applied to the training and evaluation of license operators.

4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, in a style that is well organized, clear, and grammatically correct.


You must possess a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of engineering as evidenced by a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, science, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Or:

You must possess a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of physical science as evidences by a Bachelor's degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics OR equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Note: Note: It would be desirable for the applicant for this position to have a background as a licensed operator (senior reactor operator or reactor operator), or a senior reactor operator-certified operations training instructor. In lieu of applicants with this background, an applicant with significant experience as a Shift Technical Advisor may also be considered desirable.

How to Apply

Visit Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reactor Engineer Job Announcement Number NRR/DIRS-2018-0003 and apply on-line by June 26, 2018. If you are viewing this opportunity after June 26th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

Over $100,000

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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