Project Engineer/Reactor Inspector (Resident Inspector Development Program)

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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Jul 02, 2018


Atlanta, GA

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 in the Region II Resident Inspector Development Program and serves as a source for developing future resident inspectors. The selectee will normally be required to work in the Region II office in Atlanta, GA, until completion of the training and qualification process. Upon completion of training and development assignments, selectee will be eligible for a reassignment from the Regional Office to a Resident Inspector position at one of the Region II plants. The assignment to a site is dependent upon site availability. Applicants should note that the tour length of a Resident Inspector at a single site is limited to seven years by Commission Policy. Geographic mobility is a condition of employment for selection into the Resident Inspector Program under this announcement. Signing a Mobility Agreement is required for this position. Drug Testing is required for this position. The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing.

As a Project Engineer, you will participate in the assessment of licensee performance of nuclear facilities and perform direct inspections of licensee activities during operation phases. You will perform in-depth inspections at assigned plants during startup, operation, and decomissioning to assure compliance with design specifications, the conditions of the operating license, and NRC regulations. In carrying out assigned responsibilities, you will ensure that the inspection program is completed in accordance with NRC program guidance. You will participate in planning the scope of inspections at assigned plants. You will prepare inspection reports that describe observations made and conclusions reached regarding the licensee's safety performance and conformance with NRC requirements, provisions of operating licenses, and applicable industry codes and standards. You will make recommendations based on licensee performance as to the need for licensing and regulatory action.

Travel requirements are up to 25% while assigned to Regional Office. Once assigned to a resident office, travel requirements decrease to approximately 10%.


Applicants must possess a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering as evidenced by a bachelor's degree such as nuclear, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and several years of experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Applicants must be familiar with nuclear industry standards, rules and regulations and be able to apply them. Applicants must have recent experience associated with nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and testing that demonstrates knowledge of nuclear technology, operating safety procedures, radiological safety, and applicable industry codes, standards and procedures. This ability must have been gained through commercial, government, or military or comparable nuclear experience. Candidates must have at least one year of experience at the next lower grade level OR equivalent by the closing date or no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

To qualify for this position, you must meet basic education and professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels, in addition to the specialized experience requirements outlined below. Regardless of the grade level of the vacancy, candidates for Federal Government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements. Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, etc.) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses combined with at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance.

The ideal candidate for this position should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

(1) Knowledge of nuclear power plant operations, systems, procedures, and integrated facility operations.

(2) Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.

(3) Demonstrated ability to evaluate activities and events, develop inspection findings, and evaluate adequacy of corrective actions.

(4) Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
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.

How to Apply

Visit Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “To view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJoBs.” Find the Project Engineer (Resident Inspector Development Program), Announcement Number R-II/DRP-2018-0007 and apply on-line by July 30, 2018. If you are viewing this opportunity after July 30th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

This vacancy announcement is OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Candidates could be referred to a rater as early as 16 days after the opening date. Therefore, candidates should apply early. Applicants for this vacancy may also be considered for similar vacancies that arise within the Region II Office.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

$80,000 to $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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