Electronics Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
May 17, 2022
Closes
May 20, 2022
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As an Electronics Engineer in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Engineering and External Hazards (DEX), Long Term Ops & Modernization Branch (ELTB) or the Instrumentation & Controls Branch (EICB), you will be responsible for a wide range of duties including the following: Review and evaluate analog and digital instrumentation and control aspects of systems needed for the safe operation and safe shutdown of nuclear facilities subject to the NRC regulatory program. Reviews include hardware and software functional capability, integrity, reliability, surveillance, and systems operation under normal plant operation and safe plant shutdown during normal, transient and accident conditions. Manage and perform studies and analyses of technical issues within the Branch's area of review, including analog and digital control and instrumentation for operating reactors, new reactors, and advanced reactor designs. Provide specialized technical assistance and advice to other Divisions, Regions, and Offices. Participate in audits and inspections as a technical Specialist or team member to support the oversight of operating reactors, design and construction of new and advanced reactors, and quality assurance program of vendors. Additionally, you will:

Review instrumentation and control engineering safety and regulatory issues in the licensing review of operating nuclear reactor amendments, combined operating license applications, research and test reactor amendments, and certification reviews of advanced reactor designs, under 10 CFR Part 50 and 52. Issues may include the review of routine instrumentation and control system designs or portions of larger designs; the development of routine regulatory guidance; the support for oversight issues related to the development and construction of I&C systems; and the resolution of routine I&C issues at operating plants. Apply risk-informed approaches as appropriate. Develop safety evaluation reports and/or make recommendations within area of technical competence to resolve regulatory or safety issues.

Evaluate the design of instrumentation and control systems and components in accordance with staff review guidance from the standpoint of functional capability, integrity, reliability, and systems operation under normal plant operation and for safe plant shutdown during normal, transient and accident conditions. Designs include proposed analog and digital modifications to operating reactors and proposed designs for licensing or certifications of new and advanced reactors. Develop safety evaluations to document the results of reviews in accordance with regulatory requirements and staff review guidance.

Review the plant technical specifications to assess the suitability of the safety limits, limiting safety system settings, setpoints, and the limiting conditions for operations, and the adequacy of the frequency and scope of periodic surveillance requirements for control systems and components.

Prepare presentation materials and make presentations on subjects in assigned areas of responsibility. Prepare papers and reports on significant technical and regulatory issues for internal use, presentation at professional conferences, or publication. Participate in public meetings with licensees, applicants, industry working groups, and other stakeholders. Serve on ad hoc committees and working groups, when requested, to provide technical expertise on issues.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • Subject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements.
  • Must be able to meet/maintain security & suitability requirements.
  • Position subject to random drug testing.


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG/GS-12) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as:

Experience performing analog or digital instrumentation and control system electronics engineering reviews, evaluations, or inspections, needed for nuclear facilities or other safety-critical systems whose failure could result in loss of life, catastrophic property damage, or severe damage to the environment. A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume and may also be addressed in the vacancy question provided for your supplemental response.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated working-level knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices in the fields of electrical or electronics engineering sufficient to review and evaluate the adequacy of safety aspects of the design and functional capability of instrumentation and control systems as related to the nuclear industry or other safety critical industry.

( In your resume, describe specific experience, training, and accomplishments which demonstrate your knowledge of electrical or electronics engineering as applied to the review and evaluation of the safety aspects of instrumentation and control systems as related to nuclear power plants, the nuclear industry, or other safety critical industry. A safety critical system is one whose failure or malfunction may result in death or serious injury to people, loss or severe damage to equipment/property, or serious environmental harm. Provide specific examples of your work experience in the areas of: 1) safety-critical instrumentation and controls systems 2) design, testing, or inspection of real-time process control systems with an understanding of system dynamics including nuclear power plant dynamics; 3) design, testing, or inspection of circuits and solid-state systems; 4) instrumentation setpoint analyses

2. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful problem-solving approaches related to the design, development, or inspection of safety critical instrumentation and controls technologies, digital architecture and network communications, and/or software development processes.

(In your resume, describe specific experience and accomplishments which demonstrate your ability to develop and implement successful resolution of issues or problems arising from design, development, inspection, or studies of safety critical instrumentation and controls technologies, digital architecture and network communications, and/or software development processes. Describe what made the problems you solved challenging, complex, novel, or unique. Describe the consequences if your problem solving was not successful. Describe your role in the problem solving, and any risk-informed decision-making approaches utilized.)

3. Demonstrated ability to develop, review, interpret, and apply federal government, government, or industry design standards, regulations, regulatory requirements, review guidance, or practices applicable to the design, development, safety evaluation, inspection, and operation of instrumentation and control systems for the nuclear industry or other safety critical industry.

(In your resume, describe specific experience, training, education and skills which demonstrate your ability to develop, review, interpret, or apply federal government, government, or industry design standards, regulations, regulatory requirements, review guidance, or practices applicable to the design, development, safety evaluation, inspection, and operation of instrumentation and control systems for the nuclear industry or other safety critical industry.)

4. Demonstrated skill in communicating technical information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing, to a variety of different audiences ( e.g ., colleagues, leadership, representatives of federal, state, and local governments or agencies, industry representatives, oversight or professional groups, members of the public, etc.).

(In your resume, describe specific experience, training, and accomplishments that demonstrate your skill in: leading scientific and technical discussions; explaining technical and policy issues to colleagues and management, licensee or industry personnel, representatives of Federal, State, and local agencies, industry, oversight groups, and/or the general public; making presentations to various audiences on particular projects of interest; and developing clear, concise, balanced and well-founded technical and policy positions and recommendations based on complex and diverse opinions and facts. Provide detailed listings and examples of your written work products such as formal publications, reports, papers, etc. Describe your role, the audience, what made the communication challenging, and the results.)

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 and may also be addressed in the vacancy question provided for your supplemental response. Brief (e.g., one page) resumes are discouraged, as they may place you at a disadvantage during the hiring process due to insufficient information.

Education

You must include an unofficial or official copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. Education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. If you have multiple degrees (e.g., BS, MS, PhD) please submit transcripts for each degree.

Electronics Engineering Series 0855:

Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Additional information

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the NRC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The NRC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

The duty location of this position is (Rockville, Maryland). In general, employees are expected to be in the office (4 days per pay period). Telework schedules are approved, on a case-by-case basis. If selected, telework will be determined in accordance with Agency policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, if applicable.

Based on the staffing needs of the agency/area of consideration, additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Disability.Resource@nrc.gov. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

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 a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.