Fuel Cycle Operations Engineer

Rockville, Maryland
May 18, 2022
May 23, 2022
Full Time

The successful candidate will perform the full range of as a Fuel Cycle Operations Engineer in the Division of Fuel Management (DFM), Inspection and Oversight Branch (IOB) with responsibility over activities associated with development and implementation of the oversight, inspection, operating experience, and performance assessment programs for fuel facilities.

Such duties include but are not limited to:
  • Leads and/or participates in task groups on the performance of special programmatic assignments (e.g., Fuel Cycle Oversight Process).
  • Assists in the identification, communication, evaluation, and prioritization of generic fuel facility safety inspection related issues and helps formulate program office position on those matters.
  • Assesses fuel cycle facility operating experience.
  • Maintains and coordinates the periodic reviews of inspection manual chapters and inspection procedures.
  • Reviews fuel facility related proposals for new/modifications to regulatory guides and helps formulate office position on those proposals.
  • Provides guidance and advise on complex technical issues that arise in the oversight or licensing program.
  • Performs audits of oversight program implementation and effectiveness.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.

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.

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.


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.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. In-depth knowledge of theory principles, and practices, applicable regulations, regulatory guides, standard review plans, and industry codes and standards and their application in the regulatory process and in performing the duties in the area of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. Sufficient specialized knowledge to perform independent reviews and analyses of fuel cycle safety.

2. Demonstrated ability to interact with technical and inspection personnel and present staff positions, utilizing knowledge of licensee systems, regulatory procedures, and other concerns as well as the as well as the ability to lead or participate in technical discussions with licensee personnel on regulatory and other fuel cycle oversight requirements.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of nuclear systems and processes, reactor production processes, nuclear fuel operations, chemical processing systems, and fuel cycle oversight process.

4. Demonstrated skill in independent analysis of technical and policy issues and ability to develop, document, and present sound technical bases supporting the resolution of such issues.

5. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and to make sound logical oral presentations on fuel cycle oversight issues, recommendations, or positions to leadership/management and peers.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: experience that demonstrates knowledge of the principles, theory, and practices of engineering with knowledge of nuclear fuel cycle facilities, including the assessment and implementation of oversight, inspection, operating experience, and performance assessment programs.


For General Engineering Series 0801:

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.


B. 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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.)

For General Physical Science Series 1301:
  • Degree: 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.
  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • Additional information

    The duty location of this position is Rockville, MD. 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.

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