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Senior Civil Engineer (Structural)

Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 4, 2023

The successful candidate will perform the full range of Senior Civil Engineer (Structural) duties:
  • Performs evaluations of highly complex civil engineering related issues (e.g., design, qualification, operation, and testing of important to safety structures, Systems and components) to support applicant or licensee implementation of NRC regulations and requirements and to support changes in existing licenses.
  • Uses technical expertise in civil engineering to support operating or construction experience reviews, inspection and enforcement activities, and development of regulations and regulatory guidance.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates contractors' support of reactor licensing or oversight. Generates knowledge management material. Mentors and develops civil engineers in the review of civil engineering related applications, licensee implementation of NRC regulations, and support of changes in existing licenses.
  • Areas of assigned responsibility may be in structural analysis and evaluation, aircraft impact assessments, etc.
  • Ensures that agency performance goals of maintaining safety, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden, improving effectiveness and efficiency, and increasing public confidence are integral to all efforts.


Conditions of Employment

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

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 (GG-14) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Knowledge of and experience applying the principles, theories, and practices in the field of structural engineering related to the licensing, inspection and other regulatory programs pertaining to power or non-power reactors.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience related to nuclear power plant issues in the area of structural design, reinforced concrete and steel design, soil/structure interaction analysis, earthquake engineering, and structural and seismic analysis. Experience and familiarity with ASME Section III, Division 2, AISC Code and the ACI Code (318, 349 and 359) is required. Also, demonstrated familiarity in the use of computer codes for structural analysis.

3. Substantial knowledge of, and experience with regulatory requirements, regulatory guides, ASME Code requirements, AISC Code requirements, ACI Code requirements (318, 349 and 359), and other related industry codes and standards and/or industry/NRC initiatives in the area of structural engineering.

4. Demonstrated skills in communicating information, ideas and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which demonstrates professional mastery of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of civil structural engineering and regulatory expertise to support, review, and evaluate the structural integrity of designs for new and existing nuclear facilities relative to regulatory requirements and guidance to support issuance, amendment, and renewal of licenses governed by 10 CFR Part 52 and 10 CFR Part 50. 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.


Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:

Basic Requirements:

A. 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.)

More detailed information about these alternatives are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website:

Additional information

The duty location of this position is Rockville, MD. In general, employees are expected to be in the office at a minimum of 4 days per pay period. Telework schedules, including full-time telework, 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.

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