Nuclear Engineer (Senior Technical Advisor, Fleet Submarines)

Washington D.C.
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is being concurrently advertised to Merit Promotion/Status Candidates under vacancy announcement #17-NA30-33-MP. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for this position under both Excepted Service and Merit Promotion Procedures, you must apply to both announcements.

Where is this position located?

Washington Navy Yard
1240 Isaac Hull Avenue
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376

Naval Reactors Mission:
Provide the Nation with safe, effective, and affordable nuclear propulsion plants and ensure their continued safe and reliable operation through lifetime support, research and development, design, construction, specification, certification, testing, maintenance, and ultimate disposal.

A relocation or recruitment incentive may be offered to a highly qualified candidate.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel 6-8 times per year, approximately one week at a time.

  • Yes
  • PCS may be authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations, agency policy and dependent upon availability of funding.

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must be registered with the Selective Service, if applicable.

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent at the GS-15 level or (equivalent) grade level in the Federal service. Experience should include:

    • Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant systems, engineering, technical, and administrative experience of sufficient scope and quality in order to direct, coordinate, and supervise the review of technical work associated with all fleet submarine reactor and propulsion plant instrumentation, control, and electrical equipment.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative response. Rather, your resume must describe how your past experience demonstrates the following KSAs.
    1. Detailed senior-level knowledge and extensive practical experience with complex electrical engineering principles and applications, and with integrated propulsion plant modeling/analysis techniques.
    2. Broad knowledge and experience with nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, materials engineering, naval engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanical engineering.
    3. Knowledge of, and experience with nuclear-powered submarine and land-based prototype design and construction methods, acceptance testing procedures, operations, preventative maintenance practices, and repair methods.
    4. Knowledge of reactor instrumentation, control, electrical, and power electronic commercial industrial capability, and the rapidly evolving technology in those areas.
    5. Ability to budget, control costs, and manage schedules as they relate to nuclear propulsion plant design, construction, operation, maintenance, and testing.
    6. Ability to interface with senior leadership within and outside the Government sufficient to represent the organization and participate in senior advisory panels.
    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    • Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Engineering OR
    • Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate professional field, provided you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. OR
    • Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. OR
    • Current registration as a Professional Engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico allows eligibility only if your registration is within or closely related to nuclear engineering.
    EDUCATION: You must provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US Department of Education.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the US Department of Education. Foreign education special instructions: .

    For more information on qualification requirements, please click OPM Qualification Standards.


    Drug Testing
    The position is covered under the DOE Drug-Free Workplace Order 343.1. The tentative selectee must test negative prior to final selection for this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

    Security Clearance
    This position requires you to obtain and maintain a DOE 'Q' level security clearance/access authorization.

    Financial Disclosure
    Subject to Financial Disclosure OGE-278.

    Q - Sensitive


    As the Senior Technical Advisor, Fleet Submarines, you will:

    • Direct, coordinate, and supervise the review of technical work associated with all fleet submarine reactor and propulsion plant instrumentation, control, and electrical equipment.
    • Provide senior technical advice on technical recommendations associated with any aspect of nuclear reactor protection and common reactor instrumentation and control equipment; accept, modify, or reject contractor proposals based on technical merit.
    • Review the procurement, installation, and operation testing of submarine reactor and propulsion plant instrumentation, control, and electrical equipment; ensure performance requirements are addressed and consistent.
    • Oversee activities across the Division to ensure consistent technical standards.
    • Develop long range technical plans to ensure Division and Program goals are met.
    • Provide support for the selection and qualification of operators for nuclear powered ships.
    • Provide technical advice and technical/professional training for nuclear power engineers.
    • Represent the Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors in meetings with top-level Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Navy, and Industry officials as needed.

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