Materials Engineer

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Serves as a Materials Engineer in the Division of Fuel Management (DFM) with responsibility for the review of materials and other metallurgical aspects of the design, fabrication, maintenance, and operation of structures, systems, and components associated with: (1) the licensing and certification of fuel storage and transportation package designs, (2) the licensing of spent fuel storage facilities, and (3) special projects related to fuel storage and transportation package designs, and spent fuel storage facilities.

Reviews and evaluates the safety analyses of fuel storage and transportation package designs and spent fuel storage facilities. Evaluates the adequacy of package and storage facility designs to comply with NRC regulatory and national codes and standards. Based on a review of design information and analysis, recommends the approval or disapproval of proposed designs, or prepares requests to the applicant for additional information required to make this determination. Initiates development of licensing guides such as Regulatory Guides and Standard Review Plans, codes, standards, criteria, and methods of analysis related to the storage and transport of radioactive materials including fresh and spent nuclear fuel and spent fuel storage facilities. Initiates requests for research on the material and mechanical adequacy of storage and transport package designs and spent fuel storage facilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

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.

Knowledge and academic training at a university level (B.S. degree) and experience or training comparable to graduate level in the area of materials, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering or closely related field from an accredited college or university. Must have a minimum of five years of experience in the nuclear industry in the areas of materials, mechanical or metallurgical engineering; mechanical properties of materials; and physical test methods. Thorough knowledge of the principles, theory, and practice of materials and mechanical engineering, sufficient to determine the adequacy of the design, fabrication and operation of storage and transportation containers, devices and other related equipment.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates thorough knowledge of the principles, theory and practice of material science and their applications in the design of spent nuclear fuel storage installations and cask systems, transportation package designs, nuclear fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities, devices and other related equipment.

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 in the additional space provided for supplemental response.


Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series :

Basic Requirements:
  • 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.)

  • 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 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 Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

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