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These positions are located in the Region I Office, Division of Reactor Safety, Engineering Branch 2, in King of Prussia, PA.
As a Reactor Inspector, you will participate in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain certification as an NRC inspector. You will serve as a region-based inspector inspecting and evaluating a wide variety of licensee engineering programs, performance, and support activities for reactor facilities in such areas as design verification, plant modifications, and equipment evaluation, maintenance, performance and testing, with particular emphasis on electrical systems and components. You will be responsible to plan, conduct, report, and coordinate findings associated with inspections of light-water reactors, in accordance with the NRC Inspection Manual.
Duties include but are not limited to:
1. Planning and preparing for the scope of assigned inspections to obtain sufficient information through direct observation and verification of licensee activities.
2. Performing routine and complex inspections, allegations reviews, event response inspections, or area of emphasis inspections of reactor facilities to observe and assure conformance to NRC rules and regulations, inspection procedures, and orders.
3. Preparing written reports of inspection findings to document whether the facility is being operated safely, whether the licensee's management control program is effective, and whether regulatory requirements are being satisfied.
4. Performing miscellaneous duties in support of the region-based inspection program, including enforcement and performance assessment.
In addition to meeting the basic education requirements for professional engineering positions, as described below in the Education section, to qualify for this position at the advertised grade levels, you must meet the following:
For GG-11: Generally two to three years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience, at least, one of which is equivalent to the GG-9 level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree OR a Ph.D OR equivalent doctoral degree in the degree fields as described. Combinations of education and experience may be acceptable.
For GG-12: Generally four years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 2 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-11 level, where you have applied relevant professional engineering disciplines.
For GG-13: Generally five+ years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 3+ years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-12 level, where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as work experience in electrical engineering at a nuclear power plant. 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 remesu.
The ideal candidate will have experience performing electrical engineering inspections, including components, systems and networks as they pertain to power generation, plant controls, cyber security and/or fire protection at a nuclear power plant.
The ideal candidate will also possess the following:
1. Demonstrated ability to independently identify and evaluate complex technical design and performance issues involving a variety of nuclear power plant electrical and control equipment and to resolve such issues in a timely manner.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of electrical engineering including load flow, protective relaying, degraded grid voltage, and short circuit calculations.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of electrical systems and/or cyber security at nuclear power plants.
4. Demonstrated ability to evaluate adverse issues related to electrical or control system design at a nuclear power plant. Emphasis will be placed on practical experience resolving corrective actions using engineering design processes, analysis, and operability/functionality evaluations related to electrical engineering issues, as well as control and revision of design basis documents and calculations.
5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
To qualify for these positions, you must meet BOTH basic education/professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels AND the specialized experience requirements outlined above no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position. Regardless of the grade level of the vacancy, candidates for Federal Government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements.
Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., mechanical, metallurgical, materials, nuclear, structural, chemical, electrical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses COMBINED WITH at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance.
Note: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. license or EIT examination results, as discussed above).
How to Apply
Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies at USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reactor Inspector Job Announcement Number R-I/DRS-2020-0009 and apply on-line by July 13, 2020. If you are viewing this opportunity after July 13th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.