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Senior Electrical Engineer (Equipment Aging)

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Background

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Duties

This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Engineering (DE), Instrumentation, Controls and Electrical Engineering Branch (ICEEB), Electrical Engineering Team (EET), Rockville, MD.
As a Senior Electrical Engineer (Equipment Aging), you will serve as an NRC authoritative senior-level expert responsible for equipment aging and diagnostics analysis research that includes the most complex and difficult assignments. As the authoritative senior-level leader, you will perform and review research conducted by NRC staff in support of activities related to the long-term performance, maintenance and operation of electrical equipment important to the safety of NRC-regulated facilities including power reactors, fuel cycle facilities, independent spent fuel storage installations, byproduct materials licensees, non-power reactors, and decommissioning facilities.

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Serves as a NRC technical authoritative expert in the electrical engineering area and supports activities such as the creation and or revision of applicable Regulatory Guides and sections of the NRC Standard Review Plan.
2. Acts as senior expert for the identification, prioritization and technical resolution of issues involving environmental qualification requirements pursuant to 10 Code of Federal Regulation 50.49, Environmental qualification of electric equipment important to safety for nuclear power plants.
3. Conducts investigations, research, and studies in the areas of equipment performance, and system/component failure analysis related to safety-critical functions (e.g., safety of nuclear power plants).
4. Serves as a senior technical specialist and a senior program manager for conducting, organizing, directing, and coordinating major research activities in the areas of equipment performance and system/component failure analysis related to safety-critical functions (e.g. safety of nuclear power plants).
5. Serves as project leader or advisor to junior staff in the project management role for the work performed in support of the staff regulatory activities under contract with Department of Energy laboratories, other government agencies, academic institutions, and private contractors to provide technical guidance and to assure compliance with contract requirements.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (14) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience with equipment degradation models or equipment testing to assess the effects of aging, adverse environments (e.g., radiation) for large industrial plants (e.g., nuclear power plants).

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of the design, construction, operation, inspection, maintenance, and performance evaluation of electrical equipment for large industrial plant (e.g., nuclear power plant) systems and components from beginning of service life to extended life beyond the manufacturer’s qualification period. (DOUBLED WEIGHTED)
Examples may include specific training, education and work experience that demonstrate your mastery of overall engineering principles related to conducting electrical engineering analyses to resolve complex and emerging issues for safety-critical distribution systems and components (both alternating current and direct current based) applicable to large industrial plants (e.g. nuclear power plants). Examples may also include evidence demonstrating ability to solve open-ended technical problems and be proficient in the analysis, design, testing, and maintenance of electrical equipment utilizing appropriate software and mathematical models to assess the effects of aging and failure modes on performance and qualification. Examples may also include the use of computer applications to solve technical problems and ability to develop application programs for modeling and simulation of engineered systems.
2. Demonstrated ability to independently plan, direct, coordinate, and manage complex, highly technical research projects. Demonstrated ability to anticipate problem areas and/or emerging technical issues and develop research projects/tasks leading to issue resolution.
Examples may include specific training, education, and experience that demonstrate your ability to manage complex, technical research projects. Examples may also include relevant technical research projects or tasks that you have developed and managed with a focus on identification of problem areas, emerging issues and processes used to achieve resolution, and your specific role in the project or task.
3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external organizations and provide leadership in conducting research related to electrical engineering.
Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments communicating effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds in various organizations. Examples may also include your role and responsibilities in interfacing with other organizations to resolve problems and/or recommended solutions to these problems.
4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a broad range of audiences on technical issues, challenges, and resolutions.
Examples may include specific experiences and accomplishments communicating effectively orally and in writing with a diverse and broad range of audiences on technical issues, challenges, and resolutions.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of NRC regulations, regulatory guides, or equivalent industry codes and standards applicable to electrical engineering.
Examples may include your experience that demonstrates your knowledge of NRC’s regulations, principles and procedures, regulatory guides, or equivalent industry codes and standards applicable to safety-critical electrical equipment used in nuclear power plants. Examples may also include experience that shows understanding of risk-informed approaches or impact of technological advances on industry standard development related to electrical distribution equipment used in nuclear power plants.

Education

Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:
Basic Requirements:
1. 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
1. 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:
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.)

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Senior Electrical Engineer (Equipment Aging) Job Announcement Number RES/DE-2020-0008 and apply on-line by September 22, 2020. If you are viewing this opportunity after September 22nd please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.


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