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Field Test Engineer

Date: Jan 26, 2023

Location: Idaho Falls, ID, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at



BWXT is currently seeking a Field Test Engineer for its project located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, ID!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWXT’s Advanced Technologies (AT) group researches, designs, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, medical radioisotope production systems, and develops data science and advanced manufacturing techniques for leading-edge applications.


BWXT is seeking an experienced engineer with expertise in testing and field execution of nuclear projects to be the BWXT on site representative (Field Engineer) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for Project Pele. The Field Engineer will represent BWXT as the design, manufacturing and testing liaison entity for reactor plant integration efforts for the fueling, operations, and test facilities at INL.


If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you. The position will be located at the INL in Idaho Falls, ID.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Work closely with INL stakeholders on all aspects of Project Pele including:
    • Preparation of safety analysis and licensing efforts.
    • Site layout and construction.
    • Facility interfaces.
    • Preparations and facility preparation for fueling.
    • Test program development.
    • Operations and Test procedure development.
  • Perform duties as one of the BWXT testing and operations representatives during fueling, plant assembly, plant startup, and operations/testing.
  • Work alongside INL stakeholders on a daily basis and communicate regularly with BWXT project personnel.
  • Build and foster relationships with INL stakeholders to help maintain the project on schedule and on budget.
  • Report back to the AT management team involving design, manufacturing, and testing in an effort to foster technical and programmatic information for integration success between BWXT and INL shared/congruent scope.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical or similar discipline) from an ABET-accredited university is required.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of work experience in an engineering related field.
  • Must have experience with disciplined operations.
  • Must have experience working with and coordinating well with multiple intercompany organizations.
  • Must be comfortable as the voice of the organization in the leadership role in an on-site capacity.
  • Must be self-driven, motivated, and able to work effectively with minimal direction.   
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to self-direct with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance, whichever is required.


Additional Desired Skillsets:

  • Experience with reactor plant systems operations and testing.
  • Experience with testing on new construction reactor plant systems.
  • Experience with reactor plant startup testing including initial criticality.
  • Active DOD or DOE security clearance.



As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.

Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.

BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.


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