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Instrumentation Design and Test Engineer

Date: Dec 29, 2021

Location: Lynchburg, VA, 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 an Instrumentation Design and Test Engineer Research Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA – Ramsey Place location!



The Instrumentation Design and Test Engineer will collaborate with a high-performing, innovative, and multi-disciplinary team to work on advanced micro reactor designs for various internal and external stakeholders. These advanced rectors require innovative solutions to provide autonomous reactor controls utilizing advanced instrumentation. Additionally, test equipment and facilities will be required to perform testing necessary to validate the advanced reactor designs. Those test facilities will require innovative instrumentation solutions to obtain the necessary data.  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 in the Lynchburg, VA, Ramsey Place office.



Job Description/Duties:


  • Select and implement nuclear instrumentation for use in determining reactor power for the application of reactor autonomous control in advanced high temperature gas reactors.
  • Perform research on the current state of the art.
  • Develop instrumentation specifications for various advanced reactor designs.
  • Engage vendors on instrumentation selection.
  • Create space, weight, and cost estimates for selected instrumentation.
  • Collaborate with the control systems lead to Integrate instrumentation into the autonomous reactor control scheme.
  • Determine necessary testing required to verify the instrumentation selection will meet the desired requirements.
  • Select, implement, and operate the instrumentation used for test facilities/equipment for the testing of advanced reactor designs ranging from small separate effects test to scaled model flow testing.
  • Select the proper instrumentation to meet the needs of various test equipment and facilities based on the requirements of a given test which include pressure and differential pressure, temperature, fluid flow, flow visualization, vibration, torque, etc.


Job Qualifications/Requirements:


  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET-accredited university is required in one of the following fields: Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Must have a minimum of 4 years of experience.
  • Must be a US 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.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Prior knowledge on nuclear reactor systems.
  • Experience in the specification of requirements for, or in the development of, advanced sensors.
  • Familiarity with instrumentation for reactor monitoring and control including measurement of neutron flux is preferred.
  • Experience with instrumentation used in test equipment for mechanical, fluid flow, and/or heat transfer testing is preferred.




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.


Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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