Instrumentation and Control System Design Engineer

Date: May 17, 2024

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 and Control (I&C) System Design Engineer for its Advanced Technologies location in Lynchburg, VA!


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, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers.


We have an immediate opening for an Instrumentation and Control (I&C) System Design Engineer to assist in the development of these systems. The successful candidate will contribute to a variety of projects, working in a team environment. Depending upon individual project needs, duties will include design and specification of instruments detailed design of control systems, requirements and interface definition for a wide variety of systems and subsystems. The role requires a broad, multi-disciplined background in both I&C and electrical systems.


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. This position will be located in the Lynchburg, VA Advanced Technologies office. Relocation benefits are available for this position.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Select and specify I&C hardware, including sensors, PLCs, processors, I/O devices and embedded controllers.
  • Develop algorithms, architectures, and requirements for control systems.
  • Utilize relevant system requirements and interface requirements to prepare appropriate input design documentation.
  • Develop design documents, including requirements specifications, control narratives, and system design descriptions.
  • Provide oversight of vendors implementing components and systems to BWXT specifications.
  • Collaborate on the creation, development, and presentation of technical briefings.
  • Recognize and solve problems. Recommend solutions to technical problems.
  • Coordinate with other interfacing disciplines such as mechanical engineers, electromagnetic design engineers, system design engineers, and test engineers.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering or other related discipline) is required.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of related experience is required.
  • Must have design experience in instrumentation, data acquisition, and/or control systems.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills including technical writing.
  • Familiarity with standard MS Office applications is required.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • 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:

  • Advanced degree in a STEM discipline.
  • System modeling and simulation experience in Flownex or Simulink and exposure to SysML.
  • Expertise in autonomous control algorithms and systems.
  • Familiarity with Systems Engineering principles and tools including INCOSE guidelines, DOORs and model-based systems engineering.
  • Ability to design, develop, and/or specify sensors for extreme operating environments.
  • Familiarity with nuclear power plants and/or radioisotope systems.
  • Familiarity with electrical distribution system design and analysis including ETAP.
  • Active DOD or DOE security clearance.



  • 12 paid holidays which include a winter holiday shutdown.
  • Tuition Assistance.
  • This position will work a 9/80 schedule.
  • Free access to our 24/7 gym onsite in Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to you, your spouse, parents, and parents-in-law, even if they are not covered under your BWXT plan.
  • BWXT employees have access to exclusive perks and discounts on everything from cars and electronics to banking services and a host of popular brands / products through Perks@Work.
  • Medical, dental, vision, short term disability, service-based retirement contributions with additional 401k match and more!



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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