Lead Process Engineer

Date: May 5, 2024

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, BWXT is a Defense News Top 100 manufacturing and engineering innovator that provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for global security, clean energy, environmental restoration, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With more than 7,000 employees, BWXT has 14 major operating sites in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. 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 restoration and operations management at 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. For more information, visit www.bwxt.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook and Instagram.




BWXT is currently seeking a Lead Process 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 powered systems for both internal and external customers.


Advanced Technologies is currently seeking a process engineer to be lead a team assisting the scale-up of a nuclear fuel manufacturing process within the research and development organization in Lynchburg, VA. The engineer will be responsible for designing the facility to upscaling an existing fuel manufacturing process to full production scales. This includes identifying system solutions to achieve facility design requirements, evaluating the manufacturing readiness level of alternative systems to improve the economics of the manufacturing, and support the operations group to facilitate non-fuel testing of new technologies or manufacturing approaches.


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 Lynchburg, VA. Relocation benefits are available for this position.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Lead a team to develop and implement a production scale fuel processing facility in support of BWXT manufacturing initiatives.
  • Identify, establish, and test new manufacturing/chemical processing approaches to upscale current pilot production to full production.
  • Develop and review process flow diagrams (PFD), process instrumentation diagrams (P&ID), and system layout plans.
  • Perform process equipment sizing, selection, specifications, and support operations organization with installation and start-up commissioning.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (e.g., Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Semiconductor Engineering etc.) or Physics is required.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience is required. An advanced degree may substitute for years of experience.
  • Must possess strong skill set in chemical processing of inorganic materials.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with the ability to multi-task are required.
  • 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 in the semi-conductor, aerospace, ceramics, composites, or nuclear industries.
  • Experience in the engineer and testing of pilot-scale or limited-rate production manufacturing facilities.
  • Understanding of some sub-set of chemical and ceramic processing technologies including dissolution, precipitation, calcination, chemical vapor processing, and sintering technologies.
  • Application knowledge/experience for equipment selection, specification, and installation.
  • Application knowledge on facility design to achieve the requirements in throughput and cost.



Pay: $92,000.000 - $142,000.00

The base salary range for this position in Virginia (US-VA) at the start of employment is expected to be between $92,000.000 and $142,000.00 per year. However, the base salary offered is based on local job market factors, and may vary further depending on factors specific to the selected job candidate, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to these considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, such as an annual cash incentive in addition to a full range of medical, retirement, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided at such time the selected job candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, the selected job candidate will be employed 'at-will,’ unless employed at a location and in a position subject to a collective bargaining agreement.  The company further reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment, compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and other market factors.

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 health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company health and safety requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


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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