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Lead Test Engineer

Date: Feb 8, 2023

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 a Lead Test Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA – Ramsey Place location!


BWXT is seeking an experienced Lead Test Engineer for our Advanced Technologies (AT) office in Lynchburg, VA. BWXT’s AT group designs and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, medical radioisotope production systems, and develops data science and advanced manufacturing techniques for leading-edge applications. The ideal candidate would have previous experience with planning and executing test programs that help prove out concepts as well as provide verification for final design. This position will report administratively to the Manager of Test Engineering. 


The Lead Test Engineer will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of testing programs, including medical radioisotope production systems, flow testing of nuclear components, mechanical system testing, materials testing, etc. The Lead Test Engineer, working closely with other Research and Engineering groups, will lead a team of test engineers to develop test plans; design, build, and operate test equipment; conduct tests; analyze and interpret test results; and prepare related documentation for products, systems, and components.



Job Description/Duties:

  • Lead testing programs during all phases of the design process, including technical oversight of assigned test engineers.
  • Develop test plans to address testing requirements provided by a requesting organization. Test plans include test equipment concept, procedures, cost estimate, etc.
  • Coordinate with the requesting organizations to ensure the planned testing will meet their needs.
  • Support Engineering in the design of test equipment.
  • Support the build of test setups (test stands/test rigs) in coordination with Operations group and perform commissioning (test readiness) activities.
  • Perform testing, in coordination with Operations group. Ensure operational discipline is maintained by operators and test engineers and that testing is executed per plan and in a safe manner.
  • Analyze test data and evaluate if the executed tests met the objectives.
  • Prepare test reports.
  • Make presentations to internal and external stakeholders.



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 ten (10) years of work experience in engineering related field.
  • A inimum of five (5) years of work experience related to testing.
  • Must have experience with disciplined operations.
  • Must possess a technical background in engineering design.
  • Must have experience working with and coordinating well with multiple intercompany organizations.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to self-direct with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • 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:

  • Experience with the design and/or operation of fluid systems and instrumentation and control for nuclear applications.
  • Experience with instrumentation and control systems and automation.
  • Hands on experience with building and operating of test setups and equipment.
  • 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.


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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