NDE Development Engineer

Date: Apr 3, 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.


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 BWXT is currently seeking a NDE Development Engineer for its Lynchburg Technology Campus (LTC) in Virginia!


The Non-Destructive Evaluation and Inspection Systems (NDE&IS) group at BWXT researches, develops, and builds custom non-destructive inspection systems for both internal and external customers.  These non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems are mostly based on ultrasonic testing but can involve electromagnetic (i.e. eddy current) testing or vision systems. 


Having a history of developing electromagnetic NDE devices, we are currently also involved in developing induction heating systems.  The NDE&IS group is comprised of 12 staff members that provide physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, and build up capabilities.  NDE&IS maintains extensive capabilities for modeling ultrasonic wave propagation, ultrasonic inspections, and eddy current inspections. NDE&IS also has enterprise level finite element modeling (FEM) capability for electromagnetics, thermal, and stress analysis.  To further support the buildup of these systems NDE&IS has full electrical, electronics, and printed circuit board development capabilities that includes simulating analog circuitry, digital circuitry, and working with the smallest components available.


NDE&IS is seeking an experienced Non-Destructive Evaluation Development Engineer to join our group of engineers and technicians to support the research and development of these 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 is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and is eligible for relocation benefits.


Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assess candidate non-destructive evaluation needs and develop design concepts for custom system development to meet those needs.
  • Work with potential customers to prepare and submit cost proposals for the development of custom systems.
  • Design and model ultrasonic inspection tests and testing systems.
  • Design other NDE tests supported by analysis and numerical modeling to optimize and verify the design. 
  • Perform NDE system design including specifying subsystem components such as scanners, NDE instruments, data acquisition instruments, and software development. 
  • Conduct system verification testing of an inspection method or system.  Design and implement modifications to the inspection or testing system as needed to obtain the correct results.
  • Design electromagnetic devices such as eddy current coils, magnetic devices, and induction heating coils.
  • Design and develop custom analog and digital circuits for use in these systems.

Job qualifications/Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Engineering with courses in electromagnetics, analog/digital electronics design, wave propagation, thermodynamics, and mathematics.
  • At least (4) years of related experience with emphasis on ultrasonic testing is required.
  • Candidates with experience using CIVA for simulating ultrasonic and eddy current inspections is a plus.  
  • Candidates able to use electronic CAD packages and electronics simulation software is a plus.
  • Candidates with experience using ANSYS FEM packages to simulate electromagnetic and thermal device operation is a plus.  Experience with combined physics modeling such as electromagnetic and thermal is a plus. 
  • Having some proficiency in programming in LabVIEW, C++, C#, C, or similar programming languages is a plus. 
  • The candidate should be a self-starter, capable of working as part of a team, and occasionally independently.
  • The candidate should have good oral, written, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a 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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