Nuclear Materials Engineering (NME) Engineer

Date: Mar 28, 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 Follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook and Instagram.



BWX Technologies, Inc. is looking for a Production or Nuclear Materials Engineering (NME) Engineer for its Lynchburg Technology Campus (LTC) in Virginia!


This position is responsible for supporting the Nuclear Materials Engineering (NME) group at the Lynchburg Technology Center (LTC). This group is one of 4 discrete laboratory operations within LTC, namely, Nuclear materials Engineering (NME), Radioisotope & Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (RACL), Nondestructive Evaluation & Inspection Systems (NDE&IS), and Metallurgical Laboratory (MET). This facility operates several radioactive facilities including a failure analysis laboratory, mechanical testing laboratory, machine shop, radiochemistry laboratory, nuclear counting laboratory, metals analysis laboratory, and four fuel-handling hot cells.


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 in the Lynchburg, Virginia. Relocation benefits are available for this position if eligible.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Perform root cause and/or failure analysis for project-specific needs and reports results to project managers.
  • Collaborate with BWXT internal R&D, manufacturing, and integrated safety teams to mature and optimize the Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) manufacturing process to produce novel fuel forms.
  • Coordinate data collection of the product’s destructive and non-destructive evaluations and present deliverables to the research team.
  • Implement process optimizations / control measures and manage daily work instructions.
  • Provides manufacturing operations support functions as the process area expert for equipment and processes.
  • Responsible for preventative / standard maintenance for assigned processing area equipment.
  • Interfaces with engineers, operators, and the customer to develop engineered solutions to troubleshoot or resolve equipment and operation problems as they arise.
  • Assist in generation and revision of area operating procedures (AOPs) and technical procedures (TPs) for the assigned processing areas.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Mechanical, Materials, or similar discipline) is required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of work experience in an engineering related field.
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail.
  • Strong commitment to safety culture and willingness to ensure compliance to all codes and standards.
  • US Citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clearance.



  • Experience with:
    • working in a radiologically controlled environment.
    • supervising metallographic preparation / metallography.
  • Familiarity with
    • EDM, milling, and/or welding operations.
    • mechanical testing.
  • 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 Mt. Athos gym 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!



The base salary range for this position in Virginia (US-VA) at the start of employment is expected to be between $62,000 and $109,000 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.


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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