Operations Engineering Technical Specialist

Date: Jun 18, 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 7,800 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 an Operations Engineering Technical Specialist 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.


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 the Lynchburg, VA Advanced Technologies office. Relocation benefits are available for this position.



Job Description / Duties:

  • Serve as a lead operator for fuel development and manufacturing processes, working with high-temperature furnace systems, glovebox operations, and other fuel processing equipment.
  • Support installation, on/off-site testing, and calibration schedules of assigned equipment.
  • Assist with analyzing and resolving development/manufacturing issues.
  • Provide feedback to system behaviors, facility requirements and functionality relative to operations.
  • Serve as an area lead for fuel development/manufacturing operations, ensuring physical and radiological safety for assigned areas.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings and equipment specifications relative to functionality, installation and operation to ensure effective process execution.
  • Mentor and train new operators.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders for area change management efforts including respective facility owners, engineering, project controls, environmental health & safety and management.
  • Act as the point of contact for assigned process areas.
  • Assist in generation and revision of operating and technical procedures for assigned areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent is required. An Associate’s degree is preferred and may substitute for experience.
  • Must have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant operations experience.
  • Must have extensive experience in fuel handling operations; to include high-temperature furnace and glovebox operations.
  • Must possess demonstrable ability to trouble-shoot and resolve complex process issues.
  • Must be proficient in reading and interpreting engineering drawings.
  • Must be highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Must be able to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely written and verbal communication.
  • Must possess a strong commitment to safety culture and willingness to ensure compliance to all codes and standards.
  • 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:

  • A Diploma/Certificate in a related field (such as Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science).
  • Prior experience working in a radiological, laboratory or chemical handling environment.
  • Familiarity with metallographic operations including sample preparation, imaging and analysis. (i.e. digital imaging, microscopy)
  • Prior experience with dimensional inspection techniques and/or familiarity with interpretation of dimensional data – optical comparator and/or CNC machines – is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and process management software (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio).
  • Active DOD or DOE security clearance.



Pay: $81,000.00 - $123,000.00


The base salary range for this position in Virginia (US-VA) at the start of employment is expected to be between $81,000.00 and $123,000.00 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.


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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