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Project Chief Engineer

Date: Jan 28, 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 Project Chief 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 production systems for both internal and external customers.


The Project Chief Engineer, working in close coordination with the Project Director and the Systems Engineering & Integration Lead, will lead the development of a space reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion from product development through delivery and testing. The Project Chief Engineer will be the technical authority for the project, and will collaborate with and be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of engineers. This role requires a broad technical background with experience in the nuclear field, strong leadership skills, and the ability to forge effective working relationships with internal stakeholders, customers, and partners.


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.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Responsible for the technical integrity of the reactor design.
  • Define key technical approaches.
  • Facilitate technical problem resolution among various disciplines and stakeholders.
  • Chair independent design reviews.
  • Work with Engineering line management to ensure high quality engineering work products.
  • Work with Project Management, Systems Engineering, and Quality Assurance to identify technical and quality requirements and synthesize innovative solutions that meet the requirements.
  • Work with the Systems Engineering, Design and Testing organizations as the verification plans are developed to ensure the adequacy of the test program.
  • Facilitate the interface between the manufacturing, procurement, and design organizations.
  • Lead the review and disposition of non-conformances during manufacturing and assembly activities.
  • Review engineering deliverables for overall technical adequacy and cohesiveness.
  • Collaborate with customer, suppliers and partners in the development of the nuclear reactor product. 
  • Work with potential vendors and perform technical oversight of vendor activities.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear or similar discipline) from an ABET-accredited university is required.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in nuclear reactor design.
  • Experience leading technical teams for medium and large projects is required.
  • Must have superior written and verbal communication skills up, down and across, internal and external.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Project is required.
  • Travel (~20%) is 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 with space flight and high-reliability hardware development and deployment.
  • Experience leading technical teams from the early design phase through product testing and deployment.
  • Experience working in a classified environment.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering principles.




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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