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Mechanical Engineer

Date: Nov 15, 2022

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 Mechanical Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA – Ramsey Place location!


The Mechanical Engineer will be part of a diverse and multi-discipline team working on a variety of projects including next generation reactor design, reactor component/equipment development, medical isotopes, and advanced manufacturing technology development. This role is a multi-functioning, multi-faceted role requiring an individual with a wide range of capabilities.


Job Description/Duties:

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight on project/task specific work including delegating, reviewing, and self-performing activities.
  • Perform project engineering tasks including customer/vendor interface, scheduling, creating purchase requisitions, and creating work authorizations.
  • Create design models and detailed drawings using 3D CAD (ex. SolidWorks) software and other design methods.
  • Perform engineering calculations in support of design/modeling activities.
  • Perform assembly, testing and inspection of mechanical components and systems.
  • Perform project engineering activities (task plans, schedules, etc.).
  • Specify procurement requirements for mechanical components.
  • Prepare packages of drawings and associated documentation in accordance with approved standards, policies and procedures.
  • Prepare procurement packages to send to manufacturing.
  • Review engineering drawings for correctness, tolerances and manufacturability.
  • Work closely with engineering, purchasing, production, and other teams to ensure design work meets requirements.
  • Work with data management tools to organize and manage project data.
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements to product designs and design/drafting processes.
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements to quality related processes as it relates to 10 CFR 50 Appendix B and ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance programs and design/drafting activities.
  • Work in a team environment, but have the ability to work independently.


Job Qualifications/Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace, or Structural Engineering from an ABET-accredited university is required.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in design engineering is required.
  • Must be knowledgable with 3D CAD systems and design engineering techniques relative to the development of complex parts, assemblies, and systems.
  • Must be able to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely written and verbal communication.
  • Must have hands on experience and ability to work in a shop environment.
  • Must be a strong team player with the ability to develop effective relationships with internal and external customers and suppliers.
  • Must possess the ability and attitude to learn a variety of new procedures, processes and tools.
  • Must have an understanding of design control and configuration control concepts.
  • A general knowledge of manufacturing processes including product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials is required.
  • A general knowledge of project engineering activities (task plans, schedules, etc.) is required.
  • Must be able to effectively prepare and deliver technical reports and presentations.
  • Must be proficient in SolidWorks.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.
  • 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.
  • Travel (<20%) domestic and international.


Additional Desired Skillsets:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience specifically in nuclear fuel mechanical design.
  • Proficient in SolidWorks PDM.
  • Proficient in ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Standard.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Project.
  • Proficient in computer programming codes (ex. C++, Fortran, Python, etc.).
  • Proficient in ASME Section III of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
  • Prior experience in gas cooled reactor nuclear fuel mechanical design.


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.


U.S. Citizenship, with no dual citizenship is required for this position. 

<span 9pt="">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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