TRISO Fuel Engineer

Date: Jul 10, 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.


BWXT’s Nuclear Operations Group - Lynchburg is currently seeking a TRISO Fuels Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA location!


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Provides engineering support for the fabrication of Uranium Based Fuels (both metallic and ceramic) for commercial applications such as Next Generation Nuclear Power (TRISO Fuel).
  • Participates in the troubleshooting of issues arising in existing equipment and assists with the deployment of new equipment.
  • Supports production operations as the technical lead and subject matter expert for the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Supports shop floor operations and resolution of fabrication issues.
  • Generates process improvement ideas. 
  • Prepares Operating Procedures and Electronic Shop Floor Routings.
  • Assists in the development of equipment designs and fabrication methods to successfully fabricate Uranium Based Fuels.
  • Creates training plans for shop floor personnel and participates in the training activities.
  • Follows BWXT established change management and Safety Evaluation processes.
  • Evaluates process data to determine efficiencies and consistency of process.  Makes recommended modifications/improvements based upon data evaluation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Must possess at least seven (7) years of engineering experience.
  • Must possess previous experience with design, refurbishment, and/or deployment of ceramic powder manufacturing equipment.
  • Must be able to demonstrate superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Must demonstrate excellent experience in authoring technical reports.
  • Must be highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Must possess proven ability in leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Must be a US Citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clearance.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • A background in Sol-Gel processing, CVD/PVD coating, fluid bed treatment, and/or nuclear chemistry processing for Next Generation Nuclear Fuels (i.e. TRISO).
  • Knowledge of Uranium Based Fuel Processing in the preparation of TRISO fuels.




Pay: $92,000 - $142,000


The base salary range for this position in Virginia (US-VA) at the start of employment is expected to be between $92,000 and $142,000 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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