Test Engineer

Date: Apr 15, 2024

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 www.bwxt.com.



BWXT is currently seeking a Test 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, medical radioisotope production systems, and develops data science and advanced manufacturing techniques for leading-edge applications.


The Test Engineer will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of testing programs, including medical radioisotope production systems, flow testing of nuclear components, mechanical system testing, materials testing, etc. The Test Engineer, working closely with other Research and Engineering groups, is tasked to develop test plans, support design, build, and operate test equipment, conduct tests, analyze and interpret test results, and prepare related documentation for products, systems, and components. The ideal candidate would have some previous experience with planning and executing test programs that help prove out concepts as well as provide verification for final design. This position will report administratively to the Manager of Test Engineering. 


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 and is eligible for relocation benefits.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Execute testing programs during all phases of the design process, including separate effects test, assembly or systems tests as well as testing associated with materials.
  • Develop test plans to address testing requirements provided by a requesting organization. Test plans include test equipment concept, procedures, cost estimate, etc.
  • Coordinate with the requesting organizations to ensure the planned testing will meet their needs.
  • Support engineering in the design of test equipment.
  • Support the build of test setups (test stands/test rigs) in coordination with Operations group and perform commissioning (test readiness) activities.
  • Perform testing, in coordination with Operations group. Ensure operational discipline is maintained by operators and test engineers and that testing is executed per plan and in a safe manner.
  • Analyze test data and evaluate if the executed tests met the objectives.
  • Prepare test reports.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical or similar discipline) is required.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience is required. 
  • Must possess a technical background in engineering design.
  • Must be able to work and coordinate well with multiple intercompany organizations.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to self-direct with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • 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 the design and/or operation of fluid systems and instrumentation and control for nuclear applications.
  • A technical background in engineering design is preferred.
  • Experience with disciplined operations is preferred.
  • Experience with instrumentation and control systems and automation.
  • Hands on experience with building and operating of test setups and equipment.
  • 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 gym onsite 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!



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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