Test and Operations Engineer

Date: Jul 14, 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 a Test and Operations 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, develops, and tests innovative new nuclear reactors, medical radioisotope production systems, and data science and advanced manufacturing techniques for leading-edge applications.


Our Test and Operations Engineers work on first-of-a-kind reactor plants and prototypes to accomplish acceptance and verification testing programs.  You’ll be part of the Verification Testing Team responsible for evaluating reactor plant designs, determining required tests, preparing test procedures, and performing tests and reactor plant operations.  Our team works closely with the R&D group and partner organizations to plan and execute comprehensive test programs to exhaustively test new platforms and provide proof-of-concepts for innovative new technologies and reactor plant designs.  Test and Operations Engineers working at BWXT Advanced Technologies have the unique opportunity to participate in test and operational activities of novel reactor plants from cradle to grave, and the position is ideal for candidates motivated by a vision of innovation and transformation.

The ideal candidate will possess the following capabilities and experience:

  • Component, system, and plant operations.
  • Test procedure writing and execution.
  • Critical thinking, troubleshooting, and problem solving.
  • Work-to-test methodology.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Excelling in individual and teaming environments.

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:

  • Assess reactor plant and system designs to determine required tests and demonstration activities.
  • Work together with BWXT Advanced Technologies R&D engineers, as well as external customers and partner organizations, to develop factory acceptance and verification testing programs.
  • Coordinate with customers and partner organizations to ensure planned testing will meet their needs.
  • Prepare test documents which satisfy customer requirements and accomplish acceptance testing of components, systems, and reactor plants.
  • Design or support the design and fabrication of test equipment.
  • Perform testing and operational verifications of prototype components, systems, and plants, in adherence to formal written instructions and test procedures.
  • Analyze test results and determine 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 work experience in a related field is required. PhD may substitute for experience.
  • Must possess a technical background in system testing and/or operations.
  • Must be able to work and coordinate well with multiple intercompany and external 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 operation and testing 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, competitive parental leave, service-based retirement contributions with additional 401k match and more!



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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