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Automation Engineer (1-year Contract)

Date: Oct 12, 2021

Location: Peterborough, ON, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.  (BWXT NEC) we are committed to excellence in every business initiative. BWXT NEC has achieved an enviable international reputation for excellence in the supply of nuclear fuel and fuel handling systems and service for CANDU reactors in both domestic and international markets. Our success is the result of our commitment to our employees, customers, quality & EHS initiatives.


We are seeking an Automation Engineer (1-year Contract) for our Peterborough, ON location.


BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC) is involved in the design, manufacture, development, testing and service of on-power refueling and reactor maintenance tooling sold around the world. Today, BWXT NEC’s equipment is being used in most of the nuclear power plants in Canada.  Check out the YouTube video of an innovative product we designed and manufactured in partnership with Bruce Power, called the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System Channel Access Device.  Go to YouTube and search for video: “Bruce Unveils new BRIMS Tool”. There are exceptional opportunities to learn and grow with a career in the nuclear industry in Ontario.


The Peterborough community invites you to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy life. We have an abundance of recreational opportunities, festivals, and entertainment that is fueled by culture, nature and homegrown culinary experiences. Friendly people, inspiring landscapes, rich forest tracts, and incredible lakes are waiting for you in the heart of cottage country. The region is home to 140,000 people (approx. 83,000 in the City of Peterborough) in addition to the charming towns, townships and villages that make up the County. We offer the best of all worlds here and we’d like you to get to know us a bit better.




  • Design, implement and test modern PLC-based control systems for robotic applications in nuclear power plants and products.
  • Translate requirements and design descriptions into PLC code, using the following programming languages:
    • Ladder logic
    • Function Block Diagrams
    • Sequential Function Charts
    • Structured Text
  • Perform system tests within our Peterborough location.




  • Architecting and designing new control system software, and extending existing systems to accommodate new functionality.
  • Coordinating with other engineering disciplines to produce consistent, integrated designs with well-defined interfaces.
  • Interfacing with vendors on technical support issues.
  • Interfacing directly with customer technical personnel to support and service installed systems at Canadian nuclear generating stations.
  • Writing other design, test, installation and maintenance documents.
  • Working within customer processes to make technical decisions, provide technical documentation, apply concepts to issues of varying complexity, and resolve issues through immediate action or short-term planning.




  • Experience with industrial automation technologies including but not limited to:
    • Motor and motor controls
    • Linear actuators
    • Valves (solenoid, pneumatic or motor actuated)
    • Sensors and feedback controls/signal conditioning
  • Experience working with and generating design documentation including but not limited to:
    • Design requirements
    • Commissioning requirements
    • Test procedures
  • Experience preparing technical documents in English, and presenting technical material to internal and external customers in person.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to interface with project team members, vendors and customers to ensure scope and requirements of the project are understood, and to ensure the project is executed per the project schedule and budget.
  • Must be able to work on scheduled tasks independently and interface with other team members with varying functions (project managers, mechanical designers, software designers, etc).




  • Full or limited engineering license through PEO, or ability to obtain same.
  • Experience in the Canadian nuclear industry, or another highly-regulated industry (aerospace, defense, medical, etc.).
  • Experience with Schneider PLC and HMI range of products would be an advantage.


We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended or any other category protected by federal law.

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