Controls Engineering Specialist

Date: Dec 2, 2023

Location: Peterborough, ON, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. we are committed to excellence in every business initiative. BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (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 looking for an Controls Engineering Specialist  for our Peterborough, Ontario site.  BWXT NEC's Fuel Handling and Engineered Solutions group is involved in the design, manufacture, development, testing, parts supply, and service of on-power refueling, reactor maintenance, and nuclear medicine delivery tooling sold around the world. We are the original designer of the automated systems that allow 24/7 on power refueling of CANDU reactors and aim to solve some of the Nuclear Industry’s most challenging problems. Today, BWXT’s equipment is being used in most of the nuclear power plants in Canada and is critical to delivering carbon free energy production and lifesaving medical isotopes.


Check out the YouTube video of an innovative product we recently 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 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.




The Instrumentation & Controls Engineering department largely focuses on the control systems and instrumentation involved within Fuel Handling Systems, other parts of the plant, tooling, medical isotope systems as well as remote delivery machines. These systems are often complex and are in specialized
areas. The department has the expert knowledge, legacy information and skillset to support our customers with engineering design, troubleshooting, maintenance and support work. This position will be supporting VFD and Motor Control Design.




Key Accountabilities:

  • Design and setup of VFD/Motor equipment and systems.
  • Test execution/commissioning of VFD/Motors equipment and systems.
  • Conduct tests and measurements using specialized equipment to evaluate motor performance, efficiency, and reliability.
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex VFD control issues, identify root causes, and implement effective solutions.
  • Configure and integrate VFD systems with other equipment and control devices, such as PLCs, HMIs, sensors, and actuators.
  • Work with MCC’s.
  • Work with the Mechanical Design team to confirm design details.
  • Liaise with personnel from various customer groups like design, operations, and maintenance to gather site-specific design information.


General Accountabilities:

  • Execute walk downs of various equipment in the plant. 
  • Prepare and present technical data to internal and external customers.
  • Ensure designs comply with applicable company, technical, and regulatory standards.
  • Participate in design reviews and customer review meetings, providing stakeholder and design input.
  • Adhere to on-time/on-budget criteria associated with project commitments and customer success.
  • Support the development and estimating of engineering proposals.
  • Ensure that design support the development and estimating of engineering proposals.
  • Ensure that design is done for manufacturability and complies with requirements.
  • Support the development and estimating of engineering proposals.
  • Key success factors are engineering and product excellence, effective design activity management, task/milestone completion on-time/on-budget, producing defect free designs, meeting your metrics, motivating a diverse team, managing and achieving results through influencing and setting of expectations/actions.
  • Lead by example, assure compliance and adherence to processes (including internal Business Management System), industry codes and standards, quality systems, policies, and contractual requirements.
  • Support process change through process enhancement, and technology introduction to achieve world-class product development and product deployment.
  • Support customer relationships and ensure market alignment. This position requires interaction with external customers, subcontractors, and cross functional internal teams.
  • May support proposal development and review including scope review, estimating as well as technical presentations to the customer.
  • Help identify project risks, analyze solutions, and take decisive action to resolve issues and communicate these to the leadership team.
  • Provide assurance of health and safety associated with the execution of all projects and activities.
  • Short term travel may be required for the purpose of meeting with clients and stakeholders.




  • B.A.Sc. in Electrical/Instrumentation & Control/Automation or related discipline Engineering
  • Holds or working towards a current PEO license.
  • Typically requires 7 years’ experience in design engineering in Nuclear, or Motor Circuit design.
  • Solid understanding of Motor Control and VFD operations.
  • Understanding of harmonics and their effect on Motion Control.
  • Experience with Motors and VFD’s and the effects of long cable runs
  • Experience with industrial communication protocols, such as Modbus, Profibus, or Ethernet \/IP Industrial automation technologies (e.g. PLC, HMI, SCADA)
  • Low voltage power distribution and control circuits (typically 600 V or less)
  • Control and power relays
  • Cabling, junction boxes and penetrations.
  • Solid understanding of electro-mechanical systems (e.g. valves), sensors, control theory, and feedback control loops.
  • Navigate the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and ensure designs comply to the CEC and other related standards.
  • Demonstrated ability with supporting leadership on engineering projects over their complete EPC life cycles with little support.
  • Exposure with a range of interdisciplinary activities; systems design, requirements development, interface design and testing.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience working with and writing design documentation, including but not limited to:
  • Assembly drawings
  • Elementary/schematic drawings
  • Connection wiring diagrams
  • Component specifications
  • Design requirements
  • Commissioning requirements
  • Test procedures
  • Work procedures
  • Exposure to a broad range of interdisciplinary departments: mechanical, software design, systems engineering and manufacturing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, understandable by a diverse audience.
  • Creative problem-solving skills, outstanding analytical abilities, developing leadership skills and the ability to work in a team as well as work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work remotely on short-term customer site assignment.
  • Most importantly…. creative and innovative thinkers!


Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience in the CANDU Nuclear Industry.
  • Familiarity with CSA Nuclear Codes and Standards.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and technical writing skills.
  • Ability 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.
  • Ability to work on scheduled tasks independently and interface with other team members with varying functions (project managers, mechanical designers, software designers, etc.).
  • Ability to navigate the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and ensure designs comply to the CEC and other related standards.




  • Work within the growing and exciting nuclear industry as well as with talented and collaborative teams!
  • Competitive salaries
  • Employer-paid pension plan
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Bonus plan
  • Competitive Health and Dental benefits
  • Educational Refund Program
  • Life insurance… and so much more!


Come join us… we’ve been waiting for you.


We thank you for your interest, however, only 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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