Human Factors Specialist

Date: May 10, 2024

Location: Peterborough, ON, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (BWXT NEC), we are committed to excellence in every business initiative. With nearly 500 workers across locations in Peterborough, Toronto, and Arnprior,  BWXT NEC supplies nuclear fuel and fuel channel components, services, equipment and parts for the CANDU® nuclear power industry.


Human Factors Specialist 


We are looking for a Human Factors 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.



At BWXT, you will work on technically challenging projects as a member of the Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Engineering team in support of on-power refuelling systems for CANDU reactors. You will be immersed in the design of automated and semi-automated fuelling machines, robotic systems, and maintenance tooling for CANDU reactors and other related systems, as part of a multi-disciplinary design team. BWXT is seeking an experienced individual (minimum 5 years experience) to support engineering activities through the completion of Human Factors assessments in compliance with CNSC requirements, CSA N290.12-14 - Human factors in design for nuclear power plants, and the NUREG-0711 - Human Factors Engineering Program Review Model.




  • Supporting the execution of operating experience reviews, functional requirements analysis, task analysis, human error analysis, making human factors design recommendations as well as verification and/or acceptance of other Human Factors Analyst work.
  • Assessing the required level of Human Factors Engineering involvement based on project scope.
  • Developing Human Factors Engineering Program Plans.
  • Applying your knowledge of hardware and software controls, displays, annunciations and evaluations of interactions between the Human System Interface and the User(s).
  • Documenting analysis results in Human Factors Engineering Summary Reports.
  • Supporting the development of Human Factors Engineering Verification and Validation Plans.
  • Performing and documenting design verification and validation activities.
  • Providing input to the creation of proposals which focus on or include Human Factors Engineering scope.
  • As required, support other engineering deliverables.




  • Degree in Human Factors Engineering, Engineering Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related science with a focus on Human Factors coursework.
  • Experience level: 5+ years, Qualified Human Factors Specialist.
  • P.Eng. or eligibility to obtain in near future.
  • Demonstrable experience in Human Factors Design, in regulated, high consequence industries such as Nuclear, Aerospace, Defense, Oil and Gas and Medical.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and documentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively 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.




  • Active membership within a recognized Human Factors/Ergonomics society (e.g., HFES, ACE).
  • Experience in the Canadian Nuclear Industry.
  • General understanding of Engineering Change Control (ECC) concepts for the nuclear industry or other industries.
  • Human Factors Qualifications at OPG/ Bruce Power.
  • General understanding of Engineering Change Control (ECC) concepts for the nuclear industry or other industrie




  • Work within the growing and exciting nuclear industry as well as with highly skilled employees!

  • 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!


We thank you for your interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. #LI-RK1



The base salary range for this position in Ontario at the start of employment is expected to be between $86,000.00 and $132,000.00 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.


Learn more about how BWXT employs nuclear technology to solve some of the world’s most important problems. BWXT’s capabilities video showcases our innovation in commercial nuclear power, addressing climate change, as well as our advanced nuclear medicine products treating patients around the world. We are People Strong. Innovation Driven.


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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