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Software Developer - Embedded Systems

Date: Nov 6, 2022

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.


Software Developer – Embedded Systems


We are looking for a Software Developer – Embedded Systems 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.


In this role you will:

  • Design, implement and test microcontroller software used in key components of on-power, automated reactor refueling systems. These systems are being upgraded with modern hardware and software to extend their useful life as part of an overall plant life extension project.
  • Follow a rigorous software engineering lifecycle to deliver high-quality, nuclear safety-related software.
  • Provide follow-up support and service of installed systems.



  • Develop microcontroller software for custom-designed circuit cards that include FPGA logic.
  • Work with hardware engineers to define and implement interfaces between the microcontroller software, hardware and FPGA.
  • Work with hardware and software engineers to define and implement Ethernet communication links to off-the-shelf control system hardware such as I/O modules.
  • Work with customers and colleagues across engineering disciplines to define project scope and requirements.
  • Test your software in a variety of environments, from bench test to hardware-in-the-loop, to on-site.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to troubleshoot customer issues, and propose, test and implement solutions.
  • Follow SQA programs, processes and procedures in accordance with current Canadian nuclear industry standards.



  • Experience developing embedded software using a lower-level or embedded language.
  • Familiarity with low-level hardware/software interfaces.
  • Experience with formal verification and validation of control system hardware and software, including automated techniques.
  • Exposure to software requirements, design descriptions, interface control documents, and other design basis documents.
  • Understanding of formal software engineering lifecycles.
  • Degree or diploma in a discipline relevant to the job description, for example: Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering.
  • Full or limited engineering license through PEO, or ability to obtain a license.


Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience in the nuclear industry, or another highly-regulated industry such as aerospace, medical or defense.
  • Experience working on a customer site.
  • Experience with technical leadership of small project teams.


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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