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BWX Technologies, Inc. Safety Analysis Engineer (Experienced) in Lynchburg, Virginia

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 (https://www.linkedin.com/company/bwx-technologies/mycompany/?viewAsMember=true) , X (https://twitter.com/BWXT) , Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BWXTech) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bwxtechnologies/) .

BWXT is currently seeking a Safety Analysis Methods 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, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers.

BWXT is seeking a Nuclear Safety Analysis Engineer to join its Advanced Technologies Safety Analysis group. The Safety Analysis group is responsible for developing methodologies and performing analyses to demonstrate that the various reactor designs satisfy their safety bases and licensing requirements. These types of analyses include of deterministic safety evaluations of the reactor core, passive cooling, safety protection system, and radiological releases associated with anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs), design basis accidents (DBAs), and beyond design basis events (BDBEs) as well as probabilistic safety evaluations of the system responses and initiating event frequencies.

The Safety Analysis group is also responsible for the verification and validation activities associated with the computer codes used in these analyses. The Safety Analysis Engineer will be part of a team supporting the development of several leading technologies for various applications on earth and in space. Come join a growing multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers designing leading edge nuclear power plants that are transportable, modular, and act as propulsion systems for space.

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 in Lynchburg, VA. Relocation benefits are available for this position.

BWXT AT Experienced SA Engineer - Job Description / Duties:

  • Work with a Team of Safety Analyses engineers to develop analytical methods and models for the spectrum of AOOs, DBAs, and BDBEs that are applicable to the reactor design being evaluated.

  • Perform AOO, DBA, and BDBA simulations for the reactor design.

  • Perform engineering calculations related to nuclear safety, fluid flow, probability risk assessment, severe accident analysis, equipment qualification, heat and mass transfer, and other duties.

  • Prepare appropriate documentation supporting evaluations and analyses.

  • Interface with customers, vendors, and other internal functional groups to obtain information necessary to perform work assignments.

  • Identify and recommend improvements in processes on continuing basis and assist in implementation as well as identify and assist in the development of new business opportunities.

  • Perform code benchmarking and validation analyses to support code qualification and methodology development.

  • Perform pre- and post-test analyses to support Separate Effects and Integral Systems Tests, as needed.

  • Develop methodology reports, design criteria, and other licensing documentation to support NRC or DOE review and approval.

  • Provide input to planning, tracking, work estimates, and project updates as requested.

  • Interact with and explain methods, models, analyses, and safety results to customers, regulators, and subject matter experts that may be advising a project as requested.

  • Perform safety analysis tasks including hazard identification, safety basis event identification, and phenomena identification and ranking table development.

  • Support development of safety analysis computational models in accordance with best practices and test data.

  • Perform sensitivity, uncertainty, and scaling analysis in support of evaluation model development as requested.

  • Integrate with other engineering groups performing aspects of component, system, fuel, and control system design.

  • Evaluate and assess experimental data and describe the applicability of experiments to design projects.

Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics (Mechanical, Nuclear or similar discipline) from an accredited college or university is required.

  • A minimum of 7 years of relative experience.

  • Must have strong nuclear-thermal-hydraulic analytical skills.

  • Must have experience performing safety analysis using industry computer codes such as RELAP5-3D, GOTHIC, TRACE, MELCOR, etc.

  • Must have experience in safety analysis is desired to demonstrate ability to apply technical knowledge to plant situations, requirements, and analyses.

  • Demonstrated technical writing skills are required.

  • Must possess effective communication skills.

  • Must possess a strong understanding of thermal hydraulic behavior of nuclear power plants under steady state and transient conditions.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.

Additional Desired Skillsets:

  • M.S. or PhD in Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering, which can substitute for some experience.

  • Experience with HTGRs is desired.

  • Experience with developing and applying numerical methods for nuclear thermal-hydraulic problems.

  • Experience with developing complex safety analysis models from scratch.

  • Experience working in a nuclear quality environment (e.g., ASME NQA-1).

  • Familiarity with Linux operating systems.

  • Familiarity with preparing and defending Safety Analysis Reports (SARs) with NRC or DOE.


  • 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!

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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.