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Coop - Nuclear Probabilistic Risk Assessment (Full-Time, Starting Spring 2022)

Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: GLEN ALLEN, VA, US, 23060

Company: Dominion Energy

At Dominion Energy we love our jobs.  That’s right.  Love.  Every day we go to work filled with passion to be excellent, to creatively problem solve and to innovate.  These are exciting days for energy companies, and Dominion Energy aims to shape the future of energy in America. We are looking at all of our work with fresh eyes, retooling everything we do, in every part of the company, to operate more sustainably and to deliver energy more reliably than ever.  We are looking for interesting, independent thinkers and doers who can help shape the culture of a forward-looking company that’s proud of its rich legacy. Are you a change agent?  Do you think differently?  Do you want to fall in love with your job? If you answered “yes,” then read on!

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer nor sponsor a work visa for this position.

This position does not offer relocation assistance. 

Job Summary


We are currently seeking a co-op student for Spring 2022 semester (Fall 2022, Summer 2023) in the Corporate Nuclear Engineering and Fuel Department's Probabilistic Risk Assessment II group located at Dominion's Innsbrook Technical Center in Glen Allen, VA. This opportunity will be a full-time co-op rotation starting in Spring 2022.


The Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) group has responsibility for developing, maintaining, and applying risk models to support the Dominion nuclear plants in Virginia, Connecticut, and South Carolina. The risk models are designed to evaluate the plant response in the event of an accident at a nuclear power station. They take into effect the design of plant systems and the responses plant operators would take to potential accident in order to evaluate the importance of systems and components to plant risk. Risk insights are used to improve safety and efficiency of plant operations and maintenance.


 A co-op in PRA would assist the engineers in various activities related to the development, maintenance, and application of risk models. 


The most qualified candidate may have had some exposure to probabilistic risk assessment concepts and a strong background in mathematics and statistics. The most qualified candidate would demonstrate a strong ability to rapidly grasp new technical concepts and work either independently or as a group to meet challenging goals. The most qualified candidate would demonstrate an ability to collaborate effectively with a team, and would demonstrate strong communication skills. The most qualified candidate would demonstrate an ability to learn detailed plant systems and PRA modeling methods.


Military service members and veterans with ranks from E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined (above/below).

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience


Job Responsibilities: 

  • Support PRA engineers in activities related to risk model development, maintenance, and application.
  • Participate in plant walkdowns as-needed to support model development.


Professional orientation and effective interpersonal skills; effective communication skills in both written and oral forms; ability to work in teams or independently under own initiative

  • Ability to rapidly learn new concepts and maintain cognizance and control of multiple project tasks.
  • Knowledge of fundamental nuclear, mechanical, and electrical theory.
  • Problem-solving skills, including demonstrated ability to define problems, collect information, evaluate data, draw valid conclusions, and develop solutions.
  • Ability to effectively operate a personal computer and standard Microsoft applications. Programming skills in languages such as Visual Basic, or database programs such as Microsoft Access, is a plus.

Education Requirements


  • Working toward a four-year Nuclear, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university in a Sophomore or Junior class standing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Other Working Conditions

At this time, Dominion Energy has not determined if this position will be held in person or virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If this job is held virtually, all applicants will need to confirm they have access to high speed internet.  If this job is held in-person, a travel reimbursement and housing stipend may be available to COOPs/interns whose permanent addresses is located more than 50 miles from the work location.

Test Description

No Testing Required

Other Information

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.


Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.


Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here


Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  


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