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Nuclear Core Design Engineer II/III

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!

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Job Summary

Dominion Energy has an opportunity available to join the Nuclear Core Design (NCD) group as an Engineer II or Engineer III.  There is one position which will be filled at the level commensurate with the successful candidate's education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Dominion Energy is one of the industry leading utilities for performing full-scope in-house core design and safety analyses in support of safe operation of its pressurized water reactors (PWRs).  The Nuclear Core Design group (NCD) is responsible for a broad range of nuclear fuel related activities, including design and optimization of core loadings, performing physics parameter analyses for input to core reload safety analyses, performing economic evaluation of fuel management alternatives, participation in low power physics testing and other plant support activities, and development of improved core design methods.  The NCD group is also responsible for performing out-of-core analyses, such as spent fuel pool criticality and heat load evaluations.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and optimize core models using neutronic codes, such as the CASMO/SIMULATE code suite.
  • Plan and implement efficient fuel management strategies.
  • Perform calculations to provide core physics input to reload safety analyses and fuel performance analyses.
  • Provide technical support for on-site Reactor Engineering staff including development of startup and core follow inputs and reactivity management tools.
  • Perform periodic calculations supporting safe operation of the spent fuel pools, including criticality analysis and heat load analysis.
  • Interface with various groups within the Nuclear Engineering and Fuel Department.
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned.
  • This position will require occasional overtime.
  • The successful candidate must be able to obtain nuclear plant access, including associated background checks and random drug testing.

Military service members and veterans with ranks from E3 plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined below are encouraged to apply.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • Must meet Engineering Criteria as listed below. 
  • 3+ years of experience in nuclear engineering and/or nuclear plant design for Engineer II.
  • 6+ years of experience in nuclear engineering and/or nuclear plant design for Engineer III.

Note: A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or greater will count as one year toward the year of experience. A Master's Degree will count as one year toward the years of experience.


The preferred candidates will have:

  • Nuclear Engineering degree or other Engineering degree with emphasis in Nuclear Engineering.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of CASMO/SIMULATE code suite or other neutronics code suite.
  • Experience in the core reload process.
  • Knowledge and experience in out-of-core analysis tools such as MCNP or SCALE is desirable.
  • Station/Reactor Engineering experience is desirable.
  • Professional Engineering Certification is desirable.


Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of fundamental nuclear, mechanical, and electrical theory, and knowledge of engineering design, design control, nuclear power plant systems, structures, components, and operation of nuclear power plants.
  • Knowledge of nuclear core design analysis codes, models, and methods, including those used to perform nuclear core analysis.
  • Knowledge of coding using Java, Fortran, or Python coding languages.
  • Knowledge of nuclear fuel management and fuel cycle economics.
  • Knowledge of nuclear regulations and regulatory processes, especially those that establish requirements for the design and licensing bases of nuclear plants.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of 10 CFR 50.59 and the provisions under which licensees may make changes to the facility without prior NRC review and approval.
  • Problem-solving skills, including demonstrated ability to define problems, collect information, evaluate data, draw valid conclusions, and develop solutions on a case-by-case and nuclear-fleet-wide basis.
  • Ability to effectively operate a personal computer and standard Microsoft applications.
  • Professional orientation and interpersonal skills, including an ability to lead, communicate effectively in both written and oral forms, work in teams, and to work independently under own initiative.


Education Requirements

For placement of a candidate in the Engineer job series, the following criteria must be met:

  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an ABET accredited engineering program based on the year that the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an institution outside of the U.S. which is accredited through the country's own engineering accrediting body under the Washington Accord as a full signatory, and is a degree that was recognized by the country's accrediting body on or after the date that full signatory status was achieved, or
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited program and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Possess a 4-year degree in Physics, Chemistry or Math and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Holds or has previously held a valid Professional Engineer license.

Working Conditions

Cold Up to 25%
Energized Wires Up to 25%
Heat Up to 25%
Loud Noise Up to 25%
Office Work Environment 76 -100%
Operating Machinery Up to 25%
Outdoors Up to 25%
Radiation Up to 25%
Travel Up to 25%

Test Description

No Testing Required


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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About Dominion Energy

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·17,000 employees
·Headquarters: Richmond, VA
·16 states in the US
·$100 billion of assets
·Nearly $35 million in charitable contributions
·100,000+ volunteer hours recorded in the community

Our Commitment to NetZero by 2050

We’ve cut carbon emissions from our electric generation business by approximately 43% (since 2005) and methane emissions from our natural gas business by 32% (since 2010) — and we're just getting started. By growing wind, solar, and renewable natural gas and pursuing innovative technologies, we expect to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We’ve also committed to reducing the emissions of our suppliers and customers — so we can all move forward together.

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