Reactor Plant Contractors’ Office (RPCO) Field Engineer training pipeline. This position is for engineers who desire to spend a significant percentage of their time in a production environment.
This position offers candidates an approximate one to two year assignment at the Knolls (NY) or Bettis (PA) Laboratory prior to transferring into Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s (NNL) RPCO Program. The two year Laboratory assignment is intended to give a candidate experience in NNL’s fleet support engineering community. The experience acquired in this role would directly translate into a future position within RPCO. NNL’s fleet support community provides reactor plant engineering support (problem resolution and improvement initiatives) for both aircraft carrier and submarine platforms. Candidates interested in this path would be expected to relocate to the Knolls or Bettis Laboratory for approximately two years before commencing training and subsequent relocation to a shipyard.
NNL maintains field offices in shipyards and facilities that conduct Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program work. RPCO engineers are the on-site representatives of NNL and component supply organizations in these shipyards and facilities. RPCO engineers provide technical support and oversight in all aspects of nuclear work. RPCO engineers must be able to apply sound engineering principles and judgement to make informed decisions and assist with problem resolution. RPCO engineers operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and independently exercise authority to ensure work is conducted in a safe manner. As a member of the RPCO Program you will be expected to observe production operations, review work and test procedures, and identify process improvements that will minimize Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program costs or improve safety. RPCO engineers perform audits and surveillances on ships, in submarines, and at facilities to provide actionable feedback to local management.
Successful completion of a job-specific qualification is required for this position. Training associated with this qualification is expected to take approximately one year depending on previous experience and will be conducted at the Knolls Laboratory (NY) or Bettis Laboratory (PA). At the conclusion of qualification, the prospective RPCO engineer will be expected to demonstrate both an adequate understanding of requirements and the ability to function in a field location in a technical support and oversight capacity.
Domestic relocation assistance is available for the selected candidate.
Required Skills *
Must be willing to relocate to the Laboratory for initial assignment, to a shipyard following qualification and back to the Laboratory following a 3-5 year assignment in a shipyard.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Must be willing to work back shift hours as needed to support site testing operations.
This position requires the ability to climb and descend ladders and transit elevated locations.
Exposure to industrial noise should be expected.
- BS degree in engineering or Bachelor’s degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university required.
- BS degree in engineering or Bachelor’s degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of relevant experience; or
- MS degree in engineering or Master’s degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year of relevant experience; or
- Currently or previously EOOW qualified in the Nuclear Operations Program; or
- SRE Qualification
• Eagerness to learn and adapt to varying tasks and responsibilities.
• Experience working with US Navy Nuclear Fleet and/or nuclear capable shipyard.
• Strong leadership and mentoring ability.