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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Sep 15, 2022


Atlanta , GA 30303

Job Description:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry, and research.

Positions are located in Region I, Division of Operating Reactor Safety, King of Prussia, PA and Region II, Division of Reactor Projects, Atlanta GA, and are being filled via Direct Hire Authority. Multiple selections will be made.

Please read this Public Notice for Direct Hire in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration. You are applying to a resume database. Your resume and any documents submitted will be retained and may be used at any time during the open period of this Public Notice. U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED.


The successful candidate will perform the full range of Project Engineer (Resident Inspector Development Program (RIDP)) duties. Such duties include, but are not limited to:
• Participating in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain full certification as an NRC Inspector.
• Participating in the assessment of licensee performance at nuclear facilities; you will perform direct inspections of licensee activities during operation phases.
• Planning, preparing, and performing in-depth inspections at assigned plant(s) during start-up, operation and decommissioning to ensure compliance with design specifications, and conditions of the operating license.
• Ensuring inspection program completion in accordance with schedules specified in the Inspection Manual or other official documents.
• Preparing and presenting inspection reports describing findings and conclusions regarding the licensee’s safety performance and conformance with NRC requirements, provisions of operating licenses, and applicable industry codes and standards.
• Assisting the Branch Chief or Senior Project Engineer in the handling of allegations and tracking the status of allegations.

Selectees will be assigned to work in the Region I Office in King of Prussia, PA or the Region II Office in Atlanta, GA based upon geographic preference indicated in their application. The selectees must become qualified through the NRC Inspection Manual Chapter (IMC) 1245 process within two years. Upon completion of training, developmental assignments, and IMC 1245 qualification process, selectees will be expected to seek reassignment from their regional office to a Resident Inspector position at one of the Resident Inspector Offices in their assigned Region. A list of the resident inspector offices in each region is included below.

Selectees are required to serve a trial period to assess their overall fitness and qualifications for continued employment. The trial period for new employees is two years. New employees who are preference eligible veterans serve a one-year trial period.

Geographic mobility is a condition of employment for selection under this announcement and selectee must sign a Mobility Agreement. The Mobility Agreement will be furnished to selectee at the point of job offer and must be signed at the time the offer is accepted.


Resident Office Locations and Relocation Incentives: Provided the employee meets all relocation incentive eligibility requirements, at the time of a subsequent qualifying move to/between/from Resident Inspector positions, the following incentive percentages apply to the Resident Offices locations in Region I and Region II as indicated:

Beaver Valley Resident Office (Shippingport, PA): 20%
Calvert Cliffs Resident Office (Lusby, MD): 15%
Fitzpatrick Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 30%
Ginna Resident Office (Ontario, NY): 30%
Hope Creek Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ): 15%
Limerick Resident Office (Limerick, PA): 15%
Millstone Resident Office (Waterford, CT): 20%
Nine Mile Point Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 30%
Peach Bottom Resident Office (Delta, PA): 15%
Salem Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ): 15%
Seabrook Resident Office (Seabrook, NH): 20%
Susquehanna Resident Office (Berwick, PA): 20%

Browns Ferry Resident Office (Athens, AL): 20%
Brunswick Resident Office (Southport, NC): 20%
Catawba Resident Office (York, SC): 15%
Farley Resident Office (Columbia, SC): 30%
Harris Resident Office (New Hill, SC): 15%
Hatch Resident Office (Baxley, GA): 30%
McGuire Resident Office (Huntersville, NC): 15%
North Anna Resident Office (Louisa, VA): 20%
Oconee Resident Office (Seneca, SC): 20%
Robinson Resident Office (Hartsville, SC): 20%
Sequoyah Resident Office (Soddy-Daisy, TN): 15%
St. Lucie Resident Office (Jensen Beach, FL): 15%
Summer Resident Office (Jenkensville, SC): 15%
Surry Resident Office (Surry, VA): 20%
Turkey Point Resident Office (Homestead, FL): 30%

NOTE: The relocation incentive is a one-time payment in the amount of the employee's total pay, including special salary rate and applicable locality adjustment for the grade and step held at the time of the qualifying assignment, multiplied by the percentage as shown above.


In addition to meeting the basic education requirements for professional engineering positions, as described above in the Education section, to qualify for this position at the advertised grade levels, you must meet the following:
For GG-11: Generally two to three years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience, at least, one of which is equivalent to the GG-9 level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree OR a Ph.D OR equivalent doctoral degree in the degree fields as described. Combinations of education and experience may be acceptable.
For GG-12: Generally four years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 2 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-11 level, where you have applied relevant professional engineering disciplines; e.g. nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical.
For GG-13: Generally five+ years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 3+ years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-12 level, where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering. You must also have recent experience associated with applying any of a variety of relevant professional engineering disciplines (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical). Recent experience in the industry of commercial, government or military nuclear power is preferred. You must also be familiar with nuclear industry standards, rules and regulations and be able to apply them.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

(1) Knowledge of the design features and operating characteristics of nuclear facilities by describing professional experience with reactor facilities, commercial, government, or military. This experience may have been as a power plant operator, in a staff position in operations, or associated with plant operations.
(2) Demonstrated ability to evaluate activities and events, develop inspection findings, and evaluate adequacy of corrective actions.
(3) Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.
(4) Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume. The NRC encourages applicants to provide extensive job experience details in your resume. Applicants may also use the supplemental vacancy question in the official USAJOBS announcement to provide additional information pertaining to specialized experience and ideal candidate criteria.


To qualify for these positions, you must meet BOTH basic education/professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels AND the specialized experience requirements outlined above no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position. Regardless of the grade level of the vacancy, candidates for Federal Government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements.

Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). If you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses combined with at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance.

NOTE: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. licensure or EIT examination results, as discussed above).

You must include an unofficial copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application.

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Career Opportunities page, click on “Apply Now” then “Search for New Opportunities” and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Project Engineer (RIDP) – Direct Hire Notice for RI & RII Job Announcement Number ALL OFC-2021-0066 and apply on-line by September 26, 2022. We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position so that you correctly submit all necessary materials and documentation. If you are viewing this opportunity after September 26th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

$80,000 to $100,000

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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