Nuclear Power Plant

BWR Neutronics Reload Design & Analysis Engineer IV - Advisory Engr.

Company: Framatome Post Date: 11/5/2018 12:42 PM
Location: Richland, Washington Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: 11/5/2018 Projected End Date: 12/5/2018
Job Description

Framatome is a major international player in the nuclear energy market recognized for its innovative solutions and value-added technologies for designing, building, maintaining, and advancing the global nuclear fleet. The company designs, manufactures, and installs components and fuel for nuclear power plants and offers a full range of reactor services. 


With 14,000 employees worldwide, every day Framatome’s expertise helps its customers improve the safety and performance of their nuclear plants and achieve their economic and societal goals.


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Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).

The Framatome Fuel Business Group:

Framatome is a global leader in all activities associated with the design and operation of nuclear power reactors. The Fuel Business group is focused on design and production of nuclear fuel for commercial light water reactors.


BWR Neutronics (FDN-AR)


The BWR Neutronics-Richland (FDN-AR) department directly supports the reactor core design and reload licensing analysis needs for BWR fuel customers. The department performs a full range of neutronics, fuel management, and safety analysis of the fuel and core design including ongoing development of codes and methods as well as maintenance of existing codes and methods used in those analyses. BWR neutronics engineers are involved in developing nuclear fuel and core designs and analysis methods, establishing mechanical and fuel design safety limits, including evaluation of critical heat flux during normal operation and transient events, and developing neutronic and thermal-hydraulic code inputs and methods to support the fuel reload analyses and plant operations. The Neutronics Richland department works closely with other engineering departments (mechanical, thermal-hydraulic, materials), customers, Project Management, and regulators. As part of the worldwide Fuel Design organization at Framatome, Neutronics Richland interfaces with FD Neutronics organizations at other locations in France, German, and the U.S. Within the worldwide Fuel Design (FD) organization of Framatome, the Richland location is the BWR Center of Excellence. As part of the U.S. Fuel Business Unit, Neutroncis Richland interfaces with the fuel manufacturing plant, which is also located in Richland.


Framatome is seeking an Engineer IV - Advisory Engineer for our BWR Group in Richland, WA.  This position will assist with the design and licensing analyses of BWR fuel reloads. 


Work as part of a team that includes engineers from other departments and Codes and Methods development engineers as well as Project Managers responsible for different BWR fuel reload customers. Interface with and interaction with BWR customers usually starts as soon as basic reload design and analysis engineering capabilities have been established.


Typical tasks include fuel assembly and core design, reload safety analysis of BWR reload designs, authoring and review of various design and reload licensing reports and documents, and review of engineering work performed by other team members.


Reload design and analysis engineers work together with Codes and Methods development engineers to continue improvement and maintenance of methods and automation tools.  


    All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates who exceed minimum qualifications may be considered for a higher level position.

    • Engineer IV - B.S. in Nuclear Engineering with 5-7 years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related exp. (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
    • Principal Engineer - B.S. in Nuclear Engineering with 7-10 years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related exp. (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
    • Advisory Engineer - B.S. in Nuclear Engineering with 12+ years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related exp. (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
    • BWR core design experience is required.
    • Work experience in the areas of neutronics / physics and/or thermal hydraulics design of BWR nuclear fuel assemblies and core reloads.
    • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must have a pro-active approach to problem identification and resolution.
    • Must have ability and attitude to learn a variety of new procedures, processes, and tools, while maintaining various stages of production.
    • Must be able to work well in a fast-paced team environment.
    • Basic experience and capabilities with MICROSOFT Office software products (WORD, EXCEL, etc.)

    The following requirements are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position.

    • Advanced degree (MS or PhD).
    • Experience with nuclear fuel neutronics analysis spectral/lattice codes (CASMO-3, CASMO-4, etc) and core simulator codes (SIMULATE, MICROBURN-B2, etc).
    • French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and/or German language skills.
    • Experience in Lean Six Sigma product/process development in design and engineering.
    • Experience working with engineering workstation computers and LINUX and/or UNIX operating environments.
    • Computer programming/software capabilities and experience in FORTRAN, C/C++, SMALLTALK.




    Sporadic 2% domestic travel. Travel requirements can vary widely depending on the position, experience level, and which BWR customers the employee is working with.


    Framatome is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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