Engineer I - BWR Netronics Reload Design & Analysis - RS/RCH/July 2019
Richland, WA

About $72,000 - $92,000 a year

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The Fuel Business Group combines activities associated with the conversion and enrichment of uranium and with the design and fuel production for nuclear reactors. The production capacities of the Group, one of the world's leaders in the sector, are undergoing modernization.

Framatome Fuel Engineering directly supports the reactor core design needs for US Region Light Water Reactor BWR commercial operation. Framatome Fuel Engineering will provide the leading support and coordination for reactor core fuel management development, design, licensing, safety analysis and methods development required to support any commercial BWR reactor design.

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, Neutronics Richland interfaces with the fuel manufacturing plant, which is also located in Richland.

Job Description:
Framatome is seeking an Engineer I 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, support of the BWR online core monitoring system (POWERPLEX-XD), 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.

Required Skills

Required Experience

All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering completed by start date. Candidates with an advanced degree and/or experience may be considered for a higher level position. (Candidate are REQUIRED to attach a copy of their unofficial academic transcript in order to be considered for this opportunity.)
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.)
Experience working with engineering workstation computers and LINUX and/or UNIX operating environments.

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

Advanced degree (MS or PhD).
Work experience in the areas of neutronics / physics and/or thermal hydraulics design of BWR nuclear fuel assemblies and core reloads.
Experience with BWR 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.
Computer programming/software capabilities and experience in FORTRAN, C/C++, SMALLTALK.

This opportunity is in Richland, Washington

Richland is located in the Columbia River basin in southeastern Washington a few hours east of Seattle. After work, the Richland, Kennewick, Pasco Tri-cities area offers a variety of water sports and fabulous fishing. A short drive puts you in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. With very little rainfall annually, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Join your co-workers in a Habitat for Humanity build, join a sports league or enjoy one of the unique restaurants in the area.

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.