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Nuclear Engineer - Safety

Location: Poway
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world's leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS' expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an exciting position for a Nuclear Safety Engineer to support our Nuclear Technologies and Materials (NTM) division in San Diego, CA. Under general supervision with limited review, this position is responsible for determining and analyzing reactor thermal designs and safety to develop advanced core design technical and engineering solutions to meet challenging requirements for the GA-EMS Fast Modular Reactor.


  • Work is reviewed at milestones or completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
  • Provides practical support solutions to technical engineering problems in reactor thermal and safety design and operation to support startup, full power operation, shutdown, and accident response on the nuclear reactor core and supporting heat transfer systems.
  • Documents findings and communicates reports and technical presentations at engineering meetings, and participates in program reviews.
  • Provides support to other less experienced staff members working on engineering analyses for thermal/fluids analysis, nuclear systems evaluations and core/assembly analysis.
  • Supports future NTM engineering needs and the modifications required to accomplish technical goals.
  • Addresses technical issues utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles to ensure accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of work.
  • May assume technical and engineering responsibility for the success of key projects.
  • Is the focal point for technical communication within the Company management and may represent the Company as a technical contact to customers and/or government regulatory agencies.
  • May coordinate segments of a specific project and may have frequent inter-organization and customer contact on technical issues.
  • Provides direction to design or technical staff and may provide direction to less experienced professional staff.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Works in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
    Job Qualifications:
    • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelors degree or two or more years of experience with a masters degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.Must have a complete understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
    • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
    • Must have excellent communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one engineering area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.
    • Must possess general based knowledge of reactor design and some specialized knowledge of nuclear safety analysis during startup, operation, and accidents which should include some of the following:
      • Thermal/Fluids analysis - systems analysis and evaluations of thermal-fluid systems including active and passive residual heat removal systems
      • Nuclear systems evaluations - steady state operation, reactivity transients, loss of flow and loss of coolant evaluations and protection systems response.
      • Radiological dose assessment - radiation dose assessment from direct, inhalation, and ingestion pathways
      • Core/Assembly analysis - reactor core, fuel assembly and fuel rod/plate analysis, fuel temperature evaluation, radiative heat transfer, and pressure loss evaluation.
      • Computer code expertise including MACCS, RELAP, TRACE, MELCOR and ANSYS/FLUENT
      • Able to work extended hours as required.
      • Prior experience operating a research, test, US Navy, or commercial nuclear reactor is desirable.
      • A Professional Engineering License is desirable.
      • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD Security Clearance. A DoD Secret level clearance is desirable.
      • US Citizenship is required.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Poway , Nuclear Engineer - Safety, Engineering , Poway, California

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