Structural Engineer
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Rockville, MD

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked among the 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. To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at www.nrc.gov.

This position is located in the Office of New Reactors, Division of Engineering

The supervisors are:

Mohamed Shams, Branch Chief, Structural Engineering Branch 1

Brian Thomas, Branch Chief, Structural Engineering Branch 2.

These positions are Bargaining Unit. Both position requires minimal travel.

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation expenses associated with job offer may be paid.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

DUTIES: The successful candidates will perform the following duties which include but are not limited to:

  • Perform technical evaluations of new reactor applications in the area of structural engineering including wind, tornado, hurricane, seismic analysis and design, concrete and steel containment analysis and design, other seismic Category I concrete and steel structures, and foundation.
  • Perform new reactor construction support including conducting on-site inspections for structures, systems and components, reviewing licensee submittals to satisfy license commitments, conducting vendor inspections, responding to technical assistance requests to disposition inspection findings, and evaluating license amendment requests in the area of structural engineering.
  • Prepare and review Safety Evaluation Reports, Requests for Additional Information, and other documentations to support and document the technical and regulatory bases for technical evaluations and regulatory findings.
  • Use applicable regulations and General Design Criteria, Commission Papers and Staff Requirements Memoranda, Regulatory Guides, and Standard Review Plans as the acceptance criteria and guidelines for technical evaluations.
  • Prepare presentation materials and make presentations on subjects in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Serve as a staff representative in meetings with the public, industry, and with NRC senior officials and prepare and present testimony in Commission hearings.
  • Identify need for contractor support to complement existing resources and expertise necessary to accomplish objectives in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Serve as a technical monitor for technical assistance contracts as well as develop contract documents, provide technical direction to contractors, and monitor contractor performance and expenditures to assure compliance with contract requirements.


  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

    Specialized experience is defined as: independent work on several specific projects and coursework spanning multiple years of experience related to application of structural engineering principles, which may include research, teaching, design and analysis work experience, code development or published technical papers.

    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.

    You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

    Education: knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of structural engineering gained by completion of a bachelor's degree in civil/structural engineering or a combination of education, training and experience that would be eligible for certification through alternative qualification standards.

    The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices in the area of structural engineering related to design, fabrication, construction, analysis, testing, maintenance, and operations of critical facilities.
  • Knowledge of and experience in design of concrete and steel structures, finite element modeling and analysis, static and dynamic structural analysis, seismic analysis and detailing of structures, and construction inspection.
  • Knowledge of and experience in consensus codes and standards associated with the analysis and design of concrete and steel structures.
  • Knowledge of and experience in leading complex technical projects including financial and technical direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate orally and in writing complex information and ideas to a wide range of audiences in a clear and conscious manner.


  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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    BENEFITS: As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.

    OTHER INFORMATION: Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 492-2325. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service. A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145 (b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance. The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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