Principal Electrical Engineer
Bechtel Bettis - Niskayuna, NY

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Selected applicants will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. U.S. citizenship is required.

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
For more than 60 years Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), as part of the Naval Reactors Program, has been at the forefront of technological and operational innovation. We have a proud tradition of producing reactor plants for submarines and surface ships that provide unprecedented endurance and power. We also train the sailors who operate those plants. We are a program with cutting edge technology, high technical standards and integrity. If you are interested in a challenging career and working with some of the finest technical people in the country, then explore your future with the Naval Reactors Program. We know that you will consider many factors when choosing where to work. The Naval Reactors Program has much to offer, including the opportunity to work with some of the brightest engineers, scientists and professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Our management team will challenge you to apply your skills, learn new things and grow professionally and personally.

Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer - Experienced/ Principal

Positions are currently available for instrumentation and control system engineers to design, test, deploy, and support Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems for both the existing and next generation reactor plants. These I&C systems perform reactor protection and control safety critical functions, demanding the highest degree of quality and reliability. Typical roles and responsibilities will include:
  • being the subject matter expert on design, operation and maintenance of your assigned system
  • defining system level requirements for design changes/modifications to your assigned system
  • reviewing vendor's detailed design to ensure system requirements are being fulfilled
  • developing, evaluating and testing I&C concepts for next generation applications
  • laboratory testing of equipment to verify technical adequacy and ensure robustness of design
  • supporting the training of Navy personnel on the design, operation, and maintenance of the assigned system
  • providing emergent support to troubleshoot and resolve issues associated with your assigned system in a timely manner
  • developing technical and programmatic recommendations/reports usually requiring the integration across multiple technical disciplines
  • working on diverse assignments that support career growth

Required Skills
  • BS degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university and a minimum of nine years of relevant experience; or
  • MS degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university and a minimum of seven years of relevant experience. With specific course work and experience in one or more of the following areas: microprocessor based equipment, control systems, or hardware/software development.

Preferred Skills
Demonstrated ability to coordinate/direct the work of others.

Demonstrated ability to mentor/develop junior engineers.

Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot instrumentation and control equipment issues.

Demonstrated ability to program manage own work as well as efforts involving multiple organizations across the with little guidance from management.

Demonstrated ability to work on complex systems with little precedence developing original technical documents (e.g. operating and maintenance procedures, acceptance test procedures, special engineering tests, functional requirements etc)

Previous experience in developing and deploying control and instrumentation systems using quality processes (e.g. Phase development, RMS, PPS-68, SQCL)

Ability to articulate technical ideas in a clear and concise manner and/or demonstarted ability to investigate root cause and apply lessons learned.

Previous power plant engineering experience.

Previous experience as a field engineer at a reactor plant contractor's office in a shipyard or reactor plant operations experience (prototype or US Nuclear Naval experience).

US Government Security Clearance helpful (DOE, DOD or other)

About Us

Bettis Laboratory and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory are operated for the Department of Energy by Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation. The Bettis and KAPL Laboratories, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Niskayuna, New York, respectively, develop naval nuclear propulsion systems. Our team of over 6,000 people design the world’s most technologically advanced reactor plants and systems, and we support the U.S. fleet of nuclear-powered ships. The Laboratories train enlisted and officer propulsion plant operators at the Charleston, SC and West Milton, NY facilities and operate a one-of-a-kind reactor core examination facility in Idaho Falls, ID.

All candidates must be U.S. citizens. Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.

BMPC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Workforce Diversity.

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