Thermal-Hydraulics Engineer (Engineer I - III)
AREVA - Lynchburg, VA

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AREVA supplies solutions for carbon-free power generation. Its expertise and know-how in this field are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.

As the global nuclear industry leader, AREVA's unique integrated offer to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding considerably in renewable energies - wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and storage - to be one of the top three in this sector worldwide in 2012.

Every day, AREVA's 48,000 employees cultivate the synergies between these two major carbon-free offers, helping to supply safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.

The AREVA Front End Business Group:
The Front End 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.

The Lynchburg Thermal-Hydraulics team (FDWT-AL) directly supports the reactor core design needs for US Region Light Water Reactor PWR commercial operation. The team provides the leading support and co-ordination for reactor core fuel design, licensing, safety analysis, and methods development required to support any current or new commercial PWR reactor design. The team performs a full range of thermal-hydraulic and safety analysis of the commercial fuel and core design. Engineers are involved in establishing thermal-hydraulic safety criteria, including evaluation of critical heat flux during normal operation and transient events; developing thermal-hydraulic code requirements and methods to support the fuel analyses; coordinating thermal-hydraulic testing of new fuel designs; performing thermal-hydraulic analysis of the reactor core to support mechanical analyses, safety analyses and plant operations; participating in reactor licensing and regulatory issue resolution. Lynchburg Thermal-Hydraulics represents an international design team within the AREVA corporate team.

Lynchburg Thermal-Hydraulic engineers are involved in establishing safety criteria, including evaluation of critical heat flux and fuel centerline temperatures during normal operation and transient events; evaluating hydraulic characteristics for the reactor core and fuel; evaluating complex protection system setpoints; performing the core thermal-hydraulic analyses to support Chapter 15 licensing efforts for all reload analyses; maintaining existing TH codes and methodologies as well as developing new ones; evaluating and developing solutions to emerging TH issues on current reload plants; and participating in reactor licensing and regulatory issue resolution. This work supports a variety of core and fuel designs including Westinghouse 3&4 loop, CE, B&W designs, and the latest generation EPR design.

This team interfaces extensively with the Plants organization which performs the NSSS and BOP response analyses.

Job Description:
AREVA is seeking Thermal-Hydraulics Engineers (Engineer I-III) for our Old Forest Road location in Lynchburg, VA.

Responsibilities and duties include:
Performs non-routine and varied engineering assignments typically in areas of design, development, analysis,

evaluation, testing, preparation of specifications, execution of field tasks and resolution of field problems.

Receives minimal assistance and instruction on most assignments and solutions.

Ensures compliance with government, organization and customer engineering standards. Independently evaluates, selects and applies a variety of technical techniques, procedures, and criteria using judgment in making adaptations and modifications.

Continues to develop knowledge of organization processes and customers.

Works on special projects, as directed.

Performs other related duties and tasks, as required.


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 I:
BS in Engineering plus 0 -2 years of engineering experience.

Engineer II:
BS in Engineering plus 2-3 years of engineering experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related exp. (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).

Engineer III:
BS in Engineering plus 3-5 years of engineering experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related exp. (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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

Knowledge of TH reload methods.

Detail and action orientation.

Sporadic (<5%) domestic travel.

We offer competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and flexible work options, as well as a uniquely diverse and unified team of professionals. Our culture supports an environment where employees can continuously learn and gain professional growth through education, exciting projects and career mobility. AREVA recognizes your achievements and excellent performance through various performance incentive, recognition and reward programs. Our commitment is to you, the employee.

Come work in an environment that is driven by integrity, innovation and visionary thinking. Join AREVA today, revolutionize the energy industry and energize your future!



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NORTH AMERICA-United States-Virginia-Lynchburg - OFR


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