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Reactor/Refueling Operations Engineer, Entry

Charleston, SC, US

  • Charleston, SC, US
  • 2023-08-29 13:00:14
  • Engineering & Science
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About Us

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory comprises the U.S. Department of Energy locations and personnel responsible for developing advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology, providing technical support to ensure the safety and reliability of our nation’s naval nuclear reactors, and training the Sailors who operate those reactors in the U.S. Navy’s submarines and aircraft carrier Fleets. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory includes the Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, and the Naval Reactors Facility which have proudly supported the nation since 1946. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory has nearly 8,000 employees working at primary locations in Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, and Idaho. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory also has an established presence at numerous shipyards and vendor locations around the globe. We are dedicated solely to the support of the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory is operated by Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Job Description

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Entry Level Reactor/Refueling Operations Training Engineer to join our team in beautiful Goose Creek, SC!


The Reactor/Refueling Operations Training Engineer trains Naval personnel to be nuclear plant operators utilizing reactors and state-of-the-art simulators.  It is an accelerated leadership development opportunity in one of the most prestigious programs in the world.  This unique position provides hands-on nuclear plant operations experience while building a repertoire of leadership skills.  Individuals will lead Naval students in a training environment to fulfill the mission of the program, to train sailors on the fundamental principles of safe nuclear operations which prepares them for service on submarines and aircraft carriers.  The impact of this leadership position is to ensure that the nuclear powered fleet is fully staffed with the best trained operators in the world.  Individuals in this position will qualify as a nuclear plant supervisor providing participants with an opportunity to combine technical skills with interpersonal skills. 

While assigned to the Moored Training Ships, as a trainee and staff instructor, rotating shift work is required.  In addition to advanced development opportunities, this position offers incentive bonuses and while working rotating shift work a rotating shift pay differential. 


The Reactor Operations Training Engineer will complete technical training and plant qualification responsibilities in an expeditious manner.  The initial qualification is a 15-month training program.  The first six months consists of classroom instruction conducted by Navy instructors at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.  The subjects include Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Radiological Fundamentals, Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Chemistry, Materials, Physics, Reactor Dynamics, and Reactor Plant Operations.  The remaining nine months consists of on-the-job training, including some classroom and small group instructions, at the Moored Training Ships Site.  Upon qualification as a nuclear plant supervisor, the Reactor Operations Training Engineer will continue with advanced qualifications and technical training along with their duties as an instructor.

Required Combination of Knowledge and Skill

  • BS degree in engineering or Bachelor's degree in a science related field from an accredited college or university required.


Additional Requirements:

  • Strong academic record, minimum 3.2 grade point average
  • Leadership abilities
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work a rotational shift assignment
  • U. S. Citizen
  • Ability to obtain U.S. Department of Energy security clearance

Preferred Skills

  • BS Degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Marine Engineering, Radiation Health Engineering, Engineering Physics or Physics
  • Previous naval nuclear power experience (EOOW or SRE)
  • Strong academics in core engineering courses (e.g., calculus, thermodynamics, electrical/electronics, physics, materials, dynamics, statics, chemistry)
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a shipboard/prototype and instructional environments (e.g., express ideas in a clear, concise and logical manner; impart technical knowledge in an instructional environment; ability to provide clear and understandable verbal orders (face-to-face and over an announcing system) in a shipboard/prototype environment and casualty situations
  • Teaming (able to effectively work with a diverse group of personnel, including Navy, professional, and represented/union personnel)
  • Problem solving (adept at applying academic skills/knowledge to solve practical technical problems)
  • Action oriented (e.g., accepts challenges; can-do/proactive approach; self-critical)
  • Sustained performance in high pressure situations 
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in guiding individuals and groups
  • Good time management skills

Compensation and Benefits

Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage 
401(k) Savings Program 
Capital Accumulation Plan 
Personal & Medical Time Off 
Paid Parental Leave 
Disability, Life and Accident Insurance 
9/80 Work Schedule 
Flexible Start/End Times 
Wellness Rewards Program 
Flexible Spending Accounts 
Tuition Assistance for Eligible Employees
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
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Pay Range

$64,500 - $96,700 annually
Please note that the salary information shown is a general guideline only. 
Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

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. FMP is a government contractor and maintains a drug free workplace and workforce. All candidates must be able to pass a drug test in compliance with FMP company policy and 10 CFR 707. Federal regulation requires FMP test for marijuana. Fluor Marine Propulsion is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Veterans/Disabilities) Committed to Workplace Diversity

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