Senior Engineer – Plant I&C Systems Design

Company Details

GE Power Portfolio

Job Description Summary

Focus in both safety-related reactor protection {Safety Class 1 (SC1)}, regulatory treatment of non- safety systems (RTNSS) {SC2} or plant investment protection (PIP) {SC3}, and key nonsafety-related balance of plant (BOP) systems for; advanced light water reactor (ALWR), advanced liquid metal reactor (ALMR), or advanced high temperature gas reactor (AHTGR) for commercial nuclear power plants and test facilities.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Prepare designs for; 1) safety-related (S-R) reactor protection systems {Safety Class 1 (SC1)} [e.g.; neutron monitoring (NMS), reactor trip (RTS), emergency core cooling (ECCS), engineered safety features (ESF), isolation functions], 2) augmented quality assurance regulatory treatment of non- safety systems (RTNSS) {SC2} [e.g.; diverse actuation or protection, reactivity control rod, steam bypass and pressure], 3) plant investment protection (PIP) systems {SC3} [e.g.; anticipatory trip (ATS), feedwater level, reactor water cleanup / shutdown cooling, fuel and auxiliary pool cooling, leak detection and isolation], and 4) key nonsafety-related (NSR) balance of plant (BOP) systems [e.g.; service water, instrument air compressors, AC or DC electric load groups, diesel generators, heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC)].
  • Develop designs informed by the selection of diverse portfolio of applicable I&C systems hardware or software technology platform or equipment examples of which may be; 1) S-R/SC1 with GEH NUMAC for NMS, RTS, ECCS/ESF, 2) RTNSS/SC2 with Curtiss-Wright Modern Analog Safety System (MASS) or Lockheed Martin Discrete Logic Solving System (DLSS), 3) PIP/SC3 and NSR with GE Mark* VIe Distributed Control System (DCS) + ToolBoxST + ControlST + CIMPLICITY + Virtual Controller solution.
  • Perform, lead, or manage design and related technical scope from early front end engineering design (FEED) or Conceptual, to Preliminary or Intermediate, thru Detailed or Final Design including successful completion of nuclear regulatory design certification or plant licensing as well as procurement packages and hand-off to suppliers for implementation all applicable system, and component requirements; interfaces, function, performance, design assurance process, qualification, standards, regulatory guidance, certification or licensing commitments, technical contract, human factors, safety hazards, reliability, cyber security, etc.
  • Provide rigorous and invasive technical oversight of supplier implementation from hand-off thru Procurement thru Construction to successful commercial operations date (COD).
  • Prepare and maintain plans, procedures, guides, reports for; nuclear regulator design certification or licensing including inspection, test, or analysis and acceptance criteria (ITAAC), procurement, qualification, test, installation, operations and maintenance.
  • Prepare and maintain system design requirements, specifications, documentation, and related detailed design artifacts such as:
    • Static documents, drawings, databases, tabular lists using digital tools; functions, algorithms, set points, equipment and instrument characteristics and configurations, electrical and heat loads, physical layout or placement in rooms, buildings, structures,
    • Static diagrams using digital tools; context, functional block, sequential flow, ladder logic, digital logic, inter-connection wiring, electrical schematic, data communication and networking,
    • Dynamic physics and logic simulation design and analysis models using digital tools.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to define and achieve functional, performance, reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) targets using design for six sigma (DFSS), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) and related modern techniques.
  • Collaborate with system supplier implementation teams to develop, perform, and review unit, module, system, and integration test plans, procedures, and reports including; factory acceptance test (FAT), multi-system (MFAT), site acceptance test (SAT), construction, pre-operational (POT), and start-up tests (SUT).
  • Rigorous change and configuration management using digital tools.
  • Establish productive working relationships with; product and project management, support functions, Architect Engineer (A/E), Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) partner(s), and suppliers.
  • Prepare detailed work plans covering scope, labor budget, and schedule.
  • Ensure deliverables are on-spec., on-budget, and on-schedule.
  • Ensure compliance with GEH internal processes, certification and licensing commitments, standards and regulations, and customer requirements.
  • Support LEAN Six Sigma, continuous process improvement, and cost-out programs.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring in a team environment to deliver with integrity, safety and security, quality, then output – Champion the nuclear culture.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering for Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear, Computer Science or Technology, Software or Systems or Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, or equivalent 4 year technical degree.
  • 10 year experience in heavy industries such as; nuclear, power, process, marine, oil & gas, military, aerospace, medical, or pharmaceutical.
  • 10 year experience preparing system design requirements, specifications, documentation, and related detailed design artifacts using digital tools such as; drawings, databases, tabular lists covering functions, algorithms, set points, equipment and instrument characteristics and configurations, electrical and heat loads, physical layout or placement in rooms, buildings, structures.
  • 10 year experience preparing diagrams using digital tools such as; context, functional block, sequential flow, ladder logic, digital logic, inter-connection wiring, electrical schematic, data communication and networking.
  • 10 year experience using either:
    • IEC Standards 60xxx, 61xxx and 62xxx series, OR
    • IEEE Standards 603, 7-4.3.2, 828, 829, 830, 1008, 1012, 1028, 1042, and 1074.
  • 10 year experience with excellent PC as well as productivity software [e.g.; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Visio].
  • 10 year experience in design, application, requisition, or field engineering in a combination of NSR plant control and monitoring or similar systems such as; service water, instrument air, AC electric load groups, diesel generators, DC load groups with uninterruptible power supply (UPS), battery and charger, and HVAC.
  • 7 year experience in design, application, requisition, or field engineering in a combination of RTNSS/SC2 or PIP/SC3 control and monitoring or similar systems such as; diverse actuation, reactivity rod control, steam bypass and pressure control, feedwater level, reactor water cleanup and shutdown cooling, fuel and auxiliary pool cooling, and component closed cooling water.
  • 5 year experience in design, application, requisition, or field engineering in a combination of S-R/SC1 protection and monitoring or similar systems such as; NMS, RTS, ECCS/ESF, containment leak detection and isolation.
  • 5 year experience using digital tools preparing dynamic physics and logic simulation design and analysis models.
  • 5 year experience with application, requisition, or field engineering in a combination of mid-tier programmable logic controllers (PLC) or top-tier DCS used in complex, real-time operating systems involving software intensive instrumentation, data acquisition, control, monitoring, automation, robotic, scientific experimental or technology demonstrator systems.

Desired Characteristics

  • Master of Science in Engineering for Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear, Computer Science or Technology, Software or Systems or Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, etc.
  • Professional Engineer – Control Systems by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
  • PMI/PMP or MBA.
  • Senior Reactor Operator (SRO).
  • Experience in nuclear analog and digital instrumentation, control and monitoring with detailed knowledge in safety-related systems, hardware, software, theory of operation, mulation, s, detailed design, with be rfacing systems such as; control rod drive (CRD), rod block monitor (RBM), rod worth min instrument set point and calibration methodologies, equipment environmental, seismic qualification (EQ) testing and field services or plant start-ups.
  • Experience in nuclear regulatory affairs as well as design certification and licensing processes in accordance with either international [e.g.; IAEA, UK Office of Nuclear Regulation] or US NRC laws, rules, general design criteria (GDC), regulatory guidance (RG), staff requirement memorandum (SRM), interim staff guidance (ISG), branch technical positions (BTP), information notices (IN).
  • Experience in DCS, or PLC application, deployment and support engineering of complex, high reliability, harsh environment, real time operating digital systems preferably microprocessor based involving single point failure criterion, dual-triple-quad redundancy, signal acquisition, data processing, inter-networking, separation, human factors, safety hazards, reliability, simulation, cyber security requirements, using modern platforms [e.g.; GE Mark-VIe/ControlST, Westinghouse CommonQ, Emerson Ovation or DeltaV, Schneider Foxboro I/A or Triconex TRICON, Siemens System7 or TelepermXP, Allen-Bradley].
  • Experience using modern digital engineering collaboration and design tools such as:
    • Content creation [e.g.; Confluence/Atlassian],
    • Requirements management [e.g.; DOORS-NextGen/IBM],
    • Diagram and drawing [e.g.; Visio/Microsoft, Autocad/Autodesk],
    • Design and analysis simulation [e.g.; Easy5/MSC, Simulink-MATLAB/MathWorks, Mathcad/PTC, 3KeyMaster/WSC],
    • Change, configuration, document and bill of material (BOM) management [e.g.; ENOVIA/Dassault-Systemes].
  • Clear thinker, detail oriented, insightful, quantitative, results oriented – Able to make reasoned, sound, and timely decisions.
  • Exceptional technical writing.
  • Strong verbal communication and facilitating skills for technical and business audiences.
  • Able and willing to take ownership and responsibility for scoping, planning, prioritizing, scheduling, budgeting, action tracking, monitoring, corrective actions, reporting, etc.
  • Self-starter with energy and positive “Can-Do” attitude – Proven track record of producing quality deliverables on specification, budget, and schedule in a fast passed environment.
  • Team player with cross- discipline and matrixed functional skills and experience.
  • Able to handle multiple concurrent assignments and priorities.
  • Adaptive with continuous learning and improvement “mindset” with an ability to identify, influence, and implement better ways to do an activity or process
  • Working knowledge, skill, and experience using Agile or LEAN, define, measure, analyze, improve, control (DMAIC), design for six sigma (DFSS), design for reliability (DFR), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), design to cost (DTC), and new product introduction (NPI) techniques and tools.

The salary range for this position is $104-165k. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location. In addition, this position is eligible for a performance bonus.

Available health and welfare benefits include healthcare, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage; savings account options (such as a Health Care Flexible Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account); and an employee assistance program. Additional benefits include a defined contribution 401(k) plan, employee life insurance, optional dependent life insurance, employee accidental death or dismemberment insurance coverage, salary continuance program benefits for disability, optional long-term disability, pre-tax transportation/commuter program, paid holidays, paid time off, parental leave, a layoff plan for salaried employees, tuition reimbursement program, use of Cariloop, adoption assistance, optional identity theft prevention insurance, optional personal legal assistance, and optional personal excess liability insurance.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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