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Job Title:  Project Engineer (RI-DP)
Agency:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Job Announcement Number:  R-IV/DRP-2013-0005

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$86,489.00 to $112,434.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies - Arlington, TX, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens. Veterans, please visit:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a 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

This position is located in the Division of Reactor Projects
Supervisor: Various
This position is Bargaining Unit
This position requires up to 30% travel.
Relocation expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • This position has a Mobility Argeement.


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As a Project Engineer (RI-DP), you will participate in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain certification as an NRC Inspector. You will participate in the assessment of licensee performance of nuclear facilities; you will perform direct inspections of licensee activities during operation phases. You will performs in-depth inspections at assigned plant during startup, operation, and decomissioning to assure compliance with design specifications, the conditions of the construction permit or operating license. In carrying out assigned responsibilities, the incumbent ensures that the inspection program is completed in accordance with schedules specified in the Inspection Manual or other official documents. Incumbent will participate in planning the scope of inspections at assigned plants. You will prepare inspection reports that describe findings made and conclusions regarding the licensee's safety performance and conformance with NRC requirements, provisions of operating licenses, and applicable industry codes and standards. You will makes recommendations based on licensee performance as to the need for licensing and regulatory action.


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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 includes experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering. You must also be familiar with nuclear industry standards, rules and regulations and be able to apply them. You must also have recent experience associated with nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and testing that demonstrates knowledge of basic nuclear technology, operating safety procedures, radiological safety, codes, standards and procedures. This ability must have been gained through commercial, government, or military nuclear experience.

The ideal candidate for this position should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities: (1) Knowledge of nuclear power plant operations, systems, procedures, and integrated facility operations. (2) Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution. (3) Demonstrated ability to evaluate activities and events, develop inspection findings, and evaluate adequacy of corrective actions. (4) Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.

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.

BASIC EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS: Regardless of the grade level of the vacancy, candidates for Federal Government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements. Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses COMBINED WITH at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance. Note: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. licence or EIT examination results, as discussed above). More detailed information about these alternatives for meeting the knowledge requirements for Federal professional engineering jobs are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website:

Note: It is your responsibility to furnish documentation that you meet the basic education and professional knowledge requirements; in the absence of such documentation, you will be rated not qualified.

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.


Any applicant selected for this position must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the agency's resident inspector relocation bonus policy, including signing a mobility agreement.

Selectee will be assigned to work in the Region IV Office in Arlington, Texas, pending completion of the inspector training and qualification process. Upon completion of such training,you could be reassigned, without further competition, to a resident inspector position at one of the Region IV nuclear power plants/facility. To learn more about our locations, visit the NRC website at


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, a description of how you possess the specialized experience, as well as how you meet the qualifications stated as "the ideal candidate".

If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have 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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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.


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) 301-492-2256. 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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Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated and requests for extensions WILL NOT granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.

You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position. To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.


List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available. If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or

2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc; or

3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.


Keisa Lankford
Phone: 817-200-1551
Fax: 817-200-1585
TDD: 817-200-1512
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
1600 E. Lamar Blvd.
Region IV - Human Resources Staff
Arlington, TX
Fax: 817-200-1585


You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJoBs and selecting "Application Status."

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