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Job Title:  Project Engineer/Reactor Inspector (Resident Inspector Program)
Agency:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Job Announcement Number:  R-I/DRP-2013-0017

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,408.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - King Of Prussia, PA, 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

These positions are in the Division of Reactor Projects or the Division of Reactor Safety.  If you are selected for one of these positions, you will be assigned to the Regional Office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 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 any nuclear power plant/facility in Region I.  To learn more about our locations, visit the NRC website at

Travel Requirements are frequent (40%) while assigned to Regional Office.  Once assigned to a resident office, travel requirements decrease to approximately 10%. 

Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will be paid to the extent allowed by Federal Travel Regulations.

Appointees are subject to a two-year trial period.  Veterans who are preference eligible are subject to a one-year trial period.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to a pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug test.


  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • This is a drug testing position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This position requires a Mobility Agreement.


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If selected for one of these positions, you will perform the full range of Project Engineer/Reactor Inspector (Resident Inspector Program) duties.  Such duties include, but are not limited to:

(1) Participating in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain certification as an NRC Inspector. 

(2) Participating in the assessment of licensee performance of nuclear facilities.

(3) Inspecting licensee activities directly during construction, pre-operation and operation phases.

(4) Performing in-depth inspections at assigned plant(s) during start-up, operation, and decommissioning to ensure compliance with design specifications, conditions of the construction permit or operating license.

(5) Ensuring inspection program completion in accordance with schedules specified in the Inspection Manual or other official documents.  Participating in planning the scope of inspections at assigned plant(s).

(6) Preparing and presenting inspection reports describing findings and conclusions regarding the licensee's safety performance and conformance with NRC requirements, operating license provisions, and applicable industry codes and standards.


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To qualify for these positions, you must meet BOTH basic education/professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels AND the specialized experience requirements outlined below no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.  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 accedited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 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. licensure 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 education and professional knowledge requirements. In the absence of such documentation, you will be rated not qualified. 

In addition to the basic education/knowledge requirements described above, you must possess at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower level.  To meet the basic level of experience for the GG-12 level, you will need 4 years of post bachelor's degree experience or at least 2 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience where you have applied relevant professional engineering disciplines; e.g.,nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical. To meet the basic level of experience for the GG-13 level, you will need 5+ years of post bachelor's degree experience or least 3+ years of post master's degree professional engineering experience where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above. 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IS DEFINED as possessing recent experience associated with the design features and operating characteristics of nuclear reactor facilities - commercial, government, or military. This experience may have been as a power plant operator, in a staff position in operations, or associated with plant operations and must be WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

    1.  Knowledge and experience in applying the theories, principles, and practices of engineering to the design, construction, and/or operation of nuclear power plants by describing substantive experience in applying engineering knowledge to nuclear power plant design, construction, or operation, and/or to inspection of nuclear power plant operations.

   2.  Professional experience with problem identification and resolution by describing instances where problem-solving and conflict resolution skills were demonstrated to be especially effective. Describe experiences in root cause analysis or investigations of equipment or performance problems, or similar analytical studies of operational events, safety deficiencies, or malfunctions. Describe two or three examples of the most complex or controversial problems resolved and how they were approached.  

   3.  The ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. This includes demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with supervisors, Government and industry officials, utility employees and managers, Government committees, co-workers, media personnel, NRC officials and senior managers, as well as the ability to write technical reports containing findings, analyses, and conclusions.

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.


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 to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance 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.


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) 492-3981.  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 will need a favorable education verification, 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.

Geographic mobility is a condition of employment for selection under this announcement. Any applicant selected under this announcement must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the NRC Resident Inspector Relocation Bonus Policy, including signing a Mobility Agreement. The Mobility Agreement will be furnished to selectees at the point of job offer and must be signed at the time the offer is accepted. NOTE THAT THE TOUR LENGTH FOR A RESIDENT INSPECTOR AT A SINGLE SITE IS LIMITED TO SEVEN (7) YEARS BY COMMISSION POLICY. Resident Office Locations and Relocation Incentives: Provided the employee meets all relocation incentive eligibility requirements, at the time of a subsequent qualifying move to/between/from Resident Inspector positions, the following incentive percentages apply to the Region I NRC Resident Office locations indicated:

Beaver Valley Resident Office (Shippingport, PA): 14%

Calvert Cliffs Resident Office (Lusby, MD): 16%

Fitzpatrick Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 19%

Ginna Resident Office (Ontario, NY): 19%

Hope Creek Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ):12%

Indian Point Resident Office (Buchanan, NY): 25%

Limerick Resident Office (Limerick, PA): 12%

Millstone Resident Office (Waterford, CT): 18%

Nine Mile Point Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 19%

Oyster Creek Resident Office (Forked River, NJ): 18%

each Bottom Resident Office (Delta, PA): 10%

Pilgrim Resident Office (Plymouth, MA): 20%

Salem Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ): 12%

Seabrook Resident Office (Seabrook, NH): 20%

Susquehanna Resident Office (Berwick, PA): 9%

Three Mile Island Resident Office (Middletown, PA): 10%

Vermont Yankee Resident Office (Vernon, VT): 22

NOTE: Relocation incentives are based on the employee's total pay including special salary rate and applicable locality adjustment for the grade and step held at the time of the qualifying assignment.

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.


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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 resume, including responding to any vacancy questions, 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 be 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.


Riqueza S. Marziale
Phone: 610-337-5174
Fax: 610-337-5180
Agency Information:
Region I
2100 Renaissance Boulevard
Suite 100
King of Prussia, PA
Fax: 610-337-5180


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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