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Nuclear Fuels Engineer I - V


Brownville, NE, US, 68321-0098

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Nuclear Fuels Engineer I - V located at Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, Nebraska.  Position closes December 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 

This position will report to Reactor & Fuels Engineering Supervisor.

Position Summary

Cooper Nuclear Station is looking for an experienced Nuclear Fuels Engineer.  The amount of desired experience is at least 4 years as a Nuclear Fuels Engineer or BWR Reactor Engineer.


Working at CNS as a Fuels Engineer is more diverse than most other positions in the industry.  CNS Fuels Engineers work at the site in the Fuels and Reactor Engineering group, so they are closer to actual plant operations as compared to working at corporate offices or fuel vendors.  The Nuclear Fuels Engineers perform all nuclear fuel related tasks versus being limited to specific fields.


This position may be assigned to a position within the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) that requires response to the station when an emergency is declared. Assignment to one of these positions and a condition of continued employment will be the ability to arrive at the station to perform ERO responsibilities within 45 minutes of notification of an emergency.


Note:  Level I to Level V Engineer is considered a progression and is approved by the appropriate manager.  Engineering positions are managed under the NPPD Nuclear Engineering Career Path document. 



Education, Training and Experience

Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering (ABET Accredited). 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • BWR Fuel and Core design:  CNS designs its own bundles and core loadings which is then handed over to the fuel vendor for licensing analysis.  This leads to a better in-depth understanding of how a BWR core is best designed and operated.
  • Studsvik computer methods:  CNS extensively uses the CASMO/SIMULATE code system for both design and operational support.  If you are an expert in these systems or want to become an expert in using this system, CNS is the place for you.
  • GNF computer methods:  During the core design phase, CNS performs designs in both the Studsvik methods and GNF methods. IBUNDL/PANCEA and other analysis codes are used to ensure that any bundle and core designs work in both methods.
  • Core reload process:  CNS Fuels engineering is the lead on the entire 22 month process for developing the next core reload.  This includes project management, preliminary and final bundle and core designs, overseeing vendor licensing analysis, and accepting the design in the engineering change process. CNS has a specialized engineering change process for documenting new core reloads.  Qualified experience in plant modification process (IP-ENG-001) and design verification processes is a plus.
  • Operational support: Since CNS Fuels engineers are on-site, they directly support plant operation through rod pattern development, estimate critical position calculations, Core monitoring system updates, etc.
  • Vendor Technical oversight: CNS Fuels Engineering leads and over sees the engineering products generated by the fuel vendor.  This work is performed to ensure that the vendor remains in their processes and within the licensing basis of the plant. Knowledge of fuel vendor processes is a plus.
  • Manufacturing oversight: CNS Fuels engineering leads and over sees the manufacture of each fuel bundle build campaign.  Will spend time at the fuel vendor facilities understanding and ensuring that the fuel vendor builds the best quality bundles.

If you want to broaden your experience and be part of the buy, build, burn, and bury of nuclear fuel, CNS wants to talk with you. At CNS, you will gain experience in all the above areas to become a full service BWR Fuels Engineer.


Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Engineer   I, Exempt Pay Grade 12:  $6,017 to $7,599

Engineer  II, Exempt Pay Grade 13:  $6,748 to $8,523

Engineer III, Exempt Pay Grade 14:  $7,674 to $9,883

Engineer IV, Exempt Pay Grade 15:  $8,805 to $11,340

Engineer  V, Exempt Pay Grade 16:  $10,102  to $13,010


Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical,  hybrid work schedule once trained, training opportunities, and more.


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
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