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Duke Energy Nuclear Engineer I or Nuclear Engineer II – Nuclear Fuels – Fuel Mechanical Performance (FMP) in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Are you ready to embark on a rewarding career, as a nuclear professional, helping Duke Energy achieve a clean energy future? Duke Energy’s 11 operating nuclear reactors make Duke a clean energy leader in the electricity generation industry. The Nuclear Fuels Engineering (NFE) department is seeking candidates who are passionate about nuclear energy’s role in a clean energy future. Duke’s NFE department is unique in the industry by owning and performing in-house methods and analysis for nearly all aspects of the fuel cycle, from contracting fuel supply to long term storage of spent fuel. Duke Energy is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, a growing and vibrant city in the Carolinas. Candidates have the opportunity to work from Duke’s brand new, state-of-the-art, headquarters building, with on-site dining and a fitness facility. For those that prefer a suburban or rural lifestyle, we offer the flexibility to work from our nearby nuclear sites at attractive locations such as Lake Norman, NC or Lake Wylie, SC. All our office locations are easy driving distance to the ocean or the mountains, making Charlotte an ideal location for your next home.

Job Description:

Fuel Mechanical Performance is part of the Nuclear Fuels Engineering Division (NFE) centralized at Duke Energy’s General Office in Charlotte.  The Fuel Mechanical Performance (FMP) group is responsible for several overlapping areas of responsibility: fuel mechanical and thermal analyses, plant support of nuclear fuel related issues, and nuclear fuel fabrication/manufacturing engineering oversight and quality assurance.

This position requires highly motivated individuals to solve complex analytical problems and plant support issues.  Due to the diversity of assignments within the Fuel Mechanical Performance group, a continuous learning aptitude is required along with the willingness to assume various roles to levelized resources; specifically, to learn and fill roles on the analysis and plant support sides of FMP achieving proficiency and versatility in both. This position also requires performance within a team-oriented environment that is very supplier and customer focused thus placing a premium on well-developed communication and collaboration skills.

Group Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide engineering/technical expertise and guidance in the identification, analysis and resolution of routine problems in area of fuel mechanical performance.

  • Assist in the accomplishment of business goals and objectives through effective planning, organizing, estimating, scheduling, and monitoring of work activities with the collaboration of higher-level employees or management.

  • Prepare thorough and accurate technical reports, correspondence, documentation, calculations and sketches associated with the resolution of routine technical problems.

  • Support the company's goals and represent the company positively and professionally.

  • Perform a variety of complex fuel rod mechanical analyses (rod internal pressure, fuel melt, cladding corrosion, etc.) using NRC approved methodologies.

  • Perform crud and corrosion risk analyses using industry standard methods, tools, and software.

  • Plan and support new and irradiated fuel examinations and characterization.

  • Review fuel design and manufacturing process changes and approve/reject.

  • Develop fuel and core component design specifications.

  • Perform core component management and lifetime analyses and tracking.

  • Ensure high quality, conforming, fuel and components are delivered to the plants on time, within specifications, while holding the manufacturers to the requisite rigor in processes and procedures.

  • Accommodate emergent work and effectively multi-task while keeping management informed and in agreement with shifting priorities.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other groups within NFE, Plant Engineering, Operations, and vendors and sub-suppliers.

  • Participate in technical training activities such as attending technical seminars, computer code training, group specific training classes, and industry technical/strategic meetings.

Depending upon the desired qualifications of the successful applicant, the hiring manager may elect to fill this position at a higher level within the job hierarchy.

Basic / Required Qualifications

Nuclear Engineer I: This is the entry level of the Engineering classification hierarchy. Employees at this entry level solve problems in engineering areas of the Fuel Mechanical group with close supervision. Incumbents are expected to develop skills, and the ability to work with greater independence as they acquire increasing knowledge of fundamental concepts, processes, and procedures.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program.

  • A Master 's degree in Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

  • 0-2 years of engineering experience.

Nuclear Engineer II: Employees at this level solve problems in engineering areas of the Fuel Mechanical group with variable supervision depending on the incumbent’s demonstrated proficiency with a given task and the task complexity and risks. Incumbents have developed the skills and ability to work with greater independence as they continue acquiring increasing knowledge of fuel performance concepts, processes, and procedures.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program.

  • A Master 's degree in Nuclear or Mechanical Engineering will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

  • 2-4 years of engineering experience.

  • Minimum of 1 year of nuclear experience.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable) Yes

Represented/Union Position No

Visa Sponsored Position No

Posting Expiration Date

Friday, October 13, 2023

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

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