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Job Opportunity Announcement
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
2443 Warrenville Road
Lisle, Illinois 60532
Title, Series, Grade: Reactor Engineer/Resident Inspector,
Salary Range: GG-11: $67,271.00 - $83,651.00 /year
GG-12: $75,403.00 - $98,022.00 /year
GG-13: $89,664.00 - $116,562.00 /year
Number of available positions: 1 or more
Job Location: Lisle, IL
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as the 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.
These positions are in the Division of Reactor Projects, Region III. If you are selected for one of
these positions, you will likely be assigned to the Regional Office in Lisle, Illinois 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 III (the Upper Midwest). To learn more about our
locations, visit the NRC website at www.nrc.gov.
The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for
these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC
position subject to random drug testing.
Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires. A transferable
security clearance from another Federal 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 are 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
Veterans preference eligibles subject to 1-year trial period.
Travel requirements: 40% while assigned to RIII Office; 10% after assigned to site.
• During first 12 – 18 months of employment, participates in formal classroom training and
other developmental activities to gain certification as an NRC Inspector.
• Conducts periodic baseline inspections at reactor facilities to observe management and
organizational controls, procedures, and practices of licensees and the impact on, or
relation to safety of operations; and assess compliance with license provisions, orders,
and NRC rules and regulations. Plans and prepares for the scope of an assigned
inspection to obtain sufficient information through direct observation and verification of
• Performs miscellaneous technical and administrative duties in support of the inspection
program and mission of the branch.
• Assists the Branch Chief or Project Engineer in the handling of allegations and tracking
of the status of allegations. Performs inspections and supporting investigations
associated with the allegation.
• Ensures inspection program completion in accordance with schedules specified in the
Inspection Manual or other official documents. Participates in planning the scope of
inspections at assigned plant(s). Prepares and presents 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
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.
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).
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
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 grade level (GG-09).
To meet the level of experience for the GG-11 level, you will need 3 years of post bachelor's
degree experience or at least 1 year of post master's degree professional engineering experience
where you have applied professional engineering disciplines (e.g., nuclear, electrical,
mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical).
To meet the 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 as identified above.
To meet the 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.
Applicants must have recent experience associated with nuclear materials and/or nuclear
power 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.
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
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 III NRC Resident Office locations indicated:
Braidwood Resident Office (Braidwood, IL): 13%
Byron Resident office (Byron, IL): 9%
Clinton Resident Office (Clinton, IL): 15%
D.C. Cook Resident Office (Bridgman, MI): 13%
Davis-Besse Resident Office (Oak Harbor, OH): 19%
Dresden Resident Office (Morris, IL): 13%
Duane Arnold Resident Office (Palo, IA): 14%
Fermi Resident Office (Newport, MI): 20%
Kewaunee Resident Office (Kewaunee, WI): 14%
LaSalle Resident Office (Seneca, IL): 13%
Monticello Resident office (Monticello, MN): 22%
Palisades Resident Office (South Haven, MI): 13%
Perry Resident Office (Perry, OH): 20%
Point Beach Resident Office (Two Rivers, WI): 14%
Prairie Island Resident Office (Red Wing, MN): 22%
Quad Cities Resident Office (Cordova, IL): 14%
NOTE: Relocation incentives are based on the employee's total pay including special salary rate
and applicable locality adjustment for the grade and step help at the time of the qualifying
• Must be a veteran eligible for a VRA appointment or a disabled veteran eligible for a
30% or more disabled veteran appointment.
• More information on eligibility requirements for these special hiring authorities is
available on www.fedshirevets.gov
• Many positions may require relocation where relocations expenses will not be paid
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• If selected for an interview must be available for an interview in Chicago, IL
How to Apply:
Please forward your resume, cover letter and required documents by close of business, August
24, 2010, to: R3HR.Resource@nrc.gov or fax to 630-515-1278. Subject line should read:
American Legion Hiring Fair - Reactor Engineer/Resident Inspector, GG-0840-11/12/13.
Include name of position, series and grade in your cover letter or resume.
To be considered for this position under VRA you must:
• be in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or
• be a disabled veteran, OR
• be in receipt of an Armed forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation,
• be a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years), AND
• have been separated or discharged under honorable conditions (this means an honorable
or general discharge), you are VRA eligible.
To be considered for this position under a 30% or More Disabled Veteran appointment, you
• be retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30%
or more; OR
• have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable service-
connected disability of 30% or more, AND
• have been separated or discharged under honorable conditions.
To be considered for this position under a Schedule A Special Hiring Authority:
• a person must meet the definition for being disabled. The person must have a severe
physical, cognitive, or emotional disability; have a history of having such disability; or be
perceived as having such disability; AND
• must obtain a certification letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office or the
Department of Veterans Affairs to be eligible for appointment under these special
The NRC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities
where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301)-415-2294. Reasonable
accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
All eligible and qualified candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other