Nuclear Engineer (Deputy Director, Commissioned Submarine Systems)

US Department of Energy - Washington, DC4.1

This position is located under the Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors, National Nuclear Security Administration. The Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors is also the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and the Deputy Commander, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command. Responsibilities for this Program area are contained in Executive Order 12344 of 1 February 1982, which is codified in 42 U.S.C. §7158 and 50 U.S.C. §§ 2401 and 2406.

As the Deputy Director, Commissioned Submarine Systems, you will:

Act as the Deputy Director, Commissioned Submarine Systems with full authority in his/her absence.
Direct and coordinate the efforts of personnel in accomplishing research, construction, repairs, maintenance, modification, and ultimate disposal of assigned reactor plants, propulsion plants, and associated systems.
Serve as senior technical consultant providing direction, leadership, guidance, and advice to personnel in their interactions with ships, shipyards, prototypes, field offices, and other agencies.
Develop long-range technical plans to meet agency goals and propose adjustment to technical plans and personnel resources while overseeing Division activities to ensure consistent technical standards and work execution is met, in order to provide independent executive level review for complex issues or emergent fleet needs.
Provide senior technical perspective for the selection and qualification of operators for nuclear powered ships and prototypes, by implementing training sessions, conducting oral examinations, and overseeing written examination administration.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel 6-8 times per year, approximately one week at a time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0840 Nuclear Engineering

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Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
Males must be registered with the Selective Service, if applicable.

Drug Testing
The position is covered under the DOE Drug-Free Workplace Order 343.1. The tentative selectee must test negative prior to final selection for this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

Security Clearance
This position requires you to obtain and maintain a DOE 'Q' level security clearance/access authorization.

Financial Disclosure
Subject to Financial Disclosure OGE-278.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 level or (equivalent) grade level in the Federal service. Experience should include:

Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant systems engineering, technical, and administrative experience of sufficient scope and quality in order to direct, coordinate, and review all technical and administrative work connected with the research, design, development, construction, maintenance, and disposal of commissioned submarine systems.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative response. Rather, your resume must describe how your past experience demonstrates the following KSAs.

Extensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of nuclear engineering including reactor materials, metallurgy, nuclear physics, heat transfer, mechanical design, hydraulics, and naval architecture.
Detailed knowledge of the application of nuclear propulsion to ship design, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the repair, maintenance, modification, and inactivation of naval nuclear reactor plants.
Ability to direct and coordinate the efforts of other engineering and management personnel, both within and outside the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Knowledge of management systems within the Department of Navy (DON) and Department of Energy (DOE) to initiate, accomplish, and control modifications to, and to maintain configuration control of, assigned systems and industrial facilities.
In-depth knowledge of organizations and capabilities of public and private nuclear-capable naval shipyards, intermediate maintenance activities, ships force, DOE prototypes, moored training ships, reactor plant planning yards, procurement and laboratory activities, the naval supply systems, and the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Knowledge of regulations, practices, and procedures concerning radiological controls, testing, and plant condition control, quality control in fabrication and repair, cleanliness control and submarine safety control that is applicable to naval nuclear-powered submarines.
Knowledge of fiscal and contracting policies necessary to manage major ship overhaul and repair at large complex industrial activities and design services and public and private engineering organizations.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Engineering OR
Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate professional field, provided you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. OR
Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. OR
Current registration as a Professional Engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico allows eligibility only if your registration is within or closely related to nuclear engineering.
EDUCATION: You must provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the US Department of Education. Foreign education special instructions: .

For more information on the Engineering Education Requirements, please visit the OPM Website .
Additional information
  • The US Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
  • Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links below or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you are currently a military member on Active Duty, please refer to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to see what documentation should be submitted to be considered for appointment under a special Veterans hiring authority.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a two year trial/probationary period.
  • If you believe you are eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM CTAP/ICTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the CTAP or ICTAP programs, your application score must achieve a numerical score of 85 points (not including veterans preference points) on the job specific questions portion of the online questionnaire. You must also submit a copy of the agency notice of separation or intended separation, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act , must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official for further review. Individuals who meet the criteria in 5 USC 2108 (Veteran, Disabled Veteran, Preference Eligible), will be given preference in the selection process.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q - Sensitive

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

All applicants: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

Documentation verifying your educational claims are required to qualify: which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned, grade and degree conferred. Please see the Education Requirements section for more information.

Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.

Proof of Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans preference, submit a DD214 that includes character of service, or a Statement of Service letter that includes Character of Service if you are currently Active Duty.

Disabled Veterans: In addition to your DD214 that includes Character of Service, please submit a SF-15 and the VA Disability letter that includes the percentage of disability.

The preferred method for submitting your documents is to upload the document(s) from your computer, or from USAJobs. Alternatively, you may fax your documentation by generating a fax cover sheet within the online application system.

After you submit your on-line resume, the automated system will prompt you to upload your supporting documents.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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