Project Engineer (RIDP) - Direct Hire Notice for RI & RII

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Positions are located in Region I, Division of Operating Reactor Safety, King of Prussia, PA and Region II, Division of Reactor Projects, Atlanta GA, and are being filled via Direct Hire Authority

Salary range for GG-11 is based on the current 2021 Special Salary Table for Engineers.  Salary ranges for GG-12 and GG-13 reflect current 2021 Base GG pay and will also include a locality adjustment of 26.4% for Region I and 22.16% for Region II.  

These are Bargaining Unit positions.



The successful candidate will perform the full range of Project Engineer (Resident Inspector Development Program (RIDP)) duties.  Such duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain full certification as an NRC Inspector. 
  • Participating in the assessment of licensee performance at nuclear facilities; you will perform direct inspections of licensee activities during operation phases. 
  • Planning, preparing, and performing in-depth inspections at assigned plant(s) during start-up, operation and decommissioning to ensure compliance with design specifications, and conditions of the operating license. 
  • Ensuring inspection program completion in accordance with schedules specified in the Inspection Manual or other official documents. 
  • Preparing and presenting inspection reports describing findings and conclusions regarding the licensee’s safety performance and conformance with NRC requirements, provisions of operating licenses, and applicable industry codes and standards.
  • Assisting the Branch Chief or Senior Project Engineer in the handling of allegations and tracking the status of allegations.

Selectees will be assigned to work in the Region I Office in King of Prussia, PA or the Region II Office in Atlanta, GA based upon geographic preference indicated in their application. The selectees must become qualified through the NRC Inspection Manual Chapter (IMC) 1245 process within two years. Upon completion of training, developmental assignments, and IMC 1245 qualification process, selectees will be expected to seek reassignment from their regional office to a Resident Inspector position at one of the Resident Inspector Offices in their assigned Region. A list of the resident inspector offices in each region is included below.  To learn more about our locations, visit the NRC website at NRC.GOV.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel requirements are frequent (30%) while assigned to the regional office. Travel requirements decrease to approximately 10% once assigned to a resident office.


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • This position requires signing a Mobility Agreement.
  • Qualification as an NRC inspector is expected within two years.
  • Not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

Selectees are required to serve a trial period to assess their overall fitness and qualifications for continued employment.  The trial period for new employees is two years. New employees who are preference eligible veterans serve a one-year trial period.

Geographic mobility is a condition of employment for selection under this announcement and selectee must sign a Mobility Agreement. The Mobility Agreement will be furnished to selectee at the point of job offer and must be signed at the time the offer is accepted.  


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 Resident Offices locations in Region I and Region II as indicated:


Beaver Valley Resident Office (Shippingport, PA): 20%
Calvert Cliffs Resident Office (Lusby, MD): 15%
Fitzpatrick Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 30%
Ginna Resident Office (Ontario, NY): 30%
Hope Creek Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ): 15%
Limerick Resident Office (Limerick, PA): 15%
Millstone Resident Office (Waterford, CT): 20%
Nine Mile Point Resident Office (Scriba, NY): 30%
Peach Bottom Resident Office (Delta, PA): 15%
Salem Resident Office (Hancocks Bridge, NJ): 15%
Seabrook Resident Office (Seabrook, NH): 20%
Susquehanna Resident Office (Berwick, PA): 20%


Browns Ferry Resident Office (Athens, AL): 20%
Brunswick Resident Office (Southport, NC): 20%
Catawba Resident Office (York, SC): 15%
Farley Resident Office (Columbia, SC): 30%
Harris Resident Office (New Hill, SC): 15%
Hatch Resident Office (Baxley, GA): 30%
McGuire Resident Office (Huntersville, NC): 15%
North Anna Resident Office (Louisa, VA): 20%
Oconee Resident Office (Seneca, SC): 20%
Robinson Resident Office (Hartsville, SC): 20%
Sequoyah Resident Office (Soddy-Daisy, TN): 15%
St. Lucie Resident Office (Jensen Beach, FL): 15%
Summer Resident Office (Jenkensville, SC): 15%
Surry Resident Office (Surry, VA): 20%
Turkey Point Resident Office (Homestead, FL): 30%



In addition to meeting the basic education requirements for professional engineering positions, as described above in the Education section, to qualify for this position at the advertised grade levels, you must meet the following:

For GG-11: Generally two to three years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience, at least, one of which is equivalent to the GG-9 level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree OR a Ph.D OR equivalent doctoral degree in the degree fields as described.  Combinations of education and experience may be acceptable.

For GG-12: Generally four years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 2 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-11 level, where you have applied relevant professional engineering disciplines; e.g. nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical.

For GG-13:  Generally five+ years of post bachelor's degree specialized experience or at least 3+ years of post master's degree professional engineering experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GG-12 level, where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering. You must also have recent experience associated with applying any of a variety of relevant professional engineering disciplines (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical).  Recent experience in the industry of commercial, government or military nuclear power is preferred.  You must also be familiar with nuclear industry standards, rules and regulations and be able to apply them.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

(1) Knowledge of the design features and operating characteristics of nuclear facilities by describing professional experience with 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.

(2) Demonstrated ability to evaluate activities and events, develop inspection findings, and evaluate adequacy of corrective actions.

(3) Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.

(4) Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.

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.  The NRC encourages applicants to provide extensive job experience details in your resume.  Applicants may also use the supplemental vacancy question to provide additional information pertaining to specialized experience and ideal candidate criteria.



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 above 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 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: 800 Professional Engineering Occupational Requirements

You must include an unofficial copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. 

  • Required Documents


    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    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.

    You must include an unofficial copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application.  If you fail to submit transcripts with your application you will be considered ineligible and will not receive further consideration.

    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, .pdf, 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.


    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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