Lead Manufacturing Engineer – FMO

Wilmington, North Carolina
19 Nov 2016
10 Dec 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
The Lead Manufacturing Engineer will technically be accountable for multiple processes and equipment in the production of commercial nuclear ceramic fuel. Part of the technical team is responsible for the Fuel Manufacturing Operation (FMO) in the Nuclear business. The team converts UF6 to UO2 powder for use in manufacturing of nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. This lead engineer will be responsible Area Engineer for a Dry Conversion Process (DCP) continuous operations.

Essential Responsibilities

As the Lead Manufacturing Engineer - FMO, you will:
  • Be responsible for several dry conversion production processes, including vaporization, conversion, powder outlet and hydrofluoric acid processes
  • Embrace Global Nuclear Fuel's nuclear safety culture, where work is performed with an overriding priority on integrity, safety, security and quality
  • Be responsible for understanding Items Relied On For Safety (IROFS) and other safety controls for equipment and able to execute Function Test Instructions (FTIs) to ensure operability
  • Ensure compliance with all safety and quality regulations and metrics through use of compliance calendars, databases and tracking systems
  • Review, design, generate, update, and monitor manufacturing equipment, devices, systems and processes in the dry conversion production area
  • Identify and implement proactive solutions for incremental and step change process improvements related to safety, quality and output through use of Lean and Six Sigma tools
  • Be responsible for supporting planned and unplanned maintenance activities, including specifying and defining regular rebuild scopes and schedules
  • Maintain, review, update and create area operating procedures (OPs), temporary operating procedures (TOPs), job hazards analyses (JHA) and chemical job hazards analyses (CJHA)
  • Support New Product Introduction (NPI) initiatives in the Powder Production area, including process development and DOEs
  • Train and assess hourly operators in sound techniques and proper operation of equipment to meet safety, quality and output targets


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or equivalent technical discipline from an accredited university, with a minimum of 3 years of experience in nuclear fuel fabrication, nuclear operations, industrial maintenance, manufacturing quality or manufacturing operations (OR a High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 8 years of experience in nuclear fuel fabrication, nuclear operations, industrial maintenance, engineering, manufacturing quality or manufacturing / process operations)
  • Ability and willingness to wear a respirator in accordance with site requirements
  • Ability to be able to relocate to Wilmington, NC
  • Must be 18 years or older and have legal authorization to work in the United States and be authorized to have access to nuclear technology

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Master's Degree in Science or Engineering
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and process engineering skills
  • Experience in nuclear fuel fabrication, specifically in the area of the Dry Conversion Process
  • Familiar with basic operation, troubleshooting and application of industrial equipment and processes such as pumps, piping, motors, fans, valves, gears, mixing, heating, cooling, chemical reactions, furnaces, heat exchangers, hoods, vibrators, hydraulics etc.
  • Experience with programmable logic controllers (PLC)
  • Experience with Distributed Controls Systems (DCS)
  • Experience with selection, calibration, and application of appropriate process monitoring I/O hardware (Temperature, Flow, Pressure, Level, Concentration, Density, Purity, Humidity, etc.)
  • Experience with developing, implementing, and using process historians to monitor operations
  • Experience with identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to efficiently monitor for process health
  • Experience with equipment installation and facilities modifications, including management of capital and expense projects
  • Experience with NRC Regulations, Process Safety Management (PSM), Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) or Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA)
  • Direct working knowledge of the DCP PROVOX DCS , and/or GE MkVIe DCS controls
  • Direct working knowledge of FMO OSI PI process historian instance
  • Direct knowledge of FMO Fuel Business System software
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills and success working on cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated work record of meeting goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated use and understanding of a change management process
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong PC skills / aptitude, including use of MS PowerPoint for presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and function calmly and effectively in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated high integrity in decisions, communications, actions and interpersonal relationships
  • Six Sigma / Lean Certified or equivalent quality certification

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