Control Room Operator-Nuclear

Surry, Virginia
12 Jan 2019
11 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services.

As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 60 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond. Please visit, to learn more.

Diversity is linked to every aspect of our business to include how we attract, develop and retain our future talent. An inclusive environment encourages the coming together of different talents, thoughts and energies. The company's commitment to employing military veterans through the Troops to Energy Jobs program is one way we are able to ensure workforce diversity.

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer nor sponsor a work visa for this position.

This position does not offer relocation assistance.

Job Summary

The Operations department at the Surry Nuclear Power Station, located in the Tidewater, VA area, is currently searching for non-licensed Nuclear Control Room Operator candidates. Non-licensed Operators operate the turbine generator and reactor support systems while gaining the requisite knowledge and experience to become licensed Reactor Operators. This role ensures that primary and secondary plant equipment operates properly by executing operational surveillance procedures, surveying and recording readings on equipment, and implementing prescribed operational procedures. This role works a rotating 12-hour shift.

Job duties include:
  • Locally operate the turbine generator and reactor support systems while gaining the requisite knowledge and experience to become licensed Reactor Operators
  • Monitor and control equipment and associated systems
  • Perform minor maintenance
  • Execute operational surveillance procedures to ensure that equipment and systems are functioning safely
  • Survey and record readings on plant equipment to detect any potential problems
  • Assist in coordinating maintenance and surveillance activities
  • Hang and remove plant safety tags
  • Assist in refueling operations
  • Assist in preparing, transferring, loading, and unloading nuclear fuel elements
  • Assist in development and implementation of training programs
  • Provide relief for other positions as required and work without assistance in job areas where sufficient knowledge and training are present
  • Participate in on-the-job training

Those with the potential, desire and proven performance may be promoted to positions of increased responsibility and leadership. Dominion's Surry Power Station is a great place to build a career as a Control Room Operator!

This position is represented by the Bargaining Agreement between Dominion and the Local Union 50 of the IBEW.

No relocation assistance will be provided.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

The ideal Nuclear Control Room Operator candidate will possess the following:


Successfully completed the Naval Nuclear Propulsion training program and possess a minimum of 4 years hands on experience in the field/fleet in one of the following disciplines; EM, MM, ET or ELT

OR Completed a similar Non-Licensed Operator training program at another commercial nuclear station and possess a minimum of 4 years of directly related experience.

OR Have or have held an RO or SRO license at a nuclear facility

OR Possess a BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical or Nuclear Engineering preferred) and 1 year of power plant experience

  • BS degree in Engineering a plus
  • High knowledge of Math
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot assigned systems and equipment
  • The ability to operate various equipment and maintenance tools
  • Willingness to study and learn while on and off the job
  • Excellent reasoning ability
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be a self starter with the ability to quickly diagnose equipment issues
  • Ability to interface well with peers and supervisors
  • Must possess leadership qualities
  • Must have a positive attitude

Education Requirements

Required: High School Graduate/GED
Preferred: Bachelor degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Nuclear) or Nuclear Engineering Technology

*NOTE* - Candidates are required to upload verification of their education prior to being scheduled for an interview

Working Conditions

Test Description

This job requires recommended test results from the EEI Plant Operators Selection System (POSS) aptitude test, administered on site during the pre-employment process. To view the practice test, cut and paste the following URL in your browser,

Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law. Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.

Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more. To learn more about our benefits, click here

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.

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