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Reactor Engineer Resident Inspector

Company name
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

$81,071.00 to $125,325.00

Lisle, IL

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$81,071 to $125,325 per year

Pay scale & grade

GG 12 - 13

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type

Permanent - Permanent - This vacancy may be used to fill three positions.


3 vacancies in the following location:

Lisle, IL

3 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will be paid to the extent allowed by Federal Travel Regulations.

This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.


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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

. 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 a NRC position subject to random drug testing. This position is Bargaining Unit.

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Participates in formal classroom training and other developmental activities to gain certification as an NRC Inspector. Participates in the assessment of licensee performance of nuclear facilities. Directly inspects licensee activities during construction, pre-operation and operation phases. Performs in-depth inspections at assigned plant(s) during start-up, operation and decommissioning to ensure compliance with design specifications, conditions of the construction permit or operating license, etc. 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 standards.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel requirements are frequent (35%) while assigned to the regional office. Travel requirements decrease to approximately 10% once assigned to a resident office.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0840 Nuclear Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship Required. This is a Drug Testing position.

Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

Travel requirements are frequent (35%) while assigned to regional office.

Travel requirements decrease to ~10% once assigned to resident office.

Appointees are subject to a 2-year trial period.

Veterans preference eligibles subject to a 1-year trial period.

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.

The NRC is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.


The ideal candidate for this position must demonstrate in their resume:

Knowledge of the design features and operating characteristics of nuclear reactor 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.

Demonstrated experience in applying the theories, principles, and practices of engineering to the design, construction, and/or operation of nuclear power plants by describing substantive experience in applying engineering knowledge to nuclear power plant design, construction, or operation, and/or to inspection of nuclear power plant operations.

Professional experience with problem identification and resolution by describing instances where problem-solving and conflict resolution skills were demonstrated to be especially effective. Describe experiences in root cause analysis or investigations of equipment or performance problems, or similar analytical studies of operational events, safety deficiencies, or malfunctions. Describe two or three examples of the most complex or controversial problems resolved and how they were approached.

Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. This includes demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with supervisors, government and industry officials, utility employees and managers, government committees, co-workers, media personnel, NRC officials and senior managers, as well as the ability to write technical reports containing findings, analyses, and conclusions.


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).

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 not qualified.

To meet the basic 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 applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above.

To meet the basic level of experience for the GG-13 level, you will need 5 years of post bachelor's degree experience or at least 3 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above.

Specialized Experience Required: Applicants must have recent experience associated with 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.

Additional information

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 COMMISSION POLICY. 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): 11%

Byron Resident Office (Byron, IL): 13%

Clinton Resident Office (Clinton, IL): 20%

D.C. Cook Resident Office (Bridgman, MI): 14%

Davis-Besse Resident Office (Oak Harbor, OH): 23%

Dresden Resident Office (Morris, IL): 11%

Duane Arnold Resident Office (Palo, IA): 19%

Fermi Resident Office (Newport, MI): 13%

LaSalle Resident Office (Seneca, IL): 11%

Monticello Resident Office (Monticello, MN): 22%

Palisades Resident Office (South Haven, MI): 19%

Perry Resident Office (Perry, OH): 19%

Point Beach Resident Office (Two Rivers, WI): 14%

Prairie Island Resident Office (Red Wing, MN): 22%

Quad Cities Resident Office (Cordova, IL): 13%

NOTE: Relocation incentives are based on the employee's total pay including special salary rate and applicable locality adjustment for the grade and step held at the time of the qualifying assignment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

IMPORTANT NOTE: To be considered, all applicable supplemental documents MUST be clearly marked with your full name and the vacancy announcement number, and MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to timely submit requested supplemental documents will result in you being rated not qualified or otherwise being eliminated from consideration for having an incomplete application. Conversely, ONLY the specified supplemental materials will be accepted and considered along with your online resume and responses. DO NOT send training course certificates, awards certificates, letters of appreciation, etc. If you wish to have such training and accomplishments considered, you must list them in your online resume. List of supplemental material that may be applicable: If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available. 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. If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts. 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, .pfg, and .doc; or 3. use the Fax feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-630-515-1278.

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position.

It is critical to your candidate evaluation that you structure your online resume specifically to highlight each of the areas identified for what is considered an Ideal Candidate for this position.

Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated and requests for extensions WILL NOT be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume as it relates to the stated Ideal Candidate descriptors. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position. To begin the application process, select the Apply button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

Agency contact information

Christine Martinez










U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

2443 Warrenville Road, Suite 210

Lisle, Illinois

United States

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Next steps

You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting Application Status.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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