Southern Company Risk Informed Engineer, Sr. (Plant Farley) in Columbia, Alabama

Risk Informed Engineer, Sr. (Plant Farley)


If you want to make an impact, then we want YOU!

Want to use your skills to make a difference in your community every single day? Then join the Southern Nuclear team that’s improving the lives of our neighbors in Alabama and Georgia. We operate six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power that generate vital energy for our communities:

  • The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.

  • The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga.

  • The Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.

Farley Site Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) Engineer

Summary of Position Duties:

This position is responsible for implementing risk-informed programs and applications at Plant Farley. Southern Nuclear is an industry leader in risk-informed programs and applications and this position is critical for the development and implementation of these programs and applications at the Farley site. This position will be filled at a level commensurate with the applicant’s experience and can vary from RIE Senior Engineer to site Lead Engineer.

  • Leads RIE’s site involvement in the NRC Significance Determination Process, NRC inspections, emergent regulatory requests and other on-site NRC Reactor Oversight activities

  • Be a strong advocate and change agent to further the mission of the RIE department. This requires relentless communication with various stakeholders to avoid potential resistance and overcome any barriers to success.

  • Maintains the configuration risk management software (EOOS/Phoenix at-power tool and the outage defense-in-depth tool)

  • Provides oversight and support to operations and work management for assessing risk using the EOOS/Phoenix software during planning and execution

  • Provides responses to specific plant requests for risk related information and evaluations in support of maintenance rule and other risk ranking processes

  • Understands the impact of different hazards on risk (e.g., impact of fire, seismic, and flooding) and how these are modeled in Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA)

  • Provides input to the maintenance of the PRA models to ensure that the models are reasonable representations of how the plant is designed and operated

  • nfluence the organization and cultivate risk-informed decision-making by enhancing the site’s knowledge and understanding through periodic training and effective communication of risk results and insights to plant management, operations, engineering, and maintenance departments.

  • It is not a requirement that the RIE Site Engineer be an expert in the PRA models; however, the candidate will be expected to exercise the models to support all of the applications, such as:

  • Performing risk evaluations for the Surveillance Frequency Control Program

  • Performing Mitigating Systems Performance Index (MSPI) updates and providing the necessary PRA inputs to the site MSPI coordinator

  • Ranking and screening of modeled operator actions for the Time Critical Operator Action program

  • Performing evaluations to support various NRC inspections and the maintenance rule. Participate in the various Expert Panels for risk informed programs.

  • Participating in the periodic Outage Risk Assessment and security target set review activities.

  • Updating risk informed evaluations following PRA model updates

  • Performing risk impact evaluations of plant changes (e.g., plant modifications, procedure changes, etc.) for various hazards

  • Perform risk assessments for NOEDs and SDPs

Education Requirement:

  • BS degree in engineering from an NCEES accredited Engineering program or a PE license is required

Job Experience Requirements:

  • Five (5) years work experience in nuclear power is required with site engineering experience being a plus

  • Five (5) years of PRA experience performing risk assessments for risk informed programs and applications is required

  • Plant Operational experience is highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of nuclear plant operations, engineering, licensing, and risk

  • Extensive understanding of nuclear power systems is highly desired and a previous SRO license or certification will be an advantage

  • Exhibited technical leadership abilities; provide technical direction to other engineers and also serve in a mentoring role

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others, gain commitment from others, and build consensus; this is essential for deploying new risk-informed initiatives (i.e., risk managed tech specs)

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and/or large projects with minimal supervision

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Sets high standards for themselves and others to achieve business results

  • The successful candidate will hold themselves accountable for superior performance and be committed to other employees and the goals of nuclear safety

  • This position requires strong ownership, proactive traits, and interpersonal skills

  • Must be forward looking, able to anticipate challenges, and apply a fleet-level perspective on emerging issues

Please note: This position may require the successful completion of the SNC Initial Engineering Training as a condition of continued employment. The training is approximately 14 weeks long and is a rigorous period that may require studying after work hours.

Southern Nuclear's top priority is the safety and health of the public, our employees and the environment. We are committed to the safe operation of our nuclear generating facilities with equipment and systems that meet strict Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and design regulations. Each Southern Nuclear employee is committed to instilling Institute for Nuclear Power Operations' "Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture" in every aspect of their responsibilities.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-South Alabama-Columbia

Operating Company: Southern Nuclear Operating Co

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Plant Farley - 7388 North State Hwy 95 (7388COLUMBIA)

7388 North State Hwy 95

Columbia, 36319

Req ID: SNC2004761