Chemical Process Engineer

Engineering Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Position Description
TRISO-X, LLC is seeking a Chemical Process Engineer responsible for design and development of systems and methods for manufacture of nuclear fuel elements.  

  • Contribute to the design of multiple process areas.
  • Lead the design of any process areas assigned to process engineer, providing guidance to less experienced process engineers. Process areas may include but are not limited to ADUN production, organic solution preparation, solution-gelation, solvent washing, particle drying, TRISO layer application, graphite matrix production, overcoating, fuel core processing, green pebble pressing, compact pressing, shaping, heat treatment, quality control, industrial waste process, radioactive waste processing and uranium recovery.
  • Develop and lead implementation of advanced manufacturing processes to meet production goals and quality standards.
  • Develop specifications for process equipment and work with equipment suppliers to ensure critical design characteristics are met for equipment delivery.
  • Work with subcontractors and suppliers to design, construct, deliver, and install process equipment.
  • Conduct research to develop new and improved processes for manufacturing. Evaluate and implement new equipment and technologies to improve process efficiency and product quality.
  • Develop methods and procedures to process and handle chemicals and materials that are solid, liquid, and gaseous in safe and efficient manner.
  • Design and plan equipment layout, particularly for new processes, new products, or new customers.
  • Work with R&D team to translate lab-scale processes to pilot scale and production scale processes.
  • Work with regulatory team to establish safety procedures for individuals working with dangerous chemicals, processes, or equipment.
  • Work with regulatory team to establish appropriate safety controls in process areas.
  • Work with regulatory team to ensure compliance with environmental and safety regulations.
  • Provide support for waste permitting.
  • Conduct tests and monitor process performance throughout production.
  • Troubleshoot problems associated with manufacturing processes.
  • Monitor variances from process controls. Provide recommendations and solutions to reduce or to eliminate variances.
  • Continually update a master list of all equipment, chemical inputs, chemical outputs, and waste streams.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve complex process-related issues.
  • Mentor and train junior process engineers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager.
Minimum Education/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, material science, material science engineering, mechanical engineering, or another related field.
  • 10-14 years of relevant work experience is preferred.
  • 1-3 years CAD and P&ID experience are required.
  • 1-3 years’ experience with industrial equipment design, procurement, installation, and operation is required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products.
  • General understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle preferred.
  • General knowledge and experience with powder processing, graphite powder, extrusion, ceramics, chemical processing, industrial waste processing, and liquids processing.
  • Analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within teams.
  • Communications proficiency.
  • Collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work in a team to produce desired outputs in short turnaround times.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials such as low enriched uranium, nitric acid, and phenolic resin.
X Energy, LLC offers a robust benefits package that includes a 401K plan with an employer match, Medical/Dental /Vision Insurance, Life and Disability Insurance, Paid Time Off, and a Tuition Reimbursement/Professional Development policy that supports the continuing education of our employees.

Location: Oak Ridge, TN
Work Site Expectations:  On- Site
Travel Expectations: Less than 10%
Job Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri
An Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
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