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Structural Design Engineer - Nuclear Projects

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Kinectrics has an opening for an experienced structural design engineer to support a variety of projects related to the design analysis and fitness-for-service evaluation of degraded nuclear power plant piping, vessels, components and structures.  The ideal candidate will possess detailed knowledge of the content and application of Sections III, VIII and XI of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, as well as advanced knowledge of fracture mechanics.  You will be familiar with the basic design an operating procedures of nuclear power plants, as well as the common degradation mechanisms affecting major primary and secondary side components. In particular, you are familiar with the specialized issues and assessment procedures applied to CANDU reactor fuel channels.  Able to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you provide leadership and expertise in the structural design analysis of components and structures.  Through interaction with customers and leading industry groups, you will have the opportunity to lead the development of new business opportunities for Kinectrics in both domestic and international markets.  Kinectrics offers a competitive package of salary and benefits as well as a flexible and challenging work environment.

General Accountabilities

  1. Act as a project/group leader for Kinectrics dealing with major multidisciplinary projects related to the structural integrity assessment of nuclear Class 1 piping, pressure vessels and heat exchangers, stress analysis in support of design registration, application of fracture mechanics assessment methodologies to component  fitness-for-service evaluation and stress analysis of flawed or degraded structures. 
  2. Advise and support technical staff engaged in advanced applications of fracture mechanics, stress analysis, structural integrity assessment, fitness-for-service and design qualification.
  3. Mentor junior staff participating in structural design and assessment. 
  4. Actively lead the response to client requests for proposal related to component structural design, analysis and fitness-for-service evaluation.
  5. Negotiate and administer contracts, including estimates of costs, schedule, and resources required.
  6. Identify capability development needs to help ensure Kinectrics remains competitive and meet future demands of the market. 
  7. Assist efforts to actively market Kinectrics’ technical services.
  8. Represent Kinectrics on external code and standards technical committees, panels and task groups.
  9. Participate in industry research and development planning committees to help ensure that strategic capabilities are maintained. 

Selection Criteria

Essential Competencies:

  1. Strong customer orientation and commitment to Corporate and Business Unit goals.
  2. Demonstrated  knowledge and experience in a number of the following areas:
    • fracture mechanics
    • fatigue
    • structural design
    • stress analysis
    • finite element methods
    • statistical methods
  3. Familiarity with content and application of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, especially Sections III, VIII and XI.
  4. Basic knowledge of the design and operating principals of Nuclear Power Plants.
  5. Understanding of nuclear utility needs for structural design analysis and fitness-for-service evaluation of degraded components.
  6. Demonstrated high level of initiative to propose and drive new business development opportunities
  7. Ability to work in a team situation/ mentor staff to develop their own level of expertise.
  8. Strong customer orientation and commitment to corporate and business goals.
  9. Demonstrated project management skills.
  10. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:

  1. A four year university education in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Applied Physics plus two or more years further concentrated study in advanced subjects such as Solid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Applied Mathematics or the equivalent level of education.
  2. Knowledge and experience in the application of stress analysis and fracture mechanics methods to structural integrity evaluations of nuclear plant components.
  3. Knowledge and experience in the application of the ASME Code to Nuclear class 1 component design and stress analysis of degraded components.
  4. Understanding of the degradation mechanisms known to affect ferritic pressure boundary components in nuclear power plant piping and vessels.
  5. Knowledge of the degradation mechanisms particular to the zirconium alloy pressure tubes utilized in the CANDU reactor.
  6. Familiarity with the development of Fitness-for-Service Guidelines, CSA Standards and related technical basis documents, for in-service evaluation of CANDU reactor pressure tubes, nuclear steam generator tubes, and fossil plant pressure boundary components.
  7. Familiarity with the content and application of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, especially Sections III, VIII and XI.
  8. Ability to rapidly perform structural integrity evaluations or design assessments of degraded power plant components under high-pressure, time-critical outage conditions. 
  9. Ability to effectively coordinate or lead other staff at Kinectrics in key structural design of fitness-for-service evaluation activities.
  10. Must have excellent established working relationships and strong demonstrated credibility with customers.  Must be capable of professionally presenting various detailed nuclear fitness-for-service topics to the CNSC staff on behalf of the CANDU industry under short notice periods.
  11. A period of more than twelve years is considered necessary to gain this experience.
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Supervisor Recruitment
Human Resources Department
Kinectrics Inc.
800 Kipling Avenue
Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 6C4


Kinectrics is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to employment equity for women, aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Interested candidates from these groups are encouraged to apply.

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