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Southern Company PRA Engineer - Corporate in Birmingham, Alabama

PRA Engineer - Corporate


Probabilistic Risk Analysis Engineer


This position will be in the SNC Corporate Office and will report to the Risk Modeling Manager. This engineer is responsible for performing engineering evaluations in support of Southern Nuclear Operating Company nuclear generating plants. This engineer will be part of the Risk Modeling groups in the Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) department. The RIE department is focused on being the industry leader in risk-informed decisions making by developing, maintaining, and applying state-of-the-art tools and models. The PRA Engineer work includes, but is not limited to, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting technical inputs, demonstrating regulatory compliance, and performing and managing tasks and projects as part of a team of PRA Engineers. This position requires an individual to be a self-starter, organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and to have strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The person needs to be flexible, demonstrate initiative, and work well in a high-pressure, fast-paced, and deadline-oriented environment.


Duties of the PRA Engineer include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for performing risk-related engineering evaluations used for Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) model development and maintenance in support of the electric generating plants operated by Southern Nuclear Company (SNC). These include SNC’s existing Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) and Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) nuclear plants as well as its new plants based on an advanced reactor design, currently under construction

  • Serve as a PRA Engineer in the Risk Modeling group within the Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) Department

  • Performing PRA model updates and providing risk informed programs support.

  • Interpreting and ensuring compliance with risk informed regulatory requirements, policies and standards, including but not limited to RG 1.200, RG 1.174, RG 1.177.

  • Perform assigned engineering task by applying PRA engineering principles.

  • Writing and reviewing technical reports.

  • Making presentations.

  • Performing special studies.

  • Assisting with audits and inspections including support of significance determination program and emergency request.

  • Providing inputs to and implementing policies and procedures.

  • Travel to plant sites and industry events in support of SNC objectives


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) from an accredited college or university, or Professional Engineer license, is required

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) or foreign equivalent is required.

  • Ph.D. in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) is preferred.

Background/Experience Requirements:

  • Knowledge or experience with nuclear power plant design, systems, and/or operation is required.

  • Nuclear power plant experience is preferred.

  • Prior direct PRA work experience related to Internal Events, Internal Flooding, Fire, and/or Seismic PRA is an advantage.

  • Experience with standard PRA tools like EPRI PRA software (such as CAFTA, FRANX) and Phoenix is a plus.

  • Experience performing electrical circuit analysis (such as for Fire PRA, Fire Safe Shutdown, or Multiple Spurious Operation) is preferred.

  • High degree of analytical skills is preferred.

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Organizational and time management skills are highly preferred.

  • High degree of computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, and other database software) required.

  • Proficiency in database software such as Access or SQL is a plus.

  • Demonstrated team player and self-starter.

  • Be able to adapt to the changing priorities.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Must exhibit the Our Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment

  • Safety First: Work safety every day, every job.

  • Unquestionable Trust: Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive behaviors. Keeps promises and has ethical behavior as a standard

  • Superior Performance: Dedicated to superior performance and sets high expectations. Priorities are safety first, teamwork and diversity and continuous improvement through leadership

  • Total Commitment: Committed to success of employees, customers, and shareholders and to citizenship and stewardship

  • Must exhibit strong ownership skills, proactive traits, and good interpersonal skills.

  • The candidate must be highly motivated, able to work with the group and with minimal supervisor.

  • The ability to develop good relationship with plant personnel is a must.

  • The successful candidate must hold himself/herself accountable for personal safety and must model safe behaviors.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Nuclear Operating Co

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SNC2005667

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