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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 CorporateOffice and will report to the Risk Modeling Manager. This engineer is responsiblefor performing engineering evaluations in support of Southern Nuclear OperatingCompany nuclear generating plants. This engineer will be part of the RiskModeling groups in the Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) department. The RIEdepartment is focused on being the industry leaderin risk-informed decisions making by developing, maintaining, and applyingstate-of-the-art tools and models. The PRA Engineer work includes, but isnot limited to, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting technical inputs,demonstrating regulatory compliance, and performing and managing tasks andprojects as part of a team of PRA Engineers. This position requires anindividual 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 includebut are not limited to:

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

  • Serveas a PRA Engineer in the Risk Modeling group within the Risk InformedEngineering (RIE) Department

  • PerformingPRA model updates and providing risk informed programs support.

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

  • Performassigned engineering task by applying PRA engineering principles.

  • Writingand reviewing technical reports.

  • Makingpresentations.

  • Performingspecial studies.

  • Assistingwith audits and inspections including support of significancedetermination program and emergency request.

  • Providinginputs to and implementing policies and procedures.

  • Travelto plant sites and industry events in support of SNC objectives



  • Bachelorof Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear)from an accredited college or university, or Professional Engineer license, isrequired

  • Masterof Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) orforeign equivalent is required.

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


  • Knowledgeor experience with nuclear power plant design, systems, and/or operationis required.

  • Nuclearpower plant experience is preferred.

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

  • Experiencewith standard PRA tools like EPRI PRA software (such as CAFTA, FRANX) andPhoenix is a plus.

  • Experienceperforming electrical circuit analysis (such as for Fire PRA, Fire SafeShutdown, or Multiple Spurious Operation) is preferred.

  • Highdegree of analytical skills is preferred.

  • Demonstratedexcellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Organizationaland time management skills are highly preferred.

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

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

  • Demonstratedteam player and self-starter.

  • Beable to adapt to the changing priorities.

Behavioral Attributes:

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

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

  • Unquestionable Trust: Honesty, respect, fairness andintegrity drive behaviors. Keeps promises and has ethical behavior as astandard

  • Superior Performance: Dedicated to superiorperformance 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

  • Mustexhibit strong ownership skills, proactive traits, and good interpersonalskills.

  • Thecandidate must be highly motivated, able to work with the group and withminimal supervisor.

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

  • Thesuccessful candidate must hold himself/herself accountable for personalsafety and must model safe behaviors.

SouthernCompany (NYSE: SO) is America's premierenergy company, with 46,000 megawattsof generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gasconsumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company providesclean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distributioncompanies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesalecustomers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customizedenergy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications.Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, highreliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Throughan industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and itssubsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the fullportfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st centurycoal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new productsand services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named bythe U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top militaryemployer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc,listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies forDiversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. Thecompany has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from theNational Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nucleardevelopment and is continually ranked among the top energy companies inFortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equalopportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered withoutregard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteranstatus, 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: SNC2005453

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