Principal Engineer (Chemical, Nuclear, Mechanical)

Requisition Number:  15028
Company:  Westinghouse Electric Co

Burr Ridge, IL, US, 60527

Are you interested in being part of an innovative team that supports Westinghouse’s mission to provide clean energy solutions? At Westinghouse, we recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset and we seek to identify, attract and recruit the most qualified talent while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the global workplace.

Principal Engineer

Your Day-to-Day:


As a principal engineer, you will lead and mentor others in state-of-the-art calculations and support validation experiments with a focus on maintaining and improving safety within the nuclear industry. Other duties and responsibilities listed below and may be assigned on an as-needed basis by your manager.


  • Perform engineering calculations, and assessments related to nuclear safety including safe operation of nuclear power plants, waste treatment, and severe accident modeling. This will include thermal-hydraulics modeling and analysis, heat & mass transfer, radiological source term, and other duties as assigned by manager
  • Lead and mentor less experienced employees in software development by developing and implementing mathematical models into a C++ code base, Fortran, python
  • Prepare and or independently review appropriate documentation supporting evaluations and analyses
  • Verify first of a kind evaluations and analyses performed by others, as qualified
  • Plan and schedule own work to meet assignment requirements within schedule and budgetary requirements
  • Develop skills necessary to assume more independent assignments and support the business strategic initiatives
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of assigned tasks


 Who You Are:
As a successful candidate, you will bring the following to the team:

  • Masters in Engineering (Chemical, Nuclear, Mechanical)
  • 15+ years coding in C++, Fortran, Visual Basic, MathCAD, and/or Python; experience with source code control
  • 10+ years’ experience with Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP)
  • 20+ years overall:
    • General mathematical and modeling skills
    • Technical writing
    • Thermodynamics
    • Transport phenomena (momentum, heat, and mass)
    • Kinetics
    • Multi-phase flow modeling
    • Probability Risk Assent (PRA)


Nice-to-Have / Not Required:

  • Doctorate Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Nuclear, Mechanical)
  • PE Certification

Why Westinghouse?

Westinghouse Electric Company is the global nuclear energy industry’s first choice for safe, clean, and efficient energy solutions. We enable our delivery of this vision by living our value system:

  • Safety and Quality
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Customer Focus and Innovation
  • Speed and Passion to Win
  • Teamwork and Accountability

Westinghouse offers competitive benefits to all our employees around the globe to keep them healthy and enhance their well-being.  In the U.S. the following are representative of what we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Health, Wellness and Income Protection Benefits
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacations and Holidays
  • Opportunities for Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Referral Program

While our Global Headquarters are located in Cranberry Township, PA, we have over 9,000 employees working at locations in 19 different countries. You can learn more by visiting

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