Manufacturing Operator

Requisition Number:  10438

Columbia, SC, US, 29061

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.

Manufacturing Operator


The Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility, located in Hopkins, SC, is part of the Westinghouse’s Nuclear Fuel business and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. Located here are the fuel manufacturing facilities, product engineering and testing laboratories, fuel marketing and contract administration. Covering 1,155 acres that include 550,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, the Columbia Site employs about 1,200 personnel with an annual payroll of more than $56 million.


Nuclear fuel we fabricate is used in commercial reactors worldwide to generate electricity. Fuel and fuel-related products are exported to a number of other countries, including Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Japan, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Nuclear power plants supply 21 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. About 10 percent of U.S. electricity comes from nuclear fuel manufactured by Westinghouse at the Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility.

Your Day to Day:

  • Inspectors, chemical operators, and mechanical operators support our manufacturing processes that results in a finished fuel assembly.
  • The plant is divided into three fundamental operations.
  • Chemical Operations is largely responsible for the process that converts UF6 gas into a powder, which is then pressed into pellets, in addition to running an on-site wastewater treatment facility, since the site reprocesses its own waste before discharging to the river.
  • Mechanical Operations which is largely responsibility for the manufacturing of grids, skeletons and other various mechanical components and operations to support the manufacturing of fuel assemblies.
  • Quality Control which is responsible for various inspections of manufactured grids, fuel rods, and finished fuel assemblies.

What you need to be successful in this role: 


  • High school or GED
  • Prior manufacturing experience preferred, but not required.
  • Candidates must be available to work any shift. The plant operates 24/7.  Ability to work ay shift is important as you could be bumped with shift alignments
  • Understand that pay increases are not guaranteed and are strictly based on performance only
  • Chemical Operator – must be able to successfully pass a pulmonary function and fit test for wearing a respirator
  • Inspectors – must be able to successfully pass a vision test with or without corrective lenses
  • Must be willing to be clean shaven to work any area in the plant

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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Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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