Dir Nuclear Engineering Plant

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
November 7, 2022
Tonopah, AZ
Job Type


Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state's largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.

Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country's fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.

Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.


The Director is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of the short-term and long-term business objectives of the Field, Programs and Strategic Engineering departments at Palo Verde. Oversees to ensure that strong operational focus and plant customer support is consistently provided for daily plant equipment issues and in support of station refueling outage success. Drives continuous nuclear safety and equipment reliability improvement in the areas of:

rigorous emergent equipment response activities, proactive equipment reliability initiatives, work week and outage scope prioritization and championing of strategic life cycle plans. Plays a key leadership role in business decision-making, problem solving, leadership development and performance management.

Minimum Requirements

A four-year Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences from an ABET accredited college or university plus ten (10) years experience in power generation, of which three (3) years professional level experience must be in nuclear services, nuclear plant operations or nuclear engineering. Five (5) years experience in progressively responsible supervisory/management positions with proven ability to develop and manage high performing teams. (Meets or exceeds minimum education and experience requirements per Palo Verde Procedure 01DP-0EM08, Appendix A.)

Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications: Nuclear Operations Management Certification or above.

Prior or current SRO license. Professional Engineer (PE) License.

Six (6) years supervisory/management experience in Engineering or a related field within Nuclear power generation of which:

three (3) years should be in department leader-level positions and two (2) years should be in Engineering leadership positions.

Nuclear requirement: Any PVNGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVNGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities.

These are conditions of employment at PVNGS.

Major Accountabilities

1) Serves as the focal point in engineering and the station for critical component equipment reliability improvement initiatives which includes strong engagement and oversight of:

trending and monitoring, critical preventative maintenance optimization efforts, maintenance troubleshooting support, long range planning and vital engineering programs management.

2) Oversees and plans plant engineering support to Palo Verde by directing the efforts of qualified technical personnel.

Selects and develops a high performing team through effective coaching, performance feedback, recognition, training and developmental opportunities.

Responsible for salary administration and performance management of personnel.

3) Provides technical expertise support as required to ensure that major station modifications being developed by Design and Project Engineering groups have appropriate operational focus and meet customer needs.

4) Develops strong, cooperative working relationships with peer engineering and plant peer directors (especially in the areas of Operations, Chemistry, Maintenance and Work/Outage Management).

5) Completes projects, regulatory commitments and critical corrective action assignments within established schedules and budgets.

6) Establishes and maintains technical relationships through involvement with regulatory stakeholders (NRC, INPO, NEIL, EPRI, STARS) and leverages Plant Engineering resources to maintain station credibility and strategic industry leadership positions.

7) Develops, prioritizes and manages the budget for plant engineering organization.

Initiates actions in cases of deviations.

8) Provides oversight and leadership in organization assessment and staffing requirements, rally internal engineering consensus and be the spokesperson for critical issues with senior station leadership.


Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Plant/Field Role:

This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

Job Segment: Nuclear, Sustainability, Power Plant, Energy

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