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This looks like an amazing place for a first time intern. Has anyone interned for them?
Does anyone have advice if I apply for an internship?
Does anyone have advice if I apply for an internship?
One would need some reactor physics courses, including one the deals with reactor kinetics. One would also need one or more EE courses in control theory, and other courses in electrical theory and circuits, likely some power electronics.Hello,
How hard would it be to get into Nuclear Engineering (controls) from Computer Engineering. Say I wanted to specialize in the Control/Sensing/Instruments and/or Communication systems used in plants. Would I need a Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering background?
Also, How often are control systems in plants updated? Or are they made and embedded during initial design?
Thanks Astronuc.Westinghouse (owned by Toshiba and Shaw Group) is a major supplier of commercial LWR technology. They already have several Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract (EPC) contracts in place with major US utilities. It looks like China and S. Korea are also planning to build new plants of the AP1000 design.
Westinghouse has offices in United States, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Sweden, so there are many interesting opportunities.
Any engineer should be diversified. Reactor physics is just one specialty for a nuclear engineer. One could have a knowledge of mechanics of solids and thermal-hydraulics (or fluid mechanics). If possible, look at gaining some experience with computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Also, try to get exposure to multiphysics codes like COMSOL.
I don't know if Westinghouse uses Comsol in-house, but it would be beneficial to have that experience. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is one aspect of multiphysics. There are other packages, e.g. ANSYS, ABAQUS, and NASTRAN, which seem to be the most popular. They have evolved over the past three decades or so.Thanks Astronuc.
I actually was thinking about learning COMSOL multiphysics, but I didn't know if it would used as wide as others. I think that COMSOL uses CFDs, are there any other specific type programs that you recommend? I was also thinking about taking a course in numerical partial differential equations because I know this is evolved in finite element, would this be a benefit.
I know Westinghouse uses ANSYS since I've seen some analyses.Thanks a lot Astronuc. So how would I find out what FEM software they use?
Energize your career with a dynamic global leader in the nuclear industry. Westinghouse, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Advance your career in the dynamic nuclear power industry by joining the worldwide, motivated team of employees at Westinghouse. Nearly 50 percent of the nuclear power plants in operation worldwide, and nearly 60 percent in the United States, are based on Westinghouse technology.
We are currently seeking a Structural or Mechanical Engineer for the Nuclear Component Engineering group within Westinghouse Electric Company. The Design and Analysis team in Nuclear Component Engineering helps customers enhance the availability and reliability of their operating plants by completing analytical studies and providing designs for replacement of major components of the Nuclear Steam Supply System. Examples include Steam Generators and Pressurizers for Pressurized Water Reactors. This helps the utility extend plant life, reduce operation and maintenance costs and maintain regulatory compliance. Designs include advanced materials and features based upon 3-dimensional design tools and analyzes using modern codes and analytical methods, structural and thermal-hydraulic calculations. The team also is designing components for the AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant, the Westinghouse Advanced Passive NSSS design that is currently being built.
In this position, a Structural or Mechanical Engineer can expect to perform the following duties:
- Analyze structural components of steam generators and other hardware for commercial nuclear power plants. Analyses would include dynamic, vibratory and thermal-hydraulic calculations.
- Analyze structural components using the most up to date tools including ANSYS Workbench
- Understand and interpret design documents including drawings and calculation summaries.
- Prepare formal calculations and ASME Design Code reports.
- Review design drawings, disposition of manufacturing deviations, and development of new analysis methods.
- Interface with other disciplines such as design engineers, thermal-hydraulics engineers, materials/welding engineering, and drafting.
- Occasional travel, both domestic and international, to customer and vendor facilities to provide on-site support, presentations, or aid in issue resolution. A successful candidate would be familiar with and/or have experience with the following:
- Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline with 5 years of experience.
- Masters degree in an engineering discipline is desirable.
- Registered Professional Engineering license is desirable.
- Experience with Finite element modeling and analysis is required.
- ANSYS/Workbench experience is desired.
- Experience with the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code as it relates to nuclear component analysis.