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Principal Piping Engineer

Job Description

Principal Piping Engineer - Greater Philadelphia area

Work Location:  Full Time on Site

Employment Type: Permanent   

Salary offered:

·        Experience of 10 - 15 years, salary: 140,000/yr + benefits

·        Experience of 15+ years, salary: up to $165,000/yr + benefits  

Hours: Full time / 40 hours (onsite)

Relocation Assistance: Offered


Specific Areas of Responsibility:

  • Extract plant configuration files from Smart 3D model and perform the necessary translation and transformation to generate an AutoPIPE native file, manually making updates as required.

  • Using system design descriptions and piping & instrumentation diagrams, incorporate all applicable loading and load combinations that are pertinent to the system per the applicable service levels.

  • Use AutoPIPE to locate supports with appropriate stiffness. After applicable analyses, identify areas of critical over stress regions and recommend routing and support changes to facilitate a viable and cost-effective system.

  • Design optimal pipe supports when standard pipe supports are not adequate.

  • For rupture evaluation, locate postulated leak and break points and design whip restraints and barriers to mitigate damage to other systems.

  • Perform Leak Before Break fracture mechanics evaluation to preclude pipe breaks.

  • Review sketches and other conceptual design information for subsequent development.

  • Perform independent verification, validation, and oversight of engineering activities.

  • Develop and maintain SMR standards and conduct of engineering methods in functional area.

  • Provide mentoring and technical direction in areas of expertise to civil/mechanical team.

  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations to internal and external organizations, including regulatory interactions for which the Principal Piping Engineer will provide subject matter expertise.

  • Collaborate with subcontractors and colleagues, including other subject matter experts.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in mechanical, materials, or closely related field of engineering.

  • 10+ years of design experience using ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Section III) to design piping and pipe supports.

  • 5+ years of nuclear experience (e.g. NSSS vendor, EPC, utility, engineering consulting, etc.).

  • Working knowledge of analytical tools (AutoPIPE, CAESAR II, ANSYS) to analyze time history and response spectrum, transient steam/water hammer, transient safety relief valve discharge, fatigue, etc. and the combinations thereof.

  • Working knowledge of various pipe supports (shoes, rods, struts, etc.) and experience designing and analyzing pipe supports and supplementary steel.

  • Effective communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail and capable of producing error-free documents.

  • Demonstrated good judgment, flexibility, adaptability, mentoring skills, and ability to act independently.

  • Ability to plan and organize work tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Strong math, analytical, problem-solving, and computer skills.

  • Eligible to work under 10 CFR Part 810.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in mechanical, materials, or closely related field of engineering.

  • Experience with the Smart 3D (previously SmartPlant 3D) software suite and CAD tools (SolidWorks and AutoCAD).

  • Subject matter expertise with ASME B31.1.

  • Experience performing pipe rupture analysis and fracture mechanics evaluations.

  • Experience working with fabricators/constructors to develop practical and cost-effective designs.

  • Experience in commercial nuclear or naval nuclear design.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of U.S. Nuclear Regulations and Guidance from 10 CFR 50; 10 CFR 52; NUREG-0800 Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6; and nuclear quality assurance.

  • P.E. License.




Greater Philadelphia area


April / May 2024 or asap


Permanent Position



Laurie Beggs


(727) 743-9089


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