Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

Principal Nuclear Facilities Operations Specialist (Shift Operations Manager)

Posted Date 2 months ago(7/17/2020 10:31 AM)
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If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place!


At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us!


MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and HII Nuclear Inc.


MSTS is seeking a Principal Nuclear Facilities Operations Specialist to support the U1a Complex team as the Shift Operations Manager (SOM).  The SOM will report to the U1a Complex Operations Manager and will support the U1a Complex Facility Manager. This position supports the facility’s mission of performing subcritical experiments (SCEs) as part of the Stockpile Stewardship Program.


Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain overall command and control of the U1a Complex (“the facility”) during applicable shifts.
  • Implement the requirements contained in U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Orders including Conduct of Operations.  Ensures that all employees reporting to this position are informed about the standards of operation of a nuclear facility.
  • Responsible areas include: Work control and authorization, shift turnover, operator routines and rounds, communication, control and status of equipment and systems, control area activities, independent verifications, procedure compliance, emergency response, and on-the-job training. 
  • Ensure events are properly reported to management and DOE in a timely manner. Also ensures management reviews are conducted with appropriate personnel in case of an issue or facility event.
  • Ensure completion of shift rounds and routines assigned to the shift. Ensure proper follow-up to equipment conditions if found to be in an abnormal state while rounds and routines are being conducted.
  • Ensures the shift crew reviews changes to facility procedures, facility modifications, Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) and the Documented Safety Analysis. Ensures Surveillance Requirements, In-Process Inspections and Specific Administrative Controls specified in the TSR are performed in accordance with applicable facility procedures and/or SCE checklists.
  • Maintain overall authority for the control, administration and auditing of the Hazardous Energy Control Program at the facility and the installed facility Temporary Modifications in accordance with MSTS procedures.
  • Maintain facility housekeeping and communicate importance of good housekeeping attitude to facility workers.
  • Ensure safety of personnel in the facility by maintaining a working knowledge and enforcement of facility, company, and regulatory requirements. Conduct safety observations, safety audits and observe operator rounds, and help ensure deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the shift is properly staffed and trained to perform operational and emergency activities during the shift. Ensure assigned personnel are fit for duty and qualified to perform assigned duties and tasks in accordance with facility training program requirements. Review each operator’s knowledge before qualifying an operator for a task. Serve as trainer/evaluator for the On-Shift Training Evaluation Program.
  • Lead or participate in abnormal drills and emergency drills and exercises at the facility.
  • Interface directly with DOE Facility Representatives on items related to all aspects of facility operations and safety.
  • Direct activities of Operations, Maintenance, Construction, Mission, Facility Engineering, Radiological Controls, Fire Protection, Work Control, Quality Assurance, and Industrial Hygiene to accomplish the objectives of the facility.
  • Assumes the role of Local Emergency Director (LED) who, in part, directs emergency actions for the facility and is responsible for maintaining the facility log book.
  • Expected work schedule:
    • Support night shift facility operations (Approximately 1600 hours to 0230 hours, per shift.)
    • Work schedule is 5 days, Monday through Friday and will require overtime.
    • Rotations between day shift and night shift SOM's may be utilized.
    • Shift differential premiums and straight overtime rates will be utilized, when working the night shift.
  • Perform other duties assigned by Management.
  • Accept individual responsibility and accountability for environment, safety, health, and quality processes within personal control, personal safety, and the safety of co-workers. Comply with established regulations and procedures for environment, safety, health, and quality and perform duties in a way that will not cause personal danger, endanger other individuals, or violate environment, safety, health, and quality regulations. Promptly correct or report any hazard or potential hazard to supervision. Participate in and embrace MSTS environment, safety, health, and quality initiatives.


Due to the nature of our work, US Citizenship is required for all positions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, plus at least 9 years’ related experience, 3 years’ experience of which must be in nuclear operations, engineering or maintenance. Related experience must be in nuclear facility management, maintenance or engineering, radiation protection, safety, nuclear training and qualification management, conduct of operations, nuclear operations, nuclear safety, and/or criticality safety position. Examples include nuclear operations, engineering or maintenance such as those found at a DOE nuclear facility, commercial power plant, or U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. Related experience must include working with requirements-based systems in areas such as facility operations, engineering, maintenance, and/or radiological control.
  • Must have understanding of the Nuclear Facility Safety Basis Fundamentals including operational scenarios that involve significant risks to the facility worker and to the public which the SOM will need to understand and be able to manage.
  • Must have an understanding of facility balance of plant equipment and systems and those systems relating to nuclear operations.
  • Must understand the impacts to equipment and systems due to system changes or modifications and how to monitor and control equipment and systems in the facility.
  • Must understand how to avoid situations and hazards that may cause issues to personnel or equipment within the facility and will be responsible for immediately mitigating potential hazards
  • Must be proficient with a computer and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Must be capable of utilizing monitoring and control systems.
  • Must be able to work outside in cold temperatures during the winter and extreme heat in the summer.
  • Must be able to work in an underground facility.
  • Must have excellent communication, leadership, and problem solving skills to work in a fast paced environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted. Applicant selected will be subject to a federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.


Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.


MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.