Process Engineer at South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

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Job Purpose:

To independently perform chemical/process engineering design of subsections of plants of facilities and to support the operation and optimisation of Necsa’s plants and R&D projects in accordance with Necsa, SHEQ, regulatory and nuclear licencing requirements on a project basis (as part of an engineering team under full, limited to no direct supervision of an engineer-in-training, junior engineer to engineer respectively).requirements.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Perform concept and basic process engineering of plants or facilities on assigned SSCs and produce typical output documentation to specify the product/s appropriately and in sufficient detail for efficient configuration management;
  • Provide process engineering input to the detail design phases of projects;
  • Provide input to feasibility studies;
  • Perform the function of SSC owner for facilities in which ENS is appointed as design authority and takes responsibility for the performance of an integrated system;
  • Typically be accountable for own engineering output and expected to independently deliver suitable output to achieve set project objectives when performing as an engineer;
  • Apply application internationally acceptable standards during the design process, specifically for subsections of facilities and SSCs
  • Incorporate the approved design processes and safety, licensing and SHEQ-INS requirements into products/output to ensure compliance with the design control plan and applicable regulations and stakeholder requirements
  • Contribute to Design Reviews, and update design accordingly
  • Contribute to Hazard and Operability Studies, and update design accordingly
  • Interact with the customer to ensure that reliable information and input is obtained from the customer and other stakeholders as input to design and problem solving for SSCs;
  • Undertake problem solving and optimisation across Necsa and subsidiaries relating to chemical/process engineering aspects in process plants, (e.g. product purity, equipment malfunctioning, etc.) on an ad-hoc basis/ as requested with limited specialized guidance
  • Check technical reports and design output of a process/chemical engineering nature of team members to ensure accuracy, sound assumptions and correct application of the selected codes and standards (e.g. perform design verification including alternative calculations where required).
  • Conduct research and analysis to ensure recommendation of optimal and effective solutions to process engineering problems;
  • Obtain sufficient information on operations of Necsa facilities to ensure that services add value and to minimise induction time.


  • Sound knowledge of the systems acquisition process, i.e. from plant design to commissioning
  • Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle
  • Knowledge of process engineering and ability to perform process engineering design calculations (mass and energy balance, unit operations sizing, pressure drop calculations, etc.) and specifications.
  • Sound knowledge of chemical unit operations and design of units and SSCs
  • General knowledge of all other engineering disciplines
  • Ability to apply recommended Engineering Standards for specific applications.
  • Ability to perform work of medium to complex nature accurately and promptly, without supervision.
  • Computer literacy and ability to learn to use new advanced engineering software as required.
  • Self-training to attain new skills and knowledge when required.
  • Be physically and mentally fit to work in nuclear and processing facilities (e.g. be registered as nuclear and chemical workers when required)..


  • Analytical Thinking & Attention to Detail
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity / Innovation
  • Time & self-Management
  • Drive (Results Orientation)
  • Relationship Building
  • Customer Service Orientation
  • Effective communication
  • Efficient and concise writing skills
  • Ability to identify scope of work and deliver focused output to address the scope and solve the essence of problems
  • Ability to solve problems, think “ot-of the box” and determine the root cause of problems
  • Safety Orientations
  • Technical / Professional Competence
  • Knowledge Sharing

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Engineering degree (B.Eng/ BSc.Eng) in Chemical Engineering
  • Registered or in a process of registering as a professional engineer with ECSA


  • At least 3 years’ experience in a process engineering environment


Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

Closing date:16 April 2024



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