2024 Fall Student –Engineering Student


Position Number407
Security ClearanceClass 1 (A) Reliability Status with Site Access Security Clearance (SASC)
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world-renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this Fall then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.

Department: Operations Support Specialists in Licensed Nuclear Facilities Branch
Number of Positions: 1
Duration:  4 months (beginning in September)
Discipline:  Engineering or similar program at a recognized university.
Year of study: Students having completed at least one year of study.
Location: Chalk River, ON

All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate. Students must submit a resume, cover letter, and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of May 26th, 2024 @11:59pm to ensure consideration for student employment.  The employment period generally runs from the beginning of September to the end of December (for a 4 month work term).

Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status with Site Access Security Clearance (SASC) which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom. CNL implements security screening in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat “Standard on Security Screening” and the “Policy on Government Security”.

Engineering Student
The Engineering Student will work in the Operations Support Specialists Section of the Licensed Nuclear Facilities Branch and will report directly to the Manager of the Operations Support Specialists within the S&T Facilities Operations Division. The student will support the operations activities of the Licensed Nuclear Facilities which includes Universal Hot Cells (UC), Fuels and Materials Cells (FMC), Tritium Facility (TF), Recycled Fuel Fabrication Facility (RFFL), Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility and ZED-2 Nuclear Reactor.  The Engineering Student will work with Engineering Operations Specialists to provide technical support, execute facility improvements, perform commercial & internal projects support, system health monitoring, aging management, obsolescence management, maintenance, and process systems support.  The candidate will also assist in the general operations of the Facility with supervision and oversight in their project areas.

The successful candidate will begin with a focus on implementing changes in the Facilities thus acquiring technical expertise in the design and operation of Facility systems. This position offers an excellent opportunity for career development while working on a variety of systems, small and large projects and several new programs and initiatives. The position offers unique challenges, exposure to commissioning activities, operating systems problem solving and design interface activities.
This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic student interested in Engineering and we look forward to working with the student hired as they grow their skills with us.

What you will be doing!
•    Job shadowing with an Engineering mentor to assist on projects.
•    Interact with facility staff to update procedures.
•    Work on assigned projects in the Nuclear Facilities to effect improvements.
•    Assist in troubleshooting emergent breakdowns of equipment within the facilities.
•    Assist in the procurement of various system components to meet QA & industry standards.

What we are looking for:
•    Must be currently enrolled in 1st year or higher in any University Engineering program
•    Good communication skills, both verbal and written
•    Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
•    Radiation Protection group 4 training (will be given by CNL)

Are you in this field / program?
Applicants should be students in an Engineering or similar program at a recognized university. Students having completed at least one year of study.

Why CNL? 
Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?
•    Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
•    Restore and protect the Environment.
•    Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield.  Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep!  In fact, Deep River was named as the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.  Read here further on our DE&I Commitment.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.