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Simulator Specialist

Holtec International
Covert MI

Simulator Specialist  

Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) is currently seeking a Simulator Specialist to join the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant team in Covert, MI. 

We are proud of our reputation for professional and technical excellence, and we recognize that the key to upholding that reputation resides in the excellence of our employees. We are looking for talent who brings value to the organization and contribute in advancing our business and reputation. 

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant may soon become the first nuclear power plant in the United States to restart after previously entering the early stages of decommissioning. By joining our team, you will be part of a unique and historic undertaking for the industry and the nation.


Operate, Maintain, and Test the Training Simulator in accordance with ANSI 3.5, Nuclear Power Plant Simulators for Use in Operator Training and Examination.  


  • A successful applicant for this position will be responsible for the coordination of maintenance, simulator software models, and testing to improve performance and resolve differences between the reference plant and the simulator (software specialist).
  • The candidate will be expected to maintain real-time software models of nuclear power plant electrical, reactor and secondary control, thermal heat balance, and fluid process systems, using custom software packages.
  • Monitor and track simulator deficiencies.
  • Identify and resolve simulator problems; troubleshoot simulator software and hardware problems; identify causes; acquire spare parts and supplies; perform work; test repairs to ensure success.
  •  Produce simulator performance metrics for management oversight. Develop work packages and work plans to resolve simulator deficiencies.
  • Develop test plans and supporting documentation to ensure simulator performance adheres to industry standards and federal guidelines.
  • Interface with simulator instructional staff to ensure fidelity and performance are maintained. Supports station business initiatives, refueling outages, Emergency Planning (EP) duties, and other projects. 


Previous or current SRO license or SRO Certification (preferred) with nuclear power plant simulator industry experience.  Ability, as necessary, to work off-normal hours to meet simulator maintenance and testing requirements in support of training schedule. Good interpersonal skills, effective writing and verbal communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to instruct. Can work independently to identify/troubleshoot/resolve simulator software issues, including the development and implementation of testing schedules, program diagnostic activities, and apply software patches. Proficiency in FORTRAN computer programming language and a working knowledge of the Windows operating system desired. Additional proficiency in C++, Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft Office applications and experience with software programming is a plus. 

Minimum education required of the position  

A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution in computer science, physics, information technology, engineering, applied science or related technical degree.

Without a degree, a successful candidate must have nine or more years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of advanced technical education and experience which includes power plant operations, electrical, programming, electronics, simulation modeling, and/or digital controls. 

Minimum experience required of the position  

Four or more years of experience as a nuclear simulator software specialist or six years in a technical nuclear field: Instrument and Control (I&C) technician and Operations. Training, or experience in thermal power plant basics and nuclear power plant systems operations. 

Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the position  

Can operate, maintain, upgrade, and test a full scope reference plant nuclear simulator.  

Any certificates, licenses, etc., required for the position  

SRO, or SRO Certification on BWR or PWR (preferable).  

HDI offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; time-off programs; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. HDI is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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