Software Engineer - Controls

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.  we are committed to excellence in every business initiative. BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC) has achieved an enviable international reputation for excellence in the supply of nuclear fuel and fuel handling systems and service for CANDU reactors in both domestic and international markets. Our success is the result of our commitment to our employees, customers, quality & EHS initiatives.


Software Engineer - Controls


We are seeking a Software Engineer - Controls for our Peterborough, ON location.


BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada is involved in the design, manufacture, development, testing and service of on-power refueling and reactor maintenance tooling sold around the world. Today, BWXT’s equipment is being used in most of the nuclear power plants in Canada.  Check out the YouTube video of an innovative product we recently designed and manufactured in partnership with Bruce Power, called the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System Channel Access Device.  Go to YouTube and search for video: “Bruce Unveils new BRIMS Tool”. There are exceptional opportunities to learn and grow with a career in the nuclear industry in Ontario.


The Peterborough community invites you to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy life. We have an abundance of recreational opportunities, festivals, and entertainment that is fueled by culture, nature and homegrown culinary experiences. Friendly people, inspiring landscapes, rich forest tracts, and incredible lakes are waiting for you in the heart of cottage country. The region is home to 140,000 people (approx. 83,000 in the City of Peterborough) in addition to the charming towns, townships and villages that make up the County. We offer the best of all worlds here and we’d like you to get to know us a bit better.


In this role you will:


- Design, implement and test modern PLC-based control systems for robotic applications in nuclear power plants and products.

- Design modern replacements for legacy microprocessor or computer-based control systems.

- Upgrade and maintain legacy control systems to extend their service life.

- Provide follow-up support and service of installed systems.




- Architecting and designing new control system software, and extending existing systems to accommodate new functionality.

- Coordinating with other engineering disciplines to produce consistent, integrated designs with well-defined interfaces.

- Interfacing with vendors on technical support issues.

- Interfacing directly with customer technical personnel to support and service installed systems at Canadian nuclear generating stations.

- Analyzing, developing and writing Software Requirements Specifications for new and re-engineered control systems.

- Writing other design, installation and maintenance documents




- Minimum 5 years experience in industrial control (PLC, HMI, SCADA, etc.) software architecture, design and implementation.

- Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

- Current P.Eng. or L.E.L. through PEO, or eligible for engineering licence through PEO.

- Knowledge of IEC 61131-3 languages.

- Experience with verification and validation of control system software, including automated techniques.

- Experience in requirements analysis and documentation.

- Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.


Desired Characteristics:


- Experience in the Canadian nuclear industry, or another highly-regulated industry (aerospace, defense, medical, etc).

- Involvement with on-site acceptance and commissioning of automated control systems, with customer interface.


BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended or any other category protected by federal law.

BWX Technologies
Full time
Peterborough, ON, CA