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Nuclear Project Engineer

Requisition ID:  255447

Requisition Posting End Date: 06/13/2022

Project Overview: 


Nuclear Project Engineer (Los Alamos National Laboratory)


Bechtel is one of the most respected engineering, project management and construction companies in the world. In our Nuclear, Security and Environmental (NS&E) global business unit, the demand for our expertise is growing as we deliver the entire project life cycle from research and development through engineering, procurement, construction and operation to decontamination and decommissioning. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that make the world cleaner and safer.


This position will support our nation’s premier laboratory in executing their mission.  LANL is responsible for deterrence and stockpile stewardship, protecting against nuclear threats and evaluating emerging threats and opportunities.  Due to Bechtel’s position within the DOE it is vitally important to all, that LANL is successful in meeting their mission. 


We invite you to join our team for this very interesting opportunity!


Position Summary:

The Plutonium Infrastructure Engineering Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory develops, maintains, and applies a diverse set of engineering capabilities to provide innovative engineering solutions that enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission. We are responsible for implementing the Conduct of Engineering (COE) program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in direct support of the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Plutonium

Infrastructure (ALDPi) portfolio. The positions are in nuclear and/or non‐nuclear facilities located within the Pajarito corridor of the laboratory. The program elements include processes, standards, training, and qualifications that are generally applicable throughout the life cycle of a facility. They exist to effectively manage risks and satisfy customer requirements in a safe, secure, cost effective, and environmentally responsible manner.


This position will be assigned to the Plutonium Infrastructure Engineering Division. As a Project Engineer you will act as the lead technical representative for engineering activities related to the planning, design, execution, and closeout of projects. You will be expected to lead and manage development of projects with an integrated project team (IPT) that includes both customers, stakeholders, subject matter experts and others. You will manage engineering design efforts for

both internal and external engineering design teams; manage design reviews, and assure comments are implemented by facilitating the resolution of comments and ensure delivery of the design product. For all design efforts, this includes verification of complaint design delivery at each stage (i.e., 30/60/90/100 %).


  • For external design execution, this may require management of the contract; coordination of design deliverables; supporting design progress through team meetings; obtaining and aiding in resolving LANL subject matter expert comments.
  • For internally produced design, this may include management of design schedule, determining design team staffing needs, managing costs, quality checks, and overall delivery.
  • Develop cost estimates with the Engineering Services technical team for project support.
  • Manage technical requirements for construction, including coordinating designer‐constructor interface, design changes, submittal reviews, inspection documentation, and request for information (RFI), commissioning, and certificate of occupancy process.
  • Work with the integrated project team to assure substantial completion, punch‐list, as built and turnover process is correctly implemented for project closeout; and work with document management representatives to ensure all project documentation is complete and stored in the appropriate repositories.
  • Adhere to and enforce the policies, programs, procedures, and practices with the requirements of the LANL Conduct of Engineering program.
  • Plan, forecast, and identify necessary engineering resources to support project workload requirements; reviewing project engineering progress against approved schedules and budgets; evaluating changes; and taking corrective action when required.
  • Work with the LANL Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) representatives such as building official, fire marshal, electrical safety officer, etc. for identification of requirements, permitting, and issues resolution.
  • Resolve field‐initiated questions on engineering, visits jobsite, aide in the resolution of construction related technical issue; resolve a wide range of design and constructability issues in creative ways that adhere to codes and standards; and provide resolutions to a diverse range of complex problems.
  • Make recommendations to engineering management on project assignments of key personnel and requests for specialized professional services.


Qualifications and Skills

 Basic Qualifications:

  • BS or advanced degree in Engineering, Applied Sciences, or another technical field from an accredited university or college with a minimum 2 years of progressive related experience.
  • Knowledge of engineering design processes and procedures including industry codes and standards.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings, specifications, and contract language.
  • Desktop automation skills required (MS Office Suite)
  • Knowledge of project engineering processes and procedures consistent with the job description. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with NQA-1 quality requirements.


Desired Qualifications

  • Engineer in Training Certificate and/or a professional registration as professional engineer or registered architect.
  • Advanced degree in relevant field.
  • Experience with designs utilizing AutoCAD tools. 
  • Experience with developing schedules using tools such as MS Project or Oracle P6.
  • Knowledge of DOE and LANL Engineering Standards and Conduct of Engineering principals, policies and procedures, standards, including DOE O 413.B‐Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets.
  • Experience in DOE/NNSA nonreactor nuclear facilities and radiological facilities or projects. 


Location This position will be physically located in Los Alamos. Monthly reports to the Bechtel Project Manager will be required.




Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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