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Quality Control/Construction Support Engineering Technician (CSET), China Lake

Requisition ID:  230003

Project Information:

Bechtel is preparing to provide program management and construction management support services at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Following an earthquake that devastated the U.S. Navy installation in July 2019, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is undertaking a massive $2.5B recovery effort to repair the installation.


The mission at China Lake is critical to our national security and the amount of funding over a short period of time is significant. As a result, having the right tools and experienced personnel will be necessary to keep the complex recovery program on track to deliver NAVFAC’s crucial mission.


The Bechtel team will be collocated on-site with the client and based in Ridgecrest, California, a city that is approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. For base access, U.S citizenship is required, and all candidates must complete and pass an SF-85-P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, and obtain Secret clearance.


This project may have multiple work schedules that are subject to change and may require employees to work overtime, weekends and/or night shift when a business need arises.


This posting is for multiple positions, and is contingent upon contract award.


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


Position Overview:

The individual will be assigned to a construction contract management team as part of the Construction Management Services Bechtel is providing to NAVFAC at China Lake. The individual will be the primary person responsible for the on-site QA and safety compliance, review and witness subcontractor’s work plans, inspections, testing, commissioning/certification of their installations.  


Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  1. Determines the technical requirements for the assigned scope of work, and coordinates with Engineering on constructability issues
  2. Coordinates technical change documents (field changes, etc.) with responsible engineers, as required.
  3. Coordinates and resolves material/equipment issues with Procurement, as required.
  4. Reviews specifications, purchase orders, subcontracts, inspection reports, delivery schedules, instruction manuals and technical data to assist and advise on‑site.
  5. Analyzes assigned activities to determine the scope, time and resource requirements.
  6. Coordinates with the appropriate site management on activities affecting the contract administration operation.
  7. Reviews, as assigned, the preparation of construction estimates, cost engineering studies, schedules and budgets.
  8. Reviews project controls documents on progress relating to cost and schedule.
  9. Must successfully complete the 8-hr class titled “Construction Quality Management for Contractors” course associated with the ACOE. Course completion can be accomplished prior to on-boarding or within 60 days of onboarding.
  10. Provide overall coordination of the construction quality management program for assigned projects.
  11. Provide recommendations toward approval of contractor quality control plan.
  12. Attend selective quality control, preparatory and initial meetings, and monitor three-phase checklists for accuracy and thoroughness.
  13. Provide relevant remarks on Government Quality Assurance (QA) reports (or in identified section of Contractor’s Quality Control (QC) reports particularly on critical, definable features of work included.
  14. Take/file/distribute progress photos.
  15. Validate quantity, condition, and approval of materials on site prior to Government issuing invoice payments.
  16. Coordinate support to review and witness successful testing and commissioning/certification of critical systems (i.e., mechanical – Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning/Testing and Air Balance/Duct Air Leakage Testing/Direct Digital Controls, electrical -Pad Mounted Transformers/High-Voltage Systems/Switchgear/Automatic Transfer Switches/Frequency Converters, fire and life safety/fire protection systems, roofing systems, and underwater structures). Generally, assure quality workmanship in accordance with specifications and industry standards on aspects of construction.
  17. Attend/witness selected tests and review all applicable test reports and results.
  18. Perform cursory review of Activity Hazard Analyses (AHAs) and ensure via the Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) that these are discussed by the construction contractor and their respective subcontractors prior to beginning each work activity or when a new work crew is to perform the work in accordance with the three phases of QC.
  19. Review and provide recommendations towards acceptance of Crane Critical Lift Plans, along with crane operation qualifications and certificate compliance. Must be familiar with crane safety requirements. Observe critical lifts.
  20. Ensure construction contractor is conducting monthly site safety self-evaluations and submitting the information with the pay vouchers/invoices perform worksite safety assessments, as needed.
  21. Take appropriate, timely action to ensure construction contractor compliance of safety and health requirements, including leading safety stand-downs, as required, and recommending dismissal of key construction contractor staff from the project due to non-performance or recurring violations.
  22. Ensure reporting of contractor significant incidences/near misses with a focus that corrective actions have been taken. Perform cursory review/ of Contractor’s Significant Incidence Reports (CSIRs) and OSHA Form 300 (Contractor’s Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses).
  23. Support extensive contact with key construction contractor representatives to promote an atmosphere of partnering and cooperation and to quickly resolve problems and maintain construction schedule.
  24. Coordinate temporary utility and communication hook-ups for contractor, utility outages and road closures.
  25. Coordinate lay-down area and storage areas, as required.
  26. Coordinate excavation, hot work, burn and other construction-related permits, as required, subject to local restrictions.
  27. Support as a point of contact for Supported Command interface/coordination in the field.
  28. Assist with investigation of potential latent defects.
  29. Assist with coordination of the installation of cylinders/cores, keying system, and turnover of keys to owner/occupant and coordination of the facility system training for owner/occupants/PW shops personnel.
  30. Review pre-final contract drawings and specifications (particularly Division 01 administrative requirements) and technical Request for Proposal respectively. Perform on-site visits to review constructability and compatibility with actual field conditions. During design development and constructability review, provide technical knowledge of local conditions, including availability of construction materials and skilled labor. For problems found, make solution recommendations for designer consideration.
  31. Actively participate in partnering sessions, depending on the nature and scope of the construction contract. Facilitate effective relationships and processes between contractors, Supported Command, and government team members.
  32. Support the review/approval of all Government-approved technical and administrative submittals, including, but not limited to, the schedule of prices, contractor’s baseline critical path schedule, accident prevention plan, activity hazard analyses, safety and health plan, quality control plan, test plans/reports, performance verification tests of major systems, etc.
  33. Investigate problems that may arise on construction contracts, such as unforeseen conditions, differing site conditions, and dimension conflicts. Make recommendations for solutions.
  34. Support preliminary scheduling meeting and review 3-week look ahead schedules.
  35.  Review updates of the baseline schedule with the CM to determine historical accuracy and general condition of the contract performance.
  36. Review and annotate as required, contractor daily reports.
  37. Assure environmental compliance by contractor and coordinate Environmental Protection Agency jobsite visits, when required.
  38. Review and verify the accuracy of as-built drawings in support of invoice payments.
  39. Arrange and coordinate pre-final and final acceptance inspections and track completion of punch list items.
  40. Support the close-out process, including delivery of as-built drawings, warranties, Operations & Maintenance (O&M) manuals, and spare part turnover.


Required Qualifications:

1. Must have:

a. Minimum of 6 years of verified experience as a Quality Control Manager or Superintendent working for general contractors on NAVFAC, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) or other federal projects  


b. 10 years of verified foreman experience in one or more of the following trades: Concrete; Mechanical; Electrical; Masonry; or Carpentry on commercial/industrial/military projects


c. 5 years as an Engineering Technician or Field/Construction Engineer with either NAVFAC or ACOE

2.  Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check, including verification of employment and education

3.  Must be able to obtain a site security badge

4.  Must be physically capable to participate in project walkdowns, which may require the following activities: extensive walking in and around a construction site, climbing ladders, climbing scaffolding, walking on elevated platforms,

walking on uneven surfaces, climbing in or maneuvering around very small and/or confined spaces, and lifting up to 40 lbs. without assistance.

5.  This project may have multiple work schedules that are subject to change and may require employees to work overtime, weekends and/or night shift when a business need arises.

6.  Must have a valid driver's license

7.  Must be a US Citizen


Basic Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

1.    Possess technical knowledge of a specialized engineering discipline, cost, scheduling and/or contracts administration relating to the construction of heavy industrial or commercial complexes.

2.    Demonstrated leadership in a team-based environment.

3.    Knowledge of project-specific environmental compliance requirements. General awareness of environmental laws.

4.    Awareness of government compliance standards.

5.    Familiarity with current industry quality standards.

6.    General awareness of local labor laws and issues.

7.    General knowledge of state, federal and local contracting requirements.

8.    Experience working with, supervising and administering subcontractors.

9.    Knowledge of the use of subcontracts, and the contractor and subcontractor’s responsibilities contained in subcontract documents.

10.  Tactful and professional communications both orally and in writing to all levels of authority and stakeholders.

11.  Ability to perform constructability reviews on solicitation packages whether they consist of performance and prescriptive requirements for design-build procurements or plans and specifications for design-bid-build procurements.

12.  Developed soft skills that allow one to work effectively with other government professionals, client representatives, contractor management, labor personnel, and others of varying backgrounds and experiences.

13.  Well versed in quality control processes as they relate to construction projects.

14.  Knowledge and understanding of the requirements within the Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1-1, Safety and Health manual and/or the OS 29 CFR 1926, Construction Regulations, and cognizance of the types of the typical

hazards associated with active construction sites.

15.  Technical expertise in at least one construction trade that can be leveraged throughout the OICC Office.

16.  Good general knowledge of the various types of construction contracts, project delivery methods, and local, State, and Federal laws, regulation and building codes/criteria pertaining to construction.

17.  Fundamental knowledge and skill with the Microsoft Office suite of applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).


Level 2

Larger and more complex scope assignments will require Grade 26 level of performance. 


Level 1

Scope assignments determined to not fall into the large or complex category will utilize Grade 25 experience.


*This position is contingent upon award of the contract*

Bechtel’s internal staffing policy includes the minimum time that you need to be in your current  

   position before applying to a new position. Please refer to the applicable policy manual and ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

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; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; 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, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.