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Area Field Engineer, UPF (220718)

  • Requisition ID:  220718
  • Position Title: Area Field Engineer, UPF (220718)
  • Project: Uranium Processing Facility (UPF)
  • Location: Oak Ridge, TN 
  • Relocation Authorized:  None
  • US Citizenship Required: Yes
  • Badging: Must be able to obtain badging
  • Other Requirements: Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education



Project Description:

Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), Bechtel’s government services business, is one of the top providers to departments and agencies of the U.S. and British governments. Its successes include many large, first-of-a-kind projects in government site management, environmental restoration, defense, space, energy, and national and homeland security. This position will provide support to the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) located at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


UPF will be built by 2025 for $6.5 billion and will be a first-of-its-kind complex for enriched uranium operations in support of Y-12 missions. UPF is one of the Department of Energy’s largest investments in Tennessee since the Manhattan Project and one of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s largest construction projects. When complete, UPF will: replace a 70-year-old facility with modern buildings, reduce operational costs and energy consumption, improve worker safety, and provide enriched uranium capabilities well into the future.


The UPF Construction project works on various schedules with differing start times pending project needs.  Standard work week is 4-10 schedule Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.


Eligibility for this position requires US citizenship; successful candidate must provide proof of US citizenship in order to obtain badge access to the site. Candidate must complete security questionnaire and successfully clear site access requirements check. All employees are subject and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment.  Must be able to obtain a security clearance, as applicable.


Role Overview:

Assigned to the Construction organization in an Area Field Engineer capacity. Responsible for supervising and directing assigned Field Engineering Staff and other support organizations (Safety, Project Controls, etc.) to support Area work execution.  Ensures assigned construction personnel are tasked to appropriate work scopes and that construction operations are performed safely, in compliance with specifications and within budget and schedules. Coordinate with other Area Functional Leads to ensure field issues are resolved.  Reports to the Area Project Management Team on a daily basis with functional reporting to the Construction Management Team (Project Field Engineer). Position responsibilities include:


  • Responsible for all Field Engineering activities within an assigned facility/ area. 
  • Supports the Area Superintendent and the Project Management team with cost management in an assigned facility/area:  trend development, quantity reporting (verification) to support the QURR, change management, budget variance analysis review and inputs to construction estimates, forecast developments and supports the Cost Account Manager (CAM) for Earned Value Management System (EVMS) compliance.
  • Responsible for the implementation of corporate/ project policies, procedures and instructions within assigned operations.
  • Responsible for implementing the Quality Control program in an assigned facility/area and ensuring installed commodities meet UPF construction quality requirements.
  • Manages field generated change documents (FCRs/FCNs) or non-conformances (NCRs)
  • Manages and coordinates inspection record generation, implementation and closure to support field activities and the turnover process.
  • Works with Site Supervision and Project Controls to manage area schedules, processes/procedures and Construction Work Packages (CWPs).
  • Coordinates Field Engineering staffing requirements with the Discipline Leads.
  • Manages Area specific Condition Reports including creating Corrective Action Plans and participating in Casual (apparent/root) Analysis
  • Supervises and directs Field Engineering personnel within assigned area and coordinates with Discipline Leads on process/procedure implementation.
  • Implements automated tools (TeamWorks, InfoWorks, Fighters, Unifier, etc.) within and assigned area and ensures implementation consistency with Field Engineering Team
  • Participates with subcontract formation, coordination, execution and close out for Construction Subcontracts in an assigned facility/area
  • Monitors the activities of subcontractors to ensure compliance with specifications and subcontract requirements.
  • Supports construction-based risk items in an assigned facility/area.
  • Understands and implements work schedules associated with the UPF execution plan and schedule.
  • Participates in the area planning schedules (three week look ahead, 90/180 day, Plan of the Day, etc.).
  • Coordinates activities with other disciplines or areas, and clients' resident representatives as instructed by construction management.
  • Effectively communicates with internal and external customers related to UPF Construction activities.


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Engineering or similar and 9 years of experience or 15 years related experience in lieu of degree
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check, including verification of employment, education and travel
  • Must be physically capable to conduct field inspections and participate in project walk-downs which 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 very small and/or confined spaces, and lifting up to 60 lbs.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience of DOE, DOD and/or commercial nuclear construction projects is required.
  • Must have working knowledge of the Bechtel Standard Work Processes Procedures (SWPPs) and the related Bechtel Standard application Programs (BSAPs).
  • Candidates should be self-starters, highly motivated, requiring little supervision, and able to work well in a team environment.
  • The candidate should have a good working knowledge of current design codes and standards such as ACI, AISC, ASME, as well as NQA-1 requirements.
  • Knowledge of environmental compliance standards required on NNSA/DOE projects.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel’s “Zero Accidents” safety program.
  • Familiarity with nuclear quality and commercial practice standards is desired.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent experience acting as Acting Area Field Engineer at a large Bechtel EPC project (UPF) for the Department of Energy (DOE)




Shaping tomorrow together!

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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.