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Senior Specialty Mechanical Handling Engineer - UPF

Requisition ID:  234445

Requisition Posting End Date: 05/10/2021


This is a short term assignment located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for an expected duration of 6-12 months. 


Project Description:

Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), Bechtel’s government services business, is one of the top providers to departments and agencies of theU.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 provided enriched uranium capabilities well into the future. 


The UPF Project has multiple work schedules that are subject to change and may require employees to work overtime and/or nightshift when a business need arises. Most of the UPF project works on a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off. Start times are flexible but the standard work week is: Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. The schedule on working Fridays is: 7:00am- 3:30 pm. Work schedule and overtime are to be approved in advance by supervisors. 


Eligibility for this position requires US citizenship; the 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. 


Position Overview:

The Senior Specialty Mechanical Handling Engineer will be working as part of the Specialty Mechanical team designing and/or procuring the plant systems. You will be preparing technical reports and studies and design documentation, performing calculations using engineering software, and preparing specifications for complex mechanical equipment and supporting systems. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in process system design and will be capable of developing design documents, including piping and instrument diagrams and equipment data sheets, that incorporate the applicable design requirements. You will be interfacing and coordinating with other engineering disciplines and the client in the development of the design. Experience in procurement of packaged equipment is required. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of engineering work for a global business unit usually in one discipline in a project or staff group.
  • Ability to work independently, use engineering judgment, and devise new approaches to solving problems.
  • Perform work that involves conventional engineering practice but may include complex features such as resolving conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and/or difficult coordination requirements.
  • Perform work using Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs) and appropriate 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering (CAD and CAE) tools.
  • Other duties include planning, coordinating, or preparing equipment or work specifications, bid evaluations, and award recommendations for equipment.
  • Develop and revise piping and instrument diagrams, formal calculations, and equipment datasheets and specifications in completing the detailed design for the system, including equipment selection.
  • Design the system and specify the equipment to meet the applicable requirements.
  • Procure the equipment in accordance with applicable QA requirements. In addition, it will be required that the candidate prepare communications to vendors and clients, review bid analyses and make recommendations, and prepare or assist in the preparation of conceptual studies, designs, reports, or proposals. Additionally, perform or assist in the performance of problem analysis and original design.
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of cost estimates, quantity take-offs and staffing requirements for proposals, forecasts, and change orders.
  • Review and disposition of field change notices and non-conformance reports.
  • Review the coordination and status of vendor submittals.
  • Support the creation of a work environment that fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • Support the associated safety analyses and hazards evaluations.
  • In addition, it will be required that the candidate have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), can be the “face” of Bechtel by promoting our leadership, quality, and safety values to external partners including vendors, construction companies, and other subcontractors.  


Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS degree in Mechanical, Chemical, or Nuclear Engineering (or approved equivalent) from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 9 years of related experience.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain a site security badge for access to the worksite.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check, which includes verification of employment and education.  


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Understanding of construction roles, practices, and economics.
  • Practical work experience in equipment design and procurement.
  • Ability to utilize office automation tools effectively.
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards, Broad knowledge of the application of Mechanical engineering design principles.
  • Nuclear experience in working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1. 
  • Knowledge of engineering planning and control methods including computerized methods.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel).  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineers license in Mechanical, Chemical, or Nuclear Engineering.
  • Previous UPF experience.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards and relevant CAD, CAE, and Bechtel standard computer applications.
  • Experience with the Bechtel Procurement System (BPS). Understanding of ASME NQA-1 requirements for procurement.
  • MS degree in Engineering (Mechanical or related) with four (4) years of progressive related experience. 
  • Previous experience in front end mechanical design and equipment selection for nuclear waste processing, nuclear, or nuclear chemical facilities.


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 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.