Control Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: 273755 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 

Project Overview:

Bechtel is the licensing, engineering, procurement, and construction partner on TerraPower’s Natrium team. Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, Natrium is participating in a DOE initiative to re-establish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy that provides matching funding to industry to design and build an operational advanced reactor. TerraPower, a leading advanced generation technology company founded by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, will be deploying its 345 MWE sodium fast reactor (SFR), called Natrium. The Natrium Demonstration plant features an advanced, cost-competitive reactor design that is safer, easier, and less costly to construct, less expensive to operate, and able to provide energy that is competitive with fossil fuels. It also features an innovative molten salt energy storage output, combined, the plant can produce more than 500 MWE of power. The Natrium Demonstration plant will be licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  


Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Energy Northwest, PacifiCorp, and Duke Energy, along with the support from a number of national laboratories and universities. This DOE program has the potential to be the largest funding program for advanced nuclear power in U.S. history and will shape the future of nuclear energy for decades. We invite you to join our team for this historic and interesting opportunity!


Position Summary:

The position evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering methods, techniques, procedures, and criteria, using independent judgment in making adaptations and modifications. Performs assignments, which have clear and specific objectives and require the investigation of a limited number of variables for an engineering discipline within a global business unit. Understands the basic discipline work processes. Performs engineering tasks, within a discipline, having a minor degree of complexity. Participates in reviewing and checking designs, drawings, and data from suppliers. The position is performed under the leadership of a Control Systems supervisor, lead, or other designee.

This position is located in Reston, VA. ​​​​​​​


The candidate will be required to be familiar with relevant Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), Engineering Department Procedure Instructions (EDPIs), design standards and guides, and Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs).



The Control Systems Engineer's responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Specification of instrumentation and control valves.
  • Generation of instrument and control valve data sheets and material requisitions.
  • Design and application of tubing and instrument installations, etc.
  • Coordination of physical locations of instrumentation, control valves, control cabinets, etc.
  • Preparation of control narratives
  • Design and review of digital and analog control logic.
  • Design and review of Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) for various plant systems.
  • Data entry to instrumentation, valve, and I/O databases
  • Allocation and layout of facility control system I/O.
  • Generation of design and design change packages.
  • Origination of setpoint calculations.
  • Design and review of cabinet layouts.
  • Industrial control system (DCS or PLC) software programming.
  • Review control systems graphic displays.
  • Review of supplier provided data and documentation.
  • Participate in supplier factory acceptance testing.
  • Coordination with other engineering disciplines and other functions.
  • Some travel to plant and supplier facilities may be required.


Qualifications and Skills:

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, or related engineering field from an accredited university, with a minimum of three (3) years control systems experience, or MS degree in Nuclear, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, or related engineering field, or in lieu of degree, nine (9) years engineering experience related to position.
  • Candidate must have the right to legally work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft application suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Codes and Standards pertinent to control systems engineering and nuclear industry.
  • Familiar with SmartPlant Instrumentation (SPI)
  • Familiar with or course work using industry wide Control Systems calculation/design tools, such as instrument set-point calculation software, CAD 2D and loop designing software.
  • EIT / FE Certification.



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 five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. 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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