Earthquake Engineering Specialist

Requisition ID: 269823 

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

Company Overview

Bechtel Corporation is a global company headquartered in Reston, VA and engaged in the engineering, procurement, and construction of large-scale projects. Bechtel helps our customers deliver projects of purpose that create a lasting positive legacy. These are projects that create jobs and grow economies; improve the resiliency of the world's infrastructure; connect communities to resources and opportunity; get us closer to net zero; tackle critical environmental challenges; protect people and the planet; and accelerate progress to make the world a cleaner, greener, safer place. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents.


Position Summary

Earthquake Engineering Specialist in the Geotechnincal & Hydraulic Engineering Services (G&HES) group. Applies expertise in a numerical modeling and seismic analysis of nuclear structures including soil-structure interaction, origination and checking of calculations under nuclear NQA-1 requirements, preparing licensing documents, and attending meetings with clients and regulators. Follows industry standards and applies requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for modeling, analysis, and interpretation of seismic responses for design application.



  • Managing data for soil dynamics, structural dynamics, and seismic input motion for analyzing seismic response 
  • Applying industry standards (ASCE 4, ASCE 43, and ANS) and implementing regulatory requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for preparation of calculations
  • Using computer programs SHAKE2000, P-SHAKE, and SASSI2010 (or equivalents) and related Bechtel Standard Computer Programs such as GT-STRUDL, DATAN, and BSIMQKE (or equivalents) for modeling and analysis
  • Programming using MATLAB, MathCad, Fortran, Visual Basic, and/or C++  for upgrade and modifications of existing programs
  • Preparing licensing documents and supporting calculations for commercial nuclear power plants, including complying with NQA-1 requirements for data and software
  • Participating in technical meetings with expert consultants and regulatory personnel


Qualifications and Skills

  • An M.S. degree in Structural or Geotechnical Engineering with a focus on earthquake engineering with 8 years of related experience, or a Ph.D. degree in Structural or Geotechnical Engineering with a focus on earthquake engineering with 6 years of related experience.
  • Experience in seismic analysis and modeling of soil-structure interaction for nuclear structures.
  • Track record of publishing technical papers and presenting papers at technical conferences, and participating on relevant industry technical and codes & standards committees.
  • Ability to work effectively on a geographically distributed team where interaction occurs primarily by phone, email and Teams.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to and remain at jobsites or offices in the U.S. and overseas on generally short-term assignments.
  • P.E. registration
  • U.S. citizenship


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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