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Electrical Engineer, Natrium

  • Requisition ID:  258765
  • Location: Reston, VA 
  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • US Citizenship required or have the legal right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship
  • Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen and background check 


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 plant features an advanced, cost-competitive reactor design that is safer, simpler, 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 system designed to be complementary to solar and wind power by evening out the peaks and valleys in production when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. With the reactor and energy storage output combined, the plant can produce more than 500 MWe of power.


Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Energy Northwest, PacifiCorp, and Duke Energy, along with 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! Bechtel work will be executed in Reston, Virginia.



  • Evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering methods, techniques, procedures, and criteria, using independent judgment with oversight from more senior engineers.
  • Develop, review, and coordinate documents with suppliers, other disciplines, and customers.
  • Proficient with basic engineering deliverables such as drawings, specifications, and calculations.
  • Performs electrical engineering design, including the development of single line diagrams, panel schedules, schematics, connection diagrams, load lists, etc.
  • Develops material requisitions and specifications for non-standard equipment and bills of material for off-the-shelf equipment and components.
  • Properly interprets and applies codes & standards and customer design requirements, for the preparation of electrical design documents, specifications, material requisitions, and system descriptions related to design tasks.
  • Conducts document and design checking as required. 
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities with emphasis on continuous improvement and team building, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Assists in the preparation of forecasts, quantity take-offs, and change orders.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Level 1- BS degree in Electrical engineering.
  • Level 2- BS degree in Electrical engineering with 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Must be a United States citizen or have the legal right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.

  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, VISIO, and other common computer programs.
  • Knowledge and application of NEC code and ANSI/IEEE Standards.
  • Knowledge of cable design and sizing.
  • Knowledge of electrical systems, schematics, and electrical equipment layouts.
  • Familiar with industry-wide electrical syste calculation/design tools, such as ETAP, CAD 2D and electronic Cable Management System.
  • Excellent oral & written communications skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Level 2 - MS degree in Electrical engineering.
  • EIT/FE registration.
  • Previous nuclear power plant design experience.
  • Previous Bechtel and/or DOD or DOE project experience.
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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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