Senior Control Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: 277097 

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

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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.

Job Summary:

 Plans and conducts independent work for the Natrium project, requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application, and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new approaches to solving problems. Working knowledge of precedents in the specialty area, the principles, and practices of related technical areas, and of coordinating work with other technical disciplines. Understands the standard engineering work planning, scheduling, and cost estimating, and conducts independent work requiring judgment in the application of engineering techniques. Normally uses conventional approaches to technical problems encountered. Provides technical assistance and may assign work to engineers, designers, and drafters who assist on specific assignments. #LI-AA7

Major Responsibilities:

Level 1

  • Evaluates, selects, and applies standard Control Systems engineering methods, techniques, procedures and criteria for a small size project or assignment in support of a global business unitor staff group to include the preparation of original designs layouts, details, drawings and specifications.
  • Designs, develops, modifies, and evaluates mechanical components and processes utilizing relevant Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), design standards and guides, and Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs)
  • Prepares conceptual studies, designs, reports or proposals.
  • Coordinates Control Systems engineering efforts in assigned areas with specialty groups, engineering disciplines, the client, vendor, contractors, construction and other functional groups.
  • Provides technical assistance to other Control Systems personnel and interacts with project functions, the customer, and regulatory agency personnel in the resolution of complex regulatory issues.
  • Provides assistance to project and construction management in identifying and complying with project Control Systems requirements and in addressing issues as they arise during project execution.
  • Completes Control Systems documentation and procedures for installation and maintenance.
  • Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability.

Level 2

  • Plans and conducts independent on Control Systems work requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application, and adaptation of on Control Systems engineering techniques, procedures and criteria on a medium size project or assignment in support of a global business unit.
  • Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to upper management.
  • Supports preparation of estimates, staffing needs and schedules.
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of discipline estimates and work plan in accordance with project scope, schedule and budget, and supports implementation and assists with performance reporting.
  • Coordinates with client representatives, as directed, to obtain their approval of on Control Systems aspects of the work.
  • Conducts or leads special studies of new Control Systems engineering methods, materials and techniques.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Level 1

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering and 8-10  years of relevant experience or 12-14 years of relevant work experience.

Level 2

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering and 10-13  years of relevant experience or 14-17 years of relevant work experience.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have experience with power plant process systems.
  • Experience in power plant or DOE facility design.
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 application suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.) and other related computer programs required to perform job functions.
  • Extensive knowledge of control systems engineering work processes, procedures, and specifications.
  • Willingness to travel on business trips in support of the project.
  • Ability to obtain Professional Engineers (PE) License, or equivalent, within 12 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four years of experience in an engineering leadership or a supervisory role, including planning work and executing work on a budget.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel Digital Supply Chain System and/or Oracle Agile for material requisitions.
  • Good knowledge of Bechtel administrative practices.
  • Current working knowledge of engineering automation tools (e.g., SmartPlant Instrumentation (SPI)).
  • Current U.S. Professional Engineer's (PE) License, or equivalent.

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