Senior Licensing Engineer

Requisition ID: 274829 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 

Company Overview:

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.

Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

Core to Bechtel are our values-ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants-integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview:  

Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company have partnered to deliver the first AP1000 nuclear power reactors in Poland for our customer, the Polish Entity Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe (PEJ). Bechtel will be the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project. As the EPC, our responsibilities will include providing the design for the Turbine Island and Balance of Plant as well as the construction of the entire facility. 


This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and we are looking for the talent that will help expand Poland’s nuclear base and build a strong and long-lasting energy future for generations to come. 


Position Summary: 

The Senior Nuclear Licensing Engineer will be responsible for providing nuclear licensing support to the project and executing specialized activities during the licensing and engineering phases. This position has technical responsibility producing licensing documents, interfacing with regulators and designers, maintaining the safety case and preparing reports. This position will report to the Project Engineering Manager on the project and will work in coordination with other engineering disciplines to develop licensing and design documents. This position is located in Reston, Virginia.


The ideal candidate will have solid experience in nuclear power plant design and regulatory requirements and will be capable of developing licensing and design documents that maintain safety in design. Additionally, the ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and embrace Bechtel’s diversity & inclusion, leadership, quality, and safety values.



  • Prepare technical reports, studies, and licensing documentation including safety analysis reports, design basis documents, and other licensing information documents as needed to support the project. 
  • Work with an inclusive team environment where all are able and expected to contribute to the maximum of their capabilities. Provide leadership and mentoring to team members. Create meaningful goals working with the team and ensure goals are met. 
  • Establish and maintain work plans to ensure schedules are met and stakeholder requirements are satisfied. Create and track actions, estimate hours, and update schedules. 
  • Devise new approaches to solving problems from a variety of detailed technical options and assess cost implications. 
  • Support licensing efforts that drive the cost-effective design for the entire facility. 
  • Ensure compliance with flow sheet and safety requirements in all licensing documents and through review of detail design. 
  • Identify major technical uncertainties and present solution options for management decisions. 
  • Serve as an advisor for the analysis and solution of licensing problems and interpret drawings, verbal instructions, and applicable codes relevant to project requirements and demonstrate the ability to articulate explanations. 
  • Coach, train, and mentor licensing staff; conduct annual reviews and interview potential new staff. 
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are followed; conduct quality assurance for licensing products and assign licensing staff assignments. 
  • Perform other related work as assigned by Project Engineer. 


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or another technical field from an accredited university or college with at least nine (9) years of progressive related experience. 
  • Must be authorized to live and work in the US without sponsorship. 
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 
  • Possess active security clearance or ability to obtain security clearance. 
  • Working knowledge of regional requirements 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication (including that in English), planning and organizational skills. 
  • Experience with Microsoft office programs, and office automation tools. 
  • Related experience includes licensing work for nuclear power facilities and interface with international regulatory agencies or country regulatory entities.  
  • Experience in nuclear plant design, particularly pressurized water reactors.   
  • Knowledge of appropriate industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards. 
  • Extensive knowledge of licensing processes and procedures. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of engineering standards. 
  • Lead or supervisory experience on large projects. 
  • Previous regulatory experience. 
  • Experience on design of first of a kind or other advanced technologies.
  • Experience with AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant Design. 
  • Prior experience working in a Nuclear Quality and Safety Environment.





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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