Senior Nuclear Engineer

Requisition ID: 276288 

  • Relocation Authorized: National/International - 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, TerraPower 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, will be deploying its 345 MWe sodium fast reactor (SFR), called Natrium. The Natrium plant features an advanced 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. As a power facility, the plant is to be licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). 

Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, 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!


Job Summary:

This position will be responsible for executing assignments concerned with Nuclear Engineering for the Natrium project. The Nuclear Group on Natrium has responsibility for the design of the radioactive waste processing systems and for shielding and radiation dose assessments. This position has technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, and completing assignments for the nuclear discipline. This involves exploration of the subject matter (system design and / or radiation analyses), the definition of task scope, and may involve the development of novel concepts, approaches, and solutions. Additionally, this position will be interfacing and coordinating with other engineering disciplines and with the teaming partners in the development of the design.  The ideal candidate will have solid experience in nuclear engineering and will be capable of developing design data/documents that incorporate the applicable design. The ideal candidate must also have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), promoting our leadership, quality, and safety values, to external partners including vendors, construction companies, and other subcontractors.  #LI-EH1


Major Responsibilities:

  • Work to discipline work processes and assure technical adequacy in accordance with company, contract, and industry codes and standards.
  • Develop/review technical reports and studies, design documentation, and calculations using engineering software
  • Be accountable for error-free deliverables. .
  • Work in an inclusive team environment where all are able and expected to contribute to the maximum of their capabilities. 
  • Deliver on meaningful goals working with the team.
  • Establish and work to plans to ensure schedules are met and stakeholder requirements are satisfied.
  • Provide input to budget and schedule estimates.
  • Contribute directly to the cost-effective design for the entire facility.
  • Ensure compliance with engineering process and safety requirements by detail design.
  • Identify major technical uncertainties and present solution options for management decisions.
  • Deliver the analysis and solution of engineering problems and interpret drawings, verbal instructions, and applicable codes relevant to project requirements and then demonstrate the ability to articulate explanations.
  • Ensure nuclear and mechanical standards are followed, conduct quality checks for the work of the nuclear engineering team.
  •  Develop design calculations and drawings for the design of radioactive waste systems. This includes performance of equipment sizing calculations, equipment specifications and technical bid evaluations from equipment vendors. 
  • Perform calculations for plant systems and equipment. These calculations may include shielding and dose assessments or thermal hydraulic evaluations for compartments or for specific components. 
  • Perform other related work as assigned by the EGS.  


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Level 1: BS or advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or another technical field from an accredited university or college with progressive related experience (5-8 years + BS).
  • Level 2: BS or advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or another technical field from an accredited university or college with progressive related experience (8-10 years + BS).


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Basic Qualifications:

  • 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


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Related experience includes experience in nuclear design.
  • Must have proven experience in design of nuclear plant systems (power plant or DOE nuclear facility) or other industrial systems.
  • U.S. Professional Engineering License in Nuclear, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering (or ability to obtain within 12 months).
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards. Hands-on Microsoft office programs and other computer programs (e.g., GOTHIC, CONTEMPT, RELAP, HEATING6, MCNP, Microshield).
  • Extensive knowledge of nuclear engineering work processes, procedures, and specifications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, planning, and organizational skills. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards. Lead or responsible engineer experience on large projects. Previous Bechtel and/or Gov’t project experience.


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