Senior Structural Engineer, Natrium

Requisition ID: 273704 

  • 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! 



This role will support design development structural engineering designs for the project by preparing studies, drawings, and evaluations, in accordance with applicable procedures, codes, standards, and contract requirements. Work with other structural designers/engineers and technical disciplines in a team environment.

  • Originate and check Civil/Structural deliverables of high complexity, including structural steel design drawings.
  • Originate and check Civil/Structural deliverables of high complexity, including structural concrete forming and reinforcing design drawings.
  • Interpret and verify industry standards, guidelines, and codes for project deliverables
  • Report design quantities compared to estimated quantities.
  • Work with CSA Group supervisor to plan, budget and schedule drawing and 3-D model deliverables within the discipline.
  • Participate in project design/model reviews.
  • Participate in constructability reviews.
  • Review vendor information from subcontractors and integrate it into the design solution.
  • Execute schedule requirements while maintaining a high degree of quality in work products.
  • Coordinate closely with other technical disciplines in executing work as an integrated team.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: BS degree in Engineering (Civil/Structural or related), from an accredited university, with at least 9 years of relevant experience or in lieu of a degree 15 years of relevant experience.
  • Level 2: BS degree in Engineering (Civil/Structural or related), from an accredited university, with at least 13 years of relevant experience or in lieu of a degree 19 years of relevant experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience creating structural design drawings.
  • Experience in the use of Bechtel standard applications of CAD software.
  • Work experience should emphasize the civil/structural design of heavy industrial-type facilities. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Familiar with the provisions of AISC, ACI, UBC, and OSHA codes. Knowledge of construction materials and construction details and techniques.
  • Familiar with the methods of procurement and control of bulk materials.
  • Knowledge of technical responsibilities of other disciplines associated with Facilities Design.
  • Ability to independently execute the detailed design drawings of civil/structural systems of high complexity.
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering deliverables, such as drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to express technical issues in a clear and concise manner, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to resolve design issues with subordinates, other engineering disciplines, construction, and the client.
  • Ability to issue clear and concise direction to subordinate designers and drafters.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have a U.S. Professional Engineering (PE) license.
  • MS degree in Civil/Structural or related Engineering, from an accredited university.
  • Experience in the structural design (steel and concrete) for Nuclear Quality and Safety Environment.
  • Experience working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ISO-9000 and/or NQA-1.
  • Experience with the use or knowledge of MicroStation structural suite(s) and/or SmartPlant.
  • Construction field experience.




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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