Senior Structural Engineer, SWIB

Requisition ID: 276021 

  • Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 


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 customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals 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 can expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview:

Bechtel and Blue Forge Alliance (Submarine Workforce Industrial Bace (SWIB) procurement prime contractor) are partnering with the US Navy on a one-of-a-kind opportunity to streamline and optimize the submarine production process and develop a national strategic functional dry docks plan across the US.


New submarine production is critical to the Navy and Nation and ship building plans call for greater production (by tonnage) than at any point since World War II. To meet this demand, the Navy is working with industry and the shipbuilders to support capital investments required to provide ship building and repairs facilities optimization, and industrial equipment to meet this surging demand.


The U.S. Navy SWIB procurement will develop strategies to streamline facility builds or accelerate its investments in existing shipbuilding facilities, footprint, and machines/fixtures to achieve the 1 Columbia Class and 2 Virgina Class submarines per year production rate while also sustaining the existing fleet.


This project spans several supporting activities and sub-objectives, in close partnership and coordination with the prime Blueforge Alliance, NAVSEA 04, the 4 public Navy shipyards, General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding.


The following list are activities and objectives that are the focus of this project:

  • Develop a national strategic functional dry dock plan across public and private shipyards.
  • Determine both a near term critical equipment modernization roadmap and a long-term equipment modernization lifecycle.
  • Generate and implement strategies to accelerate current shipbuilding facility expansion.
  • Implement shipbuilding facility layout changes to optimize production and decrease shipbuilding and maintenance timelines.
  • Assist shipbuilders in determining methodologies for reducing inventory space requirements.


This position will be full-time telework and will require travel of 25-30% of the year, which entail site visits to the various shipyards across the United States and in-office visits to Reston, VA. The position is contingent upon project award.


Position Summary:

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



  • Development of concrete and steel structural design and drawings, including seismic.
  • Foundation design and drawings.
  • Perform formal calculations and drawings.
  • Review existing conditions and as-builts drawings.
  • Review customer & vendor information from subcontractors and integrate it into the design solution.
  • Develop design configuration packages for configuration control, change management, and procurement.
  • Develop design specifications for construction and/or procurement.
  • Execute to schedule requirement while maintaining a high degree of quality in work product.
  • Coordinate closely with other technical disciplines in planning and executing work as an integrated team.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:


  • This role requires a facility-specific clearance that requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the United States or ability to obtain PE within 12 months.
  • Level 1: BS degree in Engineering (Civil/Structural or related), from an accredited university, with at least 6 years of relevant experience or in lieu of a degree 12 years of relevant experience.
  • Level 2: 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be physically able to conduct field inspections and participate in project walk-downs which may require the following activities: extensive walking in and around a construction site, climbing ladders, climbing scaffolding, using fall protection and other personal protective equipment (PPE), walking on elevated platforms, walking on uneven surfaces, and maneuvering around very small and/or confined spaces.
  • Experience with Microsoft office programs, VISIO, and other common computer programs.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to utilize office automation tools effectively.
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards, as well as Bechtel Corporate guides and standards.
  • Broad knowledge of the application of Structural engineering design principles.
  • Ability to execute work independently and greater than 1 year of Bechtel service for consideration of working at other than designated location.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in Structural or related Engineering, from an accredited university.
  • Experience designing seismic bracing and supports.
  • Experience executing engineering and design with Revit, Tekla, Mathcad, GTSTRUDL, and STAAD.Pro.
  • Knowledge of ASCE 7, ACI 318, AISC 36.
  • Prior experience working with government agencies.
  • Experience working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1, MIL-Q-9858A, or ISO-9000.
  • Knowledge in use of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards.
  • Experience with use or knowledge of Revit, Tekla, Mathcad, GTSTRUDL, and STAAD.Pro.




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 five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. 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.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.