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Emergency Preparedness Specialist III, WTCC

Requisition ID:  222889

Bechtel is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons (210 million liters) of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford site, which is a byproduct of plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War era.  

The project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOE’s most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres (26 hectares) with four major nuclear facilities – Pretreatment, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification, High-Level Waste Vitrification and Analytical Laboratory – as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, other support facilities.  

The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) and AECOM. WTCC is a subcontractor to BNI, the prime contractor, to deliver the construction, turnover, startup, and commissioning activities for the WTP project.  

This position is located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 am to 5:00 pm. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work weekends as needed.


Role Overview


Under limited supervision, performs complex technical work focused on planning, developing, appraising, and implementing an emergency preparedness program compliant with DOE orders and directives.


This position is a “Technical Support Position” for Category 3 Nonreactor Nuclear Facility as defined in DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, Qualification, and Certification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities.


Principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Waste Treatment Plant Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment
  • This job description is not intended to include every duty, task or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisors request
  • Prepare, develop, and review Emergency Planning Hazards Assessments (EPHAs) and hazard surveys. This includes performing emergency planning zone (EPZ) and emergency action level (EAL) evaluations. In the preparation of EPHAs, perform consequence assessments using the EPICode and HotSpot computer codes.
  • Ensure that the developed EPHA documentation complies with Department of Energy (DOE) and WTP requirements. Demonstrate personal accountability for project schedules, deadlines, budgets, and the safe performance of work.
  • Review and interpret consequence assessment calculations for quality assurance of data. Provide subject matter expertise and guidance to emergency preparedness and operation staff related to chemical and radiological release consequences.
  • Serve as a member of the Hanford Site Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Participate in the Hanford Site Exercise Program
  • Supports EP organization in the development and maintenance of emergency preparedness plans, controls, procedures, and instructions to assure they are current and effective.
  • Support FERO training program and conduct training for FERO
  • Conduct field surveillances and self-assessments on Emergency Management Program requirements as directed
  • Develop, conduct and evaluate EP drills/exercises for Facility Emergency Response Organization (FERO) proficiency
  • Facilitate Post drill Hotwash
  • Develop and write drill reports with suggested corrective actions
  • Provide support to the drill and exercise program as part of a drill/ exercise planning team, control and evaluation staff or drill/exercise participant.



Basic Qualifications


BS Degree, in Emergency Management, Project Management, or a related field and 6 years of equivalent training and experience in emergency management, nuclear safety, hazards analysis or related work is required.


Appropriate training and experience commensurate with the responsibilities of the position may be considered in leu of a degree:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and 12 years related experience to the position and 20 semester credit hours in technical subjects related to the position
  • Completion of 80 semester credit hours or AA in the technical subjects related to the position and 8 years of experience
  • Successful completion of Engineer in Training (EIT) examination of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) accredited through National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and 8 years of experience
  • Professional Engineer’s license and 6 years of related experience.
    Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical, and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
    Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy (DOE) badge.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year of nuclear experience
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to lead working groups or integrate into a working group under the leadership of a peer or manager.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including strong proofing/editing.
  • Ability to analyze information for studies and report. Must be able to cope with conflicting deadlines, frequent interruptions, multiple tasks and changing priorities.
  • Must possess interpersonal skills, discretion, and professionalism to establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of management, peers, customers and offsite agencies.
  • Advanced knowledge of plume-modeling software programs (e.g. EPicode, Hotspot, etc.)
  • Two years of related professional experience in Hazards Analysis is desired.
  • Experience in interpretation and implementation of U.S. Department of Energy Federal Regulations, Orders and Guides related to consequence assessment is preferred.
  • Previous Hanford experience is preferred
  • Possesses the legal right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.

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; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; 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, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.