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Fire Protection Specialist, WTCC

Requisition ID:  222905

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 4x10 schedule Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work overtime and weekends as needed.  

Role Overview

The Fire Protection Coordinator (FPC) reports to the Fire Protection Manager.  The FPC is responsible for assisting the Fire Protection Manager in the development, implementation, and maintenance of fire protection requirements applicable to safety & health, construction, startup, commissioning, maintenance, engineering, and operations activities of the Waste Treatment Plant.


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:

  • Completing and maintaining training as identified in Fire Protection Program.
  • Implementation of fire protection program documents and tools.
  • Develop knowledge in the field of fire protection.
  • Develop expertise in fire protection requirements and their associated implementing documents for maintenance and Plant Management activities.
  • Assessing implementation and compliance, identifying and reporting fire protection program deficiencies to the Fire Protection Manager.
  • Develop understanding of Fire Hazard Analysis for assigned facility/facilities.
  • Develop understanding of assigned facility/facilities active and passive fire protection features.
  • Develop understanding of simplified process flow diagrams, system descriptions, system design descriptions, and facility design descriptions for assigned facility/facilities
  • Develop understanding of preliminary and final documented safety analysis for assigned facility/facilities
  • Performing facility audits in accordance with Fire Protection Facility Assessment schedule and procedure.
  • Periodic reviewing and coordinating with Fire Department to maintain Pre-Fire Plans and familiarization tours.
  • Performing and recording monthly facility fire protection inspections in accordance with inspection procedure.
  • Develop NFPA 25 and NFPA 72 “Qualified Person” qualifications
  • Performing final verification for hot work permits in accordance with Hot Work procedure.
  • Performing and recording periodic inspections of designated Hot Work areas.
  • Performing Technical Safety Requirements inspections, as necessary for assigned facility/facilities
  • Cross training to back-up other fire protection coordinators in the implementation of Fire Protection Program.
  • Identifying and implementing actions to promote improvement and correct deficiencies in the implementation of the Fire Protection Program.
  • Assisting in the identification of fire protection attributes in the planning process to ensure work is accomplished in accordance with Fire Protection Program requirements.
  • Developing and/or approving compensatory actions for impairments, deficiencies, and system restrictions in accordance with the impairment procedure.
  • Support the 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



Basic Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science, or related degree and 1 year of experience in implementing DOE fire protection requirements (DOE O 420.1X) in accomplishing work at DOE facilities. 


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

  • High school diploma or equivalent and 7 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 3 years of experience in implementing DOE fire protection requirements (DOE O 420.1X) in accomplishing work at DOE facilities.
  • 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 3 years of experience
  • Professional Engineer’s license and 1 year of 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


  • United States Department of Energy (DOE), United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), or Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program experience desired.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Possesses the 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.