HLW, Mechanical Field Engineer

Requisition ID:  276721

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $90,990 - $138,760 annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant).


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; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

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Project Overview

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 Amentum. 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, 6:30am to 5:00pm (day shift) or 5:30pm to 4:00am (night shift). Extended work weeks and/or extended hours may be required or authorized to support the construction schedule. 

Job Summary

The HLW Mechanical Field Engineer is responsible for activities relating to construction engineering within the Piping/Mechanical discipline. This position will be responsible for a variety of construction tasks utilizing nuclear codes and standards related to pipe, equipment, and machinery installations. Responsibilities include the development of work plans, interpreting vendor installation drawings and manuals, coordinating materials, performing and documenting inspections, reporting progress, and resolving conflicts in design and construction related to the installation and testing of mechanical equipment and piping commodities. This position requires good planning and organizational skills, ability to perform detailed inspections, and the ability to produce documentation. #LI-CL1

Major Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with engineering on constructability and design issues relating to mechanical equipment and related systems.
  • Develop work plans, coordinate materials, perform and document inspections, report progress, and resolve conflicts in design and construction related to the installation and testing of piping/mechanical equipment and commodities.
  • Provide field engineering support and assistance to superintendents, supporting personnel in meeting cost and time schedules, verifies materials, equipment, and quality, and assures results meet design requirements.
  • Provide leadership in a team-based environment.
  • Conduct the preparation of material take offs for field purchased piping material and equipment.
  • Support field procurement in inspection and receipt of piping and pipe support materials.
  • Review the preparation of construction drawings and schedules.
  • Interface with survey team for laser scanning, as-building and general layout for equipment and piping installations.
  • Review specifications, procedures, inspection reports, delivery schedules, vendor manuals, and technical data.
  • Responsible for development of pressure test packages, performance, witnessing, and documentation of test acceptance.
  • Coordinate with subcontractor work efforts and interfaces with client personnel as required.
  • Interface with the Construction Automation group and Project Controls. Perform take offs from Issued-For-Construction drawings, provide input to the quantity tracking applications, and reports weekly installed quantities to Project Controls.
  • Perform constructability reviews of engineering design, resolves issues with engineering and fabricator.
  • Work within TEAMWorks to verify accurate data from engineering and suppliers.
  • Take an active lead in promoting a safe work environment and be committed to Bechtel’s Zero Accident Program.
  • Participate in and foster a safe work environment.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Requires bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) and 5-8 years of relevant experience or 9-12 years of relevant work experience.
  • Possess the right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship.
  • 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.
  • 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 badge for access to the Hanford Site.  

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working in a field construction environment interpreting specification, procedures, vendor drawings, and installation instructions and codes.
  • Understanding piping P&ID’s, isometrics drawings, pipe support drawings (engineered specific and generic “cookbook”).
  • Scoping, preparation, execution, and restoration of mechanical systems and equipment (motors, cranes, hoists, rails).
  • Working closely with diverse construction disciplines, craftsmen, and oversight organizations.
  • 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 badge for access to the Hanford Site.
  • Experience with piping and pipe support installation and inspection and pressure testing of piping.
  • Experience with installation of mechanical equipment, piping and pipe supports.
  • Strong knowledge of ASME B31.3, ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and related ASTM material standards and codes.
  • Strong ability to read, understand and interpret mechanical/piping installation/construction drawings.
  • Strong understanding of change management and configuration control processes.
  • Understanding of welding processes.
  • Technical knowledge of a specialized engineering discipline, cost, scheduling, and contracts administration relating to the construction of heavy industrial or commercial complexes.
  • Strong understanding of construction / system completion walk-downs, pressure testing.
  • General awareness of environmental laws. Awareness of government compliance standards.
  • Knowledge of requirements for Lock Out Tag Out for safety.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications in accordance with current Bechtel standards.
  • General awareness of local labor laws and issues. General knowledge of state, federal, and local contracting requirements.
  • Experience working with, overseeing, and administering subcontractors.
  • Possess Nuclear Construction knowledge preferred.
  • Experience with, or working knowledge of, Advanced Work packaging (AWP) and associated applications, automation tools, and work practices.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Bechtel’s Standard Work Process Procedures (SWPPs) or Bechtel’s Nuclear Work Process Procedures (NWPPs).
  • Experience with Bechtel’s Zero Accident Safety Program and familiar with current industry standards.
  • Familiarity with current industry quality standards.
  • Knowledge of project specific environmental compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience of the ISMS guiding principles and core functions.
  • Experience mechanical handling equipment associated with nuclear processes.

Total Rewards/Benefits

For decades, Bechtel has worked to inspire the next generation of engineers and beyond! Because our teams face some of the world's toughest challenges, we offer robust benefits to ensure our people thrive. Whether it is advancing careers, delivering programs to enhance our culture, or providing time to recharge, Bechtel has the benefits to build a legacy of sustainable growth. Learn more at bechtel.com/total-rewards.

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As a global company, Bechtel has long been home to a vibrant multitude of nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, and life experiences. This diversity has made us a more trusted partner, more effective problem solvers and innovators, and a more attractive destination for leading talent.

We are committed to being a company where every colleague feels that they belong-where colleagues feel part of "One Team," respected and rewarded for what they bring, supported in pursuing their goals, invested in our values and purpose, and treated equitably. Click here to learn more about the people who power our legacy.


At Bechtel, our employees enjoy a competitive total rewards package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, along with optional disability and supplemental insurance options, generous paid time off (160 hours annually, accrued 6.16 hours per pay period), nine paid holidays, paid parental leave, discretionary bonuses, and a well-designed 401K plan with matching and profit-sharing components. 

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.

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