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HLW Lead Construction Automation Engineer, WTCC

Requisition ID:  257493

Requisition Posting End Date: 08/29/2022

Project Overview:

Bechtel is designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 65acres (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 at the Project Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (day shift) or 5:30pm to 4:00 am (night shift). Employees may be required to work overtime, night shift, weekends, and/or holidays as required by the project. Part-time teleworking is an option.


Position Summary:

Assigned to the High Level Waste (HLW) Construction organization in a Lead Construction Automation position.



  • Implementing the construction automation tools in accordance with the project automation plan
  • SQL and Oracle Database administration
  • Software Quality Assurance (SQA) documentation
  • Coordinating with functional project automation support to ensure construction applications comply with BSAP standards
  • Customizing applications (e.g. PowerBI, SSRS, BookBuilder, ModelBuilder, Syncro4D, etc.) to support construction reporting requirements
  • Preparing test plans, migration plans, job aids, and new release forms for new versions of construction automation tools before they are released for use
  • Coordinating with IT for User account setup to support their construction role and automation tools necessary
  • Providing application training to support construction personnel
  • Serving as the construction automation Superuser during construction, commissioning, and turnover phases of the project
  • Designing / developing workflows, forms, and templates for automation tools
  • Providing user support including responding to queries and issues
  • Monitoring contractor / supplier User compliance
  • Managing output data and preparing construction report types with direction from the Project Field Engineer (PFE) and Site Manager (SM)
  • Inputting and maintaining automation related information in project plans and procedures
  • Collating and reviewing User feedback for use in improvements
  • Developing relationships across integrated Team / Contractors / Third Parties
  • Producing status reports
  • Producing construction automation dashboards specific to disciplines and various levels of management
  • Collating and issuing construction performance curves, metrics, and trackers for use by the project management team with leading and lagging information to show trends, recommended adjustments needed as coordinated with the PFE and SM.
  • Implementing advanced work packaging data into the field execution tools (e.g. xFighter Suite)
  • Facilitating the flow of information through the construction turnover process, and into the Commissioning and Startup tools
  • Leading the implementation of new innovative automation platforms that support the real-time management of program wide logistics required in support of construction 
  • The general responsibilities of this position may involve development of novel concepts, approaches, and solutions. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in executing construction work processes that are supported by engineering design modeling and in the future, digital supply chain system (DSCS) activities


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level One: BS degree in related Engineering, Construction, or Information Management from an accredited university or college with at least 9+ years of relevant experience, or 15+ years of related experience in lieu of degree.
  • Level Two: BS degree in related Engineering, Construction, or Information Management from an accredited university or college with at least 13+ years of relevant experience, or 19+ years of related experience in lieu of degree.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check, including verification of employment, education and travel.
  • Must be able to obtain a site security badge for access to the worksite.
  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A self-starter, highly motivated, requiring little supervision, and able to work well in a team environment.
  • Experience in digital delivery of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Projects, and management of Project Information in a digital delivery environment.
  • Experience customizing the Bechtel Standard Applications such as TeamWorks, SetRoute, WITS, BookBuilder, ModelBuilder, xFighters, Construction Unifier, eTrack, Smart® Completions, BPS, Synchro 4D, and Navisworks to specific project requirements.
  • Experience integrating and extracting data from automation tools for use by project stakeholders Excellent oral and written communication, planning and organizational skills.
  • Able to take on additional responsibilities, maximize efficiency, manage priorities.
  • Sound knowledge base of environmental, safety and health compliance standards required on government projects.
  • Able to provide clear and precise verbal and written communications with project teams to ensure automation tools “talk” across interfaces Experience developing and customizing SQL, SSRS, and PowerBI reports and dashboards to support specific project needs.
  • Strong ability to read, understand and interpret structural/mechanical/electrical construction drawings Strong understanding of change management and configuration control processes.
  • Working knowledge of the Bechtel Standard Work Processes Procedures (SWPPs) and the related Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs) utilized by Construction.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the Bechtel Standard Work Processes Procedures (SWPPs) and the related Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs).
  • Knowledge and experience of DOE, DOD and/or commercial nuclear construction projects.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel’s “Zero Accidents” safety program.
  • Recent experience working in a Bechtel Construction Automation Role.
  • Recent experience in TeamWorks, Process Director, SSRS, PowerBI, Bechtel xFighter Series, and other Bechtel BSAPs/Bechtel    used COTS applications. Recent experience with SQA Documentation.



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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