High Level Waste LAB / Yard Project Engineer

Requisition ID:  271997

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Requisition Posting End Date: 09/26/2023 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $119,780 - $182,670  annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant.)


Bechtel Overview

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 customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology 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 expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview

Join us as we make history at the Hanford Vit Plant, known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. We are designing and building a one-of-a-kind facility that will turn radioactive and chemical waste left over from World War II and Cold War plutonium production into a form safe for disposal. Your efforts will help protect the nearby Columbia River and the communities, salmon, and wildlife along its shorelines throughout the Northwest.  Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers near two mountain ranges, our community provides access to year-round outdoor recreation, 300 days of sun a year, more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, and the amenities of large cities just a three-hour drive (or short flight) to Seattle and Portland.



Position Description:

The Project Engineer will provide leadership and develop strategic relationships with DOE personnel to advance the design of the High Level Waste facility. This position will report to the Project Engineering Manager. The Project Engineer will be responsible for interfacing with Engineering Management to collaborate on staffing needs, forecasts, trend authorizations, and technical reviews. The Project Engineer will also be responsible for directing engineering assignments on the project and has technical responsibilities for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating these assignments. This position is responsible for the Laboratory Hot Cell and other support facilities that enable the High Level Waste facility to operate.

This position is a full-time role located in the Richland, Washington project office, and works a 9/80 schedule, offering every other Friday off.



Position Responsibilities:

  • Directs and coordinates engineering activities for assigned portions of a project including supervision of engineers of all disciplines within the project team 
  • Establishes engineering budget and schedule for portions of a project
  • Performs and manages the work in accordance with relevant Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), design guides, and Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs)
  • Develops engineering schedules for approval
  • Prepares and approves project procedures for engineering
  • Coordinates engineering effort with Project Manager, Procurement, Construction, Startup, Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H), Project Controls, and other Global Business Units (GBUs) when necessary
  • Directs engineering activities in preparation of project proposals, including estimates for engineering staffing, quantities, scope reviews, schedules, and coordination with other functional groups
  • Collaborates annual performance reviews with Engineering Management in accordance with approved procedures
  • Reviews and approves design documents, change orders, material requisitions, and specifications for construction or procurement use
  • Coordinates activities among the design groups on the project
  • Initiates requests for specialized professional services
  • Initiates Bechtel / Client correspondence related to the engineering portion of the contract
  • Reviews project engineering progress against approved schedules, evaluates changes, and takes corrective action when required
  • Makes recommendation to Engineering Management of key personnel for project assignments
  • Directs the preparation of project studies, reports, forecasts, special engineering reports, and plant data book
  • Ensures that Technical Risk Assessments are comprehensive and complete, safety practices and procedures are implemented, and engineering design documentation comply with project Quality Assurance plan and procedures
  • Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to client, project, and functional management 
  • Champions a project work environment which fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with a diverse group of customers


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in engineering or associated scientific discipline from an accredited college or university and 13 years of progressive and relevant work experience
  • Previous work experience includes being responsible for the supervision of at least 5-10 engineers in an engineering or scientific discipline 
  • Prior work experience being responsible for the engineering progress and performance reporting
  • Experience in project design or execution with previous demonstrated experience with various types of systems.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Professional Engineering Registration, or ability to achieve registration within 12 months of accepting this position 
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), 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. (Even if teleworking, must still be able to comply with security requirements to obtain a badge)
  • Must possess the right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Prior experience on WTP or other DOE nuclear sites 
  • Previous work experience includes being responsible for the supervision of at least 10-30 engineers in an engineering or scientific discipline on a medium size project




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, 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 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.

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.