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Nuclear Safety Specialist

Requisition ID:  234252

Requisition Posting End Date: 05/11/2021

Project Overview:

The Bechtel team is responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of the world’s largest and most technically sophisticated radioactive waste treatment plant (WTP) at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site in Washington State. This first-of-a-kind project will use vitrification to transform 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste into an immobile glass form. The waste is stored in 177 aging underground tanks accumulated between 1944 and 1989, when plutonium and other nuclear materials were produced for national defense. The plant will include three major nuclear process facilities and a laboratory: a Pretreatment Facility, a High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility, a Low-Activity Waste Vitrification Facility, and an Analytical Laboratory.


Essential Job Duties:

Candidate must be knowledgeable of USQ process development and implementation as it applies to operating DOE facilities. Candidate will develop and implement the USQ process to be used in DFLAW. Independently performs complex professional engineering assignments in a global business unit design office or field requiring the application of specialized and/or advanced engineering principles. May direct personnel on special studies or special segments of a client project. 

  • Develops and implements the USQ program for the DFLAW project to support commissioning and operations.
  • Assists the facility operations team with commissioning DFLAW while maintaining safety basis alignment.
  • Develops and interprets design criteria and specifications for most complex systems, processes, structures and equipment in a global business unit.
  • Serves as consultant to engineering management, providing advice and counsel on special engineering assignments.
  • Assists in new business efforts involving specialized engineering applications. Develops preliminary cost estimates and participates in proposal preparation and presentation.
  • Prepares and reviews project controls, cost estimates, and staffing requirements for projects, forecasts and change orders.
  • Provides technical direction and assigns work to subordinate engineers and others who assist on specific assignments. Reviews and checks work.
  • Coordinates and monitors the work of unique field engineering activities and of specialized outside consultants. May participate in selection of outside consultants.
  • Conducts or leads special studies on economic feasibility, new technologies, methods, or materials.
  • Interprets new or special governmental regulations engineering codes, standards, criteria and performance data.
  • Participates in the development and coordination of special technical educational and training programs for clients and/or Bechtel personnel.
  • Assists in the preparation and reviews of project procedures and cost estimates for proposals, forecasts and change orders.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


Job Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Codes/Standards/DOE Orders related to Nuclear Safety including 10 CFR 830, DOE Standard 3009, DOE Standard 1228 and DOE G 424.1-1B
  • Knowledge of the USQ process and complex best practices documented within DOE G 424.1-1B
  • Technical knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, application of engineering methods and materials, and application of computers.
  • Broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and of principles and practices of related technical areas.
  • Knowledge of current industry or regulatory codes and standards and study criteria pertinent to the particular engineering discipline.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Understands Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), design guides, and relevant Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs).
  • Good knowledge of 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design tools.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: A Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering or other engineering fields from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.
  • Level 2: A Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering or other engineering fields from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience.
  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with DOE nuclear projects safety basis development, or commercial nuclear power plant licensing or analysis.
  • Experience with USQ programs and procedures
  • Knowledge in nuclear safety/engineering.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Nuclear Engineering degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Professional engineering (PE) License in Nuclear Engineering or other engineering discipline.



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 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.