Senior Equipment Stress Engineer

Requisition ID:  272865

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Grade:  26-27
  • Position to be Panel Interviewed?  No
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $105,060 - $182,670 annually(Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant. A 15% salary uplift is provided on top of base salary for positions that are worked in New York City or San Francisco, which is subject to change depending on market conditions.).


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. Core to Bechtel is 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 can 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 Summary

Upon initial hire and onboarding, the position will require full time presence in the Richland, Washington project office, then may offer part-time telework flexibility. This position works a 9/80 schedule, offering every other Friday off.


You will be working as member of the Equipment Analysis Group designing and analyzing complex mechanical equipment. You will be preparing design documentation, performing calculations using engineering software, and preparing specifications for complex mechanical equipment used in the waste treatment process and support systems.



  • Perform equipment analyses using CFD or FEA software to produce equipment design calculations, as well as perform reviews of analyses and other submittals prepared by equipment vendors.
  • Resolve technical issues related to the equipment design and discuss them with other disciplines, groups, suppliers and the customer.
  • Interface and coordinate with other engineering disciplines in the development of the design.
  • Support the production of the equipment drawings. This may be performed as an individual contributor or leading other engineers.
  • Prepare reports and studies in resolving open technical issues related to the equipment design.
  • Support development of cost estimates and schedules for mechanical equipment.
  • Ensure work is performed to the project’s quality standards for nuclear facilities while executing to the schedule.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Level One: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering (or equivalent) with minimum of 9 years of experience. Related experience includes, but is not limited to, the design and fabrication of complex equipment, experience with liquid & gas handling equipment preferred (vessels, tanks, air handling equipment, mixers, etc.)
  • Level Two: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering (or equivalent) with minimum of 13 years of experience. Related experience includes, but is not limited to, the design and fabrication of complex equipment, experience with liquid & gas handling equipment preferred (vessels, tanks, air handling equipment, mixers, etc.


Additional Qualifications

  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards; particularly fabrication and construction of process equipment, including ASME Section VIII, ASME B31.3, AISC ASD, AISC N690, etc.
  • Significant experience using CFD analysis software (such as STAR-CCM+ and/or ANSYS Fluent).
  • Understanding of fluid dynamics, specifically fluid flow, heat transfer and acoustics.
  • Experience working with procedures employing quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1, MIL-Q-9858A, or ISO-9000.
  • Broad knowledge of the application of Mechanical Engineering design principles.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), work well with others, and is flexible.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Professional Engineering license.
  • MS degree in Engineering (Mechanical or related).
  • Experience in DOE or commercial nuclear facilities, particularly in equipment design analysis.
  • Experience using STAR-CCM+ and/or ANSYS Fluent CFD Software Packages.
  • Experience using ANSYS Finite Element Analysis Software (Mechanical APDL or Workbench).
  • Experience performing equipment analyses using FEA software to produce equipment structural design calculations.
  • Understanding of equipment design; specifically structural, thermal and dynamic (e.g. seismic modal and response spectra) analyses.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards.


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.

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