Senior Fire Protection Engineer 1

Requisition ID:  275305

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Grade:  26-27
  • Position to be Panel Interviewed?  Yes
  • 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.).


Project Overview

Bechtel is a global engineering, construction and project management company that has “built the world” for more than 120 years, having constructed Hoover Dam, the English Channel Tunnel, entire cities in the Middle East, the second-largest solar thermal power project in the world, and millions of miles of roads and pipelines. We produce a lasting, positive legacy by creating jobs, growing economies, connecting communities to resources, shoring up and expanding infrastructure, and making the world a cleaner, greener, safer place.


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.


Role Overview

The position is long-term, direct employment while working as part of the Fire Protection team designing system at the WTP facility. You will be preparing fire hazards analyses, technical reports and supporting studies and design documentation, performing calculations using engineering software, and supporting systems. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in process and fire protection system design and will be capable of developing fire hazards analyses that incorporate the applicable design requirements, including nuclear safety requirements. You will be interfacing and coordinating with other engineering disciplines and the client in the development of the design.


Executes assignments in Fire Protection Engineering supporting WTP facility. Has technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, and coordinating Fire Protection issues.

  • Support project needs for design, design review, commissioning, testing, code interpretations, and walk downs at the project to support project deadlines.
  • Independently apply the principles of fire safety in the development of structures, systems, and components.
  • Support Construction and Operations.
  • Develop fire protection system acceptance protocols.
  • Interface with internal and external customers, as required, for the design, installation, and testing of the fire protection systems.
  • Support the development of the fire protection components of the authorization basis documents and other safety submittals.
  • Support Department of Energy (DOE) and external regulatory agency reviews of the fire protection aspects of the design and installation at the WTP facility.
  • Interface with WTP management and multidiscipline design teams to provide direction, feedback, and validation of engineering and design efforts.
  • Perform Fire Protection reviews to determine compliance with applicable DOE orders, NFPA standards, and the model building codes.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of fire protection equivalencies to the DOE standards and the NFPA codes and standards.
  • Provide technical guidance in the review of engineering analyses and engineering judgments for alternative fire barrier systems, opening protectives, and penetration firestops.
  • Support the alignment of the fire protection systems design and installation with the requirements identified in the upper tier requirements in the Authorization Basis Documents, the facility Fire Hazards Analysis documents, and the Engineering Basis of Design documents.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of the fire hazards analysis for the WTP facilities utilizing recognized fire protection industry approaches, methodologies, calculations and analysis including advanced fire modeling.


Basic Qualifications

  • Level I - BS degree in Engineering or Science-related field from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 9 years of related experience.
  • Level II - BS degree in Engineering or Science-related field from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 13 years of related experience.
  • Possess the legal right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check.
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fire, life safety, and building codes - including UL and FM standards.
  • Must be familiar with commercial risk management and fire protection protocol.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Fire Protection Engineer (Professional Engineers License).
  • Experience as a fire protection engineer at a major commercial, industrial, or nuclear facility with a strong background in fire suppression and fire alarm system design.
  • Experience working on DOE or DOD government projects, including experience with DOE Fire safety requirements (DOE STD-1066, DOE Order 420.1)
  • Experience with fire modeling using Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport (CFAST), and Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS).
  • Experience in nuclear or chemical process facilities, codes and standards for hazardous materials, and safety regulatory compliance is helpful.



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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