Senior Nuclear Engineer

Requisition ID:  275033

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $90,990 - $160,220 annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant).

Company 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 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:
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.


Position Summary:

Responsible for the development and maintenance of nuclear safety documentation and nuclear/ chemical safety program implementation for assigned activities within the WTP Nuclear Safety Engineering Department, specifically for activities associated with design completion for the HLW nuclear facility. Applies broad and diversified knowledge of nuclear principles and practices to project engineering. Collaborates with other engineering disciplines and organizations and makes decisions independently concerning problems within the nuclear discipline on the project. Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to management.



  • Safety basis document development and maintenance, calculation development, design document reviews, and other facility nuclear safety activities for HLW and associated facilities.
  • Participate in and lead Hazard Analysis activities in support of the HLW Safety Basis
  • Preparation of the Preliminary Documented Safety Analysis including developing/defining controls and responding to and resolving internal and external comments.
  • Requires interaction with other engineering disciplines and operations personnel as well as the client.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • Develop plans and engineering studies to resolve technical issues
  • Leads multidiscipline team working to mature and finalize the HLW Safety Basis


Qualifications and Skills
Basic Qualifications:

  • Level I: A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Nuclear Engineering, or other engineering field from an accredited college or university, and 9 years of applicable experience
  • Level II: A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Nuclear Engineering, or other engineering field from an accredited college or university, and 13 years of applicable experience
  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Must possess the right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.
  • 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)


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Design experience with radiological/chemical process systems
  • Knowledge in nuclear safety/engineering 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a nuclear engineer at a major commercial, industrial, or nuclear facility.
  • Experience working on DOE or DOD government projects, preferably, design of nuclear or chemical process facilities.
  • Experience developing TSRs
  • Experience performing hazards analyses and authoring nuclear safety documentation.
  • Ability to plan and schedule assigned work and complete tasks on time.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and objectives.
  • Knowledge of DOE nuclear safety processes and approaches, including development of consequence calculations and criticality safety calculations.
  • Knowledge of systems, calculations, equipment, applications of methods, materials, and computers in the discipline.
  • Knowledge of DOE regulatory codes and standards, and design and/or layout criteria pertinent to nuclear safety.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication and ability to collaborate with clients, stakeholders, and other disciplines.

Bechtel’s internal staffing policy includes the minimum time that you need to be in your current position before applying to a new position. Please refer to the applicable policy manual and ensure you meet the minimum requirements.



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 (160 hours annually, accrued 6.16 hours per pay period), nine 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 five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. 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.