Senior Quality Assurance Specialist / Engineer

Requisition ID:  274734

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $105,060 - $160,220 annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant.)


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.


Part-Time Telework:

This position is a full-time role that offers part-time telework flexibility in the Richland, Washington project office. 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.

Please be advised that the telework designation of the position may be changed in the future at the discretion of the company or project.


Position Summary:

The Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer will report to the Independent Assessment Manager in Quality Assurance Organization and support the maintenance, development, and implementation of the WTP Quality Assurance



  • As an Audit Team Lead (ATL), prepare, plan, and perform external audits/assessments of suppliers/subcontractors on evaluated suppliers list. This position will require occasional travel.
  • As an Audit Team Lead (ATL), prepare, plan, and perform internal audits/assessments of the project’s QA program for implementation and effectiveness.
  • Reviews project quality-related procedures and guides for conformance to QA program requirements.
  • Prepares QA procedures and guides for approval in accordance with the governing procedures.
  • Reviews and reports on new or revised regulatory requirements and their impact on the established QA program.
  • Develops and implements corrective actions for Condition Reports assigned to Quality.
  • Monitors project engineering, nuclear safety, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, and other activities to evaluate the quality of products, activities, and program effectiveness.
  • Prevents quality problems by identifying risks and recommending improvements to correct potential deficiencies or program weaknesses.
  • Participates in QA audits, surveillances, and self-assessments.
  • Verifies actions taken in response to issues to assure adequacy of completed actions.


Skills and Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline or quality assurance from an accredited university and at least 9 years of experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, or quality assurance; or in lieu of a formal degree, a minimum of 15 years of experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, or quality assurance.
  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have an Audit Team Lead certification meeting the requirements of ASME NQA-1 or be certifiable within six months of employment.
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of thee disciplines: Engineering, Procurement, Nuclear Safety, Construction, or Operations sufficient to comprehend the application of and relationship to technical and quality requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Reasoning skills for problem identification and resolution.
  • Ability to use a computer and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Technical and working knowledge of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 414.1, NQA-1, and 10 CFR 830 and their application for nuclear related project.
  • Specialized courses in engineering, technical, or quality assurance disciplines.
  • Current or recent Lead Auditor Certification in nuclear environment in accordance with recognized national standard.
  • Six Sigma or Lean skills and tools exposure.
  • Software Development Quality Assurance
  • Knowledge of the application of corrective action for conditions adverse to quality.
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory standards associated with the design, construction, and procurement of nuclear facilities. 


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.