Senior Rigging Engineer

Requisition ID:  273491

  • Relocation Authorized:  National/International - Family
  • Position to be Panel Interviewed?  Yes
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Salary Range: $105,060 - $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 designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons (210 million liters) of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford site, which is a byproduct of plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War era. 


The project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOE’s most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres (26 hectares) with four major nuclear facilities – Pretreatment, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification, High-Level Waste Vitrification and Analytical Laboratory – as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, other support facilities.


This position is located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30am to 5:00pm. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work weekends as needed. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work night shift (5:30pm to 4:00am) and weekends as needed.


The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) and Amentum. WTCC is a subcontractor to BNI, the prime contractor, to deliver the construction, turnover, startup, and commissioning activities for the WTP project.


Position Summay

The Senior Rigging Engineer is based to Bechtel Equipment Operations, Inc. reports to Project Maintenance Mechanical Handling Team Manager and is responsible for the development, implementation, and compliance of rigging plans and engineering calculations associated with hoisting and rigging requirements established by the WTCC Hoisting and Rigging Program for WTCC. This position may also perform other general engineering duties/tasks in support of the DFLAW Facilities and mission. This position will be based in WTCC project at Hanford site at Washington state. 



  • Maintaining knowledge and proficiency in the creating of Lift Plans and associated field-implementing documentation of hoisting and rigging requirements in accordance with the WTCC Hoisting and Rigging Program and the Hanford Site Hoisting and Rigging Manual (DOE/RL-92-36) to support Commissioning, Operations, and Maintenance activities.
  • Understanding the applicability of requirements for the Hoisting and Rigging Program.
  • Ensuring Hoisting and Rigging Program field requirements (e.g., Lift Plans, Rigging Calculations, Soil Compaction, Swing/Load Charts) are appropriately prepared, reviewed, and approved.
  • May assist the Hoisting and Rigging Program SME in the continual development of program and training elements.
  • May assist the Hoisting and Rigging Program SME in the performance of assessments/surveillances of performance of the processes that implement the program.
  • Assist the Mechanical Handling Team with the identification/development of scopes of work.
  • Assist with the processes of technical changes to activity level work documents, including reviews of changes and impacts to hoisting and rigging work.
  • May assist the Hoisting and Rigging Program SME by participating in the development and delivery of training necessary for continual improvements to the Hoisting and Rigging Program.
  • Identifying and implementing actions to promote improvement, resolve issues, and correct deficiencies in the implementation of the Hoisting and Rigging Program.
  • Providing input and concurrence on project hoisting and rigging activities.
  • Reviewing structural calculations of lift points or lifting devices to determine compliance to applicable standards – determine when an RPE or a graduate of an accredited college or university is required, identification of standards (ASME; BTH-1, Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices; AISC; others), stress levels and factor of safety for types of stress (compression, tension, shear and load combinations), design media review process, identification of various types of materials and environmental effects.
  • Experience with calculating slings and rigging hardware loading and effects on capacity – calculating sling loading using trigonometry, moment magnification factors on lifting attachments, forces and moments on lifting attachments and BTH lifters, cause of sling failures, types of sling protectors, sling cut protection and edge effects on slings, code requirements for “adequate” protection, D to d ratio.
  • Load weight calculations – weight estimates, contingencies for estimates, load impact factors for various types of hoisting equipment, potential hold up of liquid, and load factors.
  • Calculating load center of gravity – calculating moments to determine center of gravity, potential danger of moving loads, potential danger of rotating loads and center of gravity lifting, the use of running blocks.
  • Capable of determining pick points (lifting attachments) – design criteria for lifting attachments, custom designed or ASME B30.26, Rigging Hardware, type of lifting attachment, center of gravity and resulting load vectors to calculate stresses, qualification of lift points by analysis, qualification by inspection and load testing.
  • Experience with multiple crane lifts and lift planning.
  • Experience with load test planning and implementation for cranes, hoists, and equipment.
  • Familiarity with ground bearing pressure calculations and soil stability factors.
  • Familiarity with mobile crane load charts, setup (assembly/disassembly), ground loading, and collapse zones.
  • Familiarity with freight container lifting, metallurgical fracture limits, pin to hole diameter and effects on capacity.
  • Monitors compliance of rigging operations with approved rigging plans and applicable codes.
  • Serves as a point of contact for preparation of lift and haul plans.
  • Selects crane(s), lifting hardware, and equipment necessary for safe work execution of medium, heavy, and critical lifts.
  • This job description is not intended to include every duty, task, or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisor’s request. 


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical, 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.
  • Must possess the right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering, or science, and minimum of 9 years of experience in hoisting and rigging under the Hanford Site Hoisting and Rigging Manual (DOE/RL-92-36) at the Hanford Site, DOE 1090, or other DOE Complex experience, with emphasis in rigging calculations, or in lieu of degree, a minimum of 15 years of experience in hoisting and rigging under the Hanford Site Hoisting and Rigging Manual (DOE/RL-92-36) at the Hanford Site, DOE 1090, or other DOE Complex experience, with emphasis in rigging calculations.
  • Previous Bechtel Certified Rigging Engineer experience is preferred.
  • Department of Energy, NRC, or Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program experience highly desired.
  • Active participation on an ASME B30 or NCCCO council(s) is preferred.
  • Registered Professional Engineer is preferred.
  •  An advanced broad based theoretical knowledge in lifting/hauling equipment and techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable codes and legislation: the candidate is required to be fully knowledgeable and familiar with the legislation and code applying to lifting devices, rigging and heavy haul transport operations.
  •  An intermediate ability in structural design as it relates to lifting equipment and basic structures.
  • An advanced understanding of soil mechanics as it relates to lifting equipment and advanced ability in matting design to distribute crane loads into the ground.
  • Advanced CAD drafting ability (AutoCAD preferable).


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.