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Sr. Equipment Stress Engineer - WTP

Requisition ID:  234535

Requisition Posting End Date: 07/27/2021

Project Overview

The Project: Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP)


The Bechtel team is responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of the world’s largest and most technically sophisticated radioactive waste treatment plant (WTP) at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site in Washington State. This first-of-a-kind project will use vitrification to transform 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste into and immobile glass form. The waste is stored in 177 aging underground tanks accumulated between 1944 and 1989, when plutonium and other nuclear materials were produced for national defense. The plant will include three major nuclear process facilities and a laboratory: a Pretreatment Facility, a High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility, a Low-Activity Waste Vitrification Facility, and an Analytical Laboratory.


Equipment Stress Engineer Scope


You will be working as part of the engineering Equipment Stress 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. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in using appropriate codes such as ASME Section VIII, ASME B31.3, and AISC N690. The ideal candidate will have a familiarity with finite element analysis (FEA) software such as ANSYS and will be capable of developing design documents, including specifications and datasheets, 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. 


Position Summary

Equipment Stress Engineer Job Details


The primary role of the Senior Stress Engineer is to collect the process, mechanical, controls, safety, and other requirements for the process equipment in order to develop design documents and calculations for the equipment to meet the applicable requirements. 

The senior stress engineer will:

-       Administers the production of the equipment material requisitions and drawings. This may be performed as an individual contributor or leading other engineers.  

-       Coordinates within the engineering group and other disciplines and groups in developing the detailed equipment design in a team environment.  

-       Resolves technical issues related to the discipline, and discusses them with other disciplines, groups, suppliers, and the customer. 

-       Prepares reports and studies in resolving open technical issues related to the equipment design.  

-       Performs equipment stress analyses using FEA software as well as performs reviews of FEA and other submittals prepared by equipment vendors.  

-       Supports development of the cost estimate and schedule for the mechanical equipment. 

-       Ensures the work is performed to the high-quality standards for nuclear facilities while executing to the schedule.


In addition, the candidate will be required to have excellent communication skills and can be the “face” of Bechtel promoting our leadership, quality, and safety values to external partners, vendors, construction companies, and other subcontractors.



Qualifications and Skills

 Basic Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering (or equivalent) with minimum of six (6) years of relative experience

·       Related experience includes, but is not limited to, the design and fabrication of complex processing equipment.

·       Detailed working knowledge of standards associated with fabrication and construction of process equipment. This would include but is not limited to ASME Section VIII, ASME B31.3, and AISC N690.

·       Hands on experience using FEA analysis software such as ANSYS.

·       Understanding of stress analysis, process equipment design, and dynamic (response spectra) solutions for seismic analysis of equipment.

·       Experience in working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1, MIL-Q-9858A, or ISO-9000.

·       Possess the legal right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship


Minimum Qualifications


·       Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

·       Strong verbal and communication skills

·       Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

·       Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards.  Broad knowledge of the application of Mechancial Enngineering design principles 


Preferred Qualifications


·      Professional Engineering licence

·      MS degree in Engineering (Mechanical or related) 

·      Experience in equipment design analysis in DOE or commercial nuclear facilities.

·      Experience in nuclear industry working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME -NQA-1.

·      Experience using ANSYS Finite Element Analysis Software (Mechanical APDL or Workbench).

·      US Citizenship

·      Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards.

·      Previous DOE experience in nuclear waste processing or nuclear chemical facilities.

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; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; 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.