Systems Safety Specialist

Requisition ID:  276098

  • 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).



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

Bechtel is seeking a Systems Safety Specialist to support safety through design with the High-Level Waste (HLW) teams as the balance of facility support services and processes are reviewed and safeguarded. The Systems Safety Specialist will report directly to the WTP Safety and Health Technical Representative. This position is located in Richland, WA with occasional need for on-site support at the WTP project located at the 200 East site. Selected applicant would work an 9/80 schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Salary is commensurate with experience.



  • Conducts system safety analysis according to the WTP Worker Safety Through Design requirements for new and modification of processes at WTP.

  • Reviews and provides design recommendations for new projects and proposed facility modifications primarily pertaining to HLW to ensure conformance with process safety and loss prevention codes, standards and procedures.

  • Performs advanced predictive assessments and hazard analyses of subsystem and system hardware, processes, equipment, software and logic for project or facility operations.

  • Reviews design documents, operating procedures, work planning documents, and commissioning test documents to support identification of hazards and appropriate determination of hazard controls and safeguards is completed.

  • Ensures project safety per 10 CFR 851 Worker Safety and Health, Process Safety Management 29 CFR 1910.119 requirements, as well as DOE-HDBK-1100-2004 Chemical Process Hazards Analysis as applicable. 

  • Provides technical assistance/guidance to engineering, construction, operations and startup regarding operability safety where needed.

  • Interacts with design, engineering, construction, and operations personnel to identify causal factors and develops recommendations to mitigate identified hazards and risks associated with project operations, equipment, software and/or facilities.

  • Supports the Waste Treatment Plant Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment.

  • Provides responses to DOE inquiries and factual accuracy checks as requested.

  • Helps to create a work environment that fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


Qualifications and skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Professional Engineer (PE).

  • Candidate should have in-depth experience in following a variety of system safety analysis techniques such as HAZID/ENVID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA, Consequence modeling, etc.

  • Understanding of engineering planning and control.

  • Working knowledge of various international codes and best practices and U.S. standards including NFPA, ASME.

  • Ability to help multiple projects as a subject matter expert.

  • Can demonstrate experience as a team player, positive attitude, assumes noble intent, and a value-based leader.

  • Excellent technical and managerial skills, with both verbal and written communication skills.

  • Level 1:Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field from an accredited university plus six years of experience, or, in lieu of degree, twelve years of experience.

  • Level 2:Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field from an accredited university plus nine years of experience, or, in lieu of degree, fifteen years of experience.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in hazardous waste treatment facilities, chemical processing facilities, DOE facilities, or DOD facilities. Construction experience or heavy industry experience such as kiln/smelter operations, utilities/high voltage power distribution. Engineering/risk assessment of refineries, petrochemicals, gas processing a plus. 

  • Training/certification/experience in human factor analysis (HFACS), Human Performance (HOP) a plus.

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.