Bechtel Corporation Mechanical Systems Engineer in Richland, Washington

  • Requisition ID: 212049

  • Position Title: Mechanical Systems Engineer (212049)

  • Project: WTP

  • Location: Richland, WA

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family

  • Work Authorization: Possess right to work in the US without sponsorship

  • Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen, background check

Project Overview:

Bechtel is designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive-waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in southeastern Washington State. The project will use vitrification technology to process and stabilize 56 million gallons (212 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 cleanup project is one of DOE’s most technically challenging and the largest undertaking of its kind—equivalent to building two nuclear power plants. The construction site spans 65 acres (26 hectares) and includes facilities for pretreatment, low-activity waste vitrification, high-level waste vitrification, and the analytical laboratory as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, and other support facilities.

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.

You will be working as part of the Mechanical Systems team designing the fluid and gas systems for the WTP process facilities. You will be preparing technical reports and studies and design documentation, performing calculations using engineering software, and preparing specifications for complex mechanical equipment for the waste treatment process and supporting systems. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in process system design and will be capable of developing design documents, including piping and instrument diagrams and equipment data sheets, 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.

The primary role is to collect the process, safety, and other requirements for the fluid process or support systems and design the system and specify the equipment to meet the applicable requirements. The mechanical systems engineer coordinates with the engineering group and other disciplines in developing the detailed system design and specifying equipment in a team environment. The mechanical systems engineer prepares reports and studies in resolving open technical issues related to the process systems. The mechanical systems engineer develops and revises piping and instrument diagrams, formal calculations, and equipment datasheets and specifications in completing the detailed design for the system, including equipment selection. The mechanical systems engineer supports the associated safety analyses and hazards evaluations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Mechanical or related Engineering from an accredited university or college with one year of related experience.

  • Have, or capable of obtaining, a U.S. Professional Engineering License within one (1) year of hire date.

  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiar with Piping and Instrument Diagram (P&ID) development, fluid systems design, hydraulic, heat transfer, and thermodynamic calculations, and mechanical equipment specification.

  • Experience in fluid system design in DOE or commercial nuclear facilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • U.S. EIT in Mechanical or related Engineering.

  • Prior WTP experience.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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