Mechanical Engineer – Richland, WA

Job Responsibilities/Duties

Work Safe, Make a Difference, and Be a Part of History with the Waste & Fuels Management Project (W&FMP)!

At CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC), located in Richland, Washington, we are working to provide a sustainable future for the historic Hanford area through the protection of the Columbia River and the remediation of the Central Plateau. To achieve our mission, we need exceptionally talented, innovative, and driven people to help us reduce risks on the Hanford Site by removing some of the most hazardous waste streams and facilities in the Department of Energy (DOE) complex. If you would like to work with a highly skilled workforce to achieve unique and challenging goals that critically impact our environment and community, this is your chance to be a part of our legacy!

The Waste & Fuels Management Project (W&FMP) is responsible for the following:

  • Safely and compliantly storing, treating, and disposing of a wide variety of solid wastes and nuclear materials.
  • Providing integrated waste treatment, transportation, storage and disposal services for all CHPRC cleanup projects.
  • Management of stored fuels and capsules, including 1,936 highly radioactive cesium and strontium capsules in underwater storage.
  • Retrieval and packaging of legacy transuranic waste for off-site disposition.
  • Treatment and disposal of mixed and low-level radioactive wastes.

This opening is for a project engineer in support of the Management of Cesium and Strontium Capsules (MCSC) Project (W-135 Project). The overall objective of the MCSC Project is to move 1936 cesium and strontium capsules currently in underwater storage in the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF) to dry storage at a new Capsule Storage Area (CSA). Selected candidate will be a key contributor to the design and construction of a dry storage system for the cesium and strontium capsules. The MCSC Project completed the design phase of the project and will begin construction, fabrication, and testing.

The selected candidate will be a productive member of the project personnel in the performance of the following activities:

  • Demonstrating creativity, adaptive thinking and mature engineering judgment in anticipating and/or solving complex or novel engineering problems.
  • Coordinating between design and construction contractors, WESF personnel (engineering, operations, and radiological control), and other Hanford contractors.
  • Monitoring installation activities to ensure compliance with the engineered design associated with mechanical installations.
  • Developing logic, duration and man-hour requirements for discipline’s portion of the engineering schedule.
  • Reviewing the schedule periodically to ensure that it is maintained and that man-hour expenditures are kept within budget limits.
  • Assisting in development of operation and maintenance procedures.
  • Assisting in resolution of field installation issues concerning installation of equipment.
  • Subcontractor submittal reviews.
  • Facilitating resolution of subcontractor RCI’s.
  • Reviewing project submittals, answering Fabricator Requests for Information.
  • Supporting development of Engineering Change Requests (ECR’s), Design Change Notices (DCN’s) and redlines per procedure.
  • Providing input to construction field changes.
  • Providing support during Construction Acceptance Test (CAT) and Acceptance Test Procedures (ATP).
  • Interfacing directly with Project Management, Construction Management, Buyer’s Technical Representative (BTR), and Engineering to provide timely resolution on engineering issues in the field, with a focus primarily on mechanical issues.
  • Providing support, as needed, during project status meetings, budgetary planning and travel as needed to witness subcontractor factory acceptance testing.
  • Qualifying and performing as a Design Authority/System Engineer on mechanical systems assigned by the Project Engineering Manager.
  • Supporting Facility Design Authority/System Engineer in maintaining and readying existing WESF systems to support the transition of cesium and strontium capsule to dry storage.
  • Providing interface between contractors, design engineering, facility engineering, construction management, field supervision, occupational safety, and facility operations and radiological control.
  • Performing general WFMP engineering and project duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

* A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  • A minimum of 7 years engineering experience, of which 2 years is related to design services and/or engineering during construction, and a minimum of 2 years’ project engineering experience at a nuclear Department of Energy facility.

Desired Qualifications

A few benefits/perks you can anticipate, depending on the nature of your employment with CHPRC, include the following:

  • A casual-dress work environment, where jeans are a regular thing!
  • A standard 4-10’s work schedule that allows for long weekends and recharging on the Columbia River, on a golf course, at 200+ surrounding wineries, or at other Pacific Northwest destinations where fishing, hunting, snowboarding, hiking, and other outdoor sporting opportunities are in abundance!
  • An excellent benefits package, effective day one of hire, which includes a generous 401K Savings Plans, Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Options, Flexible Spending Accounts, Holiday/Vacation Pay, and more!

CHPRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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