Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

Nov 02, 2020

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.

Positions are initially teleworking and will eventually transition to a 9-80’s schedule, M-F 7:00 am to 4:30 pm with alternating Fridays off.

Position Description

The Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer will participate in the evaluation and improvement of WTP project performance through the responsibilities listed below.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • As an Audit Team Lead (ATL), prepare, plan, and perform external audits/assessments of suppliers/subcontractors on the evaluated suppliers list. This position will require occasional travel
  • As an Audit Team Lead (ATL), prepare, plan, and perform internal audits/assessment of the project’s QA program for implementation and effectiveness
  • Reviews project quality-related procedures and guides for conformance to QA program requirements
  • Prepares QA procedures and guides for approval in accordance with the governing procedures
  • Reviews and reports on new or revised regulatory requirements and their impact on the established QA program
  • Develops and implements corrective actions for Condition Reports assigned to Quality
  • Monitors project engineering, nuclear safety, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, and other activities to evaluate the quality of products, activities, and program effectiveness
  • Prevents quality problems by identifying risks and recommending improvements to correct potential deficiencies or program weaknesses
  • Participates in QA audits, surveillances, and self-assessments
  • Verifies actions taken in response to issues to assure adequacy of completed actions

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or scientific discipline or quality assurance from an accredited university and at least 6 years of experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations or quality assurance
  • In lieu of formal degree, a minimum of 12 years of experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, or quality assurance
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have an Audit Team Lead certification meeting the requirements of ASME NQA-1 or be certifiable within six months of employment
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of these disciplines: Engineering, Procurement, Nuclear Safety, Construction, or Operations sufficient to comprehend the application of and relationships to technical and quality requirements
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written)
  • Reasoning skills for problem identification and resolution
  • Ability to use a computer and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical and working knowledge of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 414.1, NQA-1, and 10 CFR 830 and their application for a nuclear-related project
  • Specialized courses in engineering, technical, or quality assurance disciplines
  • Current or recent Lead Auditor Certification in a nuclear environment in accordance with a recognized national standard
  • Six Sigma or Lean skills and tools exposure
  • Knowledge of the application of corrective actions for conditions adverse to quality
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory standards associated with the design, construction, and procurement of nuclear facilities
  • Possess the right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship