System Safety Engineer

Nov 12, 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.

This position is located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work weekends as needed.

Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work night shift (5:30pm to 4:00am) and weekends as needed.

The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) and Amentum. WTCC is a subcontractor to BNI, the prime contractor, to deliver the construction, turnover, startup, and commissioning activities for the WTP project.


Supports implementation and performance of activities associated with the newly created, first of a kind Chemical Safety Management Program (CSMP). Participates in CSMP execution functional group planning and performance of program activities while demonstrating compliance to program regulatory and contractual requirements.  Performs assessment and line surveillance activities to verify process chemical hazards have been appropriately identified and engineered and administrative process chemical hazard controls and safeguards are implemented as required. Prepare materials that provide response and dispositions for technical and administrative comments identified from internal project and external oversight reviews. Support program status updates to project management and Department of Energy representatives. Supports overall performance of the safety and health system safety functional group and CSMP activities.

This position shall be performed under the day-to-day direction, control, and supervision of WTCC.


  • Provides technical expertise/guidance to engineering, construction, start-up, and commissioning regarding operability safety and process chemical safety.
  • 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.
  • Provides key input to completion of project deliverables for cold and hot commissioning related to chemical safety.
  • Supports development and update to program and project documents.
  • Supports safety management program implementation and plant readiness activities.
  • Reviews changes related to chemical safety impacts, introduction of new process chemicals, or significant changes to ensure that changes with impacts to hazards to workers, public, or the environment are provided to the appropriate approval authority.
  • Supports facility walkdowns for job hazard analysis and worker safety and health efforts.
  • Supports implementation of 10 CFR 851 Worker Safety and Health and Process Safety Management 29 CFR 1910.119 requirements.
  • Supports Worker Safety through Design reviews and document development.
  • Supports and facilitates process hazard analysis efforts.
  • Provides rotational on-call shift support for chemical safety hazard controls expertise needed when process chemical hazards are present.
  • Support 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.
  • This job description is not intended to include every duty, task or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisors request.


Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science degree in a science or engineering field, or a related discipline from an accredited university or equivalent education/experience.



  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience.
  • One year of nuclear facility experience required. (Nuclear experience when used in reference to nonreactor nuclear facilities, is experience acquired at any facility in which radioactive materials are routinely handled, stored, processed, or utilized.)
  • Performing reviews of engineering or process documents.
  • Performing self-assessment and line surveillance activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in hazardous waste treatment facilities, chemical processing facilities, DOE facilities, or DOD facilities preferred.
  • Experience with national consensus codes and standards preferred.
  • Experience with OSHA Process Safety Management per 29 CFR 1910.119 and/or familiarity with the Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety preferred.
  • Experience with process hazard analysis or with process flowsheets preferred.
  • Certification, chartered, or professional licenses in engineering or safety disciplines preferred.