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System Safety Engineer - Chemical Safety Lead

  • Requisition ID:  230617
  • Position Title: System Safety Engineer - Chemical Safety Lead
  • Project: WTCC
  • Posting End Date: 09/08/2020 
  • Location: Richland, WA
  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen, background check and physical

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.



Leads development of an integrated project schedule for implementation of the newly created, first of a kind Chemical Safety Management Program (CSMP). Directs CSMP execution functional group planning and performance of program activities while demonstrating compliance to program regulatory and contractual requirements.  Leads 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. Communicates to project management and Department of Energy representatives on program status. 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.
  • Leads and supports development and updates to program documents and to associated training materials.
  • 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.
  • Interfaces with multiple project organizations affecting chemical safety management programs for program implementation and execution.
  • 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.
  • Provides responses to DOE inquiries and factual accuracy checks.
  • 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 13 years of professional experience with at least 7 years of experience directing work as an Engineer or Program/Project lead.
  • 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.
  • Developing or establishing new programs or projects in a government contract environment.
  • 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 Earned Value Measurement Systems (EVMS) 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 preferred.
  • Higher-level university education, degrees, or additional training in engineering, sciences, safety, or management fields preferred.
  • Certification, chartered, or professional licenses in engineering or safety disciplines preferred.

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.

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, national origin, or protected
veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Salary Range
$54,000.00 - 75,000.00
per Year
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Richland, WA 99352, US