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Control Systems Engineer at NSS

Control Systems Engineer

NSS Reston, VA Full-Time
Control Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: 257856

Project Overview:

Bechtel is the licensing, engineering, procurement, and construction partner on TerraPower's Natrium team. Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, Natrium is participating in a DOE initiative to re-establish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy that provides matching funding to industry to design and build an operational advanced reactor. TerraPower, a leading advanced generation technology company founded by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, will be deploying its 345 MWE sodium fast reactor (SFR), called Natrium. The Natrium Demonstration plant features an advanced, cost-competitive reactor design that is safer, easier, and less costly to construct, less expensive to operate, and able to provide energy that is competitive with fossil fuels. It also features an innovative molten salt energy storage output, combined, the plant can produce more than 500 MWE of power. The Natrium Demonstration plant will be licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Energy Northwest, PacifiCorp, and Duke Energy, along with the support from a number of national laboratories and universities. This DOE program has the potential to be the largest funding program for advanced nuclear power in U.S. history and will shape the future of nuclear energy for decades. We invite you to join our team for this historic and interesting opportunity!

Position Summary:

The position evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering methods, techniques, procedures, and criteria, using independent judgment in making adaptations and modifications. Performs assignments, which have clear and specific objectives and require the investigation of a limited number of variables for an engineering discipline within a global business unit. Understands the basic discipline work processes. Performs engineering tasks, within a discipline, having a minor degree of complexity. Participates in reviewing and checking designs, drawings, and data from suppliers. The position is performed under the leadership of a Control Systems supervisor, lead, or other designee.

The candidate will be required to be familiar with relevant Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), Engineering Department Procedure Instructions (EDPIs), design standards and guides, and Bechtel Standard Application Programs (BSAPs).


The Control Systems Engineer's responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Design and review of Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) for various plant systems.
  • Generation of design and design change packages.
  • Origination of setpoint calculations.
  • Specification of instrumentation and control valves.
  • Generation of instrument and control valve data sheets and material requisitions.
  • Design and review of digital and analog control logic.
  • Data entry to instrumentation, valve, and I/O databases.
  • Design and application of tubing and instrument installations, etc.
  • Allocation and layout of facility control system I/O.
  • Coordination of physical locations of instrumentation, control valves, control cabinets, etc.
  • Design and review of cabinet layouts.
  • Industrial control system (DCS or PLC) software programming.
  • Review control systems graphic displays.
  • Review of supplier provided data and documentation.
  • Participate in supplier factory acceptance testing.
  • Coordination with other engineering disciplines and other functions.
  • Perform plant walkdowns and generation of walkdown notes/packages.
  • Some travel to plant and supplier facilities may be required.

Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:
  • BS degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, or related engineering field from an accredited university, with a minimum of three (3) years control systems experience, or MS degree in Nuclear, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, or related engineering field, or in lieu of degree, nine (9) years engineering experience related to position.
  • Candidate must have the right to legally work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft application suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Codes and Standards pertinent to control systems engineering and nuclear industry.
  • Familiar with or course work using industry wide Control Systems system calculation/design tools, such as instrument set-point calculation software, CAD 2D and loop designing software.
  • EIT / FE Certification.

Full time telework may be available for this position with potential travel of up to 25% to work at the project location in Reston, VA. Initial two-week business trip to Reston, VA is required for onboarding.

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