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Sr Eng I - Fire Protection Engineer NS&E

  • Location: Richland, Benton, Washington
  • Salary: 22-26 per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 26 days ago

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Contact: Glenn McClain
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: (832) 945-0424
  • Start Date: 2021-05-17
  • Job Ref: 21-08112
Project Overview:
Located in Southeastern Washington State, on the Hanford reservation, Bechtel is designing, constructing, and commissioning the worlds largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons 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 WTP project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOEs most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres 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 WTP Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4x10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While not expected to be the norm, occasionally the selected applicant must be able and willing to work weekends or nights, as needed, to support the Fire Protection Program (FPP).

The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by *** (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.

Position Summary:
The Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) reports to the Safety and Health (S&H) Fire Protection Manager (FPM), and will be responsible for assisting the S&H FPM in the development, implementation, and maintenance of fire protection requirements applicable to safety & health, construction, startup, commissioning, maintenance, engineering, and operations activities of the WTP.

This position is a Technical Support Position for Category 3 Nonreactor Nuclear Facility as defined in DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, Qualification, and Certification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities.
Completing and maintaining training as identified in Fire Protection Program (FPP).
Development and implementation of FPP documents and associated tools.
Keeping fire protection knowledge current and up to date.
Develop expertise in fire protection requirements and their associated implementing documents for inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) and Plant Management activities.
Assessing implementation and compliance, identifying and reporting fire protection program deficiencies to the FPM.
Develop understanding of the issued Fire Hazard Analyses (FHAs) for each of the assigned facilities.
Develop understanding of assigned facility/facilities active and passive fire protection features.
Develop understanding of simplified process flow diagrams, system descriptions, system design descriptions, and facility design descriptions for assigned facility/facilities.
Develop understanding of the documented safety analysis (DSA) for assigned facilities
Performing facility audits in accordance with Fire Protection Facility Assessment schedule and procedure.
Performing FPP Assessments in accordance with FPP Assessment plan.
Periodically reviews Hanford Fire Department (HFD) Pre-Fire Plans.
Periodically coordinates and supports HFD familiarization tours.
Performing periodic facility fire protection inspections in accordance with the FP inspection procedure.
Knowledge of the installation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of sprinkler systems.
Knowledge of the installation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.
Performing as an NFPA 72 Qualified Person for oversight of ITM of fire alarm and signaling systems.
Performing final verification for hot work permits.
Performing and recording periodic inspections of designated Hot Work Areas.
Performing Technical Safety Requirements inspections, as necessary for assigned facilities
Cross-training to back-up other fire protection staff in the implementation of the FPP.
Identifying and implementing actions to promote improvement and correct deficiencies in the implementation of the FPP.
Assisting in the identification of fire protection attributes in the work planning process to ensure tasks are accomplished in accordance with FPP requirements.
Recommending and/or approving compensatory actions for FPS impairments, deficiencies, and system restrictions in accordance with the FPS impairment procedure.
Support the 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 may be responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on FPP or business needs and the FPMs direction.
Fire Protection Professional capable of office and field work within the category of Exposed Field Non-Manual (EFNM).
Able to performs desk/office work, including writing, computer workstation processes, typical MS Office applications, and telephone operation.
Develops and/or performs presentations, oral reports, planning meetings, training, and other formal and informal contacts, requiring long periods of sitting.
Oversees field activities through inspections, FPS ITM and operations, which requires walking, standing, bending, and turning along with wearing of personal protective equipment.
Occasional loading, transport, and unloading of fire protection associated tools and/or supplies specific to an activity.
Possess a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
Must be able to complete and pass a drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
Upon reporting, must be able to complete and pass a medical evaluation for badging purposes. Must have full mobility, be able to walk on uneven or broken surfaces (rocks, gravel, etc.). The examination includes, but is not limited to ability to pass blood pressure test, able to bend, twist, pull, push, climb, and lift more than 20 lbs.
Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy badge for access to the Hanford Site.
Additional Qualifications:
Bachelors degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science, or related degree with 6 years of related experience. In lieu of degree, 12 years of directly related experience may be acceptable. A minimum of 7 years of experience in implementing U.S. government fire protection requirements (e.g. DOE O 420.1X) in accomplishing work at DOE or DOD facilities.
Demonstrated ability to interpret and incorporate requirements into project implementing documents and in maintaining these documents current with source requirements.
Successful completion of Engineer In Training (EIT) examination or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) accredited through National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) OR Professional engineers license
3 years of Nuclear experience. Though full-time related academic training may be substituted on a one-for-one basis for 2 of the 3 years of nuclear experience. Department of Energy, NRC, or Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program experience desired. Consideration will be given to personnel with equivalent FP experience working at Chemical Demilitarization Facilities.

This job description outlines the principal duties and in no way states or implies these are the only duties to be performed in this position.

Per Diem Details:
If applicable, mobilization and demobilization expenses (mileage, lodging, and M&IE) are authorized to and from the assignment location if point of origin is more than 50 miles away. Demobilization is authorized only if the assignment is completed per the assignment end date, or Bechtel ends the assignment earlier than specified.

Contract employees are expected to drive their own car to the assignment location. Lodging plus methodology is approved for the settling-in period of the first 30 days or until long-term lodging is occupied, whichever occurs first. For mobilization, demobilization and during the settling-in period all charges, except M&IE per diems, are to be invoiced by the agency to Bechtel with required receipts. After long-term lodging is occupied, or the 30-day period has elapsed, the per diem allowance for lodging, meals and incidental expenses will be no more than 55% of the approved FTR rate*** Meals will be expensed via daily entry into myTime time record system. Expense reports including receipts will continue to be required for lodging. Actual lodging costs up to 55% of the approved FTR rate will be reimbursed.

Contract employees on single status assignments of 3 months or more may be granted trips home. Trips are not to exceed a frequency of once every 28 days provided that a minimum of 30 days, from the trip departure date, remain in the assignment. Trips are expected to be scheduled over the weekends and will be on the contract employees own time. Up to 3 days of home leave travel expenses will be reimbursed including parking and car rental at home (if own car was driven to project location). M&IE is only paid on travel days. Deviations in home leave schedules require project approval. Reimbursement for travel via common carrier (airline, train, or bus) may not exceed the cost of economy class airfare.