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I&C System Engineer

Company: TerraPower
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE: I&C System Engineer


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower's mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company's activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications - all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

I&C System Engineer

TerraPower, LLC. Is seeking a highly motivated I&C System Engineer. This position reports directly to the System Design Manager. In this role, you will act as I&C Engineer for Sodium Fast Reactor technologies, including responsibility for the instrument and control system design, prototype development and testing, plant level system integration, and commissioning. Your role will include interfacing with a team of scientists and engineers internal and external to TerraPower. You will also identify, specify, and integrate custom instrumentation with advanced control systems for Generation IV advanced nuclear reactor technologies.


  • Responsible for interfacing and supporting geographically diverse and international design team members to develop supporting design documentation. The design team members include in-house and subcontracted resources and may include partner/customer resources as well.

  • Lead in the design of I&C and supporting electrical systems from systems and sub-system functional requirements through final design.

  • Develop and review system- and component-level specifications and scopes of work.

  • Perform engineering and design evaluations in the application of nuclear codes and standards, licensing requirements, and NRC regulations.

  • Provide technical direction and guidance to engineers in applicable nuclear and non-nuclear related design standards.

  • Specify and describe suitability of instrumentation measurement techniques for use in sodium fast reactor and integrated energy storage technologies, including analysis of measurement range, response time, and measurement accuracy.

  • Analyze and apply regulatory criteria and standards to complex Instrumentation and Control system design.

  • Develop and review technical design documents, such as System Requirements Documents, System Design Descriptions, Interface Control Documents, Engineering Design Specifications, etc.

  • Create and manage drawing packages of system and sub-system designs, including but not limited to P&IDs, control system architecture drawings, control logic and loop diagrams, and instrument installation drawings, etc.

  • Generate integrated design package for key systems and sub-systems.

    • Provide technical direction and oversight of supplier projects, working with the contract administrator to ensure delivery of data and other deliverables to meet TerraPower requirements, as well as coordination and performance of technical reviews of deliverables.

    • Support continuous learning and application of nuclear industry best practices in order to maintain the highest quality of engineering design and proactively identify process change/enhancement opportunities.

    • Integrate I&C with work of other disciplines, engineers, scientists, and subject matter experts.

      • Interface with and support licensing activities associated with Safety Analysis Reports.

        Key Qualifications and Skills

        • M.S. or higher in Controls, Electrical, or related discipline from an accredited university and 15+ years (12 with Masters or 8 with PhD) direct experience with proven instrumentation and controls systems skills.

          • Candidates must have experience in instrumentation and controls development, diagnostics, and a demonstrated ability to design and deliver industrial I&C platforms and report data accordingly.

            • Previous experience with nuclear reactor safety systems or nuclear instrumentation systems design desired.

            • Familiar with IEEE 379, IEEE 603, IEEE 7-4.3.2 and IEEE 497, or equivalent IEC standards strongly desired but not required.

            • Familiarity with implementing design control and development in accordance with nuclear power plant quality assurance (e.g. 10 CFR 50 Appendix B, ASME NQA-1).

              • Experience designing and operating high-temperature (400C and higher) processes desired but not required.

              • Ability to handle projects that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives.

              • Familiarity with working with and/or developing industrial process flow diagrams (PFD) and piping & instrument diagrams (P&ID) desired but not required.

              • Experience with CAD software to deliver design deliverables (e.g. AutoCAD Standard, AutoCAD Electrical, or SolidWorks), desired but not required.

                • Excellent technical writing, communication, and presentation skills.

                • Attention to detail and aspiration for technical excellence.

                • Candidate must be a self-starter and possess ability to coordinate and lead a design team's effort with minimal direction.

                • Ability to work on multiple simultaneous tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach.

                • Experience with formal I&C system startup testing procedure desired but not required.

                • Blank sheet to final product design process experience desired but not required.

                • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork. Will actively support the TerraPower guiding principles.

                • Actual position starting level and title will be determined based on assessment of qualifications.

                  Job Functions

                  Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

                  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

                  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds

                  • Repetitive work: Prolonged

                  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

                  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of > 8 hrs./day

                  • Travel required: 0-5%

                    TerraPower's technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower's export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

                    Job details

                    Salary Range: $179,892 - $258,595
                    Job Type: Full-time

                    • Competitive Compensation

                    • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

                    • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical

                      • Vision

                      • Dental

                      • Life

                      • Life and Disability

                      • Gender Affirmation Benefits

                      • Parental Leave

                      • 401k Plan

                      • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

                        • 21 days of annually accrued PTO

                        • Generous Holiday Schedule

                          • 10 paid holidays

                          • Relocation Assistance

                          • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

                          • Flexible Work Schedule

                            *Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 - 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual's qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

                            TerraPower Career and Benefits information:

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