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Principal Integrated Plant and Structures Engineer - Seismic Integration

Company: TerraPower
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: May 31, 2024

Job Description:

TITLE: Principal Integrated Plant and Structures Engineer - Seismic Integration

TerraPower is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, the company 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. TerraPower is committed to bringing sustainable, affordable and safe energy to address global issues. 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.

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. 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.

Principal Integrated Plant and Structures Engineer - Seismic Integration
TerraPower, LLC. Is seeking a highly motivated Principal Integrated Plant and Structures Engineer to support Seismic Integration for TerraPower's advanced nuclear reactor projects. In this role, you will support the development of plant level requirements and strategies relevant to complex seismic design and licensing activities, perform technical review of work products, and facilitate the integration of strategies and work products across project disciplines. The successful candidate will coordinate with engineers working on structures, systems, components, and engineering analyses for successful integration of input and requirements for nuclear plant seismic design and analysis. Candidates must have extensive experience in seismic design and analysis, civil/structural design and analysis, safety and probabilistic analysis, project coordination, peer review, and requirements development for nuclear power projects.


  • Research, develop, and implement seismic design bases and design strategies in support of plant design and licensing activities, including risk-Informed, performance-based strategies and methodologies
  • Develop, maintain, review, and refine plant level and system level requirements and specification documents for integration with plant design activities
  • Interface with design disciplines to identify and develop design information and specify seismic system design and performance criteria
  • Ensure and review that licensing and code requirements are clearly established and implemented in the design and in alignment with project design and licensing strategies
  • Support and review plant design cost studies and engineering decisions as seismic integration SME
  • Coordinate and oversee civil/structural multi-system integrated analyses such as soil-structure interaction (SSI) analyses, seismic analytical model development, external hazard fragility, and probabilistic risk assessment
  • Support monitoring and appraisal of design organizations, partners, contractors, and subcontractors' performance to ensure that all technical requirements for the design are effectively and correctly implemented and processes are followed
  • Lead and support design and integration reviews and resolution of cross functional technical issues
  • Lead and support the integration of plant information into licensing basis and regulatory submittal documents that support the licensing of nuclear facilities under the Licensing Modernization Project
  • Keep Project Management and Engineering Management informed of major emerging technical issues and risks
  • Support continuous learning and application of nuclear industry best practices to maintain the highest quality of engineering design and proactively identify efficiency/enhancement opportunities

    Key Qualifications & Skills

    • Education: M.S. degree in Civil engineering or equivalent or higher
    • 10+ years of civil/structural design and analysis and/or probabilistic risk assessment experience
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and with minimum direction to solve challenging problems
    • Candidate must have strong analytical/problem solving skills
    • Candidate must be a self-starter and possess ability to coordinate with internal and external engineering and design teams with minimal direction
    • Experience with new nuclear power plant design projects
    • Experience with risk-Informed performance based, and probabilistic methodologies for application to seismic design and analyses
    • Experience in a broad range of design and integration topics throughout a product lifecycle, including conceptual design, final design, and construction
    • Experience with structural design for complex external hazard loading such as seismic and aircraft impact
    • Experience with commercial codes and standards such as UBC, ACI 318, AISC 360 and ASCE 7
    • Experience with nuclear codes and standards such as ACI 349, ACI 359, AISC N690, ASCE 4, and ASCE 43
    • Experience working projects with NRC or DOE regulations
    • Ability to deliver projects that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives.
    • Ability to work on tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach.
    • Experience working to quality standards on design activities, such as ASME NQA-1 or ISO 9001.
    • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

      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 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, standing and/or sitting working environment of > 8 hrs./day
      • Travel required 0-10%

        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 Level 12: $ 163,702 - $ 226,844
        *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.
        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

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