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Senior Control Systems Engineer
Bechtel Reston, VA

Senior Control Systems Engineer

Reston, VA
  • Part-Time

Requisition ID: 273762 

  •  Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 

Company Overview:

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel is our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


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 plant features an advanced, cost-competitive reactor design that is safer, simpler, 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 system designed to be complementary to solar and wind power by evening out the peaks and valleys in production when the sun is not shining, or the wind is not blowing. With the reactor and energy storage output combined, the plant can produce more than 500 MWe of power.


Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Energy Northwest, PacifiCorp, and Duke Energy, along with 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! Bechtel work will be executed in Reston, Virginia. 


Position Summary:

Plans and conducts independent work for the Natrium project, requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application, and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new approaches to solving problems. Working knowledge of precedents in the specialty area, the principles, and practices of related technical areas, and of coordinating work with other technical disciplines. Understands the standard engineering work planning, scheduling, and cost estimating, and conducts independent work requiring judgment in the application of engineering techniques. Normally uses conventional approaches to technical problems encountered. Provides technical assistance and may assign work to engineers, designers, and drafters who assist on specific assignments.

This position is located in Reston, VA.



  • Specification and application of instrumentation and general control valves/appurtenances.
  • Generation of instrument data sheets and material requisitions.
  • Design and application of tubing and instrument installations, etc.
  • Coordination of physical locations of instrumentation, control valves, control cabinets, etc.
  • Preparation of control narratives.
  • Design and review of digital and analog control logic.
  • Design of Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) for various plant systems.
  • Origination and review of system design criteria.
  • Origination and review of system design descriptions.
  • Allocation and layout of the facility control system I/O.
  • Design and review of cabinet layouts.
  • Design and review of control system network architecture.
  • Design and review of control room layouts, with consideration of human factors.
  • Review of control systems graphic displays.
  • Preparation of control systems work packages.
  • Origination and review of setpoint calculations.
  • Data entry to instrumentation, valve, and I/O databases.
  • Review of supplier-provided data and documentation.
  • Participate in supplier factory acceptance testing.
  • Coordination with other engineering disciplines and other functions.
  • Provide technical assistance to more junior engineers, designers, drafters.
  • Coordinate with client representatives, as required.


Skills and Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: Bachelor's Degree or advanced degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Nuclear Engineering from an accredited university or college with nine (9) years of progressive related control systems design engineering experience; or in lieu of a degree, fifteen (15) years of progressive related control systems design engineering experience.
  • Level 2: Bachelor's Degree or advanced degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Nuclear Engineering from an accredited university or college with thirteen (13) years of progressive related control systems design engineering experience; or in lieu of a degree, nineteen (19) years of progressive related control systems design engineering experience.
  • U.S. citizen or the ability to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have experience with power plant process systems.
  • Experience in power plant or DOE facility design.
  • Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 application suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.) and other related computer programs required to perform job functions.
  • Extensive knowledge of control systems engineering work processes, procedures, and specifications.
  • Willingness to travel on business trips in support of the project.
  • Ability to obtain Professional Engineer's (PE) License, or equivalent, within 12 months of hire.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four years of experience in an engineering leadership or a supervisory role, including planning work and executing work on a budget.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel Digital Supply Chain System and/or Oracle Agile for material requisitions.
  • Good knowledge of Bechtel administrative practices.
  • Current working knowledge of engineering automation tools (e.g., SmartPlant Instrumentation (SPI)).
  • Current U.S. Professional Engineer’s (PE) License, or equivalent.




Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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 and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.



Reston, VA



Posted date

May 17, 2024

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Bechtel job posting for a Senior Control Systems Engineer in Reston, VA with a salary of $173,700 to $180,000 Yearly with a map of Reston location.