AECOM Plant Engineering Lead in Richland, Washington

Business Line Government

Position Title Plant Engineering Lead

United States of America - Washington


Job Summary


The Plant Engineering organization is responsible for technical activities relating to operations and maintenance of plant equipment during Construction, Commissioning, and Operations of the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). Under direction of a Plant Engineering Manager, the Plant Engineering Supervisor coordinates and directs the activities of plant engineers assigned to their group. The Plant Engineering Supervisor ensures that Plant Engineering organizational priorities are implemented and pursued, and ensures that interactions with other Plant Engineering staff, Operations, Maintenance, WTP Project groups, subcontractors, and equipment vendors are adequate to perform assigned job functions.

This position shall be performed under the day-to-day direction, control and supervision of WTCC.


  • Lead a group of Plant Engineers on multiple tasks as follows:

  • Take initiative to understand and to resolve startup and commissioning testing issues

  • Perform trouble shoot of process chemistry, product quality and product compliance

  • Perform trouble shoot of equipment and to define corrective maintenance

  • Provide maintenance instructions and communicate with craft personnel

  • Coordinate cross functional organizations and/or disciplines to have equipment ready for service

  • Plan and to perform work in a manner to meet project schedule urgency

  • Be the change agent to institutionalized changes in support of Plant Engineering program implementation

  • Assist groups in organizational goals and objectives within the assigned area of responsibility

  • Promote team work environment, cultivate positive attitudes, and encourage employee involvement

  • Perform Unreviewed Safety Question (USQ) screening and implementation of LAW DSA related tasks

  • Perform trouble shoot of equipment (e.g. pumps, agitator, gear boxes, heat exchangers, compressors, chillers, and/or package boiler, cooling tower, conveyor, vessels/tanks, and/or mechanical handling equipment etc.) and to define corrective maintenance

  • Support implementation of reliability centered maintenance program (e.g. vibration monitor and analysis, equipment integrity testing, etc.)

  • Organize daily engineering activities with other Plant Engineering disciplines, maintenance, and operations

  • Organize organizational values and vision related to quality and safety

  • Facilitate positive and productive relationships with peers both within and external to Plant Engineering

  • Provide mentoring, train and coaching team members for skill development

  • Monitor work group for timely and accurate oral and written technical reports on assigned activities

  • Monitor work group for timely and accurate management procedures

  • Ensure the health and safety of self and staff by implementing the principles of ISMS

  • Ensure that personal conduct of work is consistent with nuclear safety and quality culture expectations

  • Complete required training and maintain qualifications associated with assignments


  • Coordinate and lead the work of 2 to 5 engineers assigned to the group

  • Ensure engineers assigned to the group have sufficient resources to complete assignments

  • Ensure engineers assigned to the group obtain and maintain qualifications necessary to perform their tasks

  • Monitor group and individual engineer performance and ensure appropriate communication to management is provided

  • Provide coaching to Plant Engineers assigned to the group

  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (EFNM) Exposed Field Non-ManualAECOM has joined with Bechtel to create an LLC, known as the Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) to construct, start-up and commission the world’s largest radioactive-waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in southeastern Washington state. The project will use vitrification technology to process and stabilize 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste currently stored at the Hanford Site which is a byproduct of plutonium-production during World War II and the Cold War era. The project is the largest undertaking of its kind ever and one of DOE’s most technically challenging cleanup projects—equivalent to building two nuclear power plants. Its construction site spans 65 acres and includes facilities for pretreatment, low-activity waste vitrification, and high-level waste vitrification, as well as an analytical laboratory.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Bachelor of Mechanical or Chemical Engineering degree (or equivalent education) in an appropriate engineering discipline or related science from a four year accredited college or university.

Experience: Minimum of five years of professional experience with at least one year of experience directing work as a Plant Engineer. 1 Year of Nuclear facility experience required. (Nuclear Experience when used in reference to Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities, is experience acquired at any facility in which radioactive materials are routinelyhandled,stored,processed, or utilized. A Bachelor of Science (BS) may be substituted for up to 3 years of nuclear experience.) Experience with national consensus codes and standards required. Experience working with client, design, operators and craft to trouble shoot and resolve equipment issues in a rapid respond manner.

Must be able to work in the United States without Sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience:

Experience in processing facilities, DOE facilities, or DOD facilities preferred.

Experience with national consensus codes and standards preferred.

Experience in engineering group supervisor preferred.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

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Job Category Maintenance

Business Group Management Services Group (MS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 184578BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.