Equipment Qualification Engineer – Seismic

Bellevue, Washington, United States | Natrium | Full-time


TITLE:                   Equipment Qualification Engineer – Seismic

LOCATION:          Bellevue, WA


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.


Equipment Qualification Engineer – Seismic

TerraPower is seeking a highly motivated Equipment Qualification Engineer – Seismic. This position reports to the Equipment Qualification Program Manager and provides day-to-day support of TerraPower projects and assists in the development of the Equipment Qualification Programs to meet the established regulatory requirements. Works in close consultation with Engineering staff to ensure regulatory requirements are identified and implemented in accordance with TerraPower design and licensing strategy. Assists in defining and executing the design and licensing strategy for Equipment Qualification Programs and participates in interactions with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission including pre-application discussions, preparing/reviewing topical reports and other reactor licensing documentation, and responding to requests for additional information.



  • Assisting in the successful design and implementation of the equipment qualification program.
  • Coordinating with design personnel to ensure new designs and design changes meet Equipment Qualification Program regulatory requirements.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and maintaining licensing documentation in compliance with Equipment Qualification Programs, regulations and strict quality assurance standards.
  • Interfacing with technical discipline teams at TerraPower, partners and contractors.
  • Preparing and reviewing technical material such as test requirement documents and specifications prepared by themselves and others.
  • Reviewing correspondence to and from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Assisting with safety analysis report (SAR) revisions and preparation.
  • Preparing or reviewing equipment qualification regulatory evaluations.


Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or related technical field from an accredited, four-year university or equivalent experience.
  • 5 years applicable experience in development and implementation of equipment qualification.
  • Ability to contribute to the equipment qualification program development from blank sheet to final qualification.
  • Knowledge of and how to implement ASME Standards such as QME-1 and the OM Code.
  • Experience with IEEE-344 and other IEEE Standards
  • Experience in Seismic Design of commercial nuclear power plants
  • Experience or familiarity with NEI 18-04 and Regulatory Guide 1.233.
  • Experience or familiarity with Regulatory Guides associated with Equipment Environmental Qualification.
  • Direct experience with vendor test facilities.
  • Awareness and current knowledge of trends and nuclear industry activities related to equipment qualification.
  • Capability and willingness to adhere to strict quality assurance standards.
  • Self-Starter with ability to manage deadlines
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and Adobe Professional.
  • Experience in interactions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff.
  • Strong communication skills desired
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.
  • 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 will not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.


Job details 

Salary Range Level 10:  $ 109,446 - $ 164,170

Salary Range Level 11:  $ 120,672  - $ 201,119

*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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