Electrical Systems Engineer

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


TITLE:                   Electrical Systems Engineer                              

LOCATION:          Bellevue, WA, USA

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.

Electrical Systems Engineer

TerraPower, LLC is seeking a highly motivated Electrical Systems Engineer for this position, which reports directly to the Electrical Systems Design Manager. In this role, you will act as Electrical Systems Engineer for Sodium Fast Reactor technologies, including responsibility for the electrical systems design, initial license basis information, 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.


  • Responsible for interfacing and supporting geographically diverse and international design team members to develop supporting technical and license basis documentation. The team members include in-house and subcontracted resources and may include partner/customer resources as well
  • Design oversight of partners and subcontractors developing Electrical designs for the Natrium reactor from system and sub-system functional requirements through final design
  • Support development of electrical system deliverables including but not limited to procurement specifications, requirements documents, system design descriptions, failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), calculations, single-line diagrams, and design change packages
  • Develop and review system- and component-level specifications and scopes of work
  • Perform engineering and design evaluations to support application of structure, system, and component (SSC) classification guidance, industrial and nuclear codes and standards, licensing requirements, and NRC regulations to Natrium electrical systems
  • Provide technical direction and guidance to engineers in applicable nuclear and non-nuclear related design standards
  • Analyze and apply regulatory guidance and technical standards to complex electrical system design
  • 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 Electrical with work of other disciplines, engineers, scientists, and subject matter experts at TerraPower, partners, and contractors
  • Interface with and support licensing activities associated with Safety Analysis Reports

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • B.S. degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or related discipline. Advanced degree a plus and will count toward years of experience
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of direct experience with proven electrical systems skills
  • Previous experience with nuclear electrical systems design is strongly desired
  • Experience in oversight and integration of multiple organizations in the development and delivery of engineering design
  • Familiarity with Class 1E standards including but not limited to IEEE 308, IEEE 323, IEEE 344, IEEE 379, IEEE 383, IEEE 384, and IEEE 741 preferred
  • Familiarity with post-accident monitoring standards and regulatory guidance (e.g. IEEE 497 and RG 1.97) preferred
  • Familiarity with valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery installation and design standards including but not limited to IEEE 1187, IEEE 1188, and IEEE 1189 preferred
  • 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) strongly desired
  • Experience with transmission system design, protection, control, and planning is desired, but not required
  • Experience designing and operating high-temperature (400°C and higher) processes desired but not required
  • Experience with software tools used to develop design deliverables (e.g. ETAP, 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 handle projects that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives
  • Ability to work on multiple simultaneous tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Experience with new build project preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and Adobe Professional
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect, and a desire to foster teamwork
  • On-site arrangement is preferred, but remote work will be considered based on candidate assessment.
  • 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 11:  $120,672 - $201,119

*Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary bands.  Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected candidate’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

 TerraPower Career and Benefits information:  https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply