MCFR Thermal Mechanical Engineer Job at TerraPower, Bellevue, WA

  • TerraPower
  • Bellevue, WA

Job Description

TITLE: MCFR Thermal Mechanical Engineer

LOCATION: Hybrid/Bellevue

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.

MCFR Thermal Mechanical Engineer

The MCFR Delta Program is an active, multi-national, multi-entity team endeavor to progress the design of an MCFR Demonstration reactor. The successful candidate for this position will work with the MCFR Delta Team to analyze innovative as well as standard heat exchanger designs, including thermal, hydraulic and mechanical analyses for several working fluids, including molten salt, liquid metal and gas (carbon dioxide). Heat transfer performance metrics will be assessed; associated knowledge of requisite dimensionless parameters and key correlations will be applied to varied equipment.


•Prepare heat exchangers specifications, data sheets, and technical bids summaries.

•Review heat exchanger vendor drawings; data interface with suppliers, clients, other engineering disciplines, and designers.

•Lead the development options for the Primary Heat Exchanger (PHX). This includes design and development of technical requirements for in-house designs using our HTRI software.

•Prepare and present and document findings on each alternative heat exchanger design.

•Work with other lead engineers on physical and fluid interface requirements and design.

•Identify and ensure effective application of correct design codes into the design of plant systems, e.g. ASME, ANS, ASTM, IEEE, and NFPA.

•Analyze and allocate regulatory criteria and standards to complex mechanical and process system design.

•Support planning efforts and maintain schedule adherence for design activities within a system, as well as their integration with an overall plant design delivery schedule.

•Analyze and allocate regulatory criteria and standards to complex mechanical and process systems design.

•Interface with design disciplines (such as Mechanical, I&C, Civil, and Nuclear) to identify and develop plant design information and specify system design and performance criteria.

•Support design reviews as plant system and subsystem designs are established and refined.

Key Qualifications and Skills

•B.S. in Mechanical, Chemical or related discipline from an accredited university and 15+ years of direct experience.

•Experience applying ASME section III, division 1 and 5 Code to the design of shell and tube, plate and frame, helical coil heat exchangers.

•Experience with the application of TEMA standards on heat exchangers that are on the reactor primary cooling loop.

•Experience with steam generation system design for nuclear and solar power plants.

•Experience with nuclear reactors or similar high-performance system or equipment design.

•Experience with molten salt and heat transfer fluids use on heat exchangers.

•Experience with liquid molten salt storage and troubleshooting material solidification.

•Experience working to quality assurance regulations, standards, and guidelines of 10 CFR 50 Appendix B, 10 CFR 21, and ASME NQA-1.

•Proficiency developing models with MathCAD.

•Proficiency with ANSYS finite element analysis software.

•Adaptability: respond to changes in work environment, frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events.

•Safety culture: adheres to the TerraPower safety culture and is expected to model safe behavior.

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 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 50 pounds.

•Repetitive work: Prolonged.

•Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work and ability to perform role in personal protective equipment.

•Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day.

•Travel: 5-10%.

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

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.


•Competitive Compensation

•Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

•Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical




•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:

Job Tags

Holiday work, Permanent employment, Temporary work, For contractors, Local area, Relocation package, Flexible hours,

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