AECOM Plant Engineer 4 - Controls & Instrumentation in Richland, Washington

Requisition/Vacancy No. 144235BR

Position Title Plant Engineer 4 - Controls & Instrumentation

Job Category Engineering - Electrical / Electronic

Business Line Government

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Washington

City Richland

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

AECOM is teamed with Bechtel in designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive-waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in southeastern Washington state. The $12.2 billion 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.

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). The System Engineer maintains the installed configuration of the plant systems, and provides technical support and issue resolution needed for operation and maintenance of the plant equipment. Under direction of the Plant Engineering Controls & Instrumentation Supervisor, interacts with other Plant Engineering staff, Operations, Maintenance, WTP Project groups, subcontractors, and equipment vendors as required to perform assigned job functions.


  • Plant Engineer for assigned systems

  • Understand system design and operation, including conformance with environmental, safety, and health requirements

  • Establish the Master Equipment List for assigned systems

  • Identify spare parts for assigned systems

  • Monitor assigned systems and develop system status reports

  • Determine and document calibration parameters on an instrument-by-instrument basis

  • Support control of field work in assigned areas, including integration of project activities, repairs, and equipment operations activities

  • Support operations, maintenance, and commissioning of the WTP Facilities

  • Remain apprised of operational status and ongoing modification activities

  • Provide technical review of facility/system related procedures and work instructions

  • Assist with resolution of design issues necessary to support plant operations and/or maintenance

  • Review Project design and other documents for operations, maintenance, and testing impacts and providing alternative solutions

  • Interface with subcontractors, vendors, and project support groups

  • Ensures timely and accurate oral and written technical reports on assigned activities

  • Complete required training and maintain qualifications associated with assignments

  • Other activities as assigned to support WTP Project needs

  • Support the Waste Treatment Plant Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment

  • This job description is not intended to include every duty, task or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisors request

Minimum Requirements


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Science from a four year accredited college or university.

Experience: Minimum of ten years of professional experience.

Must be able to work in the United States without Sponsorship

Relocation benefits are available for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in processing facilities, power production facilities, DOE facilities, or DOD facilities preferred. Experience with profibus, foundation fieldbus and integrated control network process systems preferred. Knowledge and experience with Ethernet switches, routers, cabling, fiber optics, and protocol(s) preferred. Calibration experience with temperature, level, pH, conductivity, voltage, current, pressure, flow, and/or other process variable transmitters 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.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.