System Design I&C Engineer

Bellevue, Washington

Type: Direct-Hire

Category: Engineering

Job ID: 185547

Date Posted: 02/23/2021

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. 


System Design I&C Engineer  

TerraPower, LLC. Is seeking a highly motivated Instrumentation and Controls Engineer. This position reports directly to the System Design Manager. In this role, you will act as I&C Engineer for TerraPower’s advanced nuclear reactor projects, including responsibility for the instrument and control system design, 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. You will also identify, specify, and integrate custom instrumentation with advanced control systems for next generation advanced nuclear reactor.   



  • Responsible for coordinating geographically diverse design team members to develop supporting design documentation.  The team members include TerraPower employees, subcontracted resources, partner employees, and customers. 
  • Lead design efforts of I&C and supporting electrical systems from requirements through final design. 
  • Perform engineering and design evaluations in the application of nuclear codes and standards, licensing requirements, and NRC regulations. 
  • Provide technical direction and guidance to engineers in applicable nuclear and non-nuclear related design standards. 
  • Specify and describe suitability of instrumentation measurement techniques for use in sodium fast reactor and integrated energy storage technologies, including analysis of measurement range, response time, and measurement accuracy. 
  • Identify and ensure effective application of correct design codes such as IEEE 
  • Analyze and apply regulatory criteria and standards to complex I&C system design. 
  • Develop and review technical design documents, such as System Requirements Documents, System Design Descriptions, Interface Control Documents, Engineering Design Specifications, etc. 
  • Create and manage drawing and design packages of system and sub-system designs, such as control system architecture, control logic and loop diagrams, and instrument installation drawings, etc. 
  • Provide technical direction and oversight of supplier projects, working with the contract administrator to ensure delivery of data and other deliverables, 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 I&C with work of other disciplines, engineers, scientists, and subject matter experts. 
  • Interface with and support licensing activities associated with Safety Analysis Reports. 


Key Qualifications and Skills  

  • B.S. in Controls, Electrical, or relevant engineering discipline from an accredited university and minimum of 5+ years of direct experience with proven instrumentation and controls systems skills; Advanced degree preferred. 
  • Candidates must have extensive experience in instrumentation and controls development, diagnostics, and a demonstrated ability to design and deliver industrial I&C platforms and report data accordingly. 
  • Previous experience with nuclear reactor safety systems or nuclear instrumentation systems design desired.  
  • Familiarity with IEEE 379, IEEE 603, IEEE 7-4.3.2 and IEEE 497 is desired.  
  • 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). 
  • Experience designing and operating high-temperature (400°C and higher) processes desired. 
  • Ability to handle projects that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve and prioritize conflicts. 
  • Familiarity with working with and/or developing industrial process flow diagrams (PFD) and piping & instrument diagrams (P&ID) desired but not required. 
  • Experience with CAD software to deliver design deliverables (e.g. AutoCAD Standard, AutoCAD Electrical, or SolidWorks). 
  • 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 work on multiple simultaneous tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach. 
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, able to 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 for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands) 
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 20 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 may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.