Systems Design Engineer

Bellevue, Washington

Type: Direct-Hire

Category: Engineering

Job ID: 185550

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. 


Systems and Design Process Engineer  

The Systems and Design Process Engineer reports directly to the System Design Manager and is a position focused on the integrated design of plant systems, structures, and integrated analysis of the facility. In this role, you will act as a Systems and Process Engineer for TerraPower’s advanced nuclear reactor projects or other highly technical projects. The successful candidate will integrate and coordinate with engineers working on systems, components, or engineering analysis areas such as safety analysis or heat transport. The Systems and Design Process Engineer will work as part of a high-performing team. 



  • 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. 
  • Develop, maintain, and refine plant level and system level requirement and specification documents, including digital design tools and configuration management processes. 
  • Apply Systems Engineering principles, methods, and tools to the design of nuclear and industrial facility and its systems. 
  • Lead efforts in the development, maintenance, and implementation of procedures, forms, tools, etc, related to design control, configuration management, systems engineering implementation of engineered products.  
  • Develop and control the integrated definition of facility functions, performance, and design compliance through development and implementation of processes and associated data infrastructures. 
  • Develop and implement processes and tools to support design work such as  management of the engineering databases and work management tools. 
  • Lead the definition of software tool requirements and down-selection 
  • Support and oversee external vendors in the development and implementation of software systems. 
  • Perform oversight and inspection of product quality, adherence to standards and practices, and correct individual and organizational behaviors where deviations are identified. 
  • Identify, advocate, and resolve deficiencies in process or tool implementation, including issues in base process as well as issues in user implementation. 
  • Effectively support design reviews and the resolution of cross functional technical issues. 
  • Comply with Quality Assurance program requirements.  
  • Interface with and support licensing activities associated with Safety Analysis Reports and Quality Assurance Program. 
  • Provide training to technical staff on implementation of processes, procedures, and tools  


Key Qualifications and Skills  

  • B.S. or higher in relevant engineering discipline from an accredited university and 5+ years direct experience with proven system design skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience implementing Systems Engineering design approach in industrial, high complexity and regulatory environment desired. 
  • Expert knowledge of nuclear (or equivalent) quality program design and configuration management principles, practices, and tools. 
  • 3+ years of experience and hands-on application in complex design control and configuration management systems/tools. 
  • Knowledge of digital equipment software V&V and configuration management desired. 
  • Experience in Systems Engineering discipline and processes desired. 
  • 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. 
  • Experience working to quality standards on design activities, such as ASME NQA-1 or ISO 9001. 
  • 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. 


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 20 pounds 
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged 
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work 
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standing 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.