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Bechtel Corporation Senior Automation Engineer in Reston, Virginia

Requisition ID: 271378

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family

  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project

  • Work Location: Reston, VA

Company Overview:

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.

Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

Core to Bechtel are our values-ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants-integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers expect, and how we deliver.

Project Overview

Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company have partnered to deliver the first AP1000 nuclear power reactors in Poland for our customer, the Polish Entity Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe (PEJ). Bechtel will be the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project. As the EPC, our responsibilities will include providing the design for the Turbine Island and Balance of Plant as well as the construction of the entire facility.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and we are looking for the talent that will help expand Poland’s nuclear base and build a strong and long-lasting energy future for generations to come.

Position Overview:

As a Senior Automation Engineer, responsible for implementing, configuring, maintaining, and supporting a variety of commercial off-the-shelf engineering applications as well as the standard suite of Bechtel applications. This involves identifying, developing, documenting, and implementing technical innovations that add value and improve work processes.

The ideal candidate will have solid experience in automation and innovation design with a strong understanding of the integration of engineering systems and software. In addition, it will be required that the candidate have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), and can be the “face” of Bechtel, promoting our leadership, quality, and safety values, to external partners including vendors, construction companies, and other subcontractors. This role will be based in Reston, VA, and periodic business travel to Poland offices and sites may be required.


  • Applies engineering software/data management support and integration expertise to a broad range of computer-aided design and engineering software that support EPC work processes.

  • Understands primary Bechtel engineering tools (i.e., SmartPlant, ANSYS, Tekla, and Bentley) or similar Off-The-Shelf tools and has a complete understanding of how upstream and downstream users are impacted by engineering data.

  • Applies knowledge of engineering principles and practices to data integration with commercial-off-the- shelf software.

  • Coordinates with and supports technical team members in information systems, automation, and engineering in areas related to engineering authoring and integration tools.

  • Assists in producing artifacts to convey data integration and management activities for review and coordination.

  • Assists in training on-project users in the use of engineering software and related work processes.

  • Must be well organized and can accomplish assigned tasks within established budgets and schedules.

  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Collaborates with GBU and Project functional representatives, and customers to elicit requirements to support implementation activities.

  • Effectively influences actions and opinions of others.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with product vendors to relay requirements.

  • Ensures automation-related procedures and work processes are maintained and followed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Computer Science or Engineering related BS (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical or Nuclear) degree at a US accredited institution with 6 years of related experience or AA/AS degree with 8 years of related experience; or in lieu of education a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 12 years related design experience.

  • Must be authorized to live and work in the US without sponsorship.

  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

  • Possess active security clearance or ability to obtain security clearance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of 2D and 3D CAD application configuration and administration.

  • Hands-on experience integrating data between disparate systems and various data types (e.g., structured, unstructured, documents, etc.).

  • General knowledge of engineering/scientific systems, calculations, applications, and relevant computer applications.

  • Basic knowledge of industry and regulatory standards, design criteria, and codes relevant to the discipline.

  • Advanced knowledge of SQL and databases.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and meet schedules.

  • Extensive experience working with users and management regarding data integration and software solutions.

  • Working knowledge of reviewing and executing complex automation activities and providing guidance for their solution.

  • Experience coaching, training, and mentoring others through demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using Bechtel Standard Applications (Inspec, SETROUTE, etc.)

  • Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards

  • Experience with AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant Design

  • Previous Bechtel and/or DOD or DOE project experience


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.


Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.