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Chemical Process Engineer

  • Job reference: AE-000196
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Oak Ridge
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Our mission is to improve lives through nuclear energy, providing clients with nuclear new build, fuel enrichment, nuclear design, generation, decommissioning, waste management and defense.

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Atkins is currently seeking a highly motivated self-starter to join our Oak Ridge Energy Team as a Chemical Process Engineer.

Job Description:


Engineer shall assist the Project Office in performing a comprehensive review of the Contractor’s final design and provide documented feedback regarding the design’s adequacy.

Performs a variety of engineering calculations using traditional engineering methods to document compliance with project and code requirements, which may include mass and energy balances, pressure profiles, pipe, pump and vessel sizing.

Generates and is fully conversant with Process Flow Diagrams, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) and Process Data Sheets.

Provides technical expertise and guidance to develop, manage and implement engineering analysis, activities and programs to identify and resolve equipment and system problems.

Familiar with national codes and standards appropriate to the Chemical Engineering discipline.

Ensures relevant design criteria, specifications, practices, procedures and codes and site design and safety and licensing basis are used in preparation of design media.

Interfaces with staff, within the team and supporting sub-contractors to ensure work is being completed in a safe and efficient manner, ensuring that safety is an integral element embodied in equipment design and specification.

Works in multi-discipline teams on project-based work and ensures integration of design across multiple disciplines.

Performs checking to ensure accuracy of design media in accordance with company policies and procedures and client expectations.

Understands, complies and is responsible for working to environmental health and safety policies and procedures and attends meetings as required.

Staff will be required to provide stand-alone design review reports and integrate their reports into the overall UPO FDR reports. All reports will use the standard UPO documentation formats.

Documentation would include comments, interview notes, issue statements, conclusions and sections of the overall UPO FDR assessment report.

Support a comprehensive review of the contractor’s final design and provide documented feedback regarding the design adequacy. At a summary level, the final design review seeks to verify that the program can be safely operated and will be able to meet the Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) stated in the program requirements document (PRD). A detailed FDR review plan will be prepared, approved and implemented.

Documents to be reviewed include but are not limited to: design analysis calculations, safety integrity level calculations, piping & instrument drawings, ventilation & instrumentation diagrams, DOORS input design and testing, model primary input documents, piping & instrumentation diagrams, design criteria, 3D models, quality level determinations, material requisitions, equipment and material specifications, procurement documents, commercial grade dedication plans, program and system requirement documents (redacted), facility interlock controls and safety basis documents.

Provides technical, program analysis, or engineering support and in-depth Subject matter expertise.

Serves in a key technical role.

Develops, reviews, and provides technical guidance regarding policies, plans, orders, and documentation.

Conducts research, performs analyses, and provides input to reports, plans, and briefings.

Work performed under this task may require the contractor and its personnel to gain access to classified and restricted DOE/NNSA data, systems, and facilities. For this reason the contractor personnel may be required to obtain and maintain and possess a DOE/NNSA Q Clearance.

Job Requirements:

Must be able to interface with government program representatives on high-level technical and project issues.

Ability to successfully make quick decisions and meet goals while working under severe time constraints.

Demonstrated ability to be creative with a keen attention to detail.

Strong communication skills.

Advanced computer skills, including the use of process equipment design software and Microsoft Office.

Detailed knowledge in functional discipline and its practical application.

Detailed knowledge of industry codes and regulations.



Bachelor's degree required, Advanced degree preferred.

12 years of experience in Engineering.

Experience working on nuclear design and construction projects.

Experience working within the Dept of Energy Complex.

Must demonstrate the ability to review design calculations, drawings, specifications and requirements to determine validity of the project design.

Must demonstrate relevant experience in mechanical systems.

Preferred Experience:

Expert knowledge on the preparation of critical design (CD) packages and compliance with DOE O 413.3B requirements and processes is preferred.

14 years of industry related experience.

Knowledge and experience with technologies and systems expected to be used at UPF or from other DOE projects.

Knowledge and experience of uranium processing.


None required but PE preferred.

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do.

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