Core Component Design Manager

Apply now
Clock icon

TITLE: Core Component Design Manager

LOCATION: Bellevue, WA

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. 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.

Core Component Design Manager

TerraPower, LLC. is seeking a highly motivated Engineering Manager to manage engineering efforts of the Core Component Design (CCD) team and join the Core Design and Methods management team for the Natrium reactor project. This role will manage the Core Component Design group and focus on execution to assure technical adequacy in accordance with company, contract, and industry standards, with an emphasis on equipment design. The CCD Manager will support the Natrium Core Design system in functional-related matters, including technical support, training, staffing requirements and personnel performance. This people manager role is expected to allot ongoing and on-demand technical contribution that ensures appropriate performance of project(s) technical scope.


  • Keep Core Design and Methods Senior Manager and engineering management informed of major emerging technical issues.
  • Interface with regulators, stakeholders, and customers on discipline design issues.
  • Support any complex analytical work to be performed and provide project support for the work.
  • Assist in the continued development tools for the discipline.
  • Recognize the need and recommend obtaining external subject matter experts.
  • Ensure periodic meetings with discipline engineers to ensure appropriate communication of discipline and project information within project purview.
  • Assist in developing the engineering staffing plan for the discipline using input from the project, including maintenance of load boards for discipline personnel.
  • Assist in the recruitment, onboarding, and indoctrination of new discipline engineers within the CCD group.
  • Recommend staff changes (replacements due to attrition, new requirements, de-staffing).
  • Assist in resolving priority conflicts in conjunction with the projects when issues arise that compete for resources. Elevate those that cannot be resolved to the Senior Manager level.
  • Support employee development through mentoring, training, and challenging assignments within the specific program engineering efforts as assigned.
  • Assist in the development, maintenance, and use of discipline guidelines (e.g., design criteria, design guides, desktop instructions, design notes).
  • Perform self-assessments of work processes and technical adequacy.
  • Inspect and provide oversight of technical tasks deliverable within project and discipline areas or responsibility.
  • Ensure that work process execution and technical adequacy within the group scope are in accordance with contract requirements, project standards, and industry standards.
  • Demonstrate visible, continuous leadership in the areas of safety and quality.
  • Identify improvement opportunities and cause work process changes to be initiated and expedited.
  • Review and concur with technical content of PRs and subcontract packages prior to bid within project and discipline areas or responsibility within the CCD manager scope.
  • Provide engineering review and concurrence for the procurement strategy for the select discipline commodities within the CCD manager’s scope.
  • Mentor/coach less experienced engineers and dedicate time and efforts toward growing talents.
  • Interface with GE-Hitachi’s design teams.


  • Accountable to the Natrium Core Design and Methods Senior Manager for functional direction and to ensure that work is performed, and projects are designed, in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner in accordance with standard operating documents and all applicable laws, regulations, codes, standards, and technical requirements.
  • Accountable to Natrium Core Design and Methods Senior Manager for implementing project design requirements and for ensuring project design is performed by trained and qualified engineers.


  • Resolving interpretation issues for implementing design standards.
  • Approve discipline specific guides, design criteria, and instructions.
  • Approve written responses/presentations to external organizations that are applicable to the discipline.
  • Coordinating with project stakeholders and allocating engineering staff to support work scope within the Engineering Manager's area of responsibility.
  • Approve discipline specific engineering products/documents.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • At least 6+ years of experience in the nuclear industry with a B.S. in Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering, or other relevant technical degree from an accredited university, or an M.S. or Ph.D. with commensurate experience.
  • Experience in discipline field above strongly desired.
  • Experience in the power industry or other highly regulated industries may be applicable.
  • At least 2 years in a combined technical leadership role with ongoing requirement for performance of project technical scope, in addition to other manager responsibilities.
  • Experience with ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII and or Section III.
  • Experience with Piping Design in accordance with standards such as ASME Code B31.1 or B31.3.
  • CAD proficiency - 3,000 hours minimum - (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Experience in FEA analysis – ANSYS, SW Simulation or ABAQUS a plus.
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing per (ASME Y14.5M).
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently during a given work week.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum direction to solve challenging problems.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, 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 for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 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 0-10%

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.

Job details

Salary Range Level 12: $ 163,702 - $ 226,844

  • Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Competitive Compensation
  • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments
  • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Life
    • Life and Disability
    • Gender Affirmation Benefits
  • Parental Leave
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • 21 days of annually accrued PTO
  • Generous Holiday Schedule
    • 10 paid holidays
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule

TerraPower Career and Benefits information:

Please visit to apply