Equipment Services Engineer, TerraPower Isotopes®

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TITLE:Equipment Services Engineer, TerraPower Isotopes®


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.

TPI Equipment Services Engineer

The TerraPower Isotopes ® (TPI™) Equipment Services Engineer will be responsible for the maintenance and modifications for TPI systems which primarily include radiological systems and components such as gloveboxes, hot cells, hot cell manipulators, and other specialty equipment. This individual will work closely with the Everett Lab Facility Engineer who similarly oversees maintenance and modifications to the overall building and facility equipment. The TPI Equipment Services Engineer will coordinate and schedule external vendors as well as plan and write work procedures for internally executed maintenance. This role requires a strong technical aptitude, a firm grasp of engineering fundamentals to troubleshoot and solve complex equipment problems, and a solid foundation of work in a radiologically controlled environment.


  • Oversee the Maintenance Program including planned and corrective maintenance and outages for TPI project equipment under radiological controls.
  • Coordinate scheduling of maintenance with the TPI project operators and researchers and with the Everett Laboratory Facility Operations and Maintenance Manager.
  • Coordinate with, schedule, and oversee the work of external vendors to conduct maintenance. Approve work procedures provided by external vendors.
  • Lead the search for and define scope of work for new vendors in support of maintenance.
  • Lead the technical troubleshooting efforts for equipment failures and develop corrective maintenance plans for the same. Coordinate with the Health Physics team and Radiation Safety Officer to ensure proper controls of radioactive materials and radiological work.
  • Monitor the performance of TPI project equipment as leading indicators of equipment failure.
  • Supervise TPI maintenance technicians.
  • Draft maintenance procedures which are conducted by TerraPower personnel.
  • Ensure maintenance technicians are properly trained and qualified to execute maintenance tasks. Seek outside resources for work not within the expertise of the maintenance technicians.
  • Ensure maintenance technicians are supplied with the tools required for the work and that the tools are in calibration and working order.
  • Maintain equipment logs and maintenance records.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • BS in electrical or mechanical engineering field.
  • 5 years of nuclear power, nuclear shipyard, accelerator, or cyclotron experience which includes maintenance in a radiologically contaminated environment.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in mentoring and supervising junior personnel.
  • Minimum of 3 years in analyzing faults in complex equipment and writing work procedures to correct subject faults.
  • Strong engineering aptitude with a passion for working with a wide variety of electrical, mechanical and chemical systems and components.
  • Effective written and verbal English communication skills required.
  • Military experience is a plus.
  • The ideal candidate is one who thrives in a dynamic environment (start-up), who relishes pioneering new processes, and who drives for optimal equipment performance while minimizing down-time in support of time-critical radiopharmaceutical production.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, 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 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 30+ pounds
  • Repetitive work: Intermittent
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work.
  • Work Conditions: The work will normally consist of prolonged computer work, but will often require material inspection and work supervision. Must be sufficiently mobile to examine work sites and equipment conditions to include climbing ladders, stooping in small spaces, and work around radiation.
  • Travel required <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.

Job details

Salary Range: $120,672 - $201,119

  • 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

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