Waste Field Engineer

Position Overview

Under limited supervision, performs Waste Management job functions as assigned by management.  Typical job responsibilities include assisting and supporting management in ensuring that the site Waste Management function operates in a manner that is safe, cost effective and fully compliant with Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project procedures and all regulatory requirements.  The specific work assignment may include duties or activities that assist and support management in one or more of the following functional areas, in addition to other duties as assigned:

Demonstrate mastery of the requirements of assigned job duties supporting Waste Management functional areas such as waste characterization, waste stream certification, waste disposition planning, nuclear materials transfer, transportation and/or other related areas

Assignments are generally self-initiated

Assist and provide support to other persons with less experience performing the same functional job duties

Acts as a representative on behalf of DOE for signing legally binding documents including, but not limited to transportation documents and waste declarations

Support site objects and activities through general knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and standards as well as applicable technical and scientific matters

Provides input to the development of technical reports

Provides administrative and/or functional support to the Waste Management team

Provides direction to other Divisions to ensure alignment with site delivery targets

Performs evaluations and provides direction to off-site vendors on behalf of the Company

Performs duties of complex nature

Field Engineers must interact with Waste Engineers, Frontline Supervisors, and Waste Specialists, and other groups to ensure proper handling, storage, and NMC&A Accountability for waste containers generated by FRNP Projects. Additional duties include but are not limited to the following: 

Assist FRNP Projects with setting up, maintaining, and inspecting waste storage areas (TSAs, GSAs, CERCLA storage areas, etc., and transfer hazardous waste to permanent storage as necessary to ensure compliance with RCRA/TSCA regulations and site procedures.

Perform and document WM facility inspections

Maintain qualifications for an MBA Custodian and perform NMC&A activities as required

Report issues and non-compliances identified in the course of performing daily activities

Work closely with Project Managers and Front-line supervisors to plan packaging activities and provide RFD and additional packaging requirements to field crew performing the packaging and to the Waste Specialists ensuring compliance

Participate on committees or task forces as assigned

Work with Characterization and NDA staff on the proper identification of CCID components being packaged and request NDA services as required for final waste characterization

Assist WM with tracking bulk container movements on a daily basis

Oversee work performed by Waste Specialists and ensure job coverage and documentation (Request for Disposal, Waste Item Container Logs, radiological surveys, etc.) is sufficient to support project needs and final characterization of waste

Coordinate with waste operations for AB approval, container delivery, container retrieval for storage, weights, treatment, etc. 

Coordinate with security for container movement and material classification.

Work with Radiological Control Technicians to ensure that appropriate health physics surveys and dose readings are obtained as necessary to support off-site shipments or landfill requirements. 

Stop packaging operations as necessary for any change in conditions or if unexpected waste types are identified during processing. 

Other job related duties as assigned

Maintains knowledge of and demonstrates ability to perform work safely in accordance with all approved safety policies, procedures and applicable regulations and performs assigned duties in a safe manner

Actively participates in Safety Work Groups

Minimum Requirements

BS degree in a related field and 4 year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Typical experience is 6+ years

Successful attainment of any advanced job-specific required certification or training such as required for transportation. 

Strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as strong coordinating skills

Knowledge of, and experience with, nuclear facility operations

Knowledge of, and experience with, DOE nuclear facility safety including technical safety requirements, processes and reporting requirements

Attention to detail

Intermediate PC skills including Microsoft software

DOE “L” or “Q” clearance or ability to obtain a DOE “L” or “Q” clearance

As a federal contractor, FRNP is required to follow Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance.

Working Conditions

Due to the variety of work that is performed by Waste Mgt Specialists there may be the potential for work within an environmental restoration atmosphere (outdated and/or abandoned facilities). The following conditions and requirements may apply:

Ability to wear respirator and other protective equipment to enter various types of potentially hazardous areas (such as but not limited to chemical, dust fumes, mists, heat stress factors, etc.).

Ability to carry several instruments/equipment or tools while walking extensively. Potential prolonged walking/standing, repeated pushing/pulling.

Ability to perform medium to very heavy work, exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, non-repetitive, up to 50 pounds of force frequently (any exertion of force/lifting greater than 45 pounds requires usage of a two person “buddy system”), and/or more than 20 pounds of force constantly, repetitive; performing such activities as lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, walking, grasping, kneeling, stooping, reaching.

Potential for prolonged driving of or riding in a motor vehicle, machine operation, and/or working around moving equipment/machinery or motorized vehicles (such as but not limited to car, truck, golf cart, gator, heavy equipment).

Ability to work in confined areas, tanks, heat stress conditions, high noise and areas with radiation and chemical hazards.

Environmental conditions may include weather or temperature extremes, inclement weather (such as but not limited to wind, rain, excessive heat, excessive cold, snow/ice, etc.)

In some cases radiological training may be required.

May be required to operate company vehicle during the course of work. All safety and DOT regulations and procedures must be adhered to at all times.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position.  Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the overall purpose of this job.

This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.  Employees holding this position will be required to perform job-related duties as requested by management.   All requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.