Project Controls Engineer

  • TerraPower
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
Full Time Engineering OTHER

Job Description

TITLE:                    Project Controls Engineer     

LOCATION:           Bellevue, WA, USA           


TerraPower® is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, the company 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. TerraPower is committed to bringing sustainable, affordable and safe energy to address global issues. 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. 

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.


Project Controls – Project Controls Engineer

The Project Controls Engineer (PCE) will have responsibility for supporting planning and scheduling efforts as well as cost engineering, estimating, analysis and control of assigned projects for both TerraPower self-performed and subcontracted work scope. The PCE will work closely with various project stakeholders including TerraPower management, engineers, and buyers as well as other subcontracted teams or individuals.  The PCE will lead the development of systems and procedures for establishing key project control processes thereby ensuring management’s ability to monitor and control key project performance metrics.  This role may also eventually include direct interface with TerraPower’s international partners.


  • Utilize EVMS principles and other project management best practices while supporting managers in the development and maintenance of assigned schedule and cost responsibilities.
  • Establishment of new projects including development of an appropriate project hierarchy, work breakdown structure, and cost code structure.
  • Development and maintenance of project schedules for assigned work scope. This may include utilization of various planning techniques, including creation of standard schedule fragnets, rolling wave planning, etc.
  • Application of resource management principles to the schedule development and maintenance process including: assigning, forecasting, and leveling resources; development of resources curves and histograms for management decision making purposes.
  • Apply project funding, staffing and other internal / external constraints to determine impact to project schedules.
  • Support month-end Earned Value reporting process including assessing of BCWS, BCWP, ACWP, SPI, CPI, EAC, BAC, and VAC for assigned projects with variance reports to be written for any values that exceed established thresholds.
  • Provide periodic funding requirement updates to Finance, thus ensuring changes from established funding profile are clearly communicated and anticipated.
  • Modify, update, and monitor project budget and accruals and provide such information to TerraPower Finance department to be used in the preparation of invoices to clients for billable work.
  • Facilitate change control process through development of Project Change Notices (PCNs) for those budget or schedule affecting changes which exceed established thresholds.
  • Support internal and external stakeholders by the creation of ad-hoc reports, analysis, and forecasting as required.
  • Develop and maintain project summary level schedules. Provide schedule development, maintenance, and progress reporting as required.
  • Support development of TerraPower’s Project Controls and Project Management organizations and processes through participation in continual improvement projects.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent technical field preferred.
  • PMI SP® or PMP® or AACE CCP Certification preferred
  • A minimum of five years of relevant and similar professional experience as a Project Controls Engineer, preferably including work including R&D and engineering.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills, creative thinker
  • Ability to work with minimum direction to solve challenging problems
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently during a given work week
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trustworthiness 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 15 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs/day
  • Travel required  0-5%

 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.  

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Nuclear Engineering, Project Management

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

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