Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer- Bellevue, WA - RCS Corporation

Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer- Bellevue, WA

Engineering - Nuclear

Job Type: Contract
Posted: 10/26/2022

Bellevue, Washington

RCS Corporation has an immediate need for a Contract Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer for our client in the Bellevue, WA area. Contract is anticipated to go through March 31st, 2022, but could extend past this date.

Who We Are

RCS Corporation is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in the recruitment of professionals for best-of-class companies throughout the United States.  Since 1994, RCS recruits top talent for direct hire, temp-to-perm and contract staffing positions and provides customized payroll services. Our Recruiting Specialties consist of all Engineering Disciplines, Project Management, Project Controls, Information Technology, Energy Efficiency and Business Professionals.


The Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer is a dedicated position focused on the development and application of computer codes and methods to analyze the mechanical performance of various reactor core components, reactor structures, and nuclear island components. The Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer will work as part of a high functioning team of engineers and scientists focused on developing the design of next generation reactors.


  • Develop and automate novel mechanical analysis methods for the purpose of analyzing liquid metal fast reactor core mechanical behavior and response.

  • Support verification and validation (V&V) of mechanical codes and methods through software testing, mechanical testing, and benchmarking against testing data.

  • Plan testing campaigns for V&V of mechanical codes and methods. This includes developing test requirements, acceptance testing criteria, performing pre-test predictions, post-processing test data, and working closely with test engineers to ensure the test design satisfies validation needs of the mechanical codes and methods.

  • Create formal documentation of software requirements, design, implementation, and testing to support V&V in support of licensing.

  • Perform/support commercial grade dedication of third-party software tools.

  • Train reactor designers, developers, and analysts in the use of the mechanical codes and methods.


Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with 5+ years working experience.

  • Strong finite element analysis (FEA) experience – Abaqus preferred.

  • Strong object-oriented programming experience – Python preferred.

  • Strong understanding of solid mechanics: familiarity with constitutive equations, linear elastic material behavior, plasticity and viscoelasticity.

  • Prior experience in the design/analysis/testing of reactor core components (e.g., fuel assembly, control rod assembly) preferred.

  • Experience interacting on methodology with the NRC under an ASME NQA-1 complaint QA environment preferred.

  • Strong technical documentation skills.

  • Ability to consistently deliver to an aggressive schedule.

  • Ability to seek out tasks and produce value aligned with team goals without waiting for next assignment.

  • Willingness to openly give and receive professional criticism through reviews.

  • Strong verbal communication skills desired.

  • 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 25 pounds

  • Ability to work in a laboratory setting with fluctuating temperatures

  • 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%


RCS is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. RCS recruits, hires, and promotes for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information or age. All terms and conditions of employment such as compensation, benefits, work assignment, availability of facilities and privileges of employment are administered on the same basis of equality.
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