Stress Analysis Engineer, Fuel Handling - Bellevue, WA - RCS Corporation

Stress Analysis Engineer, Fuel Handling – Bellevue, WA

Engineering - Chemical

Job Type: Contract
Posted: 07/15/2022

Bellevue, Washington

RCS Corporation has an immediate need for a Stress Analysis Engineer, Fuel Handling for our client in the Bellevue, WA area. This is a 1-year contract opportunity, with potential of extension.

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.


Our client is seeking a highly motivated Chemical Process Engineer to support the engineering efforts of the System Design Discipline team. This role will work as part of a high functioning team of engineers and scientists focused on the development and design of processes and systems for the Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment (MCRE), a critical fast-spectrum molten salt microreactor relevant to our client's Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) design. Your role will include interfacing with a team of scientists and engineers with both experimental and process design activities. You will investigate and develop creative solutions for the MCFR and associated MCRE subsystems. Candidates must have extensive experience in one or more of the following areas: chemical engineering, chemical process design, plant design, and corrosion, with an ability to document design efforts according to the highest quality standards, such as NQA-1. 


The Stress Analysis Engineer, Fuel Handling is a dedicated position focused on thermal, static, and dynamic structural analysis of fuel handling components for the Natrium Generation IV Reactor.  The Stress Analysis Engineer, Fuel Handling will report to the Structural Analysis Manager and will join the Mechanical Design Discipline. In this position, the engineer will work as part of a high functioning team of engineers and scientists focused on developing the design of next generation advanced nuclear reactors.


•    Develop and review mechanical analyses of fuel handling components to verify that their performance remains within imposed limits as defined by applicable structural and pressure equipment codes and standards such as ASME BPVC.
•    Work with interdisciplinary team of engineers to establish and optimize nuclear components design consistent with required functional and quality requirements.
•    Establish and maintain documents of analysis results and design solutions.

Key Qualifications and Skills

•    B.S, M.S. or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from accredited university. Aerospace and Civil Engineering degrees are also considered.
•    Minimum of 5+ years of related experience with a B.S. degree, or 3+ years with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
•    Familiarity with CAD, SoildWorks preferred.
•    Familiarity with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA) principles.
•    Proficient in finite element stress analysis, mechanical analysis methods and commercial mechanical stress analysis modeling tools with emphasis on ANSYS.
•    Strong understanding of solid mechanics and metal fatigue principles.
•    Candidate should have demonstrated experience in mechanical analysis of equipment or components.  This may include buckling analysis, thermal analysis, or creep / inelastic analysis.
•    Candidate should have demonstrated experience in seismic analysis of equipment or components; in particular experience with response spectrum and time history modeling techniques in accordance with the requirements of ASCE 4, ASCE 7, and/or ASCE 43 is highly desirable.
•    Experience or familiarity working under stringent quality assurance requirements such as ASME NQA-1, MIL-Q-9858A, or ISO-9000.
•    Working experience with pressure equipment design codes and standards such as ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII or Section III.
•    Working experience with structural design codes and standards such as AISC N690, AISC 360, AWS D1.1, and AWS D1.6.
•    Strong 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.

The Ideal Candidate: 

•    Working knowledge of computer code development and knowledgeable in modern programming tools on personal computers and code development for parallel processing such as Python.
•    Five or more years of SoildWorks experience.
•    Thorough understanding of the requirements for the design one or more applicable pressure equipment codes (i.e. ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code III or VIII).
•    Experience of familiarity with ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code Section III Division 5.
•    Thorough understanding of the requirements for the design to one or more applicable structural design codes (i.e., AISC N690, AISC 360).
•    Thorough understanding of code and standards requirements related to the seismic design of equipment (i.e., ASCE 4, ASCE 7, ASCE 43).
•    Previous experience in the nuclear industry, nuclear fuel handling preferred

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
  • 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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