Fire Protection Engineer in Richland, WA at Johnson Service Group

Date Posted: 6/7/2021

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JobID: 383913

Johnson Service Group is recruiting for an experienced, Fire Protection Engineer, for a 12-month contract assignment at the Hanford Site in Richland, WA.

Located in Southeastern Washington State, Bechtel is designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford site, which is a byproduct of plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War era.

The WTP project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOE’s most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres with four major nuclear facilities – Pretreatment, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification, High-Level Waste Vitrification and Analytical Laboratory – as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, other support facilities.

This position is located at the WTP Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4x10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While not expected to be the norm, occasionally the selected applicant must be able and willing to work weekends or nights, as needed, to support the Fire Protection Program (FPP).

Position Summary:
The Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) reports to the Safety and Health (S&H) Fire Protection Manager (FPM), and will be responsible for assisting the S&H FPM in the development, implementation, and maintenance of fire protection requirements applicable to safety & health, construction, startup, commissioning, maintenance, engineering, and operations activities of the WTP. This position is a “Technical Support Position” for Category 3 Nonreactor Nuclear Facility as defined in DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, Qualification, and Certification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities.


  • Development and implementation of FPP documents and associated tools.
  • Develop expertise in fire protection requirements and their associated implementing documents for inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) and Plant Management activities.
  • Assessing implementation and compliance, identifying and reporting fire protection program deficiencies to the FPM.
  • Develop understanding of the issued Fire Hazard Analyses (FHAs) for each of the assigned facilities.
  • Develop understanding of assigned facility/facilities active and passive fire protection features.
  • Develop understanding of simplified process flow diagrams, system descriptions, system design descriptions, and facility design descriptions for assigned facility/facilities.
  • Develop understanding of the documented safety analysis (DSA) for assigned facilities
  • Performing facility audits in accordance with Fire Protection Facility Assessment schedule and procedure.
  • Performing FPP Assessments in accordance with FPP Assessment plan.
  • Periodically reviews Hanford Fire Department (HFD) Pre-Fire Plans.
  • Periodically coordinates and supports HFD familiarization tours.
  • Performing periodic facility fire protection inspections in accordance with the FP inspection procedure.
  • Knowledge of the installation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of sprinkler systems.
  • Knowledge of the installation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.
  • Performing as an NFPA 72 Qualified Person for oversight of ITM of fire alarm and signaling systems.
  • Performing final verification for hot work permits.
  • Performing and recording periodic inspections of designated Hot Work Areas.
  • Performing Technical Safety Requirements inspections, as necessary for assigned facilities
  • Cross-training to back-up other fire protection staff in the implementation of the FPP.
  • Identifying and implementing actions to promote improvement and correct deficiencies in the implementation of the FPP.
  • Assisting in the identification of fire protection attributes in the work planning process to ensure tasks are accomplished in accordance with FPP requirements.
  • Recommending and/or approving compensatory actions for FPS impairments, deficiencies, and system restrictions in accordance with the FPS impairment procedure.
  • Support the Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science, or related degree with 6 years of related experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in implementing U.S. government fire protection requirements (e.g. DOE O 420.1X) in accomplishing work at DOE or DOD facilities.
  • Completing and maintaining training as identified in Fire Protection Program (FPP).
  • Keeping fire protection knowledge current and up to date.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and incorporate requirements into project implementing documents and in maintaining these documents current with source requirements.
  • Capable of office and field work within the category of Exposed Field Non-Manual (EFNM).
  • Able to performs desk/office work, including writing, computer workstation processes, typical MS Office applications, and telephone operation.
  • Develops and/or performs presentations, oral reports, planning meetings, training, and other formal and informal contacts, requiring long periods of sitting.
  • Oversees field activities through inspections, FPS ITM and operations, which requires walking, standing, bending, and turning along with wearing of personal protective equipment.
  • Occasional loading, transport, and unloading of fire protection associated tools and/or supplies specific to an activity.
  • Possess a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
  • Upon reporting, must be able to complete and pass a medical evaluation for badging purposes. The examination includes, but is not limited to ability to pass blood pressure test, able to bend, twist, pull, push, climb, and lift more than 20 lbs.
  • Must have full mobility, be able to walk on uneven or broken surfaces (rocks, gravel, etc.).
  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy badge for access to the Hanford Site.


  • Successful completion of Engineer In Training (EIT) examination or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) accredited through National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) OR Professional engineer’s license
  • 3 years of Nuclear experience. Though full-time related academic training may be substituted on a one-for-one basis for 2 of the 3 years of nuclear experience. Department of Energy, NRC, or Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program experience desired. Consideration will be given to personnel with equivalent FP experience working at Chemical Demilitarization Facilities.


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