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Control Room Operator

Company: TerraPower
Location: Everett
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE: Control Room Operator


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower 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. 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 - all for significant human health benefits.

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 and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. 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.

Control Room Operator

TerraPower, LLC. Is seeking a highly motivated Control Room Operator. In this role, you will act as the Shift Control Room Operator for the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) Integrated Effects Test (IET) Experiment, a non-critical non-nuclear pilot unit that will spearhead molten salt reactor technology in the United States. TerraPower will operate this IET system around the clock with multiple shifts and thus multiple Control Room Operator positions are available. In the initial phase, you will work with the Shift Lead Operators to operate a small-scale batch purification system to make raw materials for the larger system.

This effort will support the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) program and the operation of the MCFR IET is a critical step in the testing and development of the first reactor to be fueled by molten chloride salts. Your role will include interfacing with a team of > 20 scientists and engineers both internal and external to TerraPower. You will gain the experience to be one of the first few experts in molten chloride salt handling for next generation advanced reactors. Candidates must have extensive plant operations experience. Additionally, candidates must represent the fundamental values required for plant operation, including Questioning Attitude, Integrity, and Open Communication.


  • Oversee a Field/Utility Operator.

  • Operate SCADA/HMI/Control Boards.

  • Operate High Temperature Pilot Systems.

  • Operate Pumps, Valves, Heaters, Blowers, Compressors.

  • Respond to alarms and problems within the plant and takes corrective measures.

  • Monitor and control pressures, temperatures, flow rates, and levels to efficiently achieve desired operating results and ensure proper operation of equipment under current process conditions such as Start/Stop/Rate adjustment of equipment.

  • Regulate and shut down equipment if necessary.

  • Troubleshoot equipment, electrical and instrumentation issues.

  • Follow standard operating and emergency procedures until trouble can be corrected.

  • Perform energy isolation lockout/tagout procedures (LOTO).

  • Complete System Pressure and Leak Checks.

  • Keep Shift Log of Operations.

  • Make multiple repeat batches of Purified Salt.

  • Work various shifts, evening, weekends, holidays, overtime, on-call as required.

  • Wear protective gear as needed.

  • Physically perform assigned duties and essential functions of the position.

  • Independently plans and carries out maintenance and operations in accordance with established operating methods and procedures.

  • Support continuous learning and application of nuclear industry best practices in order to maintain the highest quality of engineering design and proactively identify process change/enhancement opportunities.

  • Actively participate in safety programs and initiatives.

  • Responsible for reporting on-shift events and abnormalities during shift turnover to oncoming team members.

    Key Qualifications and Skills

    • High school diploma or GED is required.

    • 5 years of experience in industrial plant operations (chemical, boiler, refinery, etc.) two of which must be control room operations; 8 years preferred

    • Military service may substitute for industrial plant experience.

    • Knowledge of SCADA/HMI Control Boards.

    • Math - basic algebra, fractions/percentages, unit conversion.

    • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of pumps, electric motors, and motor controls, piping devices, hydraulic control systems, and other mechanical equipment.

    • Personal computer proficiency (word processing, spreadsheets) and other software utilized by the company including Control System Interfaces.

    • Strong Interpersonal abilities to support team philosophy and strategy.

    • Maintenance and troubleshooting experience

    • Understanding of electrical, radiological and chemical hazards and safety.

    • Ability to perform and record results of laboratory tests accurately and by required deadlines. Where necessary, able to generate corrective action reports for system issues.

    • Read and understand engineered drawings.

    • Read meters and gauges correctly.

    • Knowledge of tubing and tubing connections.

    • Must possess or have the ability to possess within six months of hire date, first aid and CPR certifications.

    • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust 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 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 50 pounds; ability to climb stairs and ladders, work effectively on platforms up to 50 feet above grade

      • 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.

        Job Details

        Salary Range: $78,253 - $137,617
        Job Type: Full-time

        • Competitive Compensation

          • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

          • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits

            • Medical

            • Vision

            • Dental

            • Life

            • Life and Disability

            • Gender Affirmation Benefits

            • Parental Leave

            • 401k Plan

            • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

              • 21 days of annually accrued PTO

              • Generous Holiday Schedule

                • 10 paid holidays

                • Relocation Assistance

                • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

                • Flexible Work Schedule

                  *Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 - 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual's qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

                  TerraPower Career and Benefits information: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

Keywords: TerraPower, Everett , Control Room Operator, Other , Everett, Washington

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