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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Quality Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310408

Directorate: Performance Management

Division: Quality

Job Description

  • The primary purpose of the Quality Engineer (QE) role at PNNL is to support the development and effective implementation of quality assurance processes and practices – with the overall impact of mitigating risk and ensuring compliance, while striving for increased efficiency and effectiveness of project execution.The QE is the primary deployed resource for the Quality Division, working directly with Project Managers, Construction Managers, and other project staff to achieve this impact. The QE is responsible and accountable for delivering (i.e., planning, implementing, and assuring effectiveness) all elements of the PNNL’s Quality Management Program as well as compliance to project-specific requirements that may exist.

  • This position requires senior level quality engineering Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs), and is the first Quality Engineer position within PNNL to emphasize a focus in Quality Control as it relates to Construction and/or Capital Equipment Fabrication projects. This leadership position will play a pivotal role in shaping how the Lab’s quality program supports PNNL’s facilities and operations for years to come.

  • Overall, the successful Quality Engineer will have a demonstrated track record of leadership, and a broad-based exposure to quality-related techniques and methodologies. The candidate awarded this position will be considered for future leadership positions.

  • The individual chosen for this position will be expected to cultivate relationships across the Lab with a passion for communication and creating Win-Win scenarios. This position will work with the Director of Quality and management team to identify program gaps (Human Resources, Technical, Processes, etc.) to strategically develop business cases for quality program support.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

Able to lift and carry reasonable geometries ( up to 10 lbs) in order to perform inspections and required surveillance activities.

  • Able to work in a “Hard Hat” environment(s) where standing on your feet for extended periods of time may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 8 years of related experience, or an advanced degree plus 6 years related experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Other Information

As a Senior Quality Engineer with a focus in Construction and Fabrication projects, the following is an overview of general expectations:

Experience as a Quality, Construction, Manufacturing or Process engineer in an industry/environment that includes, or is similar to, one of the following:

  • Commercial and institutional construction including vertical, new plant builds and/or upgrades, hospitals, etc.

  • Shipyard construction & fabrication projects including US Navy and other Department of Defense programs.

  • Transportation industry construction and fabrication projects such as Railroad, Civil Infrastructure, etc.

  • Large scale Capital Equipment Fabricators typically found in the energy industry such as Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, etc. (i.e. Heat Exchangers (ASME), CVD Reactors, Distillation Columns, Wind Turbines, etc.)

  • The individual will play a key role as a Quality Engineer in Facilities, Design and/or Materials – Review Boards.

  • May be asked to perform and document project inspections for compliance with the construction contract; including identifying, documenting and communicating nonconformances to contract requirements.

  • Collaborates with design team and prepares quality requirements utilizing a graded approach based upon project risk, and the safety classification of the Systems, Structures, and Components (SSCs) involved.

  • Must take initiative to perform surveillances and execute applicable focused management assessments to confirm that construction methods and activities are performed in accordance with construction plans, specifications, and contract requirements.

  • The position will play a pivotal role in identifying, collecting and evaluating project quality Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with the expectation to “ Grade and Escalate ” risks to upper management.

  • May be asked to participate in material testing (concrete, soils, masonry, steel, etc.) and certify test reports. ( Note: Must be willing to be trained to attain any required certifications to support PNNL’s mission. )

  • Experienced and knowledgeable in general QC inspection methods and required resolution to meet drawing tolerances and specifications.

  • Integrated in the verification and completion of contract activities, inspections, materials, testing and other contract requirements.

  • Able to strategically and practicably communicate “ Stop Work ” initiatives that affect safety, quality and/or inhibit the logical progress of work.

  • May be asked to review specifications, drawings, submittals, Requests for Information (RFIs), NCRs, design changes, and ensuring documents meet quality standards, are in compliance with contract requirements, and document control is maintained.

  • Prepares and submits as required a summary of project progress and pending quality concerns/issues to upper management.

  • Familiar with the project’s quality and safety risks that can be created under an expedited schedule and partner with the project team to minimize and/or eliminate nonconformances and corrective actions.

  • Anticipates problems and proactively communicates and works with client, architects/engineers, subcontractors, and Construction Manager(s) to resolve conflict, critical path scenarios, etc.

  • Promotes and supports a “ Right the First Time ” project and quality control culture.

Directorate: Performance Management

Job Category: Performance Management/Performance Assurance

Group: Quality

Opening Date: 2020-01-30

Closing Date: 2020-02-29