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Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer 2023-163a-HAINC-BD

Location : Bellevue, WA
Job Type : Temp/Contract
Reference Code : 2023-163a-HAINC-BD
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 5
Required Education : B.S.-Mechanical Engineering
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

HukariAscendent is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Business specializing in comprehensive engineering and technical support services associated with commercial nuclear power and other Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear activities. 

We are seeking a Mechanical Codes & Methods Engineer to support TerraPower, a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington.  This position will focus 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.


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 20 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%

Required Qualifications :

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.

  • 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.

  • A 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.

HukariAscendent offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid time off.


Opportunities with HukariAscendent change frequently.  For a complete listing of our current openings, please visit our website at https://www.hukari.com.


HukariAscendent is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status including disabled veterans and Vietnam era veterans, or other protected status.  

HukariAscendent maintains a drug-free workplace.

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