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Richland, WA
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Estimated Duration of Work
Initially One Year

Conduct of Operations Technical Specialist – Richland, Washington

Rate: Not Defined / need Candidate’s requested rate
Mob / Demob: $500 mob / demob
COVID Vaccine: Required

Position Details: 
The Technical Specialist is responsible for oversight and management of the activities and functions to be carried out by Team Operations and Maintenance personnel, Field Work Supervisors (FWSs), and their crews, and by retrieval construction forces at Hanford Site.

The Technical Specialist is responsible for compliance with the TSR and environmental requirements and proper Conduct of Operations, integrating a multi-disciplined team of bargaining unit and exempt personnel.
Mentoring and coaching to Operations Engineers, bargaining unit personnel, and Team FWS:

  • Coaching new Operations Engineers to help them develop proficiency in retrieval operations
  • Mentor new OEs to help them gain the LOTO Administrator qualification/proficiency
  • Train multiple crews to be ready to support Retrieval Operations on P/Q schedule by FY24 including use of the retrieval simulator located at CTF.
  • Assist with ConOps and reviews of Retrieval Operations shift drills Perform duties of Retrieval OE
  • •Understand the TSR for the project and how these requirements are implemented. For requirements that are unclear, request assistance from the appropriate Subject Matter Expert (SMEs).
  • Actively support programs designed to protect employees against workplace hazards. Ensure safe working conditions and practices.
  • Manage the operation of retrieval project (including operations) compliance with State and Federal waste regulations, Department of Energy (DOE) orders, Safety Basis requirements, and company policy and procedures.
  • Understand the principals of Conduct of Operations. Implement and mentor Conduct of Operations in the field to support continuous improvement.
  • Ensure that project system/equipment configuration control is maintained through the use of operating procedures, lock and tag, and the work management system.
  • Ensure assigned personnel are fully trained and that only qualified personnel are assigned to perform job tasks.
  • Ensure caution tags are managed within the assigned area.
  • Ensure that personnel are physically and mentally capable of assuming responsibilities.
  • Ensure technical procedures and other work-related documents are prepared and used to provide appropriate work direction and to ensure work is performed safely and efficiently.
  • Establish housekeeping standards in work areas of jurisdiction. Perform routine inspections of all work areas.
  • Conduct assessments as scheduled. Identify deficiencies and contribute to root cause analysis. Participate, as applicable, in corrective actions that address -both immediate and root cause of deficiencies.
  • Ensure worker radiation and chemical exposure is maintained as low as reasonably achievable, and that overall benefits should be achieved by activity causing the exposure.
  • Establish high standards for the performance of hazardous material and radiological work; implement controls to minimize the spread of contamination, reduce exposures, and improve overall radiological controls.
  • Performs periodic oversight and/or reviews of the Integrated Safety Management System program to ensure its effectiveness and applicability.
  • Maintains awareness of project conditions and promptly notify management of any unusual or unexpected circumstances.
  • Establishes prerequisites for work approval and communicates with operations/maintenance planners to assure prerequisites are met.
  • Assigns personnel resources and equipment as required to meet daily priorities. Controls changes made to daily work assignments.
  • Authors and/or approves, and if necessary, installs LOTOs to support field work activities
  • Reviews and approves work packages, lock, and tags to ensure package are ready to work and closed in a timely manner.
  • Initiates/validates corrective maintenance work packages.
  • Ensures facility compliance inspections and surveillances are complete.
  • Interfaces with radiological control, maintenance, environmental, and other support organizations.
  • Review procedure changes and new procedures. Ensure accuracy of procedures by validation. Initiate changes to correct procedure issues and enforce procedure compliance.
  • Ensure proper control of area keys.
  • Ensure that project system/equipment configuration control is maintained through the use of operating procedures, lock and tag, and the work management system.
  • Ensure deficiency lists are maintained.
  • Support development of statements of work (SOW) and field execution schedules for retrieval construction related scope
  • Assist with integration of construction related scope and other tank farm project work that may be on-going.
  • Mentor and coach construction managers to help develop proficiency

Qualifications/Other Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • 15 years related experience
  • Current / Past Qualified Operations Engineer (OE) with Retrieval Operations proficiency
  • Current / Past Qualified Radiological Worker
  • Current / Past Qualified Respiratory Worker
  • Current / Past Qualified WRPS Lock and Tag Administrator
  • Knowledge of Conduct of Operations principals
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products

Desired Qualifications / Skills / Training:

  • Experienced in WRPS work control
  • Experience managing HAMTC personnel
  • Experienced in SMARTPLANT
  • Experience in EAM
  • Experience with Retrieval Project Construction Scope (including equipment removals/system installations/mockups)

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Brad Myers