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Plant Engineering Intern

The Plant Engineering organization provides engineering oversight, program support, and qualified staff to support the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) mission.  Near term support is provided by the Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC).  The WTP is one of the world’s largest environmental remediation projects located on the Department of Energy Hanford Site, outside of Richland, WA.  The mission includes safely storing, treating, and immobilizing the highly hazardous radiological wastes created during prior periods of nuclear processing at the Hanford Reservation. This position shall be performed under the day-to-day direction, control and supervision of WTCC.


Plant Engineering hires Summer Interns from many different Engineering disciplines.  Work assignments will vary depending upon the discipline.  WTCC strives to provide meaningful work and unique opportunities to support missions vital to plant operations. Benefits of the summer intern program include generous pay with a stable organization, professional development programs, and work-life balance fostered through flexible work options and wellness initiatives.


This position shall be performed under the day-to-day direction, control, and supervision of WTCC



Work assignments will vary depending upon the discipline hired.  Some examples of typical work activities for Summer Interns are provided below.

Assist System Engineers with researching vendor information, data collection/analysis of plant operating history, review of codes and standards, as well as evaluation of industry guidance for the establishment and refinement of operations and maintenance strategies for equipment within assigned area [All Disciplines]

Development of data tracking and trending tools for System Engineers to better analyze and predict system issues and failures [All Disciplines] 

Development of tools to track performance metrics across a myriad of Plant Engineering topics including training, tickets, design changes, temporary modification, staffing, programs, etc… [All Disciplines]

Development and maintenance of electronic forms to streamline Plant Engineering processes and procedures [Computer Systems / Computer Science]

Development of 3-dimentional models to support 3-D printing of prototypes for proposed design changes [Mechanical]

Data collection and analysis of plant sample data to support process control and product compliance [Chemical]

Assist System Engineers in the development of arc flash calculations supporting the electrical safety program [Electrical]

Support Plant Engineering with configuration, tuning, securing, and management of the information technology system. [Computer Science/Computer Systems]

Support the Waste Treatment Plant 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 [All Disciplines]


This job description is not intended to include every duty, task, or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisor’s request.




Junior or Senior year toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in an Engineering Discipline or appropriate Sciences



No experience needed


Please ensure you provide number of credits earned and current GPA on your resume.


Housing and transportation are not provided. Lodging and transportation recommendations will be provided upon request.


Relocation Benefits are NOT available for this position.


At least 18 years of age


(EFNM) Exposed Field Non-Manual

Performs desk work, including writing, computer workstation processes, and telephone operation. Arranges for and/or performs presentations, oral reports, planning meetings, and other formal and informal contacts, requiring long periods of sitting. Oversees field activities through inspections, testing and equipment operations, which requires walking, standing, bending, and turning along with wearing of personal protective equipment. Occasional loading, transport, and unloading of tools and/or supplies specific to an activity.


This position is located at the Construction Site (22 miles north-west of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy (DOE) badge for access to the Hanford site.

Must be able to work in the United States without Sponsorship.



HIRING HOURLY RANGE: $20.71 - $29.11 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant internal equity, and alignment with market data.)


This position includes a competitive benefits package. For more detailed information on our Benefits and what it is like to work for Amentum: please visit our careers site:


Amentum is a global company with a heritage dating back more than 100 years and delivering solutions in nuclear energy, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, and national security. Our predecessors helped build Hoover Dam, protected fighting forces in World War II, and supported the Manhattan Project. Today, our teams clean up legacy nuclear waste around the world, manage the United Kingdom’s defense portfolio, design programs and tests for Navy submarine electronic systems, and provide integrated supply chain services needed in developing countries during the pandemic.


Amentum has joined with Bechtel to create an LLC, known as the Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) Join us as we make history at the Hanford Vit Plant, known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. We are designing and building a one-of-a-kind facility that will turn radioactive and chemical waste left over from World War II and Cold War plutonium production into a form safe for disposal. Your efforts will help protect the nearby Columbia River and the communities, salmon, and wildlife along its shorelines throughout the Northwest.


Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers near two mountain ranges, our community provides access to year-round outdoor recreation, 300 days of sun a year, more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, and the amenities of large cities just a three-hour drive (or short flight) to Seattle and Portland.


Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.


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