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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Design Engineering Manager in Richland, Washington

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


The Campus Development Division delivers mission ready projects from concept inception through readiness and beneficial use in support of the forward looking PNNL Campus Strategy, emerging research needs, and the ongoing investments in modernizing and maintaining the Laboratory’s existing facilities, utilities, and infrastructure. Campus Development's project lifecycles begin in Facility Strategic Planning as part of the campus wide Facilities and Infrastructure (F&I) planning process.

Campus Development excels in actualizing projects that maximize safety, functionality, and reliability, while optimizing the efficiency, sustainability, and life-cycle operating costs of our facility and infrastructure capabilities to enable a mission ready world-class research and development campus for the Department of Energy.


The Design Engineering Manager directs and integrates the architectural design and engineering services for all Laboratory facilities and infrastructure projects. This position establishes and implements all engineering and drafting standards for conduct of work at PNNL and oversees all engineering performed by subcontractors. This manager is responsible to:

  • Ensure facilities are designed in a manner that protects the health and safety of staff, the public, and the environment.

  • Partner with senior management to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand.

  • Provide management direction and oversight for 8-12 staff including staff career development and performance evaluation.

  • Implement engineering procedures, processes and best practices through continuous improvement.

  • Integrate design disciplines including ensuring that design deliverables meet established standards and operational requirements.

  • Perform resource analysis in support of staff project assignments and make decisions on when to subcontract design work.

  • Steward metrics and reporting for facility design and engineering and coordinate with senior management to set discipline priorities.

  • Deliver timely engineering designs and solutions to customers addressing emerging and changing priorities in collaboration with Campus Planning, Project Management, Design & Drafting and Construction Management.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 8+ years of relevant experience; OR,

  • Master's degree plus 6+ years of relevant experience. Typical related management experience should include, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in electrical, mechanical, civil/structural engineering or architecture.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) or Registered Architect (RA).

  • Facility design and engineering leadership experience for commercial and/or industrial facilities including complex mechanical and electrical scope.

  • A record of effective design engineering management and service leadership in a laboratory or

  • DOE operational setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead hybrid work teams (mixture of staff working onsite and remote).

  • Strong ability to organize and present detailed analysis to PNNL and DOE site office leadership.

  • Integration experience of a multi-discipline design team.

  • Experience in promoting and support staff career development and performance evaluation.

  • Experience in resource requirement analysis and decisions regarding projects assignments and/or decision to utilize outside design resources.

  • Experience is overseeing the work product scope and quality of both internal and external engineering design resources.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate within and outside PNNL and relate effectively to diverse stakeholders. A proven ability to establish improved ways for interfacing with stakeholders and integrating strategies for dealing with the changing needs of research customers and provide creative service models to enable research objectives.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Work may include construction field work oversight, and exposure to normal/typical construction site hazards (e.g., uneven terrain, welding, cutting, grinding operations, open excavations, noise, vibrations, heavy equipment operation, ladder use, exposure to weather).

Additional 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.

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.