Mr. Steve Veitenheimer has over twenty-five years of professional experience supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management projects and Commercial Nuclear plant operations. He has served as the Director of multiple divisions for the DOE, Richland Operations Office, and Energy Northwest; he held the Assistant Outage Manager position. Steve was responsible for plant shutdown during complex maintenance operations and startup, readiness, and critical path activities.
Mr. Veitenheimer, in his current role, provides Commissioning and Operational Readiness support to the Department of Energy. Steve supports the oversight of startup, commissioning, and operational readiness activities, coordinates oversight, issue assessments, and issue resolution with multiple organizations. He makes assessments and decisions regarding technical problems, program requirements, and risks encountered in operational readiness, startup, and commissioning.
Mr. Veitenheimer has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Gonzaga University, attended the United States Naval Nuclear Submarine, Power, Prototype, Officer School, and holds a Project Management Certification.
Mr. Veitenheimer provided support to the Office of River Protection (ORP) as a Director’s Review Team Member. Steve was responsible for evaluating the availability of Hanford Site infrastructure to provide a consistent waste stream and accept secondary waste and glass products from the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP); the technical viability of the WTP Project 2020 Vision; alignment of interfacing projects; and identification of project gaps and risks.
Mr. Veitenheimer provided support to Mission Support Alliance (MSA) as a member of the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) Surveillance Team. Steve was responsible for conducting Hanford onsite evaluations of work activities to ensure consistency with implemented personnel safety processes, including work controls and hazard identification/mitigation. He supported the development, evaluation, and technical editing of several MSA documents/procedures, including the MSA ISMS Implementation Plan.
Mr. Veitenheimer supported AREVA as the Nuclear Utility Customer Representative providing operations, quality control/program surveillance oversight of all plant nuclear fuel manufacturing processes, including uranium oxide pellet production, fuel rod loading, and fuel bundle fabrication inspection, and packing. As the Product Quality Supervisor, Steve was responsible for the daily supervision of independent surveillance technicians, product release technicians, and Measuring & Test Equipment (M&TE) specialists. He implemented product quality surveillance and oversight programs consistent with the requirements of NQA-1 and ISO 9001. The surveillance program provided oversight/evaluations of all nuclear fuel manufacturing processes, including material control/criticality programs, implementation of facility license requirements.
Mr. Veitenheimer served U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of Site Infrastructure, Services, Information Management Division, the Director of the Office of Spent Nuclear Fuel, the Director of Operations Oversight Division, and the Director of Quality, Safety, and Health Programs Division during his career.