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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Company: AirCapture
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

About AirCaptureAirCapture is developing on-site direct air capture (DAC) systems that pull climate-changing CO2 from the atmosphere and make it immediately available for industrial and commercial processes. We're starting by addressing the -$30Bn merchant CO2 market in our first commercial phase by providing a greener, more cost-effective feedstock to our customers while simultaneously aiming to integrate our technology at an economically viable, gigaton-scale into what McKinsey identifies as a $6Tn market.There is a significant opportunity for growth and learning at AirCapture as we grow rapidly to fulfill demand from our customers and our numerous Department of Energy awarded grants. Our team is brimming with highly competent, kind and multi-disciplinary people focused on collaboration and building an amazing organization together. Our HQ is a 12,000 sq ft. beautiful, well lit office and warehouse space for rapid prototype and iteration located in West Berkeley and within walking distance of thriving cultural attractions.About the RoleThe Senior Mechanical Engineer is a specific role focused on the development of the FEED package, basic design and cost model for large scale DAC systems and CO2 processing technologies, collaborating with a team of technologists across multiple fields. In addition, s/he will be responsible for supporting the conceptualization, design, prototyping and manufacturing of the DAC systems. This is a technical role that involves assisting the company with technology development and commercialization, identifying necessary resources and supporting the company's manufacturing team.As a key member of our fast-growing company, this role will be eligible for equity, competitive salary and bonus based on performance, full benefits in addition to other company perks, which continue to expand as we grow into our new HQ space and co-create what makes the most difference to our team. Position Responsibilities

  • U.S. citizenship required. Please note that we cannot make exceptions at this time, thank you for understanding.
  • Design, simulate and optimize mechanical components for the deployment of large scale Direct Air Capture and related downstream conversion plant(s)
  • Subject matter expert in plant design and complex process plants development
  • Mechanical design of integrated plant systems for capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it into products and materials
  • Leading mechanical design for FEED package and managing engineering workflow with other disciplines, vendors, external EPC contractors and clients
  • Start up and troubleshoot first-of-a-kind production facilities for CO2 capture and conversion
  • Prepare and review procedures, design specs, best practices, standard drawings on an on-going basis for safety, quality, performance and production efficiency
  • Design and simulation of interconnecting piping system
  • Develop cost model and CapEx / OpEx feasibility studies based on FEED analysis
  • Develop plans in accordance with customer requirements using value analysis, and other techniques including PFMEA, HAZOP, and control plans
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts of the company through value analysis, maintaining up-to-date knowledge of engineering processes, procedures and techniques
  • Develop and implement manufacturing documentation and other operator instructions
  • Basic understanding of project management and management of technical integrators
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time (domestically and internationally)Position Requirements
    • U.S. citizenship required. Please note that we cannot make exceptions at this time, thank you for understanding.
    • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field
    • At least 10 years experience as a mechanical or design engineer in related fields - a deep mechanical aptitude is required, including a broad knowledge of engineering materials, mechanical properties and a strong understanding of the FEED and EPC processes
    • CFD and thermofluid analysis expertise strongly preferred - Pressure vessel, heat exchanger and fix equipment design expertise
    • 5+ years as of experience in process plant design, simulation and optimization
    • Experience developing cost models and CapEx / OpEx studies
    • Great communication, proactive problem solving skills, an active contributor to our company's developing culture, team player
    • Ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary engineering and technical teamAdditional Preferred Skills & Experience
      • Plant layout simulation and related software acquaintance is a plus
      • Experience in thermal fluid design, refrigeration and systems engineering
      • Experience in gas separations, liquefaction and compression systems
      • Rotary machine experience such as pumps, compressors, turbines, expanders is a huge plus
      • Piping system design and simulation experience is huge plus
      • Expertise with CO2 processing, including compression, dehumidification, liquefaction and sequestration
      • HAZOP analysis and implementation
      • Experience with DOE or DOD funded projects Note: this position requires physical activities including climbing stairs or ladders, stooping, crouching to work on equipment, operating machinery and lifting and carrying loads of 40 lbs or moreAirCapture LLC is an equal opportunity employer, and we embrace diversity at our company. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.AirCapture does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fees will be paid to third-parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers.

Keywords: AirCapture, Berkeley , Senior Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Berkeley, California

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