Commissioning Project Engineer
Brisbane, CA /
All across the world, from the azure pools of Turkey and Oman to the travertine terraces of Yellowstone, our planet quietly pulls carbon dioxide from the air and turns it to stone. For eons, Earth has relied on this process to balance its carbon cycle. What if it could be harnessed? What if we could do it faster, in larger quantities, and at a low enough cost to make it an effective tool in the fight against climate change?
At Heirloom, we are turning that into reality. We use the natural carbon capture properties of abundant minerals to pull CO2 from the air, and store it permanently underground. We come to work every day to slow climate change, and are united behind a single, common goal - to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the sky by 2035, and to not stop before we get there.
We bring together the precise recipe of science, technology, know-how, and strategy necessary to make low cost, high quality carbon removal a reality. If we’re successful, we will directly mitigate climate change, build a world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren, and catalyze an industry that will rival the largest the world has ever seen. If you want to change the planet, come join us.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Heirloom is committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.
We are looking for a Commissioning Project Engineer to help commission our future deployments and bring Heirloom’s carbon technology to life! This role is both incredibly exciting and carries significant responsibility - you will be integral to our mission of removing thousands of tons of CO2 while drawing on your experience executing complex, multi-disciplinary, capital projects from start to finish.
You will work closely with our engineering teams, general contractor and external vendors to commission the site along with our carbon capture process equipment. You will need to build and maintain project schedules within the overarching program schedule, plan equipment delivery and resource allocation, coordinate with contractors and unionized trades, plan and conduct site acceptance testing, identify roadblocks, and help unblock them yourself.
As a commissioning project engineer, you will need to be able to see the bigger picture such as understanding and improving our carbon removal process, equipment specification and design basis, site and utility layout, project schedule, budgets, supply chain, and partnerships while being detail oriented to manage site commissioning.
What you will do
- Work closely with the lead project engineer to plan all elements of site commissioning - from concrete pouring to equipment delivery, installation and testing
- Work closely with our program management team to ensure that every facet of our first deployment is on track, and figure out how to unblock us when we aren’t
- Collaborate with internal stakeholders to manage relationships with general contractors, sub-contractors, unionized trades, external partners and vendors
- Work with all stakeholders on mechanical, structural, electrical and controls integration of equipment, ensure utility connections are available and there is unhindered material flow for on-time commissioning and startup of various plant equipment
- Performing Factory Acceptance and Site Acceptance Testing of custom equipment at Heirloom and other locations
- Review contracts, spearhead budgetary approval, build and maintain project schedules, issue purchase orders, approve engineering deliverables, request change orders
- Designing and planning equipment layout in collaboration with other stakeholders
- Working closely with the engineering team during development, build, and deployment phases to ensure solid engagement and provide feedback
- Working on the continuous improvement of different types of equipment during our initial deployments, including change orders and retrofits
What you will bring
- Experience commissioning multi-disciplinary capital projects involving solids, fluids and gases
- Experience working with general contractors, subcontractors,unionized trades, large equipment manufacturers including negotiation on cost and schedule
- Strong communication skills to manage stakeholders involving different disciplines - mechanical, civil, electrical, plumbing, hvac, structural etc.
- Expertise working with CAD tools - Solidworks, Revit, AutoCAD in a collaborative environment
- Flexibility to take on new challenges, learn new tools, ask critical questions to solve multi-disciplinary problems
- Attention to detail, impeccable organization skills and ability to “just get it done"
You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to be a great fit - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply!
- Radical Honesty means we are open, transparent, and inclusive in everything we do. We aren't scared to challenge each other, but bring clear motives and our best intentions when we do.
- Persistent Optimism means we carry an infinite amount of optimistic energy with us on our journey, constantly chipping away at what may seem insurmountable.
- Continual Discovery means we maximize our learning rate. Compounding knowledge is our key to victory - we continuously hone our crafts, seek the fastest paths to new learning, and are quick to absorb new knowledge.
Why you should join Heirloom
- We are solving the engineering problem of our generation. Climate change is an existential threat, and we need as many of the world’s motivated minds as possible to help. There is no greater challenge or opportunity than fighting climate change.
- We have done this before. We have done this before. We’re engineers, scientists, and concerned humans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are pooling our knowledge and skills to collectively build a more equitable, prosperous future for all.
- We are a united, resilient, and optimistic bunch. We are all here for the same reason - to slow climate change. We recognize the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us, and believe we can solve it. We can see a hopeful future where we eventually reverse climate change. It won’t be easy, but we won’t quit.
- We are backed by the best climate partners in the world. We’re well funded by investors from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ahren Innovation Capital, Carbon Direct, Microsoft, Lowercarbon Capital, ARPA-e and the National Science Foundation. Our early customers include Stripe, Shopify, and Klarna, and we’re building durable partnerships that enable us to tackle this decades-long problem.
Perks and Benefits
- Covered health, dental and vision. Health, dental and vision insurance covered by Heirloom
- Generous parental leave. 16 weeks paid leave for all Heirloom employees, regardless of primary/secondary caregiver status.
- Generous stock options
- Flexible time off. Flexible PTO for exempt (salaried) employees & 120 hours for full time non-exempt (hourly) employees.
- Stay healthy. Monthly health and wellness reimbursement.
- Learn on the job. Robust annual education and conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs.
Target compensation for this role is between $115,000 and $170,000 depending on level and experience.