Project Engineer

San Francisco, CA /
Engineering /
Full Time
Company Summary

Our mission is to accelerate our planet’s transition to a carbon negative society. We will capture 1B tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 (equivalent of ~60M Americans’ annual emissions today), and build a multi-billion dollar business along the way. The problem we are solving is that according to IPCC, billions of tons of CO2 need to removed from the atmosphere (in addition to decarbonizing the entire economy) by 2050 to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, but current technologies are too expensive and not scalable to the volume necessary.

Unlike traditional engineered removal solutions, our Nature published technology combines the natural properties of minerals (carbon mineralization) with engineering to provide a low cost path to $50/tCO2 for Direct Air Capture (DAC), the cost at which carbon removal will be transformative. 

Our early customers are corporations and other entities that need to reduce and offset their carbon emissions to meet compliance requirements or carbon pledges. Our go-to-market strategy allows us to be unit profitable from day one, and reach >$1B in revenue just from existing markets and pledges. Our $100B opportunity lies with carbon markets set for creation in the EU, US, and other markets. 

Over the next 18 months, we will de-risk our cost estimates, build our first deployment, and validate the commercial viability of this technology.

About the job

The Heirloom team is on a path to creating the world’s first sustainable, scalable, and economically viable carbon removal system.  This technology - which requires a unique blend of geology, chemistry, industrial engineering, and process engineering -  doesn’t yet exist at the scales necessary to make a difference, so we need to build it ourselves.  We are looking for a Project Engineer to manage our first deployment and bring Heirloom’s carbon technology to life! This role is both incredibly exciting and carries significant responsibility.

You will draw on your experience executing complex, longterm, multi-disciplinary projects to own Heirloom’s first deployment from start to finish. You will own the success of this project from site selection through our first thousands of tons of CO2 removed. You’ll collaborate with our commercialization team on site selection, permitting, supply chain, and partnerships. You’ll work closely with our engineering teams to build and maintain a schedule, perform technoeconomic analysis, identify roadblocks, and help unblock them yourself. You’re incredibly well organized, detail-oriented, and a superb project manager, but able to see the big picture as well. You have previously brought a pilot or industrial process from start to finish, are eager and able to learn new tools, and creative and team-oriented.

What you will do

    • Build and maintain a project schedule for our first deployment
    • Work closely with our program management team ensure that every facet of our first deployment is on track, and figure out how to unblock us when we aren’t.
    • Manage relationships with external partners and vendors
    • Work closely with with General Contractors or Construction Managers to keep plant bring-up on track.
    • Designing and planning equipment layout
    • Working closely with the engineering team during development, build, and deployment phases to ensure solid engagement and provide feedback.
    • Performing Factory Acceptance Testing at Heirloom and other locations
    • Ensuring proper site acceptance of off the shelf and custom equipment.
    • Working on the continuous improvement of different types of equipment during our initial deployments.

Experience you will bring

    • Experience planning and leading technically complex, long term projects.
    • Experience managing vendors and third parties in different disciplines.
    • Highly collaborative mindset and strong communication skills.
    • Experience working with large equipment manufacturers, including negotiation on cost and lead time.
    • Experience with Gas, Solids, and Fluids handling and movement.
    • Has worked on a project from design to completion.
    • An ability to “just get it done."

Bonus Points

    • Has done front end design of batch processing systems
    • Has knowledge of PFD and P&ID development
    • You have knowledge of pyrolysis, gasification or other thermal conversion processes.
    • Experience with Gas, Solids, and Fluids handling and movement.
    • Experience in a construction environment.
    • Experience with industrial automation and PLC's
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! If not, but you know someone who might be interested, please share this post. 

We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and equity, starting with our commitment to fostering diversity within our Heirloom team. We are able to grow and learn better with a diverse team, which is exactly what our planet needs. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and veterans.

Please note: while we appreciate all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted by our team.