Systems Engineer Internship/Co-Op

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 role

The Heirloom team is on a path to creating a 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. 

The Systems Engineer Internship/Co-Op is available to students currently working towards a BS or MS in mechanical engineering or a related field.

What You Will Do

    • Work in an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management that focuses on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems over their life cycles.
    • Discovering the real problems that need to be resolved, and identifying the most probable or highest impact failures that can occur.
    • Define product design success criteria and metrics.
    • Generate system definition and concepts based on observational and analytical research performed by the Heirloom Research Team. 
    • Define product modules that can be defined, designed, built, and tested as independent systems.
    • Drive system level analysis to consider trade-offs between function, deployment time, operational costs, and capital investment.
    • Author documentation and manage system specifications through various phases of the project lifecycle.
    • Get hands-on to design, build, and test rapid proof of concept prototypes

Minimum Qualifications

    • Currently working towards a BS or MS in mechanical engineering or related field.
    • Self-motivated and willing to learn in a fast-paced environment.

Desired Qualifications

    • Ability to take an observational and analytical approach to problem definition.
    • Experience in design, construction, and/or troubleshooting of a complex engineering project or system. 
    • Project experience with multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong work ethic.