Sierra Energy Seeks Chemical Engineer

Jun 12, 2015

Sierra Energy, a clean-tech start-up, is seeking a full-time, experienced Chemical Engineer to add to its highly motivated, forward-thinking team.

With national attention from the New York Times and contracts with the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy is commercializing a revolutionary gasification technology for the conversion of different waste material types into a clean intermediate syngas that can be converted into liquid fuels, hydrogen, electricity and chemicals. The engineering team is focused on designing distributed small-scale standardized platforms that can be readily-deployed to a number of project locations within a very short time frame.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with the CTO, project manager, clients, outside consulting groups and/or vendors
  • Will be the lead Chemical Engineer with a primary focus on Process Safety Management (PSM) and process design. Tasks may include:
    • Setting-up and coordinating PSM programs (PPE, hazardous materials review, materials of construction, operator training etc.)
    • Performing risk assessments (HAZOP, What-If, FMEA, LOPA etc.)
    • Reviewing equipment/vessel designs to ensure they meet all applicable codes (ASME, NFPA, CGA, API, OSHA etc.)
    • Performing calculations and studies to establish potential process hazards
    • Developing operating plans and procedures
    • Assisting in the development of control strategies for the plant’s main DCS

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 10+ years experience in Chemical Engineering related activities
  • Experience with Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Experience with design-through-installation of projects and process optimization/plant reliability
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be a self-starter and be able to work autonomously, but also be willing to collaborate as part of a dynamic, multi-faceted team

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • PE registration
  • Experience working with large EPCs, engineering design firms and/or fabrication shops
  • Experience with Electrical, Instrumentation and Control tasks (valve and instrument selection, DCS/HMI design and use etc.)
  • Experience with Oxygen (design for use, cleaning and inspection) and Hydrogen (design for use)
  • Proficiency in the use of various computer software applications (ChemCAD, ASPEN, HSC etc.)

Requested Items:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (please include salary expectations and availability)

Please send your resume and cover letter to