Field Services Engineer

Number of employees

20

Wichita, KS, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-01

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Charm Industrial is working to return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. We design, build and operate a fleet of mobile fast pyrolyzers that convert ag and forest biomass residues into bio-oil for use in carbon removal and direct-reduced-iron steelmaking.

In 2020 our Chief Scientist and co-founder Shaun Meehan had two breakthroughs (bio-oil intermediate and bio-oil sequestration) that kickstarted the company. Within 10 months we completed our first carbon removal injection and in 2021 we completed more than 5,000 tons of CO₂e removal for customers like Stripe, Shopify and Microsoft. 


About Charm

Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂, profitably. We convert waste biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into permanent, underground storage as carbon removal, or reform the bio-oil to produce syngas for fossil-free steel.

Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. In 2021 and 2022 we delivered thousands of tons of carbon removal via off-the-shelf pathways, and also deployed our first R&D prototype pyrolyzer of our own. In the next 18 months, we'll build and deploy the next pyrolyzer revision, demonstrate our fossil-free ironmaking pilot, substantially expand our operations in Colorado and put thousands of tonnes of CO₂e underground.

We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on engineers, fabricators, operators, and forward-thinking humans. We value psychological safety and collaboration. We take calculated risks and don't sweep mistakes under the rug; instead, we pin them to the wall and learn from them. We value that everyone’s unique backgrounds and perspectives shape their work. We encourage you to read our company values.

Come help us reverse climate change. Gigatons or bust!

About the Role 

As Charm matures its pyrolyzer and injection operations, we need an engineering teammate for the operations team that can help solve urgent production bottlenecks. The engineering challenges cover a wide variety of disciplines, including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation and controls, as well as a firm understanding of process safety. You will serve as a dedicated engineering teammate for the injection operations team, which is the team responsible for injecting our bio oil underground! 

You’ll thrive in this role if you’re used to designing, implementing, troubleshooting, and continuously improving process equipment, and succeed under tight timelines. You will work alongside external engineering resources and our internal injection operations team to solve the team’s most pressing problems, and often spend time in the field with our operators understanding the process and implementing creative solutions to make their work easier. 

This role reports to the Head of Engineering and will be expected to work primarily with the injection operations team at Charm.

What We Offer

· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k) with a 50% match on contributions up to 6%
· Paid time off, including parental leave
- A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches for onsite employees
- A sweet workplace with lots of space inside and out
· A chance to pivot into a role in climate!

Visa Sponsorship Policy

Since we are a small startup, certain accommodations for visa sponsorship may not be within our capability. At this time, Charm Industrial is only sponsoring E3 and TN visas.

Our Commitment

Charm Industrial is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing our team in an inclusive way, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The consequences of climate change inherently affect some more than others, and we need a diverse team to help us save our little planet most effectively & justly. We are excited about all of those who choose to apply, and for those who end up joining us, to see how you better us as a team and company. We are more than the sum of our parts.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and work alongside a team to build and commission bio-oil pumping, storage and transloading facilities at injection pads to ensure safe and efficient movement of bio-oil between tanker trucks and the wellbore.
  • Design and work alongside a team to build and commission bio-oil preprocessing hardware for scaled injection operations.
  • Provide engineering support for all hardware at injection sites whether designed & built in-house or by third parties.  This includes significant process improvements to make our process more efficient and more measurable.
  • Design robust and redundant systems that will allow our injection systems to grow to support tens of thousands of tons of bio oil with no single point of failure.
  • Perform FMEA on all new hardware in collaboration with process safety professionals. Design and implement safeguards for scaled systems including engineered safeguards and administrative safeguards (i.e. good operating documentation is required). 
  • Define and implement automation with a third party to improve safety and minimize cost of storage, transportation and injection of bio-oil.
  • Provide ongoing support and act on feedback from the boots-on-the-ground operating team.
  • Ensure preprocessing achieves regulatory, measurement, reporting, verification and operational requirements. Collaborate with research and engineering teams on new process development, as needed.
  • Ensure risks are mitigated and injection and transload operators implement necessary safeguards. Work cross functionally to develop and implement training on these systems.
  • Requirements:

  • Strong understanding of engineered safeguards. Familiarity with safe work practices and comfortable using Stop Work Authority in production environments.
  • Top-notch practical electromechanical engineering experience and an eagerness to learn about all aspects of our process.
  • Hands on skills to both implement and troubleshoot production equipment in a high stress environment.
  • Experience coordinating contractors and engineering consultants to deliver solutions on time and within budget.
  • Experience developing written documentation, e.g. work instructions, SOPs, and experience training operators on system operation.
  • Ability and excitement to work alongside and learn from our diverse injection operations team.
  • Have a proactive, professional and “can do” attitude.
  • A demonstrated passion for contributing to our mission.
  • A willingness to travel up to 50% of the time to our injection sites.
  • Bonus (but not required):

  • Experience with thermal, chemical, electrical and/or mechanical processes and hardware such as work experience in oil & gas, aerospace, automotive or chemicals manufacturing.
  • While not a requirement, experience working around hazardous gasses, combustibles, and/or high energy systems would be considered an asset.
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