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.
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!
As a Test Technician at our Fort Lupton, CO Miniforge, you’ll be on a team that is responsible for testing both pyrolyzer components and full pyrolysis systems, targeted towards optimizing our bio oil production and better understanding the complex physics and chemistry at work. Working with fellow Charmers, vendors, and occasional third parties, you’ll be directly contributing to iterative testing - a key part of our fight against climate change!
This role will report to our Test Engineer in Fort Lupton, where you will be responsible for operating and maintaining machinery including novel component-level test rigs and our full bio-oil producing systems. You’re a great candidate for this role if you have experience with equipment management, maintenance, and operation, and are an excellent communicator/creative problem solver. The ideal candidate is safety-minded, proactive, mechanically confident, and is able to effectively prioritize multiple tasks on a day-to-day basis.
What We Offer
· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k)
· Paid time off, including parental leave
- A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches at 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.
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.
ResponsibilitiesOperate pyrolyzers and component test rigs to increase understanding and reliability, documenting learnings to share with your fellow test team as you go.Work to improve our Standard Operating Procedures by providing written feedback and suggestions on how to make them more effective and clear.Serve as the eyes and ears of the test team, providing valuable insight when troubleshooting design and operational challenges. Perform routine maintenance on the pyrolyzer and any associated equipment, working with vendors as needed to order components. Maintain a safe and clean test area by observing all safety instructions, handling materials with the proper precautions, picking up tools and equipment when not in use, and making suggestions for improvements to safety procedures and practices.Use machinery and powered equipment (i.e. forklift, personnel baskets, telehandler,scissor lifts, etc) when required for test preparation or execution.Record machine performance data for our Test and Engineering Development teams’ measurement, reporting, and verification efforts.Record your work in Confluence/JIRA/Google Product Suite, including providing documentation as needed to start growing our operating and maintenance documentation for our equipment.Give written and verbal feedback on the design and operation of the equipment.
Requirements3 - 5 years of hands-on experience around machinery and/or heavy equipmentPractical experience assembling/disassembling novel/complex mechanical systemsThe ability to work autonomously and troubleshoot on the jobExperience operating forklifts, telehandlers, scissor lifts, and/or a willingness to learnA proactive, professional and “can do” attitudePassion about contributing to our mission and growing the companyMust be physically able to climb ladders, bend, or crawl in awkward spacesMust be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a timeThere may be prolonged periods of standing and walkingStrong communication and documentation skills, including working knowledge of the Google Product Suite
Bonus (but not required)Experience operating high temperature and/or high pressure systemsFamiliarity with chemical processing systems and the terminology associated with themKnowledge of electromechanical systems and general electrical troubleshooting skills, including wiring up industrial equipment.Basic fabrication skills