Senior Principal Process Engineer

$130,000 - $140,000 yearly
  • Carbon America
  • Arvada, CO, USA
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full time role Engineering: All

Job Description

Who we are: 

We’re a passionate, hard-working, and quick-moving group of people that are driven by the mission to save the planet. We believe we can make a difference in the battle against climate change by leading the carbon capture and sequestration industry and we are building a like-minded team to help do just that.  

 Carbon America is the first vertically integrated company in the industry – a one-stop-shop of engineers, project managers, developers, and financiers focused on capturing more CO2 in shorter amounts of time and at lower costs.  

 As a start-up, there are a few key attributes that all Carbon America employees possess. We are creative problem-solvers, we wear many hats, we are agile, and we work as a championship team. It is important that every hire connects to our vision, mission, and values as a company. Join the leader in the CCS space in making climate change history™! 

Job Overview: 

The Senior Principal Thermodynamic Process Engineer is responsible for leading the process design efforts of R&D post-combustion carbon capture facilities and other advanced decarbonization technologies. The Process Engineer will have knowledge of how to take an industrial project from concept to install and operation. This role will be in charge of defining system process requirements, generating detailed P&IDs, leading HAZOP analysis, and ultimately ensuring the system is designed to meet project objectives. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 



  • 8+ years of experience in process engineering for chemicals, refining, or similar industries 
  • Expertise in thermodynamics, process simulations, and chemicals manufacturing 

  • Experience in designing, building, and operating full-scale chemical processing facilities or power plants. 

  • Experience with ChemCAD (preferred), ASPEN, or similar type of thermodynamic modeling package. 

  • Experience creating and reading Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs). 

  • Experience in Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Analysis. 

  • Experience with Requirements Management Systems. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and practices 

  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening skills 

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to track lots of disparate details 

  • BS in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline 


  • Extensive petroleum refinery or chemicals processing experience 
  • MS, or PhD in Chemical Engineering or related discipline 

  • Cryogenic systems experience 

  • Carbon capture technology knowledge 

  • Experience leading the construction and commissioning of full-scale commercial chemicals processing projects, cement plant projects, or new power plant design and construction. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Lead process engineering efforts on large-scale R&D carbon-capture projects. 

  • Provide significant technical leadership in the developing of sustainable commercial products and technologies. 

  • Create, execute, and improve thermodynamic process simulations for pilot-scale, demonstration, and commercial projects, systems, and new products. 

  • Develop and execute techno-economic optimization and sensitivity analyses of systems, facilities, and equipment designs. 

  • HAZOP analysis 

  • P&ID generation 

  • Define control narratives 

  • Identify and propose solutions to key technical risks. 

  • Invent new system components based on analysis tools and results. 

  • Analyze system, product, and equipment performance 

  • Create detailed cost models for facilities and system designs 

  • Work with vendors to negotiate equipment procurement 

  • Assist in model validation of experiments. 

General Requirements and Job Details: 

  • Must be able to work at a computer for up to eight hours per day 

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States 

  • This position is based out of our Arvada, Colorado offices 

  • This position has a standard schedule of Monday through Friday and is Full-Time 

 This is a salaried position so there may be times when a non-standard schedule is required 

  • This is an Exempt position with a salary range of $130,000 to $140,000 commensurate with experience 

  • Benefits include:  

  • 401(k) + 401(k) matching 

  • Life AD&D insurance 

  • Optional Accident insurance 

  • Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance plans 

  • Paid time off + Paid holidays 

  • Company ownership options 

At Carbon America, we believe that when you put the common good over personal gain you make the world a better place. We work together in alignment with our company’s values to find solutions to climate change. 

Carbon America is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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