Instrumentation & Control Engineer

The Instrumentation and Control Engineer will be responsible for leading the design, development, and implementation of instrumentation and control systems for next-generation geothermal power plant projects.

Fervo’s Mission is to use innovation in geoscience to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. To accomplish that goal, Fervo has developed groundbreaking technology solutions that have advanced the state-of-the-art of geothermal energy decades ahead of schedule, including the world’s most successful commercial enhanced geothermal system completed in 2023. Fervo has raised over $400 million from leading investors and has secured a multi-billion-dollar project pipeline to meet the world’s growing need for 24/7 carbon free energy. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.

Description

The Instrumentation & Control Engineer will be responsible for leading the design, development, and implementation of instrumentation and control systems for next-generation geothermal power plant projects.  This role will be accountable for the initial technical development and verification of projects scopes. In this position, technical expertise and leadership will be instrumental in ensuring the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of our facilities. This role requires a self-starter who can take ownership of projects and provide technical guidance to junior team members. The Instrumentation and Control Engineer will report to the Senior Instrumentation & Control Engineer.

Responsibilities

  • Perform a variety of engineering tasks, which may include sizing control valves, flow meters, and safety valves, developing data sheets, supporting technical bid analysis, developing cause and effect and control narratives, prepare Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), supporting the development equipment specifications, developing Instruments List and I/O List and Instruments Model preselection, and performing field work
  • PLC programming and SCADA development
  • Lead the preparation and coordination of the project specifications with construction documents
  • Develop Instrument Specifications and Data Sheets (process sensors, transmitters, valves, actuators, positioners, discrete sensors, analytical instruments)
  • Design control schemes and panels for facilities  
  • Specify Programmable Logic Controllers and/or Distributed Computer Control Systems hardware
  • Support client Hazard and Operability Analysis and Process Hazard Analysis evaluations
  • Support development of facilities standards that would benefit the entire organization
  • Collaborate with Information Technology Network and Cybersecurity Teams when necessary
  • Provide troubleshooting support for complex network related problems
  • Support generation and maintenance of system architecture design documentation
  • Assist field personnel in identifying and resolving Process Control, Control Network, and Instrumentation problems
  • Collaborate with Production and Facilities Departments to build tools to help streamline operations and remove manual data capture or process changes

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related degree from an ABET accredited program
  • 5 years of experience in Instrumentation & Control Engineering or related role
  • Strong working knowledge of industry standards and regulations.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills, and a proven ability to write clear, thorough technical reports
  • Knowledge and application of National Electrical Code (NEC), International Society of Automation (ISA) and other applicable industry codes and standards as they apply to control system specification and design
  • Understanding of various process equipment as vessels, tanks, heat exchangers & coolers, heaters, rotating equipment (pumps and compressors), packaged equipment, valves & specialty items
  • General understanding of all phases of project document production and the relationship between drawings and specifications.
  • Field experience preferred
  • Proficient working with Siemens, Allen-Bradley, and Inductive Automation’s Ignition
  • Good knowledge in developing and preparing:
    • Process flow diagrams, and assist Process/Mechanical Engineers; Piping and Instrument Diagrams, and assist Process/Mechanical Engineers; Support field process evaluations; Control narratives; Cause & Effect Charts; SAFE charts; Specification and design of SIS systems; Instrumentation studies – i.e. Choice of level, flow, and analytical elements/transmitters; Instrument Specifications and Data Sheets (Process sensors, transmitters, valves, actuators, positioners, discrete sensors, analytical instruments); Calculate sizing for Control valves, Pressure Safety valves, Relief valves, and flow meters; Select proper materials for valves and instruments; Automation/Control System Architecture drawings; Specifying Programmable Logic Controllers and/or Distributed Computer Control Systems hardware; Support client Hazard Operability Analysis and Process Hazard Analysis evaluations; Support client purchasing cycle with specification and bid document development; Instrument list / PLC I/O List

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.