Process Engineer

The Process Engineer will help lead the design, development, and optimization of surface facilities across Fervo’s portfolio of geothermal energy developments.

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge, and geothermal energy is poised to play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. 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 Process Engineer will help lead the design, development, and optimization of surface facilities across Fervo’s portfolio of geothermal energy developments. This role will be responsible for providing input into projects’ assessments, and initiation. The Process Engineer will participate in multidiscipline teams to support early phase project development as well as brownfield project optimization efforts and will liaise with maintenance, operations, and subsurface teams. The Process Engineer will report to the Geothermal Facilities Engineer.

Responsibilities

  • Executing design and specification of Organic Rankine Cycle geothermal power plant facilities, existing production facility upgrades, pipelines, gathering systems and well-pads
  • Develop design deliverables such as: process design basis, control philosophy documents, process simulations, material balances, PFDs (process flow diagrams), P&IDs (piping & instrumentation diagrams), equipment lists and data sheets, cause & effect documentation, and engineering calculations (hydraulics, initial equipment sizing, etc.)
  • Engaging and maintaining relationships with major equipment suppliers to optimize facility design and researching better technologies with innovation mindset
  • Acting as the primary process lead during negotiations of major surface facility equipment supply contracts
  • Identifying continuous improvement opportunities and executing ongoing continuous improvement measures to improve the safety and O&M of the facility.
  • Lead and/or participate in Risk Assessments, PHA, and Incident Investigations/Learning Teams
  • Provide direct and impartial feedback to ensure corporate and industry code compliance
  • Support Project Teams and Operations in the commissioning, performance testing and start-up of new/modified facilities
  • Manage and interpret data and results from multiple projects

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Chemical or Mechanical)
  • 5+ years of process engineering experience
  • Demonstrated experience with process operations
  • Experience with pipeline and gathering facility design
  • Ability to utilize critical software for plant monitoring and modeling (such as Aspen, HYSYS, Pro II, ProMax, ProTreat, etc.), as well as for project design, execution, and management.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawing (P&ID, PFD, HMB, One-Lines, well diagrams, etc.)
  • A working knowledge of process, plant and equipment applicable codes and standards
  • Effective written and verbal presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to lead engineering efforts and work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Experience with identification and evaluation of new technologies and their incorporation into facility projects
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to travel to various field locations and Fervo office locations up to 25% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Geothermal facilities experience; refinery facilities experience
  • Expertise with a wide range of renewable energy types; Familiarity with subsurface science and drilling
  • Trained in/ experienced in process improvement methodologies (e.g., Lean Six Sigma, Agile)
  • 5+ years of experience in technical areas related to facilities, pipeline, pump selection, design
  • 5+ years of experience in the Operating and/or Maintenance Departments

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.