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Principal Process Engineer

Company: Modern Electron
Location: Bothell
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Modern Electron
Bothell, WA - Full Time (Hybrid)

Modern Electron has an immediate opening for a Principal Process Engineer. You will provide technical leadership and tactical direction for all balance-of-plant process engineering, and support scale up of Modern Electron's hydrogen technology platforms. We are searching for an engineer who has applicable process engineering experience, working with high-temperature processes, and has demonstrated excellence in a previous industrial innovation environment. What does success look like? You will leverage your extensive industry experience to accelerate the scale-up of Modern Electron's proprietary methane pyrolysis process. You will also thrive in our collaborative, dynamic startup environment where we seek creative solutions and still outpace other companies. -
You will report directly to the VP of Engineering and provide technical leadership for the Engineering & Operations team, tackling critical process engineering challenges during the engineering design phase of our scaled-up process. - -
Modern Electron is a Seattle-based startup developing breakthrough energy technologies to decarbonize heating and industrial processes around the world. With $70MM in venture capital raised from world-renowned investors including Bill Gates to support our vision, we are seeking best-in-class talent to accelerate our impact. The race to decarbonize the planet is on, and our technology has enormous potential to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors of the economy.


  • Provide technical leadership on methane pyrolysis process development, from conceptual flowsheet development to detailed engineering -

  • Define process constraints and system requirements for in-house technology development based on knowledge & understanding of off-the-shelf / OEM equipment capabilities, requirements, and appropriate scale of readily available industrial balance-of-plant systems

  • Lead technical review of internal process engineering design packages, and deliverables received from outside contractors (including PFDs, Heat & Mass Balances, P&IDs, and trade-off studies) -

  • Develop process simulations and process engineering packages for scale up design

  • Perform equipment design & sizing calculations, and define process criteria to support equipment specification & subsequent technology/equipment selection

  • Implement and maintain documentation control framework for process engineering team, including PFDs, Heat & Mass Balances, P&IDs, stream tables, unit operation design, equipment specification "cut" sheets, and corresponding revision control structure

  • Act as technical authority for engagement with EPCs for process engineering development activities, and work closely with the VP of Engineering to build and manage work packages contracted out to EPCs and/or external design/build groups

  • Lead technology evaluation and down-selection on unit operations for scale-up purposes -

  • Provide guidance on code compliance & regulatory requirements related to applicable industry standards -

  • Collaborate with mechanical and electrical engineering leads to develop engineering controls and automation architecture -

  • Startup environment: Other duties as assigned/as needed to support the team in a fast-paced & dynamic environment -

    Necessary Skills and Experience

    • 10-15 years of professional experience

    • Direct post-commissioning experience in an industrial oil & gas environment is preferred -

    • 3-5 years experience as principal process engineer for the development of innovative industrial technology

    • Engineering project cost estimation (Class 3 to Class 5)

    • Knowledge of applicable industry codes, regulations, and standards for oil & gas and hydrogen processes

    • Process simulation (PROMAX, HYSYS, and/or ASPENPLUS)

    • Expert in reading, defining, developing, and interpreting PFDs, Heat & Mass Balances, and P&IDs

    • Experience developing Process Control Philosophies, Cause & Effect Studies, and Automation Plans

    • Experience with participating in Process Hazard Analysis & HAZOP Studies

    • Techno-Economic Feasibility and Technology Evaluation / Trade-Off Studies

    • Previous experience specifying & selecting process equipment, valves, & instrumentation

    • Experience navigating the following codes & standards in previous projects:

    • ASME B31.8

    • ASME B31.3

    • ASME B31.12


    • 49 CFR 192

    • NFPA 2, 54, 55, 56, 67, 69, 70, 497, 499

    • Preparation of technical scope of work for RFP packages, and experience with client-EPC consultancy engagements (both client and EPC experience preferred)

    • Specific experience with carbon black production and/or pyrolysis processes is a significant asset

      You are encouraged to apply even if you don't possess all of the typical qualifications. Modern Electron values diverse experiences, backgrounds and ideas, and we know diversity of thought contributes to our success. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

      Modern Electron is proud to offer a comprehensive total compensation package designed to support our employees & their families and promote health & wellness. -

      • Salary range is $100,000.00 - $197,800.00 per year.

      • Relocation assistance for those moving from out of state.

      • Ownership of the company in the form of incentive stock options.

      • Retirement matching through Vanguard's SIMPLE IRA with elective 3% employer match.

      • Company paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance ($100,000), and AD&D for employees. 50% covered for dependents.

      • Optional access to our flexible spending account and additional voluntary life buy-up.

      • Unlimited flexible time off to rest and recharge. -

      • 8 paid holidays. -

      • Flexible working schedules. -

      • Parental leave to welcome a new family member. -

      • Annual professional development budget. -

      • Two employee assistance program services which include wellness planning, estate planning, financial counseling and more. -

      • Dog-friendly office, fully stocked breakroom, engaging company events, and friendly and fun team! -

        Exact salary may vary depending on job location, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, education, training, certifications/licenses, and other business needs.
        We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
        ------Applicants must be authorized to work in the US. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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