Senior Process Engineer

NES Fircroft
Houston, Texas
Dec 08, 2023
Dec 14, 2023
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Job Title: Sr Process Engineer (range of levels - not all senior)
Reports To: Head of Engineering

Our technology is pretty simple.
  • NET Power's platform burns natural gas and pure oxygen, inherently capturing CO2 and producing power
  • The CO2 is recirculated back to the combustor and a portion is exported for utilization or sequestration
Our impact is transformational.
NET Power technology doesn't just reduce the world's carbon footprint. It delivers the Energy Trifecta: Reliable, Low-Cost, Clean Energy. A winning solution for everyone.
• Join us and help build a clean energy platform for a better tomorrow.

Position Summary
We are seeking a highly organized Sr Process Engineer to join our engineering team. The Sr Process Engineer reports to the Head of Engineering and is responsible for the process and cycle design of the 300MW utility scale NET Power standardized plant process design package (PDP). This job will require development and continuous improvements in the focus areas of process and performance conditions for the supercritical CO2 NET Power technology. This individual will also provide support to active pre-FEED, FEED, and EPC Projects as the standard product design is implemented on customer projects.

Essential Duties
  • Develop process heat & material balances, safety system designs, turbomachinery and equipment specifications, pipe sizing calculations, and process simulation models.
  • Oversee the development of P&IDs, PFDs, UFDs, material selection diagrams, process design basis documents, control philosophies, blowdown philosophies, isolation philosophies, operation and maintenance philosophies and procedures, control narratives, and other process/mechanical engineering deliverables.
  • Perform calculations to support sizing and selection of key equipment components and update data sheets and specifications to support requests for vendor quotations.
  • Perform technical evaluations of OEM quotes for process related equipment packages. Interact with OEMs to ensure accuracy of thermodynamic modeling of key turbomachinery and heat exchangers.
  • Perform HazOp analysis of process systems
  • Compile information from multiple resources into a basic engineering licensor package.
  • Analyze data from demonstration plant test trials. Make recommendations for process improvements based on data analysis.
  • Author reports for internal business and external publications.
  • Interface with NET Power programs' external Owner Engineering and project specific EPC's. Interface to include, but not be limited to reviews of standard plant design and optimization with focus on cycle efficiency, repeatability of design and reduction in cost/schedule thru optimization.
Education and Required Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering a minimum requirement, with a Master's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university preferred. (ABET accredited degree required)
  • 15+ years of accumulated experience in combination of energy generation, petrochemical, oil and gas and/or environmental EPC Projects with rotations to the jobsites. Experience in a company that marketed licensed technology favorable.
  • Expertise in Aspen Plus required. Proficiency in Aspen Dynamics, HYSYS, HYSYS Dynamics, Aspen EDR, and other AspenTech software highly desired. Experience in power plant simulation and rating software (Thermoflow), pipeline flow assurance, and vendor supplied software for equipment design favorable.
  • Experience developing, modeling, and specifying compact heat exchangers is ideal.
  • Experience validating thermodynamic models (preferably in non-ideal chemistries at extreme pressures).
  • Experience in new chemical process research and development. Pilot plant operation experience preferable.
  • Operational history in corrosive environments requiring high nickel alloys.
  • Familiarity with industrial piping, metallurgy, water treatment, gas treatment, and utility systems. ASME B31.1 and B31.3 working knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including organization and direction of technical personnel, experience in procedure and process documentation and technical report writing. Experience in patent development and publication is beneficial.
  • Proficient at project planning and solid organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment are essential.
  • Experience as owner's engineer desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
  • Capability to train and mentor junior staff on projects from conceptual design to construction completion and operational turnover to clients through startup and commissioning.
  • Previous experience on Projects through performance modeling and testing to support commissioning performance and acceptance testing.
  • Previous experience on projects measured by capex $500M - $1B (USD).
  • Knowledge of plant controls, instruments, programmable logic controllers, and distributive control systems.
  • Knowledge of ASME, API, NFPA, CGI, AGA, and other industry standards or recommended and generally accepted good engineering practices including international equivalents.
  • Experience with interstate pipeline design, management, and regulation.
  • Executed project experience on domestic and international projects with engineering teams in multi locations (high value engineering teams).
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in prioritizing tasks and duties.
  • Proficiency in the review and support to formation of subcontracts to provide services to a range of selective services required on projects.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods and requirements (modularization/compaction) to continually improve a standard plant by reducing plant layout and space allocation requirements. Experience compacting plant layout into skids or modules is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with revision control methods and procedures.
  • Ability to travel to job sites throughout North America and internationally. (Note that some positions will require more extensive international travel)

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.