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Process Engineer I



Other Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

As a Process Engineer I on the Process Engineering team, you will contribute to the design and testing of chemical and hydrometallurgical processes across a variety of scales, from bench-scale proof-of-concept to Electra’s iron-refining pilot plant.

In this role you will:

  • Study new processes at laboratory and pilot scale, including designing experiments to prove out concepts, selecting and sizing equipment, and operating process equipment
  • Design aqueous reaction and separations processes, critically evaluating process alternatives and developing mass energy balances
  • Collaborate with mechanical and electrical engineers to implement new processes and automate existing ones.
  • Collect experimental data, and analyze results to make decisions and inform design work
  • Commission and troubleshoot new equipment
  • Develop and execute standard operating procedures
  • Maintain a safe working environment and lead safety assessments of new equipment and operations
  • Other duties as assigned

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Mining/Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • 2 years of related process design experience, including mass and energy balances, reaction kinetics and thermodynamics, separations equipment, and fluid flow.
  • Experience implementing safety measures for gas- and liquid-based processes
  • Experience analyzing experimental data, reaching conclusions, communicating and presenting results
  • Familiarity with fluid power systems (pumps, valves, heat exchange equipment, etc.)
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Experience with participating in detailed design work such as instrumentation selection, process control, designing equipment layouts, pipe runs, electrical runs, etc.
  • Experience with power tools and light fabrication to build custom apparatus
  • Experience with analytical chemistry and its application to answering experimental questions
  • Experience with process simulation software, and using it to make experimental predictions


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $70,000 - $90,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education

Benefits for you:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Reasonable use PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits for your family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits for your future:

  • 401(k) with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options