Process Engineer Internship/Co-Op

Brisbane, CA
19 days ago


Heirloom is on a mission to restore balance to our atmosphere. We are removing 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide ...

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Job Description

About Us All across the world, from the azure pools of Turkey and Oman to the travertine terraces of Yellowstone, our planet quietly pulls carbon dioxide from the air and turns it to stone. For eons, Earth has relied on this process to balance its carbon cycle. What if it could be harnessed? What if we could do it faster, in larger quantities, and at a low enough cost to make it an effective tool in the fight against climate change? 
At Heirloom, we are turning that into reality. We use the natural carbon capture properties of abundant minerals to pull CO2 from the air, and store it permanently underground. We come to work every day to slow climate change, and are united behind a single, common goal - to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the sky by 2035, and to not stop before we get there.  
We bring together the precise recipe of science, technology, know-how, and strategy necessary to make low cost, high quality carbon removal a reality. If we’re successful, we will directly mitigate climate change, build a world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren, and catalyze an industry that will rival the largest the world has ever seen. If you want to change the planet, come join us. 
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Heirloom is committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences.  We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success.  We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.
The RoleYou will be focusing on the design, build, and verification of our calcination and carbon compression systems, this is a critical piece of our system architecture that needs to be designed with construction and deployment in mind.  While our laboratory results demonstrate the general concept, we must scale from prototype scales to industrial scales.  You will help shape and drive exploratory research and development phases to evaluate and test new ideas and setups.  You revel in both complexity and uncertainty and delight in breaking down and translating huge problems into actionable and testable systems requirements.  As we scale, you will help us design and build the infrastructure necessary to operate at the industrial levels necessary to effect global change on our CO2 footprint.  Your work has the potential to directly shape our fight against climate change. 
The Process Engineering Internship/Co-Op is available to students currently working towards a BS or MS in chemical engineering or a related field.

What You Will Do

  • Use process engineering skills to design and build our novel enhanced weathering systems to capture CO2 at massive scale in the billions of tons
  • Lead the process design for a segment of the larger system
  • Work closely with senior process, mechanical, controls, and systems engineering staff, contributing to larger-scale projects
  • Collaborate with equipment suppliers in designing of equipment used within our process


  • Understanding of fundamental chemical engineering principles (fluid flow, separations, reactor design)
  • Ability to read P&IDs and PFDs
  • Basic understanding of industrial equipment used in chemical processes (pumps, control valves, compressors, solid-gas separators) 
  • Engineering testing methodology; ability to design experiments and collect data

Bonus Points

  • Experience leading the creation of P&IDs and PFDs
  • Familiar with process control systems and have created simple process control narratives
  • Understanding of solids handling and conveyance 
  • Knowledge of pyrolysis, calcination or other thermal conversion processes
  • Experience with process simulation software (Aspen, Pro II, ChemCAD) and/or hydraulic modeling software (Korf, AFT Fathom)

Heirloom is on a mission to restore balance to our atmosphere. We are removing 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide ...

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