Senior Mechanical Engineer

San Francisco, CA
15 days ago
Full time role


Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. To pursue this challenge, we ...

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Job Description

About Charm
Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂, profitably. We convert waste biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into permanent, underground storage as carbon removal, or reform the bio-oil to produce syngas for fossil-free steel.
Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. In 2021 and 2022 we delivered thousands of tons of carbon removal via off-the-shelf pathways, and also deployed our first R&D prototype pyrolyzer of our own. In the next 18 months, we'll build and deploy the next pyrolyzer revision, demonstrate our fossil-free ironmaking pilot, substantially expand our operations in Colorado and put thousands of tonnes of CO₂e underground.
We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on engineers, fabricators, operators, and forward-thinking humans. We value psychological safety and collaboration. We take calculated risks and don't sweep mistakes under the rug; instead, we pin them to the wall and learn from them. We value that everyone’s unique backgrounds and perspectives shape their work. We encourage you to read our company values.
Come help us reverse climate change. Gigatons or bust!
About the role
Reversing climate change has its share of incredibly difficult problems, and we need the brightest and most creative hardware engineers to help us solve them. Come join Charm’s pyrolysis R&D team, where you will be tasked with solving problems across thermal, fluids, structural design, solids handling, and/or material processing for our pyrolyzers - the machines that produce bio-oil and therefore drive our carbon removal supply! 
We are looking for Senior Mechanical Engineers to help us improve and develop our pyrolyzer subsystems from end-to-end, focusing on robust, creative and thoughtful design decisions.
We’re building better climate chemical plants - turning them into modular, mobile units that look more like farm equipment, and are made more like cars at scale. Your designs will be put to the test early and often, and constantly push the envelope on what is possible. Best of all, your designs will directly impact our ability to scale our pyrolyzers and put more oil, and therefore more carbon underground.
This role is based in San Francisco, at our Minifactory and Pyrolyzer R&D hub, and will report to our Engineering Managers. The salary range is $126,000 - $179,000, depending on experience.

In this role, you can expect to:

  • Design, build, and test critical path subsystems, then integrate them into the next iteration of our pyrolyzer
  • Explore various pathways to solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Provide input during design reviews
  • Work closely with other members of the pyrolysis team to understand system interdependencies
  • Analyze data to draw meaningful conclusions and make design recommendations
  • Accelerate us on our path to carbon removal by helping us identify design optimizations
  • Work collaboratively with a wide network of people and resources - this could (and likely will!) include managing vendor relationships and timelines, working with external analysis consultants, and working with the rest of the pyrolysis team to align development timelines and meet program goals together.

In this role, you will bring:

  • End-to-end design experience
  • A depth of experience in the Mechanical Engineering field
  • Experience selecting and designing, building, testing and debugging hardware
  • A familiarity with standard safety best practices 
  • An excitement for hands-on work (and don't mind getting your hands dirty!)
  • A willingness to manage vendors and do your own procurement
  • Mentorship and guidance for more junior engineers
  • Experience with CAD design in Solidworks or similar software

These skills are a bonus, but not required:

  • A familiarity with designing large machinery
  • Experience with solids and/or fluid handling and associated equipment
  • Combustion and/or power-generation know-how
  • Experience mentoring other engineers
  • Knowledge of pyrolysis, gasification or other thermal conversion processes

What We Offer
· Stock options· Medical and dental insurance· Traditional and Roth 401k· Paid parental leave managed through Cocoon- A yearly professional development stipend· Healthy snacks and lunches· A sweet workplace (both SF Minifactory and CO Miniforge!) with lots of space inside and out· A chance to pivot into a role in climate!
Visa Sponsorship Policy
Since we are a small startup, certain accommodations for visa sponsorship may not be within our capability. At this time, Charm Industrial is only sponsoring E3 and TN visas.
The nature of our work requires the vast majority of our team to be in-person full time. As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, we've continuously adapted our safety policy to keep our team safe and productive. Our current safety policy requires the attestation of COVID-19 vaccination to work at Charm. Additionally, we ask that all of our employees and visitors stay home and rest if they have any cold/flu/covid/sickness symptoms.
Our Commitment
Charm Industrial is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing our team in an inclusive way, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The consequences of climate change inherently affect some more than others, and we need a diverse team to help us save our little planet most effectively & justly. We are excited about all of those who choose to apply, and for those who end up joining us, to see how you better us as a team and company. We are more than the sum of our parts.

Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. To pursue this challenge, we ...

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