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27 Aug 2019

Full-Time Test Engineer

Sierra Energy – Posted by lsorvari Jolon, California, United States

Job Description

Sierra Energy is committed to solving the world’s waste crisis and playing a direct and impactful part in global GHG reduction. The company’s revolutionary FastOx gasification technology converts trash into clean renewable energy and fuels. The FastOx gasifier breaks garbage down at the molecular level without burning, turning waste into an energy-dense syngas that can be used to power homes, fuel cars and replace fossil fuels as the building block of the chemical industry. Sierra Energy believes in a zero-waste future and is determined to lead the way through innovation.

Sierra Energy offers the following benefits to its full-time employees:

  • No-cost for employee-only health insurance plan that includes medical, dental and vision
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid time off and holiday pay
  • Discounted tickets to ride the Skunk Train and the Sacramento River Train
  • The most important benefit is the global impact that you will make working at Sierra Energy!

This opportunity will allow you to design, develop and implement cost-effective methods of testing and troubleshooting systems and equipment. Prepare test and diagnostic programs, design test fixtures and equipment and complete documentation. Assist with commissioning and plant start-up activities at Sierra Energy’s first commercial-scale FastOx® Gasification facility at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Complete safety training and follow all safety procedures.
  • Define and document test requirements.
  • Create comprehensive test plans for review by engineering and CTO
  • Execute structured, problem-solving efforts.
  • Perform moderately complex assignments of the engineering test function for standard and/or custom devices.
  • Analyze and interpret test data and prepare technical reports for use by engineering and operations.
  • Write technical reports to a multifaceted team related to design, test and technology demonstration
  • Participate in PHAs, review guidelines and regulations for design and operation of equipment.
  • Modify and correct PLC logic (Ladder Logic and Function Block Diagram)
  • Make technology improvements and take an active role in optimization of the process.
  • Provide effective and clear communication to management on status of projects.
  • Collaborate in a team environment to develop new test solutions.
  • Other duties as needed

Level of Supervision

Receives moderate supervision and general direction as to goals and achievement of those goals. Evaluated based on the successful achievement of goals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to exercise good judgment and effectiveness in working with a high-performing, mostly technical team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Diligence in completing tasks and following up when issues are encountered.
  • Flexible and adaptable if change of assignment needed.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, and Word.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Preparing, reading, analyzing, and interpreting documents.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Conduct techno-economic evaluations of novel and existing technologies, including engagement with outside equipment vendors, production of H&MB models, cost analysis, and presentation of results to management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be a self-starter and be able to work autonomously, but also be willing to collaborate as part of a dynamic, multi-faceted team.
  • Ability to use and understand logical constructs developed in RSLogix 5000
  • Ability to understand alarm structure and reasoning

Education and Experience

  • B.S in chemical, electrical, mechanical, or similar engineering field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as an acting engineer.
  • Experience with Oxygen (design for use, cleaning and inspection) and Hydrogen (design for use) is a plus.

Working Conditions and Travel

  • Work is performed at Fort Hunter Liggett, California and other sites as required, as well as the Davis corporate office.
  • Must be able to gain access to military base (no felony record).
  • Hands-on work is performed outdoors in the heat and sun, at elevation, and around machinery.
  • Work is also performed indoors on a computer, sitting for extended periods.
  • Shift work is required to support testing and operations

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors in appropriate personal protective equipment for extended periods
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Ability to work at elevated heights
  • Ability to use hand tools
  • Ability to reach overhead
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to use a computer on daily basis


How to Apply

Apply here: Search "Test Engineer".

Job Categories: Engineer. Job Types: Full-Time.

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