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Senior Controls Automation Engineer



Software Engineering
Brisbane, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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

As temperatures continue to rise, individuals from marginalized communities will face the harshest impacts of climate change. We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success. To accomplish this, we’ve put recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups at the top of our priority list.

We encourage you to apply if you identify as Black, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, LGBTQ+ – or with any other underrepresented group – even if you don’t tick all the boxes in the description below.

Calling all trailblazing engineers! Are you ready to revolutionize the future of carbon removal technology with Heirloom? As a Senior Controls Automation Engineer, you'll be at the forefront of developing our cutting-edge direct air capture technology. Your mission? To design the controls of custom Heirloom equipment that will shape and ultimately be used in our next-generation commercial plants, paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future.

Get ready to unleash your controls expertise, whether honed in the automotive industry, green energy companies, or elsewhere, to both architect and implement the controls for how for our thermal decomposition process. Dive deep into PLCs, low voltage electrical design, HMIs, and the intersection between controls and other disciplines such as mechanical, software, and process engineering to help us create a groundbreaking direct air capture facility unlike any other.

What you will bring

Your 5+ years of experience in Controls Engineering and hardware systems are essential. Your knack for programming PLCs like Allen-Bradley (or Beckhoff) and your familiarity with Human Machine Interface (HMI) design on platforms such as Ignition will be invaluable assets to our team. Ideally, you'll also bring experience in low voltage electrical design, power distribution, and plant automation.

Your knowledge of hardware components and deep understanding of controls fundamentals such as sequences and state machines will set you up for success in this dynamic role, especially when coupled with a commitment to help develop and hold true to coding and electrical best practices.

Don't worry if you don't meet every requirement – we value diversity and encourage you to bring your unique skills and perspective to the table. If you're passionate about making a tangible impact on our planet's future and eager to be part of a pioneering team, then Heirloom is the place for you. Apply now and let's embark on this exciting journey together!

Some travel (25-50%) required to the Shreveport, Louisiana project site during the commissioning phase of the project. There are no travel expectations outside of the commissioning phase.

Compensation for this role is expected to be in the $140,000 - $175,000 range, depending on experience.

Our Principles

Radical Honesty means we are open, transparent, and inclusive in everything we do. We aren't scared to challenge each other, but bring clear motives and our best intentions when we do.

Persistent Optimism means we carry an infinite amount of optimistic energy with us on our journey, constantly chipping away at what may seem insurmountable.

Maximize our learning rate means we're always in discovery mode. Compounding knowledge is our key to victory - we continuously hone our crafts, seek the fastest paths to new learning, and are quick to absorb new knowledge.

Why you should join Heirloom

  • We are solving the engineering problem of our generation. Climate change is an existential threat, and we need as many of the world’s motivated minds as possible to help. There is no greater challenge or opportunity than fighting climate change.

  • We have done this before. We’re engineers, scientists, and concerned humans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are pooling our knowledge and skills to collectively build a more equitable, prosperous future for all.

  • We are a united, resilient, and optimistic bunch. We are all here for the same reason - to slow climate change. We recognize the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us, and believe we can solve it. We can see a hopeful future where we eventually reverse climate change. It won’t be easy, but we won’t quit.

  • We are backed by the best climate partners in the world. We’re well funded by investors from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ahren Innovation Capital, Carbon Direct, Microsoft, Lowercarbon Capital, ARPA-e and the National Science Foundation. Our early customers include Stripe, Shopify, and Klarna, and we’re building durable partnerships that enable us to tackle this decades-long problem.

Perks and Benefits

  • Robust health coverage. Excellent health, dental and vision insurance covered up to 100% by Heirloom. FSA option.

  • Generous parental leave. 16 weeks paid leave for all Heirloom employees, regardless of primary/secondary caregiver status.

  • Generous stock options.

  • Flexible time off. Unlimited PTO for exempt (salaried) employees & 80 hours for full time non-exempt (hourly) employees.

  • 401(k).

  • Stay healthy. Monthly health and wellness reimbursement.

  • Learn on the job. Robust annual education and conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs.

Physical Demand Description

The following requirements also apply to any roles which will spend any time working in our plants or construction sites (all technician and operations roles, most engineering roles, and many other roles):

  • Ability to work in outdoor environments (example: hot sun, cold, wind, rain, crawl spaces, etc.). Stop work will be called when it is unsafe to work.

  • Position may require working at heights including; climbing ladders/equipment, stairs, elevators, and working on scissor lifts.

  • Capable of performing repetitive duties including; lifting up to 50 lbs., bending, pushing, pulling, and standing for long periods of time.

  • Experience using basic hand and power tools safely.