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Senior Process Engineer

Company: USA Rare Earth, LLC
Location: Stillwater
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced Senior Process Engineer -to join the Rare Earth Metals and Sintered Neo-Magnet team. The Process Engineer will be part of a corporate development and engineering team and will be responsible for working with USARE's executives, internal technical experts and external engineering providers to assimilate integrated engineering and financial analysis for USARE's metals and magnets production facilities. The role will require the engineer to develop solutions in all areas of the process plant across various systems, work with USARE's Chief Commercial Officer on supply chain and offtake agreements, integrate unit operations and process equipment as well as support executive financial analysis. Specific tasks include the development of process engineering deliverables; solutions to technical and infield problems; and involvement in the execution and commissioning of these solutions.The successful candidate will:

  • Actively engage with USARE team and vendors to understand project requirements
  • Work with the project team to prepare capital and operating cost estimates
  • Provide process design requirements to designers
  • Assist in plant commissioning for metals, battery material, and rare earths
  • Operate with full competence and independence in the execution of all design calculations, design criteria, in the compilation and execution of equipment lists and calculations; develop new criteria/calculations where required, maintaining high levels of accuracy; provide frequent training, guidance and supervision to junior colleagues
  • Undertake trade off studies to resolve options
  • Identify, scope and manage process test work (on site or laboratory based)
  • Define the process design criteria
  • Compilation of Process Flow Diagrams, along with associated mass and energy balance calculations
  • Perform process engineering tasks on pyrometallurgical projects in a variety of commodities
  • Act as Lead Process Engineer on projects or studies
  • Assist in feasibility studies and detailed design for metals (particularly lithium, rare earths and other battery material related projects)
  • Prepare design calculations and documentation and development of mass balance models in simulation software (METSIM, SysCAD, IDEAS)
  • Prepare process equipment data sheets, including technical details and duties as required
  • Ensure process specifications portray the appropriate information and design intent
  • Participate in Hazops
  • Carryout engineering design calculations and equipment sizing calculations
  • Prepare specifications of process attributes for equipment, through compilation of process datasheets (or process input to general datasheets)
  • Design of the process control logic adhering to appropriate safety standards, and documentation into Functional Descriptions
  • Display full competence and independence in the compilation of P&IDs and all levels of control philosophies.
  • Ensure process specifications portray the appropriate information and design intent
  • Compile operating cost estimates including estimation of consumables, labor, maintenance materials and powerMinimum Requirements:
    • Chemical Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering degree.
    • 7-10 years of experience in the design, commissioning and/or operational experience of pyrometallurgical equipment (AC/DC furnaces, converters, kilns, calciners, roasters, etc.)
    • Experience in modelling of pyrometallurgical equipment and systems (Metsim or other software)
    • Extremely strong project management and engineering version control management skills
    • Strong financial and operational focus
    • Ability to lead processing engineering tasks on a project, within the allocated budget and schedule, including mentoring and guidance of junior colleagues and professional interaction with other project disciplinesIdeal Requirements:
      • Process experience in either an engineering contracting environment or consultancy organizations in the metallurgical industry. Experience in the design and operation of hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy processes for metals - lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, zinc, gold and rare earths will be highly regarded, as will operational experience.
      • Recognized publications in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering or applied scienceLocation:Stillwater, OK (including region of Oklahoma City or Tulsa)Travel:As required in performance of the role but not more that 25%
        USA Rare Earth's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. -USA Rare Earth is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

Keywords: USA Rare Earth, LLC, Stillwater , Senior Process Engineer, Engineering , Stillwater, Oklahoma

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