Lead Engineer, Process Control and Instruments

Air Company

Brooklyn, NY, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Manufacturing
  • Industry: Technology
  • Post Date: 09/25/2022
  • Website: aircompany.com
  • Company Address: 187 Lafayette St, New York, 10013, US

About Air Company

Air Company is a technology, engineering and design company based in New York. We have invented a patented carbon conversion technology that transforms carbon dioxide (CO2) into impurity-free, carbon-negative alcohols and fuels. Through innovation, we seek to demonstrate to the world the limitless potential of carbon technology solutions.

Job Description

Air Company is a carbon technology and design company based in New York City. Our proprietary technology mimics photosynthesis, utilizing excess carbon dioxide (CO2)  and transforming it into impurity-free alcohols that can be used to create ultra-refined consumer products and fuels

Over the next three years, we’re focused on scaling our technology globally to be the leading carbon utilization company on the planet to achieve our CO2 mitigation goals. We will be applying our innovative technology across a multitude of industries, consistently delivering solutions to promote a vital and equitable future.


We are looking for a Lead Engineer in Process Control and Instruments to join our fast-growing team. This role will report to our Director of Engineering. The position will provide support on process control and instruments to several teams across the organization, including commercial scale engineering design, R&D, and operations. The role will be located at Air Company’s Innovation Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Ideal candidates will have engineering, process development, design, commissioning and operations experience with basic process control (DCS and PLC) software, and instruments across all scales including  large commercial units and design down to  bench and lab scales. These candidates should be familiar with advanced process control (APC) fundamentals, as well as, process automation strategies at each scale.

At Air Company we value employees for their unique perspectives. We are an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer we consider applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Job Requirements 

  • Work closely with R&D scientists, engineers, and process operators to deliver  lab scale  control and instrument systems. This includes the design, construction and programming based on the requests of scientists and engineers from R&D.
  • Propose and design the control systems and instruments for the future commercial plants based on the technologies developed by Air Company. This also includes testing, maintaining, modifying and working with existing DCS hardware and software assets located in R&D and pilot plant facilities.
  • Work closely with outside EPCs to oversee front-end engineering activities and serve as the liaison between Air Company and outside EPCs, clients, vendors on all activities related to control systems and instruments. This includes software upgrades, maintenance and user-conference attendance.
  • Provide technical support to pilot plant personnel; operation managers, engineers, and operators during commissioning, start-up, shake-down, normal operations, squats, shut-downs, planned maintenance and turn-around events.  Develop control alarm strategies, serve as the alarm SME in managing process changes.
  • Perform data analysis, providing process safety metrics, presenting findings and recommendations in oral presentation and/or written reports. Provide automated integrated data processing across several databases including the historian.
  • Implement process monitoring tools and provide dashboards tools (e.g. Tableau) with automated query sequences for real-time updating
  • Support short and long-range economic planning activities with business team by providing key operating targets, constraints and alarm adjustments. 
  • Manage projects within cost, time quality and process safety constraints
  • Ensure compliance with relevant process design, control & instrument standards/guidelines, as well as, environmental, health and process safety regulations and best practices with LOPA, alarm management strategy

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in a traditional engineering discipline (e.g. ChE, MechE, EE, I&OE) or applied science required
  • 5+ years of  industrial experience with an advanced degree, and 10-year working experience with a BS degree 
  • Experience with Honeywell DCS applications and modbus communication protocol
  • Work experience as a process control engineer is required within any of the following industries: petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, chemical processing, renewable energy, bio-energy.  Work experience as a process control engineer within a technology development or EPC company is preferred. 
  • Solid experience with issues related to network cybersecurity is of interest.
  • Experience and skill with integrating PLC hardware into DCS software.
  • Proficient knowledge on instrument calibration, loop checks/tuning, automating LIMS database queries and joining databases, implementation of advanced algorithms and advanced process control strategies, optimization strategies (ML, AI, DL),  
  • A strong knowledge and commitment to personal and process safety protocols is desired. Good familiarity with PSSR, PHA and LOPA activities
  • Great attitude with an ability to work collaboratively, proactively and independently along with an eagerness to share knowledge and learn from others
  • Team player with a strong passion for fostering a safe collaborative work environment

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