Sr. Process Piping Engineer

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Noble Thermodynamic Systems, Inc
CA, United States

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Sr. Process Piping Engineer


Alameda, CA 

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About Noble Thermodynamics

Driven by our mission to radically and quickly reduce the world’s carbon emissions and accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels, Noble Thermodynamics is bringing its breakthrough in power generation technology offering zero-carbon, dispatchable, and affordable power to market. Our technology is a reciprocating engine with no exhaust!

We seek to grow our team with individuals who share our core values of professional excellence, perseverance, integrity, and team spirit, and who strive to build strong and genuine relationships with their peers. Most importantly, we celebrate diversity, work to achieve equity, and are committed to creating an inclusive environment among our growing team.

Noble Thermodynamics is a cleantech R&D startup rooted in Berkeley, CA, backed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the California Energy Commission, and top-tier industry and academic partners. More information can be found at

Position Summary

Noble Thermodynamics is looking for a passionate and climate-motivated Sr. Process Piping Engineer to actively participate and be eager to become a key contributor and engineering leader in the R&D of our advanced power generation technology. In this role, you will be responsible for the innovative design and integration of critical sub-systems (power generation, carbon capture, etc.) to realize the company’s core technology. You will follow best practices, devising PFD & P&ID with a focus on design for assembly to achieve the best outcomes. You will be expected to work independently, implementing the engineering method across all aspects of your work. You will work closely with other modeling, electrical, control, and test engineers to cost-effectively create and validate detailed process specifications and operation characteristics following the engineering design process. You will also be responsible for generating engineering documents (PFDs, P&IDs, FDS, GAs, etc) and interfacing with external partners. In this role, you will face two distinct environments: an R&D environment with highly custom demands; and an industrial environment, well standardized, with built-to-last demands. At Noble Thermodynamic we pride ourselves on an all-hands-on-deck approach; You will be expected to participate in the test system design, assembly, and operation when necessary. This role demands a team-spirited individual, eager autodidact, able to lead, coordinate and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and assist on multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Generate detailed engineering documents and lead piping process design including but not limited to Design Basis, Heat and Mass Balances (HMBs), Block Flow Diagrams (BFDs), Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Equipment List, Line List, Instrument List, Tie-point List, General Arrangements, and Piping Design.
  • Prepare and produce technical drawings including facility layouts and construction drawings that showcase the process piping plan.
  • Prepare mechanical equipment/instrumentation/piping: packaged equipment/instrumentation/piping specifications and data sheets, and purchase recommendations.
  • Coordinate with the rest of the engineering team (e.g. mechanical, electrical, etc.) to create and validate detailed process specifications and operation characteristics.
  • Interface with external EPC firms, vendors, project partners, etc. and ensure all projects follow approved designs and plans.
  • Execute HAZOP analysis as required.
  • Create and maintain internal specifications, work instructions, and job aids
  • BS or MS degree in Chemical/Mechanical Engineering or a similar engineering field from an accredited institution with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • 5+ years of design experience in process piping mechanical systems for Oil & Gas, Chemical, or EPC industries.
  • Demonstrated experience using plant design software (e.g. PDMS, COMOS, AutoCAD), and following relevant industry standards or design codes (e.g. ASME, PIP, ISA).
  • Demonstrated applied knowledge of fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.
  • Experience designing systems using compressed air, chilled water, specialty gasses, and cryogenic liquids.
  • Fundamental understanding of mechanical systems including, but not limited to; Heat Exchangers (shell/tube, plate/frame, brazed fin), Chillers, Cooling Towers, Compressors, process gas/fluid systems, Air Handling Units, Pumps, Control Valves and miscellaneous Instrumentation, Hazardous Exhaust, Heat Recovery Systems.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and thrive in a collaborative dynamic, fast-paced start-up environment.
  • Driven and self-directed, enthusiastic contributor with the ability to drive decision-making within small teams.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience designing, modeling, and simulating innovative processes that increase plant efficiency, reduce ownership costs and ensure safety and reliability.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) License
Competitive salary, stock options, and 401k contribution.
Health, Vision, and Dental coverage.
Vacation, Holidays, Sick leave, and Parental leave Paid time off.
A fun, diverse, and talented team passionate about making an impact.