Process Engineer

Engineering · Burnaby, British Columbia
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time

Ekona Power is a Vancouver-based breakthrough energy technology company developing a novel methane pyrolysis platform for low-cost, clean hydrogen production. This technology will have a significant and positive impact in a world trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.  Along with our innovative technology, we are creating an inclusive and collaborative work environment where your ideas and input count. You will be comfortable working in a start-up environment, and have a positive, solution-oriented attitude, working out of our Burnaby, B.C. facility. Ekona offers a flexible work schedule and benefits that include wellness for employees and their families.

We are looking for a Process Engineer to help commercialize Ekona’s Pulsed Methane Pyrolysis, PMP, Process to the scale of 1 TPD. The candidate will bring process engineering expertise, guidance and mentorship to the team commercializing a methane pyrolysis process to pilot plant scale.  The candidate will bring a successful track record of commissioning and starting up industrial chemical plants, at the pilot plant scale and/or large-scale industrial plant.  Reporting to the Program Manager – Field Deployments, the Engineer will be an integral part of a team to ensure the successful design, construction, and operations of a novel industrial clean technology.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the team to assemble, build, commission and operate a pilot plant producing hydrogen using a novel methane pyrolysis process.
  • Lead process engineering of the PMP pilot plant.
  • Ensure that the pilot plant meets specific design criteria, is built to specification, and operates at or above process KPI’s.
  • Integrate process findings from the PMP test system into the pilot plant design.
  • Provide guidance to build upon Ekona’s existing PMP Aspen Model.
  • Lead process modelling studies, and consider process configuration options.
  • Update and generate PFD’s and P&ID’s.
  • Facilitate process hazard analyses, and process selection studies.
  • Calculate sizing of pressure safety devices.
  • Select or develop design standards to guide the team.
  • As part of a team, help develop novel new reactor and system concepts from the ground up for current and future generation product offerings.
  • Provide guidance to Junior Process Engineers and coop students.
  • Develop operations plans and enforce safe work practices.

You Bring:

  • Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with 10+ years of industrial expertise
  • Strong background in mass and energy balances - PFD’s, and P&ID’s
  • Ability to lead HAZOP’s and size pressure safety devices.
  • Previous experience with pilot plant and/or industrial-scale commissioning and start-up.
  • Past experience mentoring Process Engineer’s (EIT’s and/or coop students).
  • Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal; ability to present results and actionable priorities in front of a group of peers.
  • Detail oriented mindset.
  • Previous industrial chemical process scale-up and commercialization expertise.
  • Exceptional problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Professional Engineering designation.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluent in English and eligible to work in Canada.


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