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Job Description


A process engineer will work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment regularly interacting with Operations, Control, and Chemistry Departments. This position will play a key role leading Aqua Metals to its next level of organizational evolution with goal to increase global lead production without increasing emissions using AquaRefining.


  • Design equipment configuration adapting the process technologies involved and taking environmental and economic aspects into account.
  • Work closely with process chemists, control engineers, and other engineers to ensure the process is set up to provide maximum output levels and efficient running of the production facility by providing BFD, PFD, P&ID.
  • Set up scale-down processes including appropriate changes for equipment design and configuration.
  • Design, install and commission new production plants, including monitoring developments and troubleshooting.
  • Optimize production by analyzing processes and compiling de-bottleneck studies.
  • Ensure that potential safety issues related to the project operator, the environment, the process, and the product are considered at all stages.
  • Identify and carry out improvements to existing processes.
  • Identify critical parameters and control ranges.
  • Develop simple and robust process controls and analytics.
  • Assist in development of new processes.
  • Identify best process and equipment solutions.
  • Troubleshoot production process issues.
  • Test new processes in the plant.
  • Oversee the construction of new processes.
  • Use and/or develop process simulation software to work out the best production methods.
  • Specify process equipment
  • Understanding of regulatory compliance with UL, CE, CSA
  • Use scientific principles to mass balance, heat, and mass transfer etc.
  • Ensure that equipment works to its specification and to appropriate capacities.
  • Assess safety and environmental issues.
  • Liaison with installation/project engineers and specialists.
  • Ensuring safe working conditions and compliance with health and safety legislation.
  • Process Validation/Commissioning
  • Technical Documentation
  • Domestic and international travel will be required (up to 30%)
  • Direct technical customer support
  • Supervisory responsibilities: None


  • SAFETY: always take ownership of and operate safely; be alert, observe, correct, and report unsafe conditions/incidents; ensure completion and documentation for appropriate task training, such as all equipment, vehicles, systems, or any safety requirements; comply with safety program
  • MISSION: align all behavior, habits, and actions toward Aqua Metals mission; goal-oriented
  • ETHICS: treats people with respect; works ethically with integrity; exercises due diligence
  • TEAMWORK: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes constructive feedback; contributes to building a positive and collaborative team spirit; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; demonstrate professional, solution-oriented demeanor and communication during all interactions; facilitate communication between all stakeholders
  • CULTURE: commit daily to developing a work culture that cultivates trust, collaboration, and results
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: works alone or in groups to develop solutions; apply reason and critical thinking
  • ATTENDANCE: regular attendance, reporting promptly and appropriately for work, meetings/training, follow time off procedures
  • COMMUNICATION: write/speak clearly and professionally in all situations; participates attentively to questions and problems with all people; initiate questions and feedback
  • demonstrate understanding of company, departmental policies/procedures, as well as adhere to changes; follow employee handbook, which includes and is not limited to Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment, Violence in the Workplace, and Guidelines for Appropriate Conduct
  • follow operating procedures and comply with all regulatory requirements (federal, state, local, other)
  • adhere to professional appearance, dress, and uniform standards; always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while on production floor (Tyvek suit)
  • complete other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Have 5 years of experience within field
  • Have meaningful previous engineering experience in chemical process industries.
  • CAD skills and experience (Preferred)
  • Knowledge of chemistry, statistics
  • Advanced computer literacy
  • Ability to communicate and engage effectively within and outside of the company
  • Project Management Experience
  • Electrical Troubleshooting (Preferred)
  • HVAC fundamentals (Preferred)
  • Ability to meet essential functions, responsibilities, and deliverables.
  • Ability to meet general functions, responsibilities, and deliverables.
  • Ability to meet physical requirements.
  • Ability to meet work environment requirements.
  • meet physical requirements outlined in physical and work environment requirements listed below
  • SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Microsoft Office suites; email, internet, adobe, etc., as well as varying specific company software platforms; computer (desk and laptop), phone, fax, copier, scanner, and other related office equipment (audio/video/media equipment)
  • TYPING/DATA ENTRY: 40 words per minute
  • identification that establishes the right to work in the United States; identification that establishes identity

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: It is essential to adhere to safety guidelines (use of personal protective equipment, safety policies and procedures). Physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.








Lifting (1-50 lbs. weight)


Lifting (below knees to above shoulders)


Climbing (ladders 0-10 ft.)

Bending (from waist)

Carrying (1-50 lbs. weight)

Crouching (squat)

Pushing (1-50 lbs. weight)


Pulling (1-50 lbs. weight)


Reaching (below knee to above shoulder)


Climbing (stairs)


Handling (holding/grasping)


Fingering (pick/pinch, fine movement)

Feet (use of foot pedals, driving)

Wrist (repetitions, flexion/rotation)

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, and the company will consider varying requirements whenever necessary. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office. When in the field, appropriate hearing protection may be needed.







Office environment


Warehouse/Production environment

Contact with natural gas & other compressed gas

Wet/humid conditions (non-weather)

Works alone

Wet/humid conditions (weather)

Confined space

Temperatures, non-weather (<32°F)

Work in high positions (0-10 ft.)

Temperatures, non-weather (32°F to 79°F)

Work in high positions (>11 ft.)

Temperatures, non-weather (> 80°F)

Power/electrical equipment or hazards

Temperatures, weather (<32°F)

Near moving mechanical parts

Temperatures, weather (32°F to 79°F)

Chemical hazard

Temperatures, weather (> 80°F)

Biological hazard

walk on concrete

Noise exposure

walk on uneven/slippery surface

Fumes or airborne particles

HUMAN RESOURCES JOB-RELATED INFORMATION: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status, or an unfavorable discharge from military service. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background verification checks.