Project Engineer

Emeryville, CA or Irvine, CA, 

United States

Are you passionate about the energy transition? Join us.

Nel is a global, dedicated hydrogen company, delivering optimal solutions to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen from renewable energy. We serve industries, energy, and gas companies with leading hydrogen technology. Our roots date back to 1927, and since then, we have had a proud history of development and continuous improvement of hydrogen technologies. Today, our solutions cover the entire value chain: from hydrogen production technologies to hydrogen fueling stations, enabling industries to transition to green hydrogen, and providing fuel cell electric vehicles with the same fast fueling and long range as fossil-fueled vehicles – without the emissions.

About the position

As Project Engineer in the Development and Engineering Americas Team, you will be responsible for project engineering for new installations at customer sites and developing technical solutions for customer sites. Project Engineering includes technical document creation for customer sites, supporting the customer’s EPC in the permitting with local authorities, participating in site and safety reviews, and developing project documentation. You will work closely with Project Management, the Installation & Commissioning Team, and the corresponding D&E department in Denmark. Your focus is to ensure that project documentation is delivered on time is technically correct, project management and customer technical questions are addressed in a timely manner, and that schedule and technical risks during the installation/commissioning are mitigated by clear and accurate documentation. You will also have some special application engineering projects that include customer-specific solutions, working with local vendors and managing small procurement and logistics. You will develop technical specifications for customer specific equipment, such as external cooling units, supply compressors, minor field controls and site-specific modifications You will report to the Application Engineering Manager Americas. 2 to 3 weeks of international travel for training and cross-cultural exchange per year can be expected.


Your tasks will include:

  • Site Specific Documentation Including PFD, Project Material Lists, Wiring Termination Drawings
  • Reviewing Product Documentation and applying product requirements to customer sites
  • Reviewing customer site layouts
  • Supporting Sales Bid Assessment process for installation cost estimates
  • Participating in Site Risk Assessments (HAZOP, HAZID, and other methodologies)
  • Evaluating Site Material requirements for installation
  • Developing Bills of Materials for Projects
  • Aligning application and project engineering functions across NEL organizations worldwide
  • Exploring cost saving measures and domestic procurement of project materials
  • Supporting project management with clarifications and customer consultation
  • Developing and maintaining installation quality assurance procedures, processes, and documentation
  • Ensuring compliance with local codes and standards for installation of Hydrogen Stations
  • Technical specification for customized application equipment such as valves, regulators, cooling units, supply compressors
  • Feedback to Product Development to improve product and process quality



Required skills and abilities

  • B.S. in civil engineering, mechanical engineer or similar
  • Work experience in civil engineering, project engineering, or piping systems
  • General understanding of work safety procedures and experience in risk evaluation
  • General understanding of enterprise resource planning and document management systems
  • Must be a self-starter that will seek answers independently
  • Experience with construction and the trades
  • Strong knowledge of Pressure Piping Systems
  • Basic Knowledge of electrical distribution equipment
  • Familiarity with the ASME Codes and National Electric Code (NEC, NFPA 70)
  • Experience working in or with international organizations
  • Experience working within established procedures, codes and standards
  • Communicate fluently in both written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, MS Word, MS Visio, CAD (Inventor is a plus)

Preferred skills and abilities

  • Experience training people on new procedures and instructions
  • Experience in city planning and permitting
  • Experience in Oil & Gas Project Engineering
  • Technical Sales Experience
  • Proficiency in the California Electric Code, California Fire Code, California Building Code
  • Fluent or elementary proficiency in a second language like German
  • Hydrogen Fuel or Compressed Natural Gas Experience

Equal opportunity employer

Nel is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.


Application & Contact

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