Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Process Technician



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower-cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

The process technician will primarily operate pilot and semi-pilot equipment to demonstrate a variety of chemical conversions and separations. In this role you will:

  • Operate a variety of chemical and hydrometallurgical process equipment, including tanks, pumps, mixers, filtration, heat exchangers, cranes, and conveyors
  • Collect experimental data and prepare reports based on findings.
  • Assist in the development of mass and energy balances for processes and reaction
  • Troubleshoot equipment and make recommendations to improve the robustness, reliability, and efficiency of process equipment
  • Build, upgrade, modify, and maintain chemical process systems; including basic fabrication and assembly tasks
  • Take samples and perform measurements such as pH, temperature, and titrations
  • Calibrate and perform routine maintenance tasks as needed
  • Assist with safety reviews of new processes
  • Collaborates with internal teams, vendors, and outside agencies as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Associate degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field of study; a directly related certification; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • 3 years of related experience
  • Basic understanding of process monitoring (e.g. sensors for pressure, temperature, flow, etc) and process control
  • Experience with machining tasks including drilling, cutting, and low-voltage (12-24V) wiring
  • Experience operating fluid flow equipment such as pumps, common plumbing fittings, and valves
  • Experience maintaining equipment and instrumentation such as calibrations, replacements, and control charts
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about chemical safety
  • Basic organizational and time management skills
  • Basic verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with, or ability to quickly learn, Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint.

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Experience with analytical techniques such as pH measurement, titration, ICP-OES, and density measurements
  • Experience writing and modifying standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Experience designing and building test fixtures to test specific pieces of equipment or analytical techniques
  • Experience with writing and modifying chemical safety procedures

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand/sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to operate the following equipment and tools: overhead cranes, scissor lifts, forklifts, and light fabrication


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $25.00 to $30.00 per hour and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits For You:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Generous PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits For Your Family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits For Your Future:

  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options