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Senior Process Engineer - Hydromet USA

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Date: Nov 6, 2022

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 65861 

Job Category: Metals 

Location: Houston, TX, United States 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we see challenges evolving in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff, with experience in over 150 countries, to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


If it isn't grown, it's mined. Our mining and metals teams help our clients to safely and sustainably mine the minerals and metals used in our everyday lives. Want to play a part of innovating and optimizing the mining life cycle on greenfield and brownfield facilities? Apply today!


Hatch's hydrometallurgy team is growing in Houston, TX and Salt Lake City, UT! Hatch needs a Process Engineers to join our Metals Business Unit in the Hydrometallurgy Practice. Become part of a global team of innovative and trusted professionals who provide process engineering input to the different sectors within a Consulting Engineering and EPCM Environment. You will be part of an engineering team providing engineering services and/or field support while developing solutions in all areas of the process plant across various systems, unit operations and process equipment. You are passionate about this field and are a subject matter expert in one or more of the following commodities: alumina, battery chemicals, copper, cobalt, nickel, lithium, phosphates, rare earths, uranium and/or precious metals.


You have demonstrated skills in:


  • Unit process knowhow for leaching, solvent extraction, neutralization, crystallization, IX, dewatering, filtering, electrowinning, etc.
  • Design, coordination and supervision of laboratory test work,
  • Plant audits, surveys, sampling campaigns, and circuit optimization,
  • Mathematical modelling and simulations
  • Writing technical reports and engineering documentation
  • Mentoring of more junior staff


Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Perform process engineering tasks on Hydrometallurgical aspects of projects, in a variety of commodities. When requested, act as Lead Process Engineer on projects or studies.
  • Operate with full competence and independence in the execution of all design calculations, design criteria, in the compilation and execution of equipment lists and calculations. Provide frequent training, guidance and supervision to junior colleagues.
  • Actively engage with clients to understand project requirements and work to define process design criteria and technology selection
  • Compilation of Process Flow Diagrams, along with associated mass and energy balance calculations
  • Undertake trade off studies to resolve options
  • Conduct capacity analysis for existing plants
  • Design of the process control logic adhering to appropriate safety standards, and documentation into Functional Descriptions
  • Process review of equipment bids, proposals, and other initiatives
  • Liaising with other discipline engineers to ensure designs conform to process requirements


Qualifications and Experience:


  • Process Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering degree.
  • Extensive design, commissioning and/or operational experience of hydrometallurgical processing equipment
  • Experience with battery chemicals, battery recycling or critical mineral extraction may be an advantage
  • Experience in scoping and management of metallurgical testwork programs (benchscale, pilot scale, on-site testing)
  • Strong client and business development focus.
  • Ability to lead processing engineering tasks on a project, within the allocated budget and schedule, including mentoring and guidance of junior colleagues


Why join us?

What we offer you?


  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.

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