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Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy

Oakland, CA, USA · Oakland, CA, USA · Houston, TX, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2023

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge, and geothermal energy is poised to play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.


The Project Engineer will lead the design, development, and construction of surface facilities and transmission interconnections across Fervo’s portfolio of geothermal energy developments. This role will be responsible for project initiation, assessment, and scoping, budget estimation, execution planning, scheduling, cost monitoring, and construction oversight. The Project Engineer will participate in or lead multidiscipline teams to support early phase project development. The Project Engineer will report to the Director of Surface Facilities. The position will be based out of one of Fervo’s office locations, with preference to the Houston or Reno office location, and will require regular travel to various field locations.


  • Utilizing project management principles, knowledge, and experience to manage full life cycle of surface facilities at Fervo’s existing and proposed project sites
  • Executing design, specification, and construction management of Organic Rankine Cycle geothermal power plant facilities, existing production facility upgrades, pipelines, gathering systems, and transmission interconnection buildouts
  • Developing preliminary, and eventually honing, budgetary estimates and schedules for active and prospective projects
  • Engaging and maintaining relationships with major equipment suppliers to optimize facility design
  • Acting as the primary technical lead during negotiations of major surface facility equipment supply contracts
  • Collaborating across technical and commercial teams to successfully deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Identifying continuous improvement opportunities and executing ongoing continuous improvement measures
  • Provide solutions and optimization support to operations to resolve day-to-day operational issues
  • Develop/modify Operating/Maintenance procedures and assist with understanding/comprehension of material to provide safety and optimized performance
  • Develop projects and engineering design that improve the safety and operability of the facility.
  • Lead and/or participate in Risk Assessments, PHA, and Incident Investigations/Learning Teams
  • Provide direct and impartial feedback to ensure corporate and industry code compliance
  • Lead MOC process for all activities that are directly supported including coordination with all support functions, submission of MOC, updating appropriate documents and completion of Pre-Start Up Safety Reviews (PSSR)
  • Provide creative project options to meet critical timelines or capital requirements
  • Support Project Teams and Operations in the commissioning and start-up of new/modified facilities
  • Act as key interface to ensure regulatory and HSE compliance


  • 3 to 7 years of facilities engineering experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • Experience with power facility construction management; pipeline and gathering facility design; utility interconnection processes and procedures
  • Experience with key industry codes and standards; Experience with identification and evaluation of new technologies and their incorporation into facility projects
  • Proficiency working with project management and scheduling software; Ability to lead engineering efforts and work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Effective written and verbal presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to stay organized while managing multiple projects at different stages of development
  • Geothermal facilities and transmission interconnection experience; Expertise with a wide range of renewable energy types; Familiarity with subsurface science and drilling
  • Advanced knowledge of Technical Standards (API, ASME, ISA84, IEEE etc.)
  • Trained in/ experienced in process improvement methodologies (e.g. Lean Six Sigma, Agile)
  • 5+ years of experience in technical areas related to facilities; experience directing Engineering contractors
  • Ability to specify appropriate equipment and material as well as evaluate alternatives; Builds effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical