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Field Controls and Instrumentation Engineer

Company: Lilac Solutions, Inc.
Location: Oakland
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

About Lilac Solutions, Inc.

Lilac Solutions is a lithium extraction technology company focused on scaling lithium production for the electric vehicle era. Lilac solves the critical technology problems which today prevent development of the world's largest lithium resources: low yields, high costs, slow start-up, poor reliability, and massive environmental impacts. Lilac's technology represents such a step-change in performance and cost that it also unlocks the development of new unconventional lithium deposits with low lithium grades and high impurities, which have historically been impossible to produce. In 2021, Lilac raised $150M in Series B financing from investors including T. Rowe Price, Lowercarbon Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Sumitomo, BMW and SK Materials. Lilac is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Description

Lilac is seeking a Field Controls and Instrumentation Engineer to assist with operating our lithium processing facilities at project sites in South America. Responsibilities will include designing, developing, and installing control panels used to monitor and control the engineering processes as well as installing, managing, and maintaining the equipment. This individual will need to be open to extensive travel in South America on a rotational basis. A strong candidate may well have worked in field-based roles for oil and gas, chemical process facilities or mining operations. This is a full-time position.


  • Design and integrate control systems through construction of control panels and field wiring
  • Test, maintain, and modify existing control systems
  • Troubleshoot hardware and operational issues
  • Install and maintain equipment and machinery
  • Manage projects within cost and time constrained environments
  • Work collaboratively with design engineers, operations engineer, operators, and technicians
  • Understand and ensure compliance with relevant health and safety standards
  • Generate electrical schematics for control systems
  • Program PLC controllers to automate systems
  • Generate control schemes alongside process engineers Candidate Qualifications
    • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering preferred
    • Familiarity with process controls, distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
    • Familiarity with ladder logic or other IEC-61131-3 languages
    • Working knowledge of National Electric Code
    • Knowledge and experience reading and interpreting electrical and mechanical schematics
    • Knowledge and experience applying and interpreting results from common electrical measurement instruments (voltmeter, ammeter, ohmmeter, oscilloscope, etc.)
    • Familiarity with AutoCAD Electrical, Siemens Controllers, Microsoft Office Suite
    • Excited to work on a small, fast-paced startup team
    • Willing and able to travel -50% of the time to project sites
    • Must be able to pass a high-altitude work test Additional Requirements:
      • Must be capable of passing a high-altitude screening examination.
      • Must be capable of passing a respirator use screening examination.
      • May be required to pass a drug test, which may include marijuana, as required by certain laws and regulations. Compensation
        • Salary range: $90K-$125K annually (commensurate with experience)
        • Stock options
        • Health, dental, and vision insurance
        • 401k program
        • Long Term Disability Insurance
        • Flexible time off policy
        • Eight weeks of Paid Parental Leave
        • Daily catered lunch and On-site gym for Oakland Employees
        • Monthly Phone Stipend
        • Housing is provided while training in Oakland
        • Subsidy will be provided during field operations and any time spent in Oakland pre-deployment
          EEO Statement

          Lilac Solutions is committed to providing a professional work environment free from discrimination and harassment, including discrimination and harassment based on a protected category, and an environment free from retaliation for participating in any protected activity. Lilac Solutions is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Keywords: Lilac Solutions, Inc., Oakland , Field Controls and Instrumentation Engineer, Engineering , Oakland, California

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