Senior Project Engineer

We are looking for a Senior Project Engineer. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related field, at least ten years of experience project engineering preferably in chemical or fuels plant design and construction, and a working knowledge of manufacturing systems and unit operations, and strong analytical, and project management skills.

Be a part of the team that is building the Net Zero renewable jet fuel and gasoline production facilities! The concept of Net-Zero is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons, that when burned in traditional engines, have the potential to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole lifecycle of the liquid fuel: from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, processed to make liquid fuel products, and including the end use (burning as a fuel for cars, planes, trucks, and ships). Lake Preston, South Dakota will be the location of the first Net-Zero Project and will be named “Net-Zero 1.” Gevo expects that Net-Zero 1 would have the capability to produce liquid hydrocarbons that when burned have a “net-zero” greenhouse gas footprint.  We are currently planning for Net-Zero 2 and beyond.

Location: South Dakota/Surrounding Area


  • Leads large capital projects to produce renewable fuels from a variety of feedstocks and renewable energy
  • Interfaces with and manages relationships with EPC companies, vendors, engineering companies, and subject matter experts to design and build large production facilities
  • Identifies schedule and design issues and identifies routes to resolve those issues
  • Completes engineering projects by organizing and controlling project elements.
  • Develops project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans and conferring with management.
  • Determines project responsibilities by identifying project phases and elements, assigning personnel to phases and elements, and reviewing bids from contractors.
  • Determines project specifications by studying product design, customer requirements, and performance standards.
  • Completes technical studies and prepares cost estimates.
  • Confirms product performance by designing and conducting tests.
  • Determines project schedule by studying project plan and specifications, calculating time requirements, and sequencing project elements.
  • Maintains project schedule by monitoring project progress, coordinating activities, and resolving problems.
  • Controls project plan by reviewing design, specifications, and plan, scheduling changes, and recommending actions.
  • Controls project costs by approving expenditures and administering contractor contracts.
  • Prepares project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends; recommending actions.
  • Performs various engineering and management tasks to contribute to the team’s success

This position reports to VP Project Engineering and Construction.

Gevo offers a competitive annual base salary, a generous vacation package, 401K plan, paid Medical, Dental and Vision insurance as well as an annual cash bonus & equity award (subject to Board of Director Approval). If interested, please submit a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to Please no phone calls or agency submissions.


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