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Senior Mechanical HVAC Engineer - Kairos Power

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Job Title
Senior Mechanical HVAC Engineer
Job Location
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description

Company Overview

Kairos Power is a new nuclear energy technology and engineering company whose mission is to enable the world’s transition to clean energy, with the ultimate goal to dramatically improve people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the fluoride-salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety, affordable costs, and flexible operation to accommodate the expansion of variable renewables.

Job Summary

Kairos Power is seeking a highly motivated Senior Mechanical HVAC Engineer with expertise in design and construction of mechanical systems for industrial and/or laboratory facilities. In this role, you will be working with a cross-functional engineering team to design and construct first-of-a-kind industrial and radiological facilities owned by Kairos Power. You will provide field oversight and construction management support using your knowledge and experience with various MEP systems. You will be responsible for designing and supervising the construction and commissioning of major mechanical systems such as HVAC and other service utilities. In this role, you will frequently interface with internal engineers and external contributors to deliver the mechanical systems that will support the process equipment at our facilities.


  • Perform engineering designs and modifications for major mechanical systems that support high-hazard facility processes and operations
  • Develop equipment specifications for major mechanical systems and engage suppliers for equipment procurement and/or manufacturing
  • Specify predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance on various types of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, piping, and boiler systems
  • Develop design calculations, process flow diagrams, sequences of operation, equipment selection and layout, ductwork and piping sizing and layout, support of project proposals, interdisciplinary coordination and participating of QA/QC process
  • Supervise the engineering work of subcontracted mechanical design contractors.
  • Plan, organize, and supervise the construction, commissioning, and operation of mechanical equipment
  • Develop operating and maintenance procedures for mechanical equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
  • 10+ years of work design engineering experience in high-hazard industrial environment or nuclear facilities
  • Registered P.E. (Professional Engineer) is preferred
  • Demonstrates strong technical HVAC design and execution capability
  • Knowledge in thermal load calculation and energy modeling for mechanical systems
  • Strong experience in calculating and sizing of mechanical equipment including AHUs, fans, boilers, and pumps; sizing and laying out ductwork and hydronic piping systems
  • Experience with fire protection systems is preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical and piping construction codes and standards
  • Exhibit strong communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct work during construction and operations in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • Prioritizes and ensures safety of one self and others
  • Ability to proactively collect, manage and transfer knowledge
  • Ability to seek different and novel ways to create efficiencies when working on problems, challenges and issues

Physical Conditions

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • Communicating with others to exchange information

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Accessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned
  • High-concentration, demanding and fast-paced

Safety and PPE

  • Reading and interpreting hazardous warning signs
  • Reporting issues with equipment or unsafe conditions
  • Wearing proper PPE, to include face mask, face shields, gloves, safety shoes


  • Some travel may be required between 5-10%

Additional Requirements

  • Requires schedule flexibility occasionally
  • Requires non-standard work-week hours occasionally
  • Requires extended hours to support launch and critical project timelines occasionally

About our Benefits

We know that we have some of the most talented and dedicated employees, and we believe in rewarding them accordingly. If you work here, full-time employees (excludes interns) expect to have access to the benefits below:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and their dependents
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401(k) and pre-tax health insurance, dependent care, and commuter benefits (FSA)

Kairos Power is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the communities where we do business. Kairos Power is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We actively welcome people of different experiences, abilities, and perspectives.

Kairos Power participates in E-Verify.

Candidates only, no recruiters or agencies please.

Note: You are applying for a position that is located in a facility that handles information that is subject to export control restrictions by the Department of Energy under 10 CFR Part 810. To work in this facility, you need to be authorized by the Department of Energy to access Part 810-controlled information. Foreign nationals who are citizens of countries that are not on the Department of Energy’s general authorization list (link below) are not permitted to work in our facility unless the Department of Energy issues an export control license to the company to permit that individual to have access to Part 810-controlled information. The following questions are intended to determine the licensing requirements that may apply. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/10/appendix-A_to_part_810

Kairos Power Headquarters Location

Alameda, CA

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Kairos Power Company Size

Between 100 - 500 employees

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Kairos Power Funding Rounds

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  • Grant

    $16,320 USD