Technology Development Engineer

Occidental Petroleum

Technology Development Engineer00033629



Oxy is an international energy company with assets primarily in the United States, the Middle East and North Africa. We are one of the largest oil and gas producers in the U.S., including a leading producer in the Permian and DJ basins, and offshore Gulf of Mexico. Our midstream and marketing segment provides flow assurance and maximizes the value of our oil and gas. Our chemical subsidiary OxyChem manufactures the building blocks for life-enhancing products. Our Oxy Low Carbon Ventures subsidiary is advancing leading-edge technologies and business solutions that economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We are committed to using our global leadership in carbon management to advance a lower-carbon world. Visit for more information.

Occidental strives to attract and retain talented employees by investing in their professional development and providing rewarding opportunities for personal growth. Our goal is to meet the highest employer standards by ensuring the health and safety of our employees, protecting the environment, and positively impacting our communities where we do business.

Our greatest asset has been, and will continue to be, our people. We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to fill the position of Technology Development Engineer in Brawley, California.

This position will support the development and demonstration of TerraLithium’s direct lithium extraction technology under the general direction of the Technology Development Director of Low Carbon Ventures. 

Roles and Responsibilities:    

  • Maintain protection of the environment and the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate and/or transport our products as our highest priority 

  • Implement and maintain safe work procedures for Technology Development equipment and experiments 

  • Lead the scale-up of laboratory processes to pilot and commercial scales. 

  • Design and construct test equipment at the laboratory, pilot, and demo scales 

  • Perform experiments at the laboratory, pilot, and demo scales 

  • Process and analyze experimental data using appropriate statistical methods 

  • Define the key questions that need to be answered to gain a strong fundamental understanding of new concepts, and plan, design, and execute the experiments required to answer them 

  • Interpret the results and communicate the learnings in both written and verbal formats to a diverse audience to support rigorous, data-driven decision making 

  • Use the learnings to define the logical next steps for the project 

  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly to drive action and/or result. 

  • Demonstrated experience in taking abstract concepts and quickly discerning their technical and economic viability. 

  • Prepares logical, technically supported memos, recommendations and reports.     

  • Works with fellow Low Carbon Ventures team members to provide technical solutions. 

  • Possesses a collaborative nature and actively participates in teams; actively seeks continuous improvement by identifying and implementing best practices and procedures. 



Experience and Qualifications:    

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years of engineering experience in a laboratory, pilot, technology development, or chemical manufacturing environment.

  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated balance between experimental and theoretical expertise. 

  • Proficiency in process modeling tools such as Aspen Plus

  • High proficiency in Microsoft applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and respond to callouts on a non-routine basis.

  • Physical requirements – Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.


Salary Range

Discretionary Bonus

$136,800 – $188,100



*Candidates having qualifications that exceed the minimum job requirements may receive consideration for higher-level role given (1) their experience, (2) additional job requirements, and/or (3) business needs.

Check out Oxy’s competitive benefit package:

Occidental does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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  • Ask you to pay for applications, interviews, meetings, processing, training or for any other fees

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Primary Location

  United States-California-Brawley





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