Assembly Hardware Engineer

Devens, MA /
SPARC Team – Tokamak Systems /
/ Hybrid
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.

CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.

As a SPARC Hardware Engineer, you design, develop, and manage fabrication of the wide variety of unique tooling needed for the successful assembly and integration of the SPARC tokamak device. This will entail the development of the overall concept, engineering, and use strategy of each tool assembly, and of the assembly step that the tool will facilitate. You will work closely and collaborate with the system teams to find the most efficient, creative, cost-effective, and safest way to manipulate, guide, and integrate each part of the larger tokamak system, design and build the tools needed, then finally write work-instruction packets that guide the use of the tool at the time of assembly. You will guide and create how the giant parts of this multi-million pound “swiss-watch” come together, and the mega-tools to do it! This work is conducted within a multi-disciplinary team of physicists and engineers as part of collaborative sponsored research projects at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and within CFS. 

This team member will:

    • Develop the plans for successful handling, manipulation, guidance, and integration of SPARC sub-system components. 
    • Formulate the general strategy for each assembly step utilizing these tools, as well active coordination and guidance of the system teams during parallel design activities for optimum assembly logic, steps, best practices, methods, strategies, and other details.
    • Design development and engineering of the tooling required for successful handling and manipulation of parts to meet functional requirements.
    • Within the plan development, ensuring tool and personnel access is available as required for system assembly steps as outlined by the system owners
    • Assist development for the alignment plan for precision placement and verification of magnet, vacuum vessel and in-vessel components, and the means and methods for successful handling and manipulation of parts to meet alignment requirements; responsible for guiding system teams to design to facilitate alignment within the plan
    • Responsible for the plans for part movement at each step and ensuring no interferences with other systems during movement
    • Responsible for the assembly work instruction packets for each tool, to be used during the assembly phase of SPARC.
    • Responsible for the plan and access for inspections, per leak checking plans info received from the system technical leads, if required. 
    • Work with other tooling engineers, designers, and assembly package coordinators, as well as direct personnel performing the Tokamak Assembly during on-site work

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

    • At least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or another relevant field
    • At least 2 years technical experience in the integration of complex and large mechanical structures (e.g. aerospace, chemical), Alignment and tolerancing, and Scheduling tools
    • Analysis experience (i.e. FEA, ANSYS, FEMAP, ABAQUS)
    • Experience with NX, CAD Modeling
    • Exceptional attention to detail
    • Safety conscious and proactive
    • An ability to clearly express and critique ideas
    • An aptitude to use data to drive decisions
    • An emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity
    • The ability to thrive in fast-paced, dynamic environments
    • A drive toward commercially viable solutions
    • Values that align with our company’s values of integrity, execution, impact, and self-critique

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

    • Metrology 
    • Leak checking methodology
    • Tool sourcing and development
    • Large Component (>10 Ton) Lifting Experience
    • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
    • Ability to perform activities such as sitting, climbing, stooping, typing, and standing for extended periods of time
    • Willingness to occasionally travel for required nights/weekends/on-call
    • #LI-Hybrid
CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.

At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.