Electrical Engineer

Devens, MA
SPARC Team – Electrical 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.

Our goal is to deploy thousands of fusion power plants around the world. We need a highly motivated and experienced electrical engineer to help deliver our first fusion device, SPARC.
In this role, you will focus on construction administration across a breadth of electrical engineering disciplines. You will offer your expertise in power distribution, power conversion and electric machines to assist in design documentation to reflect emergent needs in the SPARC program. You will demonstrate an aptitude for management of construction projects. You will develop and deliver work packages to the field and will coordinate their execution. You will manage relationships and information flow with selected vendors and subcontractors. You will offer input on applicable standards relevant to the design of power systems in an emergent industry.
The SPARC power system is divided into two subsystems; the pulsed system and steady state system. The selected candidate will focus primarily on the pulsed power system. The pulsed power system is responsible for driving the SPARC tokamak magnet system loads and providing dynamic control of plasma. It consists of a 700 MVA, 22 kV synchronous machine source, energy storage and approximately 1000 MVA of installed power conversion equipment serving 20+ individually controlled loads. You will work with a team of 4-6 mid-senior level engineers and subconsultants to finalize design documentation, review submittals and provide adequate information to coordinate work performed by the constructor and electrical subcontractors in a timely manner.

The ideal candidate for this role will have 10+ years’ experience with electrical power system development and project management for industrial plants, power generation facilities, utilities, or large scientific facilities such as particle accelerators or fusion devices. Successful candidates will demonstrate sufficient technical knowledge to understand detailed designs and assess the adequacy of vendor-furnished materials for purposes of construction.

The individual will be capable of documenting designs in drawings and specifications.  Broad experience is desired; aptitude in a combination of the following fields of electrical engineering is needed:
·      Electric drives and power conversion equipment, line-commutated and switch-mode converters.
·      Electric machines, rotating equipment and auxiliary systems including excitation, cooling and sealing/lubrication.
·      Medium Voltage AC distribution and DC distribution. Protective relaying and asset protection.
The selected candidate will demonstrate substantial experience delivering and integrating industrial power conversion and distribution equipment across many projects. The candidate will be intimately familiar with the construction process. They will be highly organized and an excellent communicator; they will be responsible for prioritizing activities with vendors and trades on a challenging and active construction project.

This team member will:

    • Produce and/or revise work packages and engineering specifications
    • Manage critical procurement contracts and coordination with vendors for electrical system design, procurement, and commissioning
    • Review, comment, and approval of engineering documentation (submittals)
    • Select, implement, and potentially develop appropriate industry standards (IEEE, ANSI, IEC, etc.) for use on this project and the future fusion power plant ecosystem
    • Assist in developing and implementing engineering procedures for review and approval of (often cross-disciplinary) work packages
    • Maintain a detailed project schedule, oversee the delivery of externally furnished documentation and equipment, coordination with the constructor, selection and coordination of subcontractors
    • Coordinate with local Authorities Having Jurisdiction; facilitate industry best-practices, namely with respect to electrical safety

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

    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
    • 10+ years’ experience with electrical power system development in power plants, utilities, industrial plants, or large scientific facilities
    • Experience in large construction projects, including design documentation and construction administration
    • Technical aptitude in multiple areas of electrical engineering including a subset of the following: power conversion, electric machinery and drives, medium voltage distribution, protective relaying, low voltage process-industrial facility design, instrumentation and control
    • Project Management and Construction Administration
    • Demonstrated ability to manage system installation within a complex, multidisciplinary construction project. Ability to interface with contractors, construction administrators, vendors and designers; knowledge of the construction process
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to conduct design reviews and organize/present material to both expert and non-technical audiences
    • Familiarity with the design and operation of electric machines and turbogenerators
    • Familiarity with the design and operation of phase-controlled rectifiers, switch-mode power converters and drives

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

    • Pulsed power systems; electrical and mechanical transient analysis and/or design implications in complex power systems
    • Balance of Plant; utility interconnection and coordination, low voltage distribution, management of AE and/or EPC consultants
    • Instrumentation and control systems
    • Perform activities such as standing or sitting for extended periods of time
    • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
    • Work in a facility that contains industrial hazards including heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, high current, pressure systems, and cryogenics
    • #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.