Welding Engineer

Cambridge, MA /
Operations – Manufacturing /
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) is the surest path to limitless, clean fusion energy. Our mission is to enable world-wide clean energy for everyone, creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. We have created a credible path to an operating fusion power plant in 15 years which leverages our novel collaboration with MIT and funding from strategic and financial investors who share our vision. This begins by developing a new class of high-field superconducting magnets that will enable the SPARC tokamak to demonstrate net energy from fusion for the first time. To execute this plan, we are now looking to add talented people to the team who are mission-driven and treat people well, improve our team by adding diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits, and have skillsets and experience that relate to this role.

The welding engineer is responsible for in-house welding process development for cutting edge high-field superconducting magnets and tokamak assemblies. The welding engineer also partners with design and R&D engineers to develop the weld geometry and techniques, weld specs, and inspection methods needed for welded SPARC assemblies.

This team member will:

    • Develop welding and non-destructive test processes and certification plans in compliance with appropriate standards and codes
    • Develop and qualify Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS) and Procedure Qualification Records (PQR)
    • Evaluate and create weld processes for both manual and automated welding
    • Provide manufacturability feedback to design engineers for weld geometries and material selection
    • Select and commission welding equipment needed to support production and create maintenance plans
    • Work with in-house welders and external vendors to weld and inspect large metallic structures and tooling within specified timelines and budgets
    • Troubleshoot and resolve manufacturing discrepancies with a focus on continuous improvement
    • Collect, organize, and present process/quality data to a broad team
    • Influence make vs. buy decisions and work with external vendors to augment internal capabilities

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

    • Bachelor's degree in engineering field
    • Weld engineering (preferred) or equivalent years of welding experience 
    • 10+ years' experience as a welding engineer on large structural systems and tooling
    • Experience with large metallic structures and manufacturing processes related to machining, welding, drilling, and non-destructive test methods
    • Experience taking products from R&D into production, including developing welding techniques to transition from manual to automated processes

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

    • Project management experience working with internal customers and external vendors to deliver manufactured hardware within specified timelines and budgets
    • High self-motivation and drive to execute quickly with excellent troubleshooting/problem-solving skills 
    • Proficiency in CAD for tooling design is preferred (NX & Teamcenter is a plus)

Working Conditions, physical job demands will include:

    • Regularly lift up to 50 lbs
    • Extended activities such as stooping, typing, standing, & sitting
    • Exposure to hazards, fumes, heat, cold, and noise
    • Occasional travel will be required along with some nights/weekends/on-call working hours
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.