Manufacturing Engineer

Cambridge, MA /
Operations Team – 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 manufacturing engineer will be responsible for manufacturing process development for magnet components and assemblies to grow the production line from development to full scale production. They are responsible for developing and qualifying manufacturing techniques both in house and at external machine shops and vendors. Their areas of focus are hardware process development, work instruction authoring, nonconformance resolution, and capacity modeling.

This team member will:

    • Own process development of the manufacturing line for HTS magnets from initial low-volume R&D to full-scale production
    • Develop and qualify manufacturing techniques, processes, flow maps, and work instructions for superconducting magnet components and assemblies
    • Troubleshoot and resolve manufacturing discrepancies with a focus on continuous improvement
    • Work with external vendors and suppliers to support hardware delivery per production schedules
    • Establish and execute plans for future factory expansion, including capital equipment and floor layouts
    • Implement DFM (design for manufacturability) and PFMEA (process failure mode and effects analysis) methodology and statistical process controls to set up a reliable, low defect manufacturing line
    • 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
    • 3+ years' experience as a manufacturing engineer on complex electro-mechanical systems
    • Experience taking products from R&D into production, including developing manufacturing techniques to transition from manual to automated processes
    • Project management experience working with internal customers and external vendors to deliver manufactured hardware within specified timelines and budgets 
    • Experience with magnets, thermo-mechanical assemblies, machining, welding, and/or vacuum systems (preferred)
    • Experience with the application of Lean and/or Six Sigma methodologies  (preferred)
    • Experience writing and developing equipment specifications and maintenance plan (preferred)
    • Experience with CAD software (preferred)

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

    • Proficiency in work instruction writing, material planning, process mapping, and capacity modeling
    • Ability to read and understand technical drawings, incl. GD&T and tolerance stack-ups
    • High self-motivation and drive to execute quickly with excellent troubleshooting/ problem-solving skills 
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally
    • Perform activities such as typing, standing, stooping, and sitting, for extended periods of time
    • Withstand exposure to cold, noise, strong magnets, high voltage, and cryogenics
    • Willingness to occasionally travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call
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.