Senior PLC Engineer

Cambridge, MA /
Tokamak Team /
CFS’ mission is to enable world-wide clean energy for everyone, creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. We’ve 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 & 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 SPARC tokamak will have a variety of plant-scale instrumentation and control systems that need to be designed and integrated, including large pulsed power systems, magnet and radio-frequency (RF) power supplies, cryogenic plant, and tokamak plasma operations. With that, we are seeking a Senior PLC Engineer to join the team!

This team member will:

    • work within a multi-disciplinary team of physicists and engineers as part of collaborative sponsored research projects at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC);
    • lead the development of PLC based control systems for the SPARC tokamak;
    • establish I&C guidelines for use in control system development;
    • establish an industrial control library composed of two layers: supervision and control (SCADA and PLC);
    • ensure the design is completed in compliance with the Code of Record and established requirements;
    • maintain interfaces with other engineering subsystems; and
    • report on and be accountable for the standardization of PLC based control systems and report to the Head of Plant Instrumentation and Control.

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

    • 5+ years working with Siemens S7-300/400 PLCs in Step 7, plus 3+ years working in Siemens S7-1500 PLCs in TIA Portal
    • experience with WinCC OA SCADA – integration of WinCC OA with Siemens S7-1500 PLCs;
    • designed, built, and operated a variety of plant-scale PLC systems spanning multiple, integrated subsystems;
    • developed PLC projects from conceptual design to completion under a QA program;
    • a strong understanding and background in software engineering and architecture, ability to write a software engineering handbook;
    • familiarity in applying IEEE and IEC standards to design solutions, such as IEC 61131-3 elements: function blocks, ladder diagrams, structured text, instruction list, SFC, etc.;
    • an exceptional safety record and attention to detail;
    • at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., electrical);
    • an ability to clearly express and critique ideas;
    • an emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity;
    • a drive towards commercially-viable solutions;
    • a history of thriving in fast-paced, dynamic environments; and
    • values that align with our company’s values of integrity, execution, impact, and self-critique.
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.