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Senior Electrical Engineer

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Other Engineering
Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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.
Senior Electrical Engineer reporting to the Director of Power Systems in the SPARC team at CFS. Responsible to lead and coordinate complex electrical design projects and interface with cross-function stakeholders while ensuring a high-quality design release that meets specifications, project timeline and budget allocated.

This team member will:

  • Lead complex technical design activities to design, build and deliver electrical power systems design for SPARC fusion
  • Lead development of technical specifications for Medium Voltage & Low Voltage electrical components.
  • Lead electrical work package releases (equipment list, drawings, schematics)
  • Apply core electrical engineering knowledge and experience to design of Medium Voltage & Low Voltage system designs (including but not limited to switchgear, transformers, reactors, power conversion, cooling systems and control systems)
  • Interface with SPARC cross functional teams including R&D, physics, construction, manufacturing, drafting, test, compliance & commissioning with focus on high quality design and implementation
  • Support critical procurement contracts & vendor coordination
  • Apply best electrical safety practices & compliance standards in design and implementation
  • Work on advanced development to develop in-house electrical power technologies for the future of CFS

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

  • 8+ years of related experience with Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree with 6+ years of experience in electrical, power systems and/or power electronics engineering
  • Ability to lead a technical team from conception of idea till implementation in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven track record in design and implementation of power systems in the electrical power industry.
  • Extensive experience with medium Voltage & Low Voltage systems (AC /DC power distribution, power conversion, energy storage solutions)
  • Successfully applies complex knowledge of compliance standards to all designs (IEC, UL, CSA, NEC etc.)
  • Experience with modeling, simulation and analysis backed with validation via functional testing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to conduct design reviews, organize / present results to both expert and non-technical audiences
  • Results driven and ability to embrace and convince stakeholders on a change in design direction in pursuit of a high-quality product release

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering with focus on power systems and/or Power Electronics
  • Experience in practical application of electrical engineering skills to construction, manufacturing, testing and field installations
  • Experience in containerized solutions (design & deployment) applicable to energy storage (batteries, capacitors etc.) is a plus
  • Experience in topics of grounding & bonding and electromagnetic interference as applied to medium voltage and low voltage equipment is a plus
  • Experience with utility interconnects (to local code) and management of EPC consultants is a plus
  • Experience in problem solving, root cause analysis and field containment actions
  • Experience with hands on prototype build, prototype testing and documentation of results is a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • 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
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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.