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Mechanical Engineering Manager - Port Plugs

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 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.
Your focus, as the Mechanical Engineering Manager - Port Plugs, will be on managing schedule, resources, budget, and status reporting for the ongoing design and analysis of the SPARC port plug and casking components, then tracking the manufacturing and pre-assembly of the port plugs and later the development and manufacture of the casking systems used to extract and insert the port plugs. The Mechanical Engineering Manager - Port Plugs acts as part of an integrated Vessel Structures team that includes vacuum vessel and in-vessel hardware, cryostat and in-cryostat hardware, and it is part of a broader Tokamak Systems design team.
As the SPARC project progresses, the Mechanical Engineering Manager - Port Plugs will also work closely with the ARC team to implement knowledge gained in design, fabrication, and installation of SPARC components.

This team member will:

  • Develop and manage a budget and schedule to ensure the SPARC Port Plugs’ activities are completed on time and on budget and that Casking is ready for use after early SPARC campaigns
  • Coordinate the work of the team to ensure the design, analysis, procurement, manufacturing and assembly is achieved on time and on budget
  • Ensure emerging interface conflicts with others are addressed timely
  • Ensure integration of diagnostic and other tenants’ components as well as shielding
  • Work with Procurement to establish a manufacturing, vendor oversight, acceptance criteria and testing plans
  • Supervise a team of engineers and contractors as needed

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

  • A Bachelor level education in mechanical (or similar) engineering
  • 8 years experience in a related technical context
  • Experience designing and analyzing components for ultra high vacuum
  • Experience developing designs for conductive materials in an environment with very fast changing electro-magnetic fields
  • Experience with design (ideally NX) and analysis (ideally ANSYS) tools
  • The ability to clearly express and critique ideas
  • Attention to detail with an ability to pivot between topics multiple times per day
  • The ability to understand and manage interface issues that bridge complex engineering and physics topics

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the design, analysis and installation of components in a ultra high vacuum environment
  • Worked under a formal program for quality assurance and quality control
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
  • Perform activities such as typing, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to 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.